Q: Who is Cassandra Carr?
A: I’m a wife, mother, and a writer, so my time is divided about a million different ways on any given day. I’ve been writing my whole life but didn’t decide to become a full-time writer until 2009. Before that I worked for years in the marketing/PR/media relations field.
Q: What books most influenced your life?
A: My first “favorite book” was The Westing Game. I also read Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret until it fell apart. I think it was reading books like those that got me started on the path to what I do today.
Q: What do you consider necessary to the writing process?
A: Time. I find that when I get a stretch of a couple of hours I can really get a lot of words down on the page. It’s when I only have half an hour or an hour that it’s hard to get going.
Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser? What is your writing discipline?
A: I’m NOT a plotter! I shudder when I see all the things other writers do to prepare to write. I usually have about a one-page outline when I start, and I just kind of go from there and see where the story takes me. So far I haven’t struggled for word count, so I guess my method is working.
I don’t really have discipline, per se. However, since in addition to writing I stay at home with my two-year-old, I guess you could say my writing discipline is that I have to write when she’s in bed or I’ll never get anything done!
Q: What is something that few people know about you?
A: Something few people know about me? Hmmmm. Let me think about that… (pauses) I would say I love watching teen movies, whether they be John Hughes’ old films like Sixteen Candles or somewhat newer ones like Clueless or Step Up.
Q. Does becoming published make a difference in your writing?
A: No, not really, except that instead of working for free I’m getting paid for it. Hee. But I understand that just because you’ve been published once doesn’t guarantee you’ll be published again and again. You still have to work hard and put out good stories.
Q: What song would best describe your life?
A: Heh. Well, I joke that my “theme song” is Bitch by Meredith Brooks, but right now, the song that would most accurately describe my life would have “Crazy” somewhere in the title. And I mean that in the best way possible.
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
A: That I’m really good at writing hot sex scenes. Ahem.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A: This is a business, and even though rejection is going to FEEL personal, it isn’t. What doesn’t excite one person might be exactly what another is looking for. Take all feedback and make of it what you will. If you keep hearing the same thing over and over, it’s probably true and you should address it. More than anything else, keep writing. Submit that first novel and keep writing. Sell a novel, and keep writing. Edit that novel for publication, and keep writing.
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