Alice Casey


When I was a senior in High School I got wind of a rumour that I'd actually been brain-damaged at birth and had to go to a "special school", but then someone gave me some medicine that made me smart, so now I was in a mainstream class. I managed to trace the rumour back to me telling someone that I'd gone to Steiner School when I was little, and when asked what that was, I lazily said it was "a special school."
That's an interesting coincidence but I don't think that's the true inspiration for this book. What is the true influence? A million experiences; of my own and others, and a dream of a girl who lived at a crossroads and could see ghosts.
When I'm not writing (which is an awful lot of time) I am looking after my pets, struggling with housework, keeping in touch with friends and teaching English as a second language to a very diverse group of people. If I had more time, I'd exercise more and learn to play the banjo.

Smashwords Interview

What is your experience with people with Down Syndome?
Not a lot. My uncle had an intellectual disability, and he lived with us when I was growing up, so I often used to meet the people he was working and socialising with. Some of them had Down Syndrome, but I wasn't close to them.
The initial reason I wanted to have a main character who had Down Syndrome was because I needed a character who had a slightly marginalised perspective on things. Later I realised that Eerin and Jordan were both based on children that I might have adopted but didn't. I guess in this story, in some way, I was weighing up the choices I had made to not have kids.
I was also keen to explore the possible future of Down Syndrome. With increased screening, it could well be that there are fewer Down Syndrome kids in the future. I am not particularly sentimental about that; it comes with many medical problems. While there are some kids who have the syndrome and good health, there are also many who suffer. However, there is a fascinating possibility that in the future the medical problems that accompany Down Syndrome could be gotten rid of in a way similar to Nigel's spell.
The church in your story is really horrible. Aren't you being a bit unfair?
I've hung out in some really lovely congregations, but have also seen some go pretty horribly wrong. I've always been a story gatherer. Listening to others multiplies your life experience. I haven't actually seen a congregation hiss at someone, but I do know of a church where a congregation member was kicked to death in an exorcism. So I don't think the Tauaroha Congregational is particularly far-fetched.
I don't go to church any more, but if I did, I'd probably try to join the Quakers.
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Where to buy in print


Mangoes for Mei Fong
Price: Free! Words: 50,740. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
This is an eerie yet slightly funny novel centered around the funeral of a lesbian business woman and the clash of modern and traditional cultures that is typical of South Taiwan.
Wanderlust for Beginners
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,060. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Eerin Kate has three chromosomes, four loving but complicated parents and an owl. When she gets her first period and starts seeing ghosts, everyone's got their own angle. But when Eerin finds her first ghost has dragged her into a local murder mystery, and she finds herself involved in a rather dangerous child abuse case, it involves the whole family.

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chinese    down syndrome    downs sydrome    fairies    gay    ghost    ghosts    hecate    lesbian    queer families    sibling abuse    taiwan   

Alice Casey's favorite authors on Smashwords

K. A. Cook
Latest book: The Wind and the Stars. Published April 9, 2018. (5.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Alice Casey

  • Old Fashioned on April 13, 2018

    What a lovely short story! I definitely want to read more by K.A. Cook!
  • Screwed on Aug. 07, 2018

    This book is better than it's first chapter, so keep reading! I love the way that this is a positive story where the protagonist starts at rock bottom and works her way into a better position. We need more stories like this!