What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

Great question! I read everything from contemporary romance to urban fantasy, historical to futuristic, and everything in between! I’m currently limiting myself to writing in three genres: contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. I’ve found that writing  real world situations in contemporary romance and then getting to make up my own rules in PNR and urban fantasy really keeps my brain fresh and engaged.

Won’t your writing in so many genres confuse your fans?

My fans are super smart people—obviously! Heehee. I know they’ll choose the type of books they love to read, and I’ve broken my books into categories on my site to make it easier to find what they’re looking for.

What was the first series you had published?

The Shadow Slayers! It’s spicy urban fantasy with heroine Kara Reed and her two love interests Julian and Gavin. There’s also a novella (book 2.5) featuring secondary characters Abbey and Jaxon.

So, were the Shadow Slayer books the first books you wrote?

Nope! My first book was an attempt at urban fantasy. I’d been reading lots of Kim Harrison (I love her Rachel Morgan Hollows series!), and I thought the appropriate length for my novel would be 550 pages. At my very first Romance Writers of America meeting, I was able to pitch it to an agent. I didn’t even know what pitching was, but I decided to give it a try. When I told her my book was 166,000 words, she almost fell out of her chair. Well, hey, I thought, Kim Harrison does it. Of course—I was no Kim Harrison! LOL

The agent said I could send the manuscript in if I could get it to 100,000 words. But in trying to cut it, I realized that it didn’t have much of a plot and well…as my cousin pointed out…my paranormal creatures didn’t really have any powers. I was mortified to discover she was right. I’d forgotten to give my supes any super powers! There was, however, plenty of romance and angst and kissing and dreaming of kissing.

By that time, I’d written the majority of book two of that same series. (And I actually love book two! Being the only one on the planet who has read it feels like belonging to a secret society.) Anyhow, when I saw book one wasn’t salvageable,  I scrapped both books and started Slayer’s Kiss. This time, I remembered to give my fallen angels powers! And sex. Yeah, I decided kissing was fine for the other book, but this new heroine, Kara, was going to have some fun!

What’s your writing routine like? Do you write every day on a schedule?

I wish I was one of those perfectly organized, scheduled-out writers. Unfortunately, I’m the obsessive, go-into-hibernation type of writer. When I’m really into a story, I write fast and go deep into the world, thinking about it constantly and hearing the characters’ running dialogue in my head. Eating, sleeping—those are optional, but the story must be told.

I’m usually mellow and easy to live with, but when I’m in what I call Hermit Mode, I wish I could tape a Do Not Disturb sign to my forehead. Since I have four older teens, I can’t get away with the sign, but they’re getting better at respecting my writing time—and better at cooking for themselves. (Thank goodness!)

So are you a panster or a plotter?

Are you kidding me? After my first book—the 166,000 word long road to nowhere—I’m a meticulous plotter now. I have friends who “pants it” (write as the story comes to them without first mapping it out), and they’re writing top-notch books, but I need to know where the story goes and how I’m going to get there. It’s like a warm, fuzzy safety blanket for me. That’s not to say the story can’t change if I have a better idea. It can—and it does! But for me, my story’s best chance for success begins with careful planning.

What is one of your favorite parts about writing?

I love reader feedback! And I don’t shy away from reading online reviews. Of course, I wish every reader loved every single one of my books with the power of a thousand burning suns, but even if they don’t—I’m honored when someone takes the time to read my books and write a review or send me a message via social media. Talking to readers makes my day! And just so you know, I will never respond to a bad review. Reading is a subjective experience and people have the right to air their opinions without me butting in. Don’t be surprised, however, if I shout your good review from the rooftops!!!! *retweet* *retweet*

Speaking of reviews…I perused the books you’ve reviewed on Goodreads. Do you like every book you read?

Not really, but it may seem like it because I only finish books I like—and I never rate or review a book I didn’t finish.

I’m interested in reviewing one of your books on my blog. Do you offer free review copies?

Yes and no. Is that clear as mud? Well, my publisher limits me as to whom I can give a review copy to and wants to make sure it’s a legit review site—especially if the book hasn’t been released yet (because of piracy and such). That being said, I really love receiving reviews and visiting reader blogs, so if you have a request—let me know, and I’ll see what I can do! E-mail me at cassicarver 1 (at) gmail (dot) com (But take out all that weird formatting I just inserted into the e-mail address to trick the spambots!)

Would you consider visiting my local writers’ group and doing a workshop? What about coming to hang out with a group of readers?

I love visiting both writers’ and readers’ events, so just give me a shout out and I’ll check the fullness of my schedule and my gas tank to see if I can accommodate you!

Last question—do you really own chickens? I thought you lived in San Diego, which is like beaches and palm trees and stuff, right? Do your chickens surf?

I wish I lived on the beach! But alas, no. San Diego is a big county. We have rural parts, we get snow in some areas, and we also have vibrant night life in the larger cities. I looove San Diego! As for poultry rumors—yes! My chickens are my fluffy little babies. They are considered “urban chickens,” because I don’t live in a rural area, but they lay eggs and do all the normal chicken things—assuming playing with the dogs and cuddling with the humans is normal.

Anything else you’d like to say?

Just that I’d like to thank you for stopping by and for your interest in my books! I loved the beach house idea—so feel free to buy lots of Cassi Carver books, and I will start training the chickens to surf for our big move to beachfront property!!!