Hello! Today with us we have the amazing Carol Cassada! *Applause*
Angelina: Introduce yourself please.
Carol: My name is Carol Cassada and I’m an author from the small town of Ringgold, VA. I’ve always loved reading, and in high-school I took a creative writing course which opened up my love of writing. I decided to make writing my career and after graduating college in 2008, wrote my book Going Home Again. Since then I’ve published 8 more books, 4 short stories, and participated in many anthologies.
Angelina: Did someone inspire you to become an author?
Carol: My mom was my biggest supporter in my writing career. When I told her I was writing a book she was thrilled because she knew how much I loved writing. There were times I felt like giving up, but she encouraged me to continue with my dream.
Angelina: How long does it take for you to write a story?
Carol: The time varies because life and work gets in the way, so I sometimes don’t have time to dedicate to my stories. Sometimes I can finish a story in less than three months, but there are times where it takes a year to finish a book.
Angelina: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Carol: My ideas come from different places. I’m a soap opera fanatic and I wrote the romance/soap opera inspired book series Westmore because of my love for the shows.
Angelina: What does your family think of your writing?
Carol: My family has been very supportive. As I mentioned earlier my mom’s my biggest fan and encouraged me to write. My dad, brothers, and my aunt have also been supportive. They’re always asking what I’m writing and when the next book will be published.
Angelina: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Carol: Altogether I’ve written 13 books. I love all my books, but Going Home Again holds a special place in my heart. It’s the first book I wrote and published. After all the hard work, rejections, and challenges, to see my project come to life was an incredible moment.
Angelina: Who’s your favorite character you created?
Carol: I have so many, but one of my favorites is Alicia Green from Westmore. Alicia is a tomboy/girly girl/rockstar. She has the cool, tough girl persona, but confidence issues, especially when it comes to love.
Angelina: Who’s your least favorite character you created?
Carol: That’s a tough question, but I’d have to say Jeremy from Going Home Again. He’s Rachel’s boyfriend from New York. He’s handsome and successful, but isn’t the best boyfriend. He’s more concerned with work that Rachel’s feelings.
Angelina: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Carol: Occasionally I hear from readers, and they’ve been supportive of my writing journey. They have good reviews for my books and asking what projects I’m working on.
Angelina: What do you think makes a good story?
Carol: There are a number of factors that go into storytelling, but I’d say characters are important. As a writer you have to create characters that will grab the reader’s attention. Whether they’re a hero or villain, you need to write them with a history and personality that will have readers either rooting for or against them.
Angelina: Tell us about your WIP.
Carol: Currently, I’m working on volume 9 of the Westmore series. There will be more drama, romance, and surprised awaiting the characters in the soap opera saga.
Angelina: Thank you for hanging out with us. Please share your social links where readers can follow you.
Carol: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063151482952
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