Sunday, October 23, 2011

One Knight with Casea Major

1-Tell the readers a little about yourself.
I am a stay-at-home mom with three children.  
Last year after reading a particularly inspiring story that left the reader with one obvious burning question.  I decided to write my own answer in a small mini-chapter which I posted to a fan fiction site.  That story received the praise of the author and has become the best loved story in that genre.
Once the flood gate was opened, I couldn't stop.  I wrote my first full-length story within two months and the follow-up this summer.  I have written three additional stories all are published or in the process.  And have five current WIP.  I am currently revising the first manuscript for publication.
2-As an author, do you take time to read? If so, what do you like to read and who is/are your favorite author/s?
I spend a good portion of my time reading, writing and critiquing.  Anywhere from 12 -15 hours a day, 7 days a week.  My husband calls me obsessive.  I call it inspired.  I love reading classics.  My favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Ursula K. Le Guin. As you can tell, I love epic fantasy. For modern I love Marsha Canham and Karen Marie Moning. I read in any genre but prefer fantasy, YA, or Romance. 
3-How do you stay motivated when the Muse is uncooperative?
When I'm not inspired?  I have too many stories to ever be able to finish them all.  If I'm in the middle of a story and can't seem to get inspiration, I read or critique.  Critiquing other writer's work is the number one reason for my growth as a writer.  When you help someone else with their work, you get to become a small piece of it, but in return I have found what I learn about my own work and my understanding of how words fit together is invaluable.  I can't stress enough to new writers – Find a good critique group.  Mine is the best and have grown so much.
4-If you could go anywhere in the world on a romantic getaway, what would you do and where would you go?
That is a hard one.  I've been so few places and desire to see so many.  I used to say I wanted to visit all the "A" places.  Australia, Austria, Alaska, Africa, The Alps.  If I can see three of those five I would be happy.  I also would love to do a Tour of the Greek Islands.  I am currently writing a story set in the Mediterranean Lebanese town of Byblos titled Three Weeks of Sheik.
5-What is the hardest thing for you to write?
Anything non-fiction or about myself.  Fiction flows like a bubbling brook but inspiration for blog posts or interview questions scare me and I stress over them.
6-If you could live the life of one of your characters who would you be?
My first heroine Abby is very much like me and many things I'm not.  She suffers, grows, loves and saves the world.  And she gets a kingdom and a very hot guy. LOL
7-The tag line on my blog is ‘Indulge Your Inner Romantic.’ What do you do to indulge?
I write.  I love to read a good book but now I prefer to write them.  What is better than a steamy first kiss or when two characters realize they love each other.  I am an intimacy junkie just like most romance readers.  Maybe even more.  I say intimacy because to me that is the key ingredient in any romance.  It can be sweet with barely a kiss or it can be steamy with taboo elements and fetishes.  But at either end of the spectrum, it must have that emotional and spiritual connection for the work to be called truly Romantic.

Prior to becoming a writer of romantic fiction, Casea Major worked in the legal field for a non-profit dispute resolution company for ten years.  She is now a full-time mom to three preschool children with whom she and her husband live happily...most of the time.  When she isn't chained to her laptop, she enjoys Cary Grant movies and crocheting.


Casea Major said...

Thanks for having me today! It's been a pleasure being here.

wlynnchantale said...

Hi Casea, You are very welcome. Please help yourself to the cyber buffet and open bar. Try the shrimp thingies. Delish.

Your writing and reading schedule sounds a lot like mine. Sometimes I forget I have to spend time with my family and not in a book or manuscript all day. :-)