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June CSR Discussion Day: Geeks by CassieQ



Delayed a bit, but worth the wait! I laughed out loud a few times, gasped at least once (too many books, no such thing!) and thoroughly enjoyed both CassieQ's story Geeks and her interview answers. Please make sure you leave your comments below for her to share your thoughts too!

Who was the real villain, ACME or Wile E. Coyote? 

ACME.  Coyote is just trying to eat.  ACME looks like they supply terrorists.

If you were an animal, what would you be? 

Probably a cat.  I excel at lounging around and sleeping all day and have manic bursts of energy around midnight.

What’s one location you’d love to go to research for a story? 

France.  I’m learning the language (very slowly) but it just looks amazing and like the perfect setting for a romance.  I also would have loved to be able to visit the Rocky Mountains for research on being trapped in the mountains (news flash:  it sucks), but alas, I had to stick with my Appalachians. 

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be? 

Too Many Books.  Seriously.  They’re taking over my house.  I need an intervention or something.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

I’m a pantser and very character focused.  There are parts of my writing where I have to think a lot about plot and plan those things out and I hate every second of it.  Avoiding distractions is a struggle as well.  I try to circumvent some of it by going to the library when I can instead of writing at home. 

Is your writing process a daily word count goal or more of a burst of inspiration writing flurry? 

Closer to a flurry.  I write when I want to and while setting a daily habit is a great, having a daily word count goal doesn’t work for me.  It’s too much pressure and I don’t want to sit and grind out words that don’t matter to me just to fill a preconceived quota.  It’s a hobby for me, not a job. 

You said Geeks was your most popular story, but what has been your favorite to write and why? 

It’s not my best writing, but I loved writing Reach.  Reach and Not The Sun were some of the first stories where I got to do some world-building and be really creative and I enjoy that.

Anime is featured in Geeks, so I have to ask, do you like anime and what would you recommend (read, watch, write, etc…)? 

When I was growing up in the 90s, we had very few options of anime, it was Sailor Moon, DragonBall Z and whatever the Sci-Fi channel was featuring on Saturday Anime.  I don’t care how cringey Sailor Moon was, I will STILL watch it today.  I’ve tried a few current shows, but I’ve not really gotten into anything that has been recommended to me, except for Miyazaki’s works, which are the shit.  If you haven’t seen Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away, please watch them.  You won’t be sorry.

Can you sum up Geeks in one sentence?  

Yes.  Anime, Star Wars and lot and lots of sex. 

What can you share about your current story or an upcoming story with readers? 

I have a multi-book project currently titled Hazardous that is sitting at a very robust 128,000 words at the moment.  I was hoping to have it wrapped up by 150,000 but that is looking highly unlikely at this point.  I do have hopes that I’ll finish it this year.  It’s currently in the beta reading process, but I have yet to find an editor, in case anyone is interested.  I wanted to go back to my fantasy roots, and this features new worlds, adventures, friendship, fighting and a little bit of sex.  My former beta reader had a thing for catboys, so it has that too.  It’s gonna be wild.    

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8 hours ago, Headstall said:

Great interview, @CassieQ. Thanks, @Cia. I love this story... anyone who hasn't yet, should read it... and the new work sounds amazing, Cassie!! So amazing that I would truly love to edit for you, but I just do not have the time. I'm sure someone will step up to work with you on your new fantasy. Cheers and happy writing! 

Thanks for the kind words @Headstall.

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