I have had the pleasure of chatting with fellow author, Cassidy Taylor about her writing experiences. And –– as we all learn from our own and others personal narrative, I hope you will all enjoy and learn as much I did when asking these questions. With out further delay –– I introduce to you Cassidy Taylor.
Lets start off with you telling us a bit about yourself and how you got into this business of writing books?
I was one of those kids that was always writing, but I never thought of writing as a “real” profession. I studied in the Creative Writing program at UNC, but when I graduated, I got a job, got married, and had two kids before I returned to writing. I finished the first-draft of what will become my first novel during NaNoWriMo 2015, and connected with my publisher, Fantasy Works, through #Pit2Pub in early 2016.
I see on your website http://cassidytaylor.net that you have a new book, The Runaway Queen coming out soon! This line from your synopsis has me totally hooked…
With danger lurking around every corner, Ruby must summon the courage to face her enemies and fight for a throne she never wanted, a king she doesn’t know, and the queen she never knew lived inside of her.
Can you tell us a little more about the story? A sneak peak at the cover perhaps?
The Runaway Queen is the first in a series titled The Mondragon Chronicles. The cover is still in the works, but that line really sums it up. Ruby Mondragon is a young girl thrust into a position of power that everyone else wants but she fears. The story follows her as she decides whether to give up or to stand up and fight.
Do you have any favorite authors or books? Have they influenced your writing in anyway?
I feel like everything I read makes me a better writer. I grew up with Harry Potter, and would say that those books have been the most inspiring. I also love anything by Marie Lu and Alexandra Bracken.
I love to ask this question. If your book became a movie, who would you choose as the main cast?
Although I’m a visual person, I’m not a big movie buff and don’t know a lot of actors. On my Pinterest board, I did find inspiration for Ruby in the model Alia Jolie, and for Aodhan in actor Luke Pasqualino. You can find my Pinspiration board here: http://pin.it/RJ7SdB4
Much of my everyday experiences make it into my writing. Can you share a tidbit of your fictional writing that’s actually a real part of your experiences?
To answer this one with a question of my own, who hasn’t wanted to run away from their responsibilities and hide in the mountains with a handsome king?
Have can people discover more about you and your work?
Website: http://cassidytaylor.net (join my newsletter!)
Whether you are traditionally published, self-published, or somewhere in-between marketing your work can be a challenge. What marketing strategy has worked well for you?
I haven’t had much to market yet, but I’ve been working on building relationships with readers and other authors. I try to be genuine and available across all platforms, and look forward to seeing how this translates once my book is out.
Who have been your biggest supporters in your writing endeavors? Go ahead, give them a shout out!
My parents! I have two kids and a full-time job, so my mom has started taking the kids for a few hours on Sundays to give me a good solid chunk of writing time. And my six-year-old daughter is my biggest cheerleader. She’s always asking about my word count, and is equally as excited whether I wrote 250 or 2,500.
From what I can see you have one book out and another on the way. Can we expect more books in the future? Will you stay writing in the same genre or try something new?
The Mondragon Chronicles is planned as a trilogy right now, so that will be on my plate for a while. After that, I have a couple of YA dystopian ideas, and a sci-fi story that have been trying to get my attention for a while. Only time will tell!