Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am originally from the South but have relocated to the Midwest, to the same state where I attended college. I was a public-school educator for a decade before deciding to stay home and trying something new: parenting. Kidding. I'm not trying that, no matter what my kids say. Instead, I think I'll write books.
I should disclose the fact that Cass is a pen name. I have kids (seriously–they let just about anyone have them) and wasn't sure if I was prepared for their friends, or their friends' parents, to know what I'd written.
I have published three romantic comedies (The Persimmon Series). They have a lot of my crazy humor in them. And my potty mouth.
My fourth book will be released in December of 2018.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My brother, C.C., and I recently came up with the idea to publish some of our text messages and phone calls. We have very similar senses of humor (totally inappropriate) and make fun of everything. In sticking with the humor theme, we wrote We're Not Write. It's all sorts of inappropriate and a little weird. Like us.
It's his first book and my fourth. And I think it's freaking hilarious. But I'm biased, so, take it for what it's worth.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I have a sitting room attached to my bedroom. When I go in to sit at the desk, the kids know Mommy is "working" or, more likely, playing on social media and trying to figure out how to use Twitter. I can write pretty fast when people leave me alone. So I never write fast. I have kids.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love David Sedaris. His books have a good amount of humor, which is my go-to coping mechanism. He's a little odd and so am I. I feel like we could understand each other.
In terms of romance authors, I really like Alice Clayton's wit. I try to be witty. 'Try' being the crucial word there.
What are you working on now?
I have a fantasy book almost complete. It's totally outside of my wheel-house and I'm trying to be brave. I love reading fantasy and paranormal, so I wanted to give it a shot. It's not easy writing something that's not funny.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I haven't a clue! I feel like I throw things out there and stuff happens. Ask David was great because it promos free books for free. I've posted to so many things at once, I don't know which one was effective. Maybe that's it, though, doing a little bit of everything. Marketing is the hardest part of being a self-published author, especially if you don't want to spend $$ on advertising.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Hmmm, let's see. Don't just click Publish the second you finish. I had zero social media presence when I did and it took forever to get followers to know about my book–because I had to go get followers. Build that platform before you finish.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be brave. A blogger who has been very kind to me told me to "Be Brave." It's not easy putting your works out there, pen name or not. So, if you're going to do it, be brave and have a thick skin.
What are you reading now?
Today I read a series of Reuters' articles on The Fed. I binged on some fantasy romance for weeks (The Fae Chronicles–loved it) and needed to clear my head and read something else.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan to finish the fantasy book and maybe see about submitting to a publisher. I love being an indie-author, but the upkeep to all things outside of writing is kind of exhausting. I would like to experience the traditional path, even if only for one book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
A Day No Pigs Would Die. I read it in middle school and, to this day, it's the only book that has ever made me cry. I freaking cried in class and I wasn't a crier. Ever.