Interview with Cass Alexander

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever remember writing was in elementary school. Our class was forced to enter some young author competition. I won. We did it again the following year and I placed 2nd (I think). No one was more shocked than I was. My mother never censored books we chose from the local public library. I started reading Stephen King and Dean R. Koontz at age 9. This is important to point out because the two stories I wrote were quite disturbing. I don't remember which one was the winner, but one was about a girl that got sucked up into her ceiling and transported to a terrible land where she had to fight monsters to stay alive. The other was about an elderly couple that fostered troubled children. And ate them. By middle school, I was sneaking my grandmother's dirty westerns. It took me years to figure out what half of the euphemisms meant.
How do you approach cover design?
I googled 'worst romance covers' and spent 30 minutes laughing my tail off. Then I looked at covers for books that I had really enjoyed reading, then covers for books that hold sold well. I prefer simplicity. I didn't like the covers that had a lot going on and were 'busy.' It made it hard to find the title and author. I spent some time finding a simple picture of a couple that looked sort of like the couple in the book. I had to pay for rights (way cheaper than I thought possible) and then I pieced it together on canva.com. It was awesome.
When did you first start writing?
Well, I wrote a short story in 3rd grade, one in 4th grade, and then one over this past summer. I took a break, I guess.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
So difficult to list only five. But here's where I am today:
1. I love Pride and Prejudice. I'm not sure why. Maybe I love to hate the male lead and appreciate a character's redemption
2. I actually love reading supernatural and fantasy and I've read Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark Series multiple times. There's like 17 books or something. Totally worth it.
3. A Day No Pigs Would Die--I read it in 10th grade and to this day it's the only book that ever made me cry. It's probably written for middle school boys, but I adored this book.
4. I also love Wallbanger (Alice Clayton, I believe? Sorry if that's wrong). I fell in love with the sexy neighbor.
5. The Glass Castle. This book made me crazy. I yelled out loud at the mother. It's a non-fiction work and got under my skin.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything. I like romance, erotica, YA, brain science texts, thrillers, sci fi, etc. Lately, it's mainly been romance. I'd say it's because of research for my book, but really I got addicted to a couple of series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, I literally just launched on Smashwords (the day I'm answering this question), so I don't know. I have a coupon so the book is free. I have some research to do on this!
Describe your desk
No desk. I have a laptop and sit at the dining room table. Or at the kitchen counter. Or on the sofa (that's where I am now).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the South on acreage in the country. The locale didn't really influence. It was more of the people around me. My family is pretty nuts and exercise humor at all times. It's a problem.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had this idea years ago. I like to tell funny stories. A colleague once told me to write something funny. My mother told me to write something dirty (she loves romance books, too). So I tried to do both in a single book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My friend's mother has been doing this for a few years and loves it. She has a very successful series and inspired me to take the leap.
Published 2016-09-24.
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Books by This Author

The Shadow, Inc. Series (Books 1-4)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,180. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Goddess of Love's work is never done. Tired of seeing her nephews lead shallow and unfulfilling lives, going through sex partners faster than she can count, Aphrodite secretly steps in to help them find love. Reluctant at first, these super hot and relationship-challenged males soon discover how incredible life can be when it's with the right person, especially in the bedroom.
Eriq: A Shadow, Inc. Novella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,110. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Eriq Marcellus is good at his job. As House Dom at a premier sex club, he's everything a good Dom should be. When he pulls inexperienced Sofia into his world, he is surprised by her willingness to explore the carnal side of life. She might be fine with sharing, but Eriq's no longer sure he can allow someone else to bring her pleasure.
Quin: A Shadow, Inc. Novella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,200. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Quin uses sex to bury emotions and to ensure the block of ice inside his chest remains intact. Lately, the huge immortal has been feeling an itch he just can’t scratch, no matter how many females or males he gets under him. That is, until the night he buys a gorgeous redheaded succubus named Vanessa at his club's virginity auction. Quin decides he wants more than her virginity--he wants her heart.
Tarq: A Shadow, Inc. Novella
Price: Free! Words: 16,870. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Lily Travelle is a walking wet dream--one Tarq Marcellus wants very badly. After a major faux pas, he tries to use his immortal powers to swipe her memory. It doesn't work. Tarq buries himself in a multitude of women, trying to get her out of his system. But none can satisfy his new craving. The next time they meet, Tarq is going to have Lily in every way possible--and she's going to love it.
Luqa: A Shadow, Inc. Novella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,020. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
One-and-done has always been Luqa’s attitude towards sex. He’s generous with the orgasms, but it’s always only the one time. That is, until her, the little nereid who seems to pop up to watch every time he’s buried inside another. Delia tries to resist, but the sexy male leaves her a quivering mess. She relents, allowing him full access to her body—but Luqa will demand her heart.
We're Not Write
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,140. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
“It was the best of texts, it was the worst of texts …” From accidentally propositioning a friend’s mom for a ball massage to finding a booger in a cup of coffee, We’re Not Write offers a variety of hilarious anecdotes between siblings, Cass and C.C. Bear witness to their crazy digital correspondence, insults, and major life faux pas in this laugh-out-loud collection.
Working With It
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,940. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Morgan Pottinger just met her match--uber sexy, disturbingly intelligent, Nate Stevenson. But she can't have him until she dumps her hometown boyfriend, which proves to be more difficult than she ever imagined. At this rate, she’ll be married to the loser by March and Nate will be just another casualty in the disaster that is her life. Lucky for Morgan, Nate’s much smarter than she is.
Working For It
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,520. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jen Dixon wants one thing out of life. To get the hell out of the Midwest. She has big plans for her future and nothing will get in her way. Not her crazy mother, not her ex, not even the sexy object of her desires, Scott Kalite. Scott’s been waiting three years to make his move. In his mind, Jen’s already his and always has been. Now he just has to convince her that he’s right.
Working On It
Price: Free! Words: 86,940. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Meet Rebecca Banks. Intelligent. Inexperienced. In trouble. She wants someone who already has the perfect girlfriend. But when Evan decides to end his long-term relationship, will Rebecca be brave enough to take a chance on him? Can he see past her shortcomings? Can she? Rebecca’s got a long list of flaws. But she’s working on it.