Interview with Kristen Casey

Published 2017-05-12.
Who are your favorite authors?
Probably my favorite contemporary romance author is Victoria Dahl, but I also love Rachael Herron's books! For historical romance, I love Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare, and for paranormal - I drop everything for a JR Ward or Karen Marie Moning book. As for Diana Gabaldon, I'm one of her legions of fans, too.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I love the WW2 setting; I studied that era a lot in college, and I'm always drawn to books set in that time period. But more importantly, this book is hands-down one of the funniest I have ever read. You know that intelligent, ironic, dry humor that the Brits are so well-known for? This has it in spades.
2) Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. This book has such a huge and rabid fan base for a reason. Her writing is flawless, the setting and time period is fascinating, her characters are compelling, and the romance is off the charts.
3) Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. It's worth the effort. You get sucked right into all the family drama, and that tragic romance so characteristic of the Russians.
4) The Bronze Horseman, by Paullina Simons. Another WW2 book, another Russian perspective. The scope of the narrative, and the amazing, star-crossed characters blow me away.
5) How to Knit a Love Song, by Rachael Herron. This contemporary romance is a real gem - well-crafted and likable in every way. Plus, I'll always think of it as the impetus for me realizing that the books I was writing were romances, and that people might actually enjoy reading them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot for pleasure, mostly romances. I tend to go for the smart contemporaries of people like Victoria Dahl, Lauren Blakely, Cristin Harber, and Rachel Herron. I love writers who can write intelligent, witty, steamy, true-to-life tales that still deliver all the feels.
I also love a good historical romance, like those of Elizabeth Hoyt or Jennifer Ashley. Just something about those corsets and carriages, I guess!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've always used a Kindle Fire. I thought I was a confirmed 'real book' kind of person, until my family gave me that first Fire as a gift one year. I thought I would hate it. I don't - I love it. Probably more than I should admit.
Describe your desk
The couch in my living room. Plug in the laptop, fend off the cats, and I'm off to the races.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've lived all over: born in New York, then elementary school in Connecticut. Middle school was spent shuttling between California and Florida. I went to college in Boston, and then moved to Maryland, where I live currently.
I have been lucky enough to drive coast-to-coast twice, and also to visit places like Texas, the Carolinas, Ohio, Saint Lucia, and Greece.
All those settings, and all those different kinds of people, are about the best preparation for a writer that I can imagine! The amount of background material and inspiration is endless.
When did you first start writing?
The minute I could wield a pencil. My mother was an elementary school teacher, and I remember sitting in the kitchen with her while she taught me how to write my letters.

I think she was also the person who once put a stack of writing prompt worksheets in front of me to keep me busy. They had a drawing at the top, plus half of the first sentence filled in. I tore through those as fast as I could, and then, when I ran out, began making my own. I wrote, and wrote, and kept writing, because there never seemed to be enough books and stories to read. Consequently, one of my persistent childhood memories is of NEVER having enough blank paper around.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Finding Love, book 2 in my Second Chances series, just went on sale in April (2017). Several of the side characters from that book were pretty memorable, and I ended up writing a novella starring two of them in particular (Look for Lost in Love around July 2017). Then, my editor and primary beta reader asked (very nicely), if yet a third character might get his happily ever after, *that* ended up happening, and will likely be included at the end of the novella. From there, I found myself writing a short Christmas story involving all of the characters from book one through book 2.5, which I will eventually be offering for free to my newsletter subscribers. What can I say? I really, really liked that family.
Right now? I'm starting work on book 3 in the series. Set in beautiful coastal North Carolina, a place we have visited every summer for the last fifteen years, it stars a woman who had a big role in book two. I'm really enjoying digging into what makes her tick!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Time, hurdles, and middlemen.
In addition to being a writer, I'm also a wife, and a mother to two middle schoolers - so there are only so many hours in a day to devote to each role. The process of searching out a reputable agent, then sending out who-knows how many queries, and then giving up control, copyright and income to both agent and publishers... none of that seemed like the best or most efficient use of my time, when all I wanted to do was WRITE.
Of course, becoming an indie author is essentially starting your own business and taking on all those roles yourself, and there is a steep learning curve involved. But I get to do things at my own pace, and in my own way, and that is worth every hurdle to me. Plus, with the (mostly free) tools available to every indie author, there really is no compelling reason not to give it a try.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy would be seeing all the stories I have swimming around in my head reach fruition in a concrete way - amorphous characters becoming fully realized, hazy plots becoming clear and developed... and then, the most wonderful thing of all: when readers grin and tell me, "I loved it and I couldn't put it down!"
I mean, by the time you've written and polished and edited 300-plus pages of a novel, you personally love the story and the characters. You kind of have to. But to hear that you did your job in a way that makes other random strangers love them, too? It's the best feeling in the world.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on book three in my Second Chances series, which I am enjoying immensely and hope to release before the end of the year (2017). Early next year, I will be working on book four, and possibly one last novella to round out the series.
My mind has, of course, skipped ahead to plan out what comes next. I'll be introducing a new trilogy sometime next year, starring three men who are already starting to make my heart pound! I hope you enjoy them!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I am pretty busy being a wife, and a mom to my two teens. I spend a fair amount of time on youth sports sidelines. But when there is time, I do like to cook and try out new recipes on both family and friends.

But I also love crafting of all kinds. I enjoy knitting and crochet, and some embroidery. I love projects I can make with paper and my Cricut, like holiday decorations and greeting cards. And I love trying out new things I find on Pinterest! Some recent projects have included making wall shelves made from an old pallet, building an end table made with plumping pipe, and homemade candles scented with coffee and vanilla.

Armed with my drill and my glue gun, I'm pretty much locked and loaded for anything.
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Books by This Author

Finding Home
Series: Lost & Found, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 163,570. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Getting Away Was Supposed to Fix Everything. Divorce might have thrown Morgan’s life into a tailspin, but she had a plan for recovery. Going on a girls’ trip was supposed to be just the thing to pull her out of her funk and get things back on track. But when tragedy strikes before she makes it home, Morgan takes a job as a game warden's housekeeper—Owen, who has a sticky problem of his own.
The O'Connell Sisters Box Set
Series: Lost & Found. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 264,410. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Lose the burdens of the past, and find what’s meant to be. The O’Connell sisters need one more chance to get love right…and these hunky heroes are only too happy to give it to them! This set includes two full length novels, one novella, two short stories, and two bonus scenes.
The Flynn Sisters Box Set
Series: Lost & Found. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 326,380. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Lose the burdens of the past, and find what’s meant to be. The Flynn sisters need one more chance to get love right…and these hunky heroes are happy to give it to them! Set includes two full length novels, one novella, two short stories and two bonus scenes.
Forever and a Day
Series: Lost & Found, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,050. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
When Dimitri said that he was never going to get married again, he was dead serious. Too bad life had other plans—Lilly’s new teacher Emily is too young, too pretty, and too untouched by life’s darker moments to make any sense at all for him. She’s also too perfect to ignore. Also Included: One weekend and two big milestones bring the sisters together again, in this conclusion to the series.
Finding Forever
Series: Lost & Found, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,660. Language: American English. Published: May 18, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Twelve years is a long time to wait for the one you love. Mina’s husband Grey was a problem long before he died, but when a sexy friend from her past comes to town, she can finally recognize that she isn’t the one who died. There might be a lot of life left to live—if she’s willing to look behind a door she’s never dared to open. Can Mina and Mack seize their shot at forever, once and for all?
Finding a Husband
Series: Lost & Found, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 116,580. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Can Molly and Jake overcome the crucial things they’ve left unsaid? Or will history repeat itself, and force them into lives they can’t endure? If you like sexy Southern heroes, passion that runs hot and true, and an emotion-filled road to happily ever after, then this steamy romance standalone will have you turning the pages and begging for more!
Lost in Love
Series: Lost & Found, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,290. Language: American English. Published: July 13, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
George meets a woman whose problems he can actually fix, and he knows he can’t just walk away. Not when Poppy might hold the key to his brother’s recovery, and especially not when she looks and acts like his dream come true. As luck would have it, George seems to be exactly the right man for this job. Includes the bonus short story LUCKY IN LOVE! Two men, two bars, and one very big secret.
Finding Love
Series: Lost & Found, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,560. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
A year ago, he gave her his heart. Now he wants it back. Meg never expected to find the love of her life sitting in a coffee shop. Life wasn't good right then, and she wasn’t any great catch. But handsome Edward's sexy British accent and irresistible kisses were very persuasive. Meg handed over her heart and expected it to be for keeps. Had she been a fool?