Author Cassandra Larsen is joining me today to tell us a little about herself and her books.
Author Cassandra Larsen
Welcome Cassandra nice easy question, can you start by telling us a little about yourself including where you are from?
Hi Sylv, and thank you for having me today. I’m originally from New York, but I grew up in New Jersey and lived there most of my life. A few years ago, my husband’s work brought us down to Maryland, which is where we live now. Maryland is beautiful, with a lot of parks and areas for hiking and kayaking. There are also some fantastic wineries around us, which is always a plus in my book!
Can you tell us about your books and how you got started?
I’ve been throwing ideas around in my head for years, even started writing a few, but life always seemed to get in the way. Then a few years ago I got the idea for my young adult series, The Witches Circle, and became more serious about writing. I finished my first two novels, Silent Circle and Deceitful Circle, when I was pregnant with my son. I ended up on bed rest for a few months, so I had a lot of free time to write.
These books follow the story of Emerson, a typical high school teenager in a small town in Connecticut. She’s a bit on the wild side, partying and drinking in an attempt to cope with her mother’s suicide. Strange events begin happening on her seventeenth birthday, leading to the discovery that she’s actually a witch, as was her mother. This opens up a new, dangerous world and causes her to question the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death. Of course, there’s also a heavy dose of high school drama and various romantic entanglements.
So what made you decide to write books?
I’ve always wanted to write, but I never believed that I’d be able to write anything other people would want to read. Then a few years ago, I just decided to write anyway. Even if nobody else read it, it was a book I wanted to read, so I just went for it. When I published my first novel, Silent Circle, I didn’t really expect anyone besides friends and family to take an interest, so when readers began responding and telling me how much they liked it, I was amazed. I still am. Every time a reader contacts me through one of my sites or leaves a review, I’m always amazed, and incredibly touched. To know that I wrote something people all over the world are reading and enjoying… it’s truly an indescribable feeling.
How do you cope with writer’s block?
Whenever I get stuck on a particular book, it’s usually a sign that I need to take a step back and work on something else for a bit to recharge my creative batteries. At any given moment, I’m working on several projects simultaneously. I have two series out right now, each with more books currently in production, plus a couple of completely new series in various stages of planning, not to mention the dozen other plot ideas I have for new books that I just haven’t gotten around to fleshing out yet. There is always something for me to write, or edit, or revise, or outline. So if I get writer’s block on one of my novels, I always have another project to focus on for a bit until my mind untangles whatever plot snare tripped me up in the first place.
Where do you like to write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks)?
I usually write in my dining room with a glass of wine or tea and some kind of music. Music really helps me concentrate. Often I’ll choose something to fit the mood of the scene I’m working on, sometimes even putting a specific song on repeat if it really compliments the mood. For example, when writing a particular breakup scene in Deceitful Circle, I listened to Tyler Farr’s Redneck Crazy on repeat over and over again. That song so perfectly matched the emotion in the scene and really had a huge influence on it. I find music very inspirational.
What plans have you got for future books?
I’m currently in the process of editing the third book in The Witches Circle series, Shattered Circle, and hope to have that out later this year. However, my novella, Gray’s Dilemma, will be available today, April 14th. This story is set in the same world as Silent Circle, but is told from Gray’s perspective. As a werewolf in the Silver Ridge Pack, Gray’s life hasn’t been easy. He’s the Alpha’s son, so he has a lot of responsibility placed on his shoulders. When one of his friends lands on the wrong side of Pack Law, Gray has to choose between loyalty to his friend and loyalty to his pack. My goal with this story is to give my readers a deeper understanding of Gray, provide some insight into pack dynamics, as well as introduce some new characters that will appear in the third book in the series, Shattered Circle.
Lastly is there anything else you would like to add?
I’d just like to thank you for having me on your blog today and I wish you all the best!
Thank you Cassandra for taking time out to join me here today and good luck with your books.