Expected release November, 2012
Excerpt from Fiery Gemstones: A Heston Witch Novella
Welcome Cassandra. Thanks for stopping by and agreeing to answer a few of my questions. What do you think makes a good story?
For me, the best stories are the ones that grab my attention right off the bat and keep me interested in the outcome of the various threads right up until the very end. I love stories with multiple characters and plot lines. Intrigue me, shock me, entertain me, make me emotionally invested in what happens to whom. I love humour and wise cracks too. If I can learn something new as I move from one cover to another as well, all the better,
What do you think is the hardest part of writing your books
Staying focused on one piece of work while a dozen other characters who will not fit into the current story clamour for space in my head. My imagination tends to work overtime and I could be writing about nuns this minute and then find myself preoccupied with leprechauns the next. The editing is no fun either, cutting out paragraphs or pages that somehow just don’t work the way I want them to.
Tell us about your current release
Fiery gemstones is a Heston Witch Novella, part of my new YA trilogy The Heston Witches that follows the adventures a clan of powerful witches. There are two teenage witches, their grandma, their mums and their aunts. Apart from the usual magical happenings that are the norm around such magical families and the typical teenage mischief that goes with the territory, their home and lives are under threat by a badie of epic proportions. It is a short but sweet read that was actually meant to serve as an intro to the trilogy but somehow got out of control J.
If you haven't been introduced to the clan, do take a peek at the short story on Writing Shorts (http://wp.me/P2mNT1-U). Edna was the first Heston witch I met and she’s the one who introduced me to the family so to speak. Her mother, (Evie) is the Matriarch of the clan, and along with her sisters (Eden and Ethos), they all live in their ancestral Home Red Rock Haven located in
. Silverline City and Ethos each have a daughter, (Elvira and Esther). They are a pushy bunch and they don’t take any mess from anyone but I’ve fallen in love with them and I hope you will too. Eden
It wasn't the next up on my list of projects seeing as I have three other Works in Progress that are, well, still in progress. When the Hestons became the last thought I had at night and the first people I thought about when I got up, I realised that I'd get no peace till it was done.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what?
My music tastes are a little weird, or so all my friends tell me. I tend to like songs with lilting, haunting melodies but I enjoy all kinds of music especially show tunes/movie soundtracks. When I’m writing, I’d probably have a song by The Script, Kings of Leon or Adele on a loop on my music player.
Morning person or night person? How do you know?
I’m definitely a Night person. Too many years working a job with unsociable hours and staying up late to study, I guess. My body clock is permanently warped, LOL. I do my best work between 1am and 5am in the morning but getting set for work in the morning can make me a little grumpy. Without my morning dose of caffeine, I can’t function at all and restrict myself to barely decipherable grunts and monosyllables.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
Do you play any sports?
(Laughs while shaking her head). I wish. Nope, no sports for me though I do swim (after a fashion) and I love walking. Let’s just say that my hand eye coordination isn’t the best it could be. I’m all fingers and thumbs except when it comes to work, then it’s like my brain suddenly gets into gear and I’m very calm and focused.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering.
I think I will let you see them as they come along. I love writing. It’s something I’ve always done in one form or the other and I know I will definitely continue with the Heston Witches Trilogy. Legitimate Doubts, the sequel to Legitimate Issues is almost halfway done, I just felt Chuckles and Bobby had a lot more to say. I’m also working on book one of the Deadly Beauty Series - Amber Dade.
War Beast and First Do No Harm keep glowering at me from my Works in Progress folder but I’m pretending to work on them too. Wish me luck.
Thank you for having me on your blog. I really enjoyed visiting and I hope to come back again soon.
Cassandra DeBrown is a single, thirty-something-ish lady who by her own admission has spent too many years pretending to pay attention in class while she doodled abstract art on her classmate’s notes and made up stories in her head. Having worn various hats in life she says she is trying on the author hat for now and enjoying the ride so far. Though she’s been writing for years, short articles and blog posts, this year she finally put her writing talent out there and has been thrilled that there are people out there who ‘Get Her’. Her latest offering, Fiery Gemstones will be available where all good eBooks are sold.
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