Interview with Casca Kelly Green

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse, because it was the single most transformative reading experience of my life.
John Dies at the End, by David Wong, because it walks the line between comedy and horror without damaging either.
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski because it almost trancends literature and becomes visual art.
Fine Prey by Scott Westerfeld, because since I read it, I've never thought of language and identity in quite the same way.
The fifth book has not been written yet.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a heavily used Kindle Keyboard 3g that my parents got for me as a graduation gift.
How do you approach cover design?
A book's cover has to communicate a lot using very little space, and it has to be understandable at different sizes and screen resolutions. I focus on making negative space do the heavy lifting, directing the reader's eye toward the important information, and using colour and detail for emphasis. I don't like a "busy-looking" graphic, if something simple will work just as well. I also cannot emphasize enough the value of asymmetry and off-center graphics.
Describe your desk
My desk is L-shaped, with my electric piano on one side and my computer on the other side. I had to elevate my double-wide desktop monitor on some plastic crates, because my cat likes to sit in the middle of the desk and block my view. The space where he doesn't sit is dominated by a digital pen tablet that I use when designing my book covers.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be an ornithologist and discover new species of birds. I also wanted to do falconry. Jean Craighead George's "My Side of the Mountain" series made a big impression on me when I was a kid.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach! I'm a piano teacher and a tutor in English and Latin. I'm also studying law, which eats a lot of my time, but I think all of it is worthwhile.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the next book in the Shadeshifter Chronicles, seeing how far I can push the envelope in this genre.
How long does it take you to write a book?
The fastest I've ever written a book, from the first outlines to the final edit, was about 42 days. I don't take very long getting words onto the page, but I can be exacting and critical of my efforts for weeks before they even see the light of Beta.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just write, already. Every paragraph is an opportunity to hone your craft. Find writing partners you respect, and collaborate with them, whether it’s a roleplaying game or a fully-fledged novel. Get comfortable with the idea that you aren’t perfect, and just write until you have something substantial enough to share with other people. It’s both easier and harder than it sounds.
Give us your writing playlist!
Oh, man! Music is a huge part of my life; I almost never write without it. Here's my playlist from Superdome:

Mosane - E.S. Posthumus
Darkangel - VNV Nation
Hard Rock Hallelujah - Lordi
New Rules - Draper
Feel This - Rudebrat
Immortals - Fall Out Boy
Take Me To Church - Hozier
Make Me Wanna' Die - The Pretty Reckless
Pet - A Perfect Circle
Centuries - Fall Out Boy
Blame - Calvin Harris Feat. John Newman
Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) - Mr. Probz
Unstoppable - E.S. Posthumus
Riptide - Vance Joy
The Hanging Tree - James Newton Howard (sung by Jennifer Lawrence)
Published 2014-12-30.
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Books by This Author

Children of Fate: A Shadeshifter Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 141,890. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The Dome is a dangerous place, but for three young women with powerful new abilities, the Dome is not to be feared, but fixed. Who will they sacrifice, to rebuild their distorted world? When fate is pulling your strings, do you pull back harder, or do you cut yourself free?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,300. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Reyes was a soldier fighting against the androids to save humanity. Then he became an android, fighting against humanity. Violet was a soldier, too, but the battle took different things away from her, and now her solitary fight is against personal demons, both internal and external, living and dead. Implicated in crimes against humanity, they must now become something else entirely: posthuman.
Tales from the Dome: Villains
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,380. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Charma has an addictive personality. Derek must choose between old friends and new enemies. In a shattered world, who are the villains? This five-story anthology introduces new readers to the Shadeshifter Chronicles and gives loyal readers a fascinating and LGBT-friendly look at the histories and secrets of all your favourite characters, including Charma, Static, Carys, and Seer.
Tales from the Dome: Heroes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,190. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Moira sees the future. Mind Melter commands an army of the dispossessed. What defines a hero, and who is really pulling the strings? This six-story anthology introduces new readers to the Shadeshifter Chronicles and gives loyal readers a fascinating and LGBT-friendly look at the histories and secrets of all your favourite characters, including Impulse, Void, Ellis Straylight, Seer, and Dan.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,880. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Dome was built to save humanity from a threat we could not fight. Generations later, when Supers dominate life in the Dome, Mundane civilization is at the mercy of self-styled Heroes and Villains. Now who will save us from ourselves? Find out in Superdome: Volume 1 of The Shadeshifter Chronicles, a series featuring diverse characters, including MOGAI and neuroatypical characters.