It’s Sunday, and I am at it again–editing, revising and writing, per the usual when I should be studying…Next week, I promise oh, Gods of Medical Coding. So, what do I have for my readers today? I had the wonderful opportunity for another interview, this time with Kayla over at Ramblings of a Book Junkie. Thanks Kayla! Here is the interview, and you can enter to win a e-book of In Between Seasons! Go on over to the Book Junkie blog by clicking the awesome button above.
Welcome to my ninth post of my segment: Sit Down Sunday. To learn more about Sit Down Sunday click here.
Today we’re sitting down with author Cassandra Giovanni. You can check out her blog here. Look below to have a chance at winning a copy of her book, In Between Seasons!
Cassandra Giovanni is an avid writer of young adult novels and can’t wait to share her work with you. The genres of her novels include dystopian, paranormal, mystery and romance all aimed at appealing to adults and young adults alike. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. She began writing at a very young age, in fact from the moment she could draw she was telling stories that way. At age seven she won a contest in American Girl Doll to have a chapter she had written published. She stopped writing in high school and started writing again after seeing the movie creation of a book. It inspired her to start writing again and since then its been something she just can’t let go. (Taken from her Goodreads account)
When did you realize being a writer was a career you wanted to pursue?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, in fact my parents have said that they don’t remember a point in time when I wasn’t telling stories in some way or another. I really got into writing when I was in 5th grade, that is probably when I wrote my first novel. I wrote novels and poetry up until I was a junior in high school. I stopped writing then. When I was 18, my then boyfriend, now husband, asked me one day why I had stopped writing. I picked up the computer and started typing, furiously. I wrote the worst vampire novel on the face of the planet. It was very similar to one that was released around that time. Then I was inspired and started The Sight, which became my first Trilogy, then came Walking in the Shadows, a few strange book chapters here and there that are unnamed and will never be published, and a book inspired by Jane Austen’s style, and then finally In Between Seasons, and the others that I am now working on.
Jane Austen, of course. JK Rowling, Eoin Colfer, Gwen Hayes, Ellen Ekstrom…there’s a lot, but Jane Austen rules all of them.
Yes, I had trouble writing the scenes where Hunter is teaching Kate how to fight. I used to watch a show called Fight Quest, and that was were I got most of my ideas from. I actually had to research for those scenes. They are based off of mixed martial arts moves, but I wanted it to be understandable to someone, like me, who had no knowledge of MMA.
You recently announced the companion novel to IBS, Permafrost, can you tell us a little about it?
Permafrost is going to be written from Mara or Rob’s point of view. At this point I am not sure which it will be from. I am leaning towards Rob, so that I can explore Hunter and the things that he would never reveal to Kate. The story from their point of view tells a lot about the government collapse and what is actually going on in the world, but it will still focus mainly on Rob and Mara as people.
What made you decide In Between Seasons needed a companion novel?
I had several people ask me if I would be writing a sequel because they wanted more world building as far as what was going on in the tribes. I couldn’t reveal these things in InBs because I couldn’t reveal more then what Kate and Hunter had knowledge of. I thought this would be a good way to give people the view into the world that they wanted, but couldn’t see in InBS. I also knew that Rob and Mara were spies for that anti-tribe. I always knew that, but no one else really had that knowledge. I wanted to be able to expand on them because as I wrote their characters I really started to love them.
The book was inspired in two parts. The first part was in a dream where I saw Vera and Tad’s relationship. It was a very intense and vague dream. It started in an auditorium and ended in dark room with a kiss that felt forbidden. There wasn’t a huge age difference between the characters, and because of this I felt it was a relationship that was started on good terms, and wouldn’t have been forbidden. It was the continuation that was forbidden. The second part was inspired by the massive obsession people seem to have with vampire novels. I wanted to take this to another level, so the serial killer was born. It also created a good back drop for why Vera had lied to Tad, and why things ended up as messy as they did. It gave the story a depth and emotion that just the romance hadn’t had before.
You have a trilogy of books, The Sight Trilogy, coming out in the winter of 2013 (aka forever in reader’s minds), can you tell us anything about it?
Ah, yes The Sight. It was the first real book I sat down and wrote after my teenage hiatus from writing. My husband and I loved ghost hunting shows at that point, and it was when they were getting really big. They still are big. I’ve always had an interest in the paranormal, so I sat down and started writing a story that combined what I knew of auras from healing touch, and added in the factor of being able to see the presence of a ghost’s energy. The story really spiraled into something crazy at that point. It is very in depth as far as classifying demons, and explaining why the main character has this talent. There is, of course, as with all my novels, a huge element of romance in this novel. The end of this one is a bit of a cliff hanger, so I had to write another book… I started writing Eyes Wide Open Shut, and it’s pretty carved out, but not finished as far as the story line goes. The third book in the trilogy wraps the whole story up and is about the highest level of demonics, The Betrayed. This last book hasn’t even been written, but the story has been planned out in my head. You might be surprised that it’s coming out so late when I wrote it so early, but the reason is that it needs a lot of work. I love the story line, but it was when I first started writing again, so it’s a bit shaky. Now that I have found my style I can’t wait to get back at it again.
Thank you so much for being here Cassandra!
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