Just a quick notice--my second novel, Cassie's Secret, will soon be removed from Smashwords. This is so I can begin offering it free to those who are enrolled in Amazon.com's Kindle Unlimited program. But no worries, everyone else can still download it for a mere $0.99 if they are so inclined!
Oh, and be on the look out for my next book, Dalara's Revenge, which plays with the themes of Cassie's Secret within the realm of horror. It's a much shorter work than my previous two books, but it's still filled with the same intrigue, sensuality, and mind-bending revelations. It should be available on Amazon.com by early April. Thanks for the support!
Extra Update 9/03/15
Cassie's Secret is a novella that I recently removed from Smashwords. Compared to Miyu's Wish, my first book, it's a darker, more psychological tale intended for older audiences. The good news is that I'm reinstating it here on Sept. 6th as a free download. Anyone wanting something very different and thought-provoking to read should give it a look. Thanks for the support!
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about Miyu, a 14-year-old girl who leads a rather charmed life--she's pretty, popular, and has few worries beyond getting her crush's attention. But not all is what it seems--secretly, she's being haunted by a mysterious boy appearing in her thoughts and dreams. It's as if he's trying to remind her of something she's better off not remembering. Who is this stranger, really, and what does he really want? Poor Miyu must uncover the truth, even if it might mean the end of her own existence. Readers can learn more at www.caseybryce.com
[Update: Due to lack of interest, I have decided to remove Cassie's Secret--my other, more mature-oriented work--from Smashwords and its affiliates. The book will remain available on Amazon for the time being, but I will eventually unpublish it there as well. Still, for those of you who gave this peculiar story a chance, I truly appreciate your support! Much more than money or fame, a writer really just craves a few good readers. I wish you all the best!]
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was the lesser of two evils, I suppose. It's almost impossible to break into traditional publishing, so I guess you could say I took the "easy way" out and chose this direction. Not that this path was much easier, though! Finding the right cover artist, editor, evaluator, not to mention all the marketing I still do--an indie author's job is never done!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just published through Smashwords recently, so I'm not entirely sure yet how much it's helped! But Smashwords comes highly recommended by innumerable other authors, so I have high hopes that the service will benefit me as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Oh, probably just the fact that I have a million things to do and I'd feel guilty if I just stayed under the covers all day. Plus, going to work and earning that paycheck is always nice for, you know, buying groceries and paying rent!
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a tough call! I love The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, hugely respect George Orwell for his prescient but accessible Animal Farm, and am still thoroughly taken by Norman Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth. So...I guess those three, plus a dozen others I don't have time to name right now!
What do you read for pleasure?
I'll read almost anything, but I gravitate towards fantasy and science fiction of various kinds and degrees, from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya to Robopocalypse to the comic book series Fables. I recommend all three of those, by the way! :-)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
In honesty, I don't read many ebooks, which may seem ironic considering that's my own title's most popular format. But deep down, I still prefer paper and ink--I want to flip those pages myself and feel the texture of each sheet slip through my fingers.
From a traditional reader's perspective, I guess you can say, the advent of the e-reader is almost disconcerting. But from an author's standpoint, devices like the Kindle are a godsend, as they allow one to distribute and share his work to a much broader audience than was ever possible before.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have plenty of distractions to keep me occupied, from playing with my cats to jogging to booting up the occasional video game or two. Plus marketing--it always seems like I'm on the Internet trying to find more ways to get people to notice my work!
What are you working on next?
*Sigh* I'm always playing around with new ideas, but my busy work schedule often leaves me too drained to complete anything quickly. I am slowly piecing something together, though--it'll be another psychological, experimental work not unlike Cassie's Secret, but with a greater emphasis on setting, mood, and mystery. Likewise, it will play with certain masculine and feminine themes and sport the usual dose of dream-like sensuality, albeit expressed in an artful, tasteful fashion. Unfortunately, it'll be some time yet before it's done. :-(
Nevertheless, thanks for your support!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not exactly, although I can remember a couple of silly yarns from both my second and third grade years. One involved a girl turning into a frog, and another was about a hungry blob of slime chasing a hapless kid through his house. In the latter story, the boy saves himself by flushing the goo down the toilet. It's not quite Shakespeare but we all have to start somewhere...right?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmm, I definitely can't answer that one with any certainty, although it was likely a fairy tale--the kind of fable that still inspires the stories I write today. The first book I truly remember affecting me greatly, however, is C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The idea that I could suddenly be transported to a magical realm so unlike my own world was enthralling, and for a long time I hoped something like that would happen to me.
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