Author Interview: Carol Cassada

Where were you born and where do you call home? 

I come from Ringgold, VA. It’s a small town, with nothing much to do, except go out to eat or go shopping.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?  

I considered myself a writer when my first book Going Home Again was published. When I saw it available online I knew I’d made it, that all my work paid off.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

A car accident leaves one family heartbroken, while another bands together to protect one of their own. Lives are changed and relationships tested in Westmore: The Aftermath.

I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?

Not like any other authors. Carol Cassada does things her way.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?

There’s 18 characters in the book, so all of them clamor to be heard, but Andrew is the loudest of the bunch. He’s always fussing about the problems with his family and his business, and demanding I fix the mess. With him, I just let the words go in one ear and out the other.

Do you have plans for a new book?   Is this book part of a series? 

This book is part of a series, I currently have it planned out for ten volumes, although that could change. So readers can expect a lot more drama from The Greens, Braxtons, and Reynolds.

Who designed the cover of your book?

I designed the cover of my book using layout templates and pictures from Createspace’s gallery.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

No matter what, I’ll still be writing, whether it’s for a living or as a hobby, I’m going to continue on.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Hawaii would be nice.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? 

I’ve always loved paperback and hardcover, and to be honest I didn’t realize there were ebooks until I got published. To me it doesn’t matter what format a book’s in, if I’m interested then I’ll read it.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?  

With my first book I went with a small ebook publisher. With the Westmore series I transferred to self-publishing, and I’m going to continue with that route with my future books.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I’m going to continue with the romance genre, although down the road I’d like to switch it up a bit.

How do you market/promote your books?

I’m on every social media site available, and I update them constantly with news. Plus I’ve done a lot of interviews and guest posts for blogs.

Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? 

The best thing I do is take a break, and relax. There’s no use in forcing yourself to write. I usually take a few days off and regroup what to do with the books. Then when I’m ready, I start writing again.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?  What has been the best component?  

One criticism is that the flow of the story moves too fast and that I tend to jump from story to story when it comes to the characters.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

I’m embracing ebooks, I recently got an ereader and downloaded my first book Animals and the Afterlife. Even though I’ve got an ereader I still have paperbacks that I haven’t even started yet. So I’ve got a lot of reading to do.

Are there any new Authors that have seized your interest and why?

Y. Correa, Suzanne van Rooyen, and William Kennedy are a few. We’re members of the same Goodreads group and follow each other on twitter. It’s important for authors to support each other.  

Now for a little fun:


Cats or dogs?   

Both. I have three dogs and two cats, they’re the best companions in the world.

White wine or red?  

I’ve had both, but I’m partial to red wine.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream? 

I have to say both.

What are 4 things you never leave home without?  

Cell phone, money, pocket book, and lipgloss.

Laptop or desktop for writing? 

Desktop, although I’d like to eventually get a laptop.

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?    

I’d have to choose Bruce Willis, Russell Crowe, and Alex O’Loughlin. Not only are they tough guys who’d help me survive, but they’re not bad on the eyes either.

An actor you have a crush on –

I have a long list of celebrity crushes, but Russell Crowe is number one.

Thank you Carol. It’s been great having you here at House Millar.


Works by Carol Cassada

About the Author

I’m just a young woman from the small town of Ringgold, VA who’s living her dream of being a writer.

In December 2008 I started my first book Going Home Again, which was released February 24, 2010 by Romance Divine. I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt, to have my work published was a dream come true.

Now my second book Westmore, the first in a line of volumes is about to be released. This time I went the self publishing route with Createspace. I’m currently working on Volume 2 of Westmore and hope to have it out by the end of the year.

Aside from my love of reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with my supportive parents, my two brother who love to tease me, and my three dogs and two cats.

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    • Casea Major on February 15th, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Congratulations, Carol. It’s an amazing thing to find what you were created to do and then to be able to do it. Your books look wonderful.

  1. Great interview.

    Good luck on your indie books, Carol.

    1. We love indie books and authors here 😀
      Thanks for stopping in

    • Maria D. on February 15th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Great interview! I know if I got stuck on a desert island, I’d want Bruce Willis and Alex Laughlin too….lol…

    Good luck with your Indie Books – both Going Home Again and Westmore sound really good and I’m adding them to my Kindle wish list.

  2. Great interview–I love learning about ‘new to me’ authors:)

    • Carol Cassada on February 15th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

    I enjoyed the interview and a huge thanks goes to Anya for making it possible. I hope you’ll enjoy Going Home Again and Westmore as much as I loved writing them.

    Best Wishes & Happy Reading.

    • Brenda on February 15th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Congratulations on your releases.

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