Cassandra started creating outside-the-box, character-driven stories in second grade. Over twenty years later, she continues to combine what most people think of as opposites: the magical and the everyday, the modern and the vintage, the darkest recesses of the mind and the greatest heights humans can achieve.
In between new ideas and breathing fresh life into old projects, you can find her sewing, watching TV, and binging on music from around the world.
Cassandra lives with her writer husband and their moody cat, Gaia, in a house three sizes too big. She holds a Bachelor's in Liberal Studies and a Master's in English.
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Joshua Thompson serves the city of Ashton as more than a middle-school counselor. He can't explain his psychic ability, but it helps people get over the worst parts of their pasts. Meeting others like him sparks a journey that brings out the best and the darkest pieces of him. Even his friends without powers will end up permanently changed.
Katya Romanova gave up everything to work at the one-of-a-kind Steampunk Carnival, and she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
But in the summer of 1887, death threats against owner William Warden shake everyone’s sense of security. When Katya stirs up unexpected evidence about the carnival’s hidden past, she endangers herself and anyone who learns the truth.
Darkness ticks like a time bomb.
Eighth-grade counselor by day. Demonslayer by night. After using his psychic ability to help other people shows him the worst in them, Joshua Thompson rarely wields it anymore. Then he meets Lana with her own mysterious power and incredible compassion. Can Joshua leave his bitterness behind, or will it drag him toward destruction?
on Feb. 06, 2013
The description doesn't do this collection justice. It takes on so many different voices and topics that it works very well as variations on a theme. It touches on life, reality, death, cruelty, and love. It was extremely refreshing to see goth culture represented by someone who understands it. "Katie" is easily the most powerful and memorable piece, not just for its delicate subject matter but the incredibly eloquent way the author wrote it. I was impressed by the word play and scope of the poems. I look forward to reading more.
The Scrubs Thief
on Dec. 17, 2013
This short story surprised me with its true representation of everyday life and a heart-warming ending. It has humor as well as the day-to-day ups and downs of work and family life. My husband works in a hospital, and I could easily imagine someone in his department being... the scrubs thief!