Interview with Cassandra Chan

What do your fans mean to you?
They're the reason I have a career at all. I'm very grateful to them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I first get an idea and write the opening scene. I don't know yet where it's going and I love that. I find the mystery and the possibilities exciting.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on transcribing the rest of the short stories and publishing them in ebook format. I'm also still working on the fifth Bethancourt and Gibbons novel, but that's a slow process since I'm also writing a new fantasy novel which I hope to have traditionally published, as well as working full-time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anyone who's read my books should be able to answer that! Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Josephine Tey. I think those are my top picks. In other genres, I love Tolkien, Dumas, and Jane Austin.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Tea. Lots of tea. I'm not a morning person.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and cooking. I love to cook and make dinner most nights.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by either seeing an interesting title in the bookstore or library, or hearing about it from a friend with similar reading tastes. I will confess I usually read hard copies--there's too many distractions on my tablet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hmmm. The first one I wrote, or the first one I finished? I don't remember when I first started writing, but I finished my first book when I was eight years old. It was a monumental 33 pages with color illustrations and followed the life of a girl named Polly.
What is your writing process?
I'm half discovery writer and half outliner. I always start with a burst of inspiration, generally with some characters and an opening scene. (This isn't always the scene that ends up opening the book; sometimes I go back and revise.) That first scene usually contains an info-dump (always removed before submission because info-dumps are evil) and by the time I've got that down on paper, I have an idea of what happens next. Eventually I get to a point where I'm not sure what happens next and that's when I start outlining. I also do a lot of revising once the first draft is finished.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Alas, no.
How do you approach cover design?
With a professional artist.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly fantasy or mystery or history non-fiction.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I write on a laptop in a corner of my couch. I've always been a curler-upper.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Westport, Connecticut, which has a fantastic public library. That library is most of the reason I wanted to write.
Published 2016-07-17.
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Books by This Author

The Dressing Table Murder
Series: Bethancourt & Gibbons Mysteries. Price: Free! Words: 13,620. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A Bethancourt & Gibbons mystery short story. Bethancourt & Gibbons mysteries are a series of traditional British cozies in a modern setting. Phillip Bethancourt is a wealthy man-about town and amateur sleuth. His best friend is Detective Sergeant Jack Gibbons, a rising star at Scotland Yard. Together they can suss out even the most complex cases.