Friday, August 2, 2013

Interview with the Fun Cassie Mae!

Hi, lovely blog readers! Today I have a fun interview with the amazing Cassie Mae. Enjoy!

Tell us your latest news, Cassie.

Hmm… I think everybody knows my news, haha! But the last email I got just said my edits for SWITCHED (coming December 2013) are done! Wahoo!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

2011, when I finished my first book.

And we're all so grateful you took up writing. :) What inspired you to write Friday Night Alibi?

I fell asleep in the shower and woke up to freezing cold water. Instead of jumping out like a normal person, I stayed in and acted out a scene, then got out and wrote it, lol.

Haha, love it! Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes. I write as if the character is talking to the reader. Like in Saved by the Bell when Zach pauses the scene and talks to the camera, lol.

That's awesome. How did you come up with the title?

Friday Night Alibi was who the character was. I had that title when the idea for the book plopped in my head.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That love is fun, it’s immature sometimes, and when you open yourself up to it, it can be freaking awesome.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Fablehaven, anything by Jolene Perry, Match Made in High School… I really could go on and on, lol.

Great choices. Speaking of choices, iIf you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Jolene Perry. She rocks, and she hasn’t told me to stop fangirling and to leave her alone yet.

What book are you reading now?

Click To Subscribe by LM Augustine. And it’s amazing.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

LM Augustine, lol. Leigh T. Moore, Theresa Paolo (but I’m biased because she’s my critique partner.)

What are your current projects?

I’m working on two books right now, one NA and one YA. The YA is book 3 in my HOW TO Series through Swoon Romance, and the NA I’m hoping to knock Random Houses socks off with, haha! Do you want titles? How to Snag a Sugar Daddy and The Real Thing. We’ll see if they stick ;)

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure… lemme pull something out here…

“Make love to me.”
If requests could cause heart attacks, I’m pretty sure mine just did. Eric blinks and grips the side of the grocery cart, putting most of his weight on it. Goodness, I hope he doesn’t pass out.
He clears his throat, eyes never leaving mine. “Right here? I mean, I’m all for making statements and such, but I don’t think I want my first time in the diaper aisle at Target.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Everything. Sometimes it’s the dialogue, sometimes it’s the plot, sometimes it’s my characters. All depends on the book and the story. But I like challenging, because it makes me better.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I can’t pick a favorite! LOL. I do love Miranda Kenneally though, because she’s not afraid to write different from the trends. She writes true to her characters no matter what.

It is so hard to pick a favorite. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI was hard because I was pregnant, my mind was gone, and I was face in a toilet for half of it, lol. But it turned out to be one of my most favorite ones I’ve written.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I LOVE YOU! *huggles*

:D How long does it take you to write a book?

It used to only take me a couple weeks. Now it takes me a couple months. I think it’s ‘cause I can’t shut off my editor brain now. Kind of like driving. There are so many things to think about and concentrate on, it takes a little bit longer. But it also saves me time in the editing room.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I write whenever I can. Right now I’m in my pajamas while my kids scream at each other over who gets the last cookie. Being a stay-at-home mom, they make my schedule, not me :)

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I probably have an awkward boner scene in almost every book. Must be my signature, haha!

What paranormal creature would you be and why?

A vampire, because I am pasty white.

I'm so white too! Although, in recent years, I have been getting a little color. What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

Play video games, write, eat licorice, and chug mountain dew.

Wait… I already do those things :)

Hahaha. What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?

A teacher. Yeah, two years of tutoring made me change my mind.

I could never be a teacher. What makes you laugh?

I have a 12 year old boy sense of humor. So any words or actions that would cause them to laugh, it’s safe to say I’d laugh as well.

Hey, laughing is healthy, right? If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what would you want?

Anything that gets me free food.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Luna Lovegood. She rocks.

Yeah she does! If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Who played Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect? *hurries and Googles* Rebel Wilson. Definitely her. She’s hilarious and I’d get a cool Aussie accent.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

To control life like a remote control. Pause, rewind, replay, fast forward… yes, I want that. And yes I saw Click, I know what I’m in for.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

That One Girl Who Didn’t Know How To Shut Her Mouth

LOL You crack me up. If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

Visit all my online friends, take my hubby and kids to wherever they want to go, and live in Harry Potter world in Orlando.

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be, and why?

Hugh Jackman, because he can sing, he played Wolverine, and he’s sexy. (super deep answer, huh? LOL)

Nice. I'm sure you aren't alone in your choice there! If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?

A puppy, because I can’t sit still, I’m happy, and I sometimes drool when I smell McDonalds fries.

If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Buy a house, pay bills, be totally boring, lol!

If you were a Star Wars character, which one would you be?

Obi Wan. No reason, I just really like him.

What kind of people do you dislike?

Hmm… people who are opinionated, and say things to make others uncomfortable. I wouldn’t say I dislike them, because I find it hard to dislike anyone, but it rubs my nerves raw.

What makes you angry?

When my shows don’t record, when my internet flickers, and when my characters won’t talk to me when I’m on a deadline! ;) 

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Purchase Link for Friday Night Alibi (because you know you want a copy!)

In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.
Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.


Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Advance praise for Friday Night Alibi
“Totally entertaining with as many swoon-worthy moments as hilarious ones, Friday Night Alibi is a must-read.”—Jolene Perry, co-author of Out of Play
“A fun, funny, and fantastic story, this is one you will read in a day, and pick up to re-read again the next.”—Kelley Lynn, author ofFraction of Stone
“I loved this book. Chase had me right away, from his first smart-ass comment. He’s got a sharp wit that I adore but is also sweet and caring . . . definitely one of my favorite book boys!”—Rachel Schieffelbein, author of Secondary Characters
Cassie Mae is a fabulous author who tugs on your heart strings as if she owns them. I will never be able to eat an orange again without thinking about Chase. Loved everything about this book!”—Jade Hart, author of Coffee and Cockpits
Cassie Mae has a knack for developing characters who have you wanting to climb into the pages and become part of their world. Kelli is full of spunk and everything you want in a female lead. And Chase . . . well, he’s mine, ladies. Sorry, but I saw him first. Friday Night Alibi is fearlessly hilarious and will have you hanging on to every word until the very end. Then you’ll want to flip right back to the beginning and start all over. You definitely will want to put this at the top of your to-be-read pile.”—Theresa Paolo, author of (Never) Again


LTM said...

This is FAB! And trust me, I hear ya about the kids setting our schedules--it's still summer break over here.

Thanks for the shout out! Lova ya, CMBA! *waves* to Nicole! <3

Theresa said...

Aww! Right back at ya, Cassie! Awesome interview. I can never come up with questions and these were great!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love how Cassie became a write. Me, I would have been cursing that the hot water had turned cold. :D

Angela Brown said...

I love this interview. So much of Cassie's fantastic, fun-loving personality jumping out from every line!!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

This interview was fun and gave an inside look at the inner workings of our great Cassie Mae. Writing a book is tough but finishing it and getting it published is a great highlight.

Trisha F said...

Damn, NOW I know who your fave HP character is ;)

Fun interview! :D