CAS: I’m a recent SARA member, just joining this year. This chapter is so active and supportive of its members; I wanted to be a part of that community.
SC: What sub-genre of romance stories do you write?
CAS: Contemporary western romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, horror with romantic elements, and satirical erotica mashups.
SC: What about the romance genre appeals to you?
CAS: No matter how bad things get, there’s always a way through it to something better.
SC: Do you consider yourself a romantic?
SC: If you could have any actor/actress cast as the hero/heroine of your latest work, who would you choose and why?
CAS: Kate Hudson or Mila Kunis, Zac Efron or Bradley Cooper – When I start something I mentally cast the characters. It helps me make sure that the voices of each character stays unique and true to them.
SC: Do you have a writing routine? What does it involve?
CAS: Maybe because of writing at night for so long, my writing brain usually doesn’t turn on until 3pm but then it stays amped until about 3am. During the week I write from 8-10, and then Friday and Saturday nights turn into marathons.
SC: What do you do when you’re not writing? Do you have any hidden talents?
CAS: When I’m not writing and not buried in my day job, I do cover art. I did it for fun for a couple of years for friends, but recently I set up CovertureCovers.com offering premade covers as well as custom cover design services.
SC: What is your favorite part of the writing process?
CAS: The first 500 words
SC: What would happen if you didn’t write?
CAS: I find other less sensible outlets for that energy. On the other hand, those things have given me a lot of fodder for plots!
SC: How do you know when your research is done?
CAS: LOL, my research never ends. I am a major information geek. I’m always chasing obscure bits to weave into my plots.
SC: Name one thing you absolutely can’t write about.
CAS: In my books, you’ll never see an animal get hurt.
SC: I’m so glad you’ve joined SARA. Thanks for taking time to share with us!
Article by Mary E. Brand