JC Cassels, a native of Tampa, Florida, traces her lifelong fascination with SF/Adventure to watching Star Trek on a tiny black and white portable television aboard the family boat as a child. The Space Opera trend that followed the release of Star Wars fed an obsessive need for swashbuckling adventure set in deep space. Today, JC feeds that need by writing her own adventures, heavily inspired by 1960's television shows like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Wild Wild West and fueled by Firefly reruns.
When not writing in her haunted hospital, JC lives with her husband, three children, five dogs, twenty chickens and a horse in a century-old house in a tiny rural community, and enjoys spending her free time sewing, camping, and heckling theoretical physicists on the Science Channel.
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.