Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
Growing up I wasn't an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during my senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks novels, I found a hidden love and appreciation for reading. When my daughter was born, reading was my happy place. Others would ask me what to read next, so I created a book blog, Hardcover Therapy. My love for reading ignited the passion for writing several years later, and my writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives. Today I still enjoy reading, writing reviews, and of course writing a new novel. It’s hard to believe a girl who hated reading has now written seven titles!
How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?
I write typically every Monday and Tuesday in the afternoons while my little girl is at the dance studio for a total of 8 hours. When I’m in crunch mode, I write every free moment I have available. Over the past three years, I’ve had to find a balance for my full time job as a special education teacher, wife, mother, and author. Now that I’ve found it, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?
I typically write on my laptop at the dance studio or Lily Bean Coffee Shop in my hometown.
What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
My favorite part about writing is when I come up with a new story line or something that sparks my inspiration. My least favorite part has to be edits.
How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?
I typically come up with my book ideas from country music. I’ll hear a song and it will spark an idea or one small scene. It then snowballs into a full novel. Most of my books take about three months to write, edit, and release.
What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?
I’ve tried a lot of different avenues, but I’ve found that word of mouth is the best. I love when people tell others about my stories or when they stumble upon one. I’ve had review tours, Facebook events, and book promotions. Another strategy that works well is an amazing email list and street team. Those individuals get to know you and are always there when there is a new release.
What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?
Currently, I am in the process of final edits of Tutus & Cowboy Boots (Part 2.) It will release on April 8, 2016. No worries if you haven’t read Tutus & Cowboy Boots (Part 1), it’s currently free on all platforms. Check it out at http://ow.ly/YWAHF
Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.
Absolutely! Currently, I have one title that I’ve been holding onto for query purposes called Boondocks. Think Moonshiners meets the Dukes of Hazard for young adults! I’m also planning on a new novel that will revolve around two rival high school football teams. I hope that if you loved my Full Circle Series that you will love this one! Think pranks, romance, and rivalry that revolve around the coach’s daughter.
What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe he/she has enough talent?
Have faith in yourself! You believing in yourself will be the rock of success!
Learn more about Casey:
Book Trailer- https://youtu.be/Ea4oTrw0TWY for Tutus & Cowboy Boots Part 1
Check out my website for a FREE download of Our Song!