Monday, June 10, 2013

Interview: Christine Amsden, author of Cassie Scott, Paranormal Detective

Today, we have an interview with author, Christine Amsden.  She is promoting her latest book,Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective,  Come back on June 26 for my review of the book! Check out the trailer and giveaway at the end of the post.

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Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Date of publication: May 2013

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
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Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Christine:  I think I was born a writer. I wrote my first short story when I was about 8 -- it involved Cabbage Patch Dolls going to Mars. I've always like to write, and it has always been about strange or unusual events (science fiction or fantasy). 

I got "serious" about writing in 2003, when I attended a by-audition boot camp with Orson Scott Card. Before that, becoming an author was a dream. After that, it became a goal. 

I love writing about characters more than anything else. Give me a person with a problem and I'll give you a wonderful story of overcoming adversity.

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Christine: Ahhh, ideas! I'm currently working on my first nonfiction book, which will be called Bringing New Worlds to Life. (A world building guide for science fiction and fantasy writers.) In it, I discuss ideas in depth and the fact that ideas are quite literally everywhere. You get them people watching or in the news or reading books or playing with your kids or walking around the neighborhood or...or... Everywhere! I believe ideas are cheap. The hard part is weaving those ideas into a compelling story. That part takes time, dedication, and practice. 

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Christine: The Cassie Scot series is complete, and each book will be coming out with mere months in between. Secrets and Lies, book 2, is expected to come out this fall.  We're just waiting on cover art. Mind Games, book 3, is with an editor even as we speak.

There will also be two spin-off sequels to the Cassie Scot series involving minor characters that got too big for me and took on lives of their own. One of those stories is drafted, the other one is still in notes and in my head. 

In addition, I'm working on a completely new book -- new characters, new world, new magic -- involving a world of dreams. 

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Christine:  Mackayla Lane from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. I like her because she represents to me the epitome of character growth and change over the course of a series. 

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Christine: A bird so I could fly. (And if I ever finish that dreamworld book I mentioned you will now know why my main character often dreams herself into the form of a bird. :) )

Thanks for having me! 

About the author:

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She here.) In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work. Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children. Her latest book is Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone. At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more



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Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, May 13 - Book reviewed at Sara's Organized Chaos
Tuesday, May 14 - Book trailer reveal at Margay Leah Justice
Wednesday, May 15 - Book spotlight at The Busy Mom's Daily
Thursday, May 16 - Character interview at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
Friday, May 17 - Book reviewed at By the Broomstick
Monday, May 20 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Tuesday, May 21 - First chapter reveal at Offbeat Vagabond
Wednesday, May 22 - Book reviewed at Offbeat Vagabond
Thursday, May 23 - Guest blogging at You Gotta Read
Monday, May 27 - Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner
Thursday, May 30 - Guest blogging at Miki's Hope
Monday, June 3 - Guest blogging at Janna Shay
Tuesday, June 4 - Guest blogging at The Book Connection
Thursday, June 6 - Book reviewed at Miki's Hope
Monday, June 10 - Interviewed at From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, June 11 - First chapter reveal at By the Broomstick
Wednesday, June 12 - Book reviewed at Waiting on Sunday to Drown
Thursday, June 13 - First chapter reveal at Butterfly-o-Meter Books
Friday, June 14 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Monday, June 17 - Book reviewed at Carol's Notebook
Wednesday, June 19- First chapter reveal at Inside BJ's Head
Thursday, June 20 - Book reviewed at Quilted Reviews
Friday, June 21 - First chapter reveal at Literary Winner
Monday, June 24 - Interviewed at The Writer's Life
Tuesday, June 25 - Guest blogging at Janna Shay
Wednesday, June 26 - Book reviewed at From the TBR Pile
Thursday, June 27 - First chapter reveal at As the Pages Turn
Friday, June 28 - Interviewed at American Chronicle
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1 comment:

Christine Amsden said...

Thanks for hosting me today!