Interview with JC Cassels

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A full bladder...and my husband shaking me and telling me I have school lunches to prepare. It's the writing that keeps me from crawling back between the sheets.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Tampa, Florida during the height of the Space Race. The pirate culture of Tampa mixed with all the high tech excitement of moon landings and shuttle launches. Space opera just seems a natural byproduct of that environment.

Tampa is a great place to grow up, and even better place to come of age. With Gasparilla, Guavaween, and all the events in between, there is always something going on. One weekend you're dressing like a pirate, another you're at a Renaissance Festival, another and you're in a kilt watching a caber toss. In the morning you can drink cafe con leche in Ybor, go sailing and have fresh seafood, take your pick of restaurants and martini bars, then dance the night away.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When the damn thing is ready to publish. It starts out as an exciting labor of love and by the end, you just want it to stop before you wind up in a fetal position, naked and crying on the bathroom floor. Kind of like a pregnancy.

No...wait a sec... that's the greatest relief.

The greatest JOY is interacting with my readers through reviews or emails, tweets or Facebook posts. When someone tells me how much they enjoyed my book or how Blade makes them swoon. I love being able to share my inner world with people and know that it has some impact on them. Being able to make people laugh, cry, or call me vile names for ending the story THERE, is my crack.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the reason I keep going. Whenever I feel the urge to give up because sales are sluggish or reviews are non-existent, I remember my die-hard fans. I have a very devoted fan base and because I try to make myself as accessible as possible, many of my fans have become good friends.
How do you approach cover design?
For me cover design is like a classic movie poster. A cover needs to have a visual energy that is compatible with the story. SOVRAN'S PAWN was more of a feminine story, so the colors and images needed to reflect that. I had an idea of the elements I wanted to use to pull out scenes relevant to the story and discussed my ideas with my artist. I'd already made mockups of covers, but I didn't share them with her. The end product was similar to my mock ups, but far more exciting. HERO'S END is a more masculine story with more energy. I knew I wanted the hero image plus a phoenix representing both the Black Wing and overcoming adversity. This time, I sent her the mock up, and again the final has been called 'epic.'
What are you working on next?
My family requested I take some time off so I took three months and stayed away from the computer, writing, interviews, everything. Now, I'm ready to get back to work.

I'm reworking HERO'S END in paperback, and I'm working on ARCANA DOUBLE CROSS, the next installment of The Black Wing Chronicles. I'm also working on BARRON'S LAST STAND, the final book in the series. That should keep me busy for the next year or so.
Published 2013-12-30.
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Books by This Author

Tales From the SFR Brigade
Price: Free! Words: 76,360. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(4.63 from 8 reviews)
Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.