Interview with M.A. Cassata

What motivated you to become an author?
I have always loved to write, even as young as nine years old. Loved the entertainment section of the local newspaper and all those ever exciting celebrity fan magazines. I had my first book published when I was 17. A poetry book. A local publisher, but still a book that drew the attention of regional newspapers and loyal television news coverage.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I am going to get to my computer and start writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have been writing professionally since I was 15. I think one of the first articles I wrote was on Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I got a chance to interview them for the local newspaper. That was a big deal back then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In November 2002, Citadel Press published "The Cher Scrapbook". I was elated to say the least! It was my second book on Cher. My first one was a quickie biography trade book released briefly in 1988 that saw limited distribution (much to my dismay), though it was with a major publishing house. Though it’s been more than a decade (boy, did that go fast!) since the release of The Cher Scrapbook, I thought it was time to do something a little different—an ebook that’s an informative and easy read. I love the portability of ebooks, too. You can take it everywhere you go now and what fan doesn’t want to carry Cher in their back pocket?

For years many die-hard Cher fans have asked me for some kind of follow up edition and more recently my Cher friends on Facebook and Twitter weighed in with their suggestions, too. So, for now, I incorporated all your great ideas and added a few new ones of my own.

As I was compiling all this new information, I realized I had more than enough to make two volumes. Again, reader suggestions came back to include the Sonny & Cher years. So, now the second volume will include more in-depth sections on Cher that were not included in Vol. 1 as well as more Sonny & Cher related sections. In any case I hope you like The Essential Cher, Vol. 1 and understand that it was intended to be a quick and easy read ebook, and not an extension of "The Cher Scrapbook".
What are you working on next?
At the moment I am working on "I Got You Babe: The Sonny & Cher Years for one of my favorite traditional book publishers, BearManor Media. Thanks to all the loyal and wonderful "The Cher Scrapbook (Citadel Press), fans, I am able to write this book. It is taking a little longer than I expected. But hang in there, I'll get it done!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPad the best, but I do read a lot from my iPod touch when I am commuting to and from the office. I love to download ebooks, and not just my own!
Published 2014-07-15.
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Books by This Author

The Elton John Scrapbook: Revised and Updated eBook Edition
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 53,750. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
The Elton John Scrapbook Revised and Updated eBook edition is what his fiercely loyal following has been waiting for —it explores more of the much-loved legendary rock musician's extraordinary career with biographical background, interviews with his associates and musical collaborators, anecdotes, fan favorite lists, an ultimate pop trivia quiz, collecting Elton memorabilia and so much more!
The Superheroes Movies Trivia Quiz Book: Unofficial and Unauthorized
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Astrology, Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional)
Who portrays Jor-El in the Superman (1978) film? What character in the Suicide Squad film can summon flames? Are you the ultimate superhero movie fan? If so, you will enjoy this entertaining and equally as challenging 160 question quiz pop culture book. Test your knowledge on Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and many more big screen superheroes.
Ross Lynch: Facts, Quizzes, Quotes ‘N’ More!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,360. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Biography
Are you a true Ross boss? How much do you really know (and love!) about this Disney Channel and R5 hottie? This essential Ross Lynch e-book written by noted celeb tribute author, M.A. Cassata is as informative as entertaining. Includes facts, stats, challenging quizzes and plenty of direct quotes from Ross himself, plus fan-picked lists, a discography, awards, best Ross sites and much more!
The Vamps: Facts, Quizzes, Quotes ‘N’ More!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,950. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
This essential Vamps e-book written by noted celebrity author, M.A. Cassata is informative as it is entertaining. There's need to know facts and, stats, fun quizzes and lots of straight quotes from the guys themselves about their music, personal lives and what fans like you mean to them! Also includes fan-picked lists, discography, where to find the best Vamps sites online and much more!
On The Teen Beat’s Awesome Star Contact List and Birthday Guide: Where To Write To Your Favorite Music, TV, and Film Stars (and Find Them Online)!
Price: $2.29 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Alternative
Want to write or tweet your favorite star? Maybe send a birthday wish? Not sure if you’ve got the right mailing address or official website? The On The Teen Beat’s Awesome Star Contact List and Birthday Guide booklet is 32 pages of the very best addresses and social media go to’s you will find absolutely useful. Find all your favorite stars in one place.
Ariana Grande: Fun Facts, Stats, Quizzes, Quotes ‘N’ More!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
As millions of loyal fans already know, Ariana Grande is best known for portraying Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon’s hit sitcom Sam and Cat and prior to that, Victorious. But since her 2013 smash debut album, Yours Truly shot to #1, her popularity exploded in the US and worldwide. This essential e-book includes all the must-know Ariana facts, stats, quizzes,quotes, fan-favorite songs & much more!
Essential Cher, Vol 1
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,300. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
From the author of The Cher Scrapbook comes Essential Cher, Vol 1. This ebook guide is intended as a quick and fun read for those who like to take Cher everywhere they go. It’s everything Cher! From facts and stats to Top 40 song lists, concert set lists, outrageous quotes, and tweets, a cool quiz, complete track listings to all Cher’s solo recordings and much more!
Big Time Rush: Fun Facts, Stats, Quizzes and Quotes
Series: Fun Facts, Stats, Quizzes and Quotes, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,280. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture, Nonfiction » Music » Pop Vocal
Are you a true Big Time Rush fan? On their hit TV show they play four guys trying to make it big, but in reality Big Time Rush are living the dream as one of the biggest boy bands in the world. This essential Big Time Rush ebook is as informative as it is entertaining. It includes over 150 facts, several quizzes, quotes from the guys, plus a complete discography, awards & favorite BTR fan lists.
One Direction: Fun Facts, Stats, Quizzes and Quotes
Series: Fun Facts, Stats, Quizzes and Quotes, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
Are you a true One Direction fan? Well then, prove it! How much do you really know about Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis and Zayn? This essential 1D e-book is as informative as it is entertaining. It includes over 200 must-know facts, several fun quizzes, plus straight quotes from the guys ranging from music and career to dating and girls. This is a must-have for a loyal One Direction fan!