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    Cassidy McKay Rosa Romance Interview

     

    Today I’m happy to introduce author Cassidy McKay, the newest addition to the Rosa Romance family, who also writes Sweet romances under Ashlyn Barré. Thanks for talking to us today Cassidy!

    Thank you for inviting me, I’m so pleased to be a part of Rosa Romance!

    To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

    Well, I started writing my first romance when I was fifteen, and finished it fourteen years later. I live in Northern California with my husband and children, lots of animals, and I’ve been writing professionally for several years now. I’m kind of a Jill-of-all-trades, having been a firefighter, a reserve police officer, a dispatcher, a kennel worker, a dog trainer, a paranormal investigator, a certified hypnotist, a business owner, a web designer, a cover artist, and probably a gazillion other things that I can’t remember right now.

    Your upcoming release September’s Gold is due to be released from Rosa Romance soon. Can you tell us a little about it?

    Imagine being fascinated with a certain period in history. For me, it’s the California Gold Rush. I always wondered what it would be like to live during those tumultuous times. When life and death depended on how much gold you could dig, or the possibility of just picking up a fortune on the bank of a river.

    In September’s Gold, my hero David is contacted by the ghost of a woman begging him to save her child. He’s swept back in time to her time in the California Gold Rush where his modern sensibilities, schooling, and former ease of life have nothing to do with the race for gold and survival of the fittest that he is forced to endure.

    What would you do if everything you knew was suddenly gone, and the only person you knew there—the person you have fallen if love with— is destined to die? Would it be worth changing history, and possibly destroying the world as you know it to save that person?

    What was the hardest aspect of writing September’s Gold? How did you overcome it?

    The hardest, and most rewarding part of writing September’s Gold was the research. I spent well over 9 months traveling to all of the places in my book, walking where my characters walked, and seeing what they would have seen (minus the modern amenities, of course). Add to that, countless hours in the Historical California Room where much of California’s Gold Rush history is kept. It was definitely a labor of love.

    Was there any one person or event in your life that finally inspired you to sit down and write your first book?

    My first published book Sometimes Murphy Wins (Noble Romance Publishing) was born from a horrible day where everything that could go wrong did go wrong, including losing my front tooth.  Murphy''s Law seems to have taken up permanent residence at my house.  A dear friend of mine encouraged me to write, and to this day is the first person who reads all of my stories.

    My husband (H.E. Curtis) is also an author, and watching him weave his beautiful and intricate fantasy worlds always amazed me. It still does. You have to love a man who can come up with so many different ways to fascinate you.

    What is your favorite part of a book to write?

    This probably sounds strange, but the fight scenes. I love it when my blood gets pumping, my adrenaline is rushing, and I feel like I’m right there in the midst of it all! Besides, it’s a great way to work off frustrations without getting in trouble for it.

    What would you like to accomplish with your writing career?

    Is there a castle for sale in Scotland next to J.K. Rowling?

    Do you have any bad writing habits?

    Procrastination.

    What is the biggest misconception about being an author?

    That we all get huge advances, we’re multimillionaires, and travel the world doing book signings? Oh wait, that’s three. I think it all ties together, though. I truly love writing and the process of creation, of holding the hands of my characters in the books until it is time to let them go and fly on their own.

    How did you celebrate selling your first book?

    By picking my jaw up off of the ground.

    Do your fans' comments and letters influence you in any way?

    Absolutely! I can’t tell you how much it means when someone who has read something I’ve written takes the time to comment or write about how much they liked it, or how it really hit home. To know I’ve touched someone’s heart, even for the duration of a book, means a lot.

    What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?

    Oh boy! I have several sequels planned (The Variance Series, and possibly Sometimes Murphy Wins), and several new books in the works as well that I hope to have out within the next twelve months. Book signings, interviews, lots of fun things going on!

    What is the one thing you've always wanted to do but never had the courage / opportunity to try?

    Well, I’ve flown an airplane, driven boats, ridden on trains, driven motorcycles, worked with and trained police dogs… but I haven’t tried space yet! They’ll need romance writers on the moon, won’t they?

    Congratulations! You just won a year off from work to travel anywhere in the world and write the story of your dreams. Where do you go, what type of book do you write, and what’s the title?

    You’d be seeing me holed up in a drafty old castle in Scotland in front of a roaring fire. I’d be conversing with the ghosts, eagerly telling their heroic tales of romance and tragedy. It would definitely have to be a paranormal. The title? Hmm . . . What’s Under YOUR Kilt?

    Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Cassidy! Readers can learn more about Cassidy and her books on her websites at: CassidyMcKay.com and AshlynBarre.com.

     

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