Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Interrogating Amos Cassidy

My next interview is with the writing duo Amos Cassidy

How do you strike the balance between writing something you want to write and writing something that people want to read, in terms of the compromises you make, if any?

We never write something just to follow a trend, because if we did it wouldn’t be much good. We believe in writing from the heart. If inspiration strikes, we go with it. Most of the time our stories take on lives of their own. We are lucky that there are readers out there who enjoy what we write.

What excites, attracts or appeals to you about the genre(s) you write in.

There are so many avenues to explore in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Really, there are no rules and that is just peachy as far as we’re concerned.

Do you have a box, drawer, folder etc where you keep thoughts and ideas for future stories? Such as names you have come across, bits of dialogue, ideas, characters - even if you have no idea when you might use them? 

Yes. We have several notebooks filled with story ideas, fragments of dialogue, character ideas, and also a couple of manuscripts waiting for a makeover.

How much of you is in your characters? Which of your characters is the you that you’d most like to be? Or be with ? 

I think there is a little bit of us in each of our characters. In our minds, each character has a full biography which helps to keep their actions and reactions true to them (Although Amos would probably love to get it on with Raven).

Do you become so wrapped up in your writing that your spouse wonders if they're married to you or one of your characters?

When we are writing we are immersed in the Crimson World, so the most our partners get is a grunt or snort in acknowledgement if they dare to interrupt us. When brainstorming together we get so caught up in the story and characters that sometimes we adopt their personas.

What type of book do you like reading? Is it the same genre as you write?

Although we do read the same genre we write in, we also love other genres. Horror, Thrillers and Contemporary Fantasy – to name just a few.

What lengths do you go to to convince us readers that your book has the X factor?

We don’t really feel we do anything in particular, apart from write the story in the most exciting and entertaining way possible. In terms of it having the X factor…that’s for the reader to decide.

How do you feel when a reader points out the spelling mistake(s) you have made?

Although we edit our work to the best of our ability, we are only human and if there are any errors we are grateful to have them pointed out so we can rectify them.

What do you like most about visiting KUF?

The friendly atmosphere and helpful advice and pointers from other authors – regarding everything to do with self-publishing.

What is on your near horizon?

A cup of tea. After which we will be approaching the grindstone with our noses extended. Book 2 is demanding to be written.

Where can we find you for more information?

You can find us on our two blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. 


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