Author Cassandra Carr writes hot romance with heart. As the first female author interview of 2012, she also holds the distinction of answering my questions in record time—it took her just under two hours! She fits in perfectly with this month’s theme of “new beginnings” because she’s optimistic, funny, and no-nonsense. Read about her greatest fear, and you’ll know what I mean.
Please give a very warm welcome for multi-published author, Cassandra Carr.
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Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter.
Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011.
BUY LINKS for all Cassandra’s books, including her two new upcoming releases can be found HERE.
Inside Cassandra Carr’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? I think we all create our own happiness. Who among us doesn’t know someone who seemingly doesn’t have much, but is still happy? And how about small children who, even when faced with a deadly illness like cancer just keep smiling? Then there’s the opposite – people who seem to have it all, but are still miserable.
So, for me, perfect happiness is having my friends and family around me and safe, enough money not to constantly worry, and an ever-flowing stream of ideas to write about.
What turns you on creatively? One of the things that turns me on the most is when I get the feeling my readers are going to like what I’m writing. I think as writers we all want to make our readers happy, and when we’re telling a story we think they’ll get into it’s just even more incentive to make that story great.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Oh geez…in writing or in life? In writing, I seem to be a big fan of “just” and “but”. I have a list of words I go back through my manuscripts to get rid of, and those two are some of my biggest finds. In life, I totally overuse “awesome”.
What quality do you most admire in a man? I admire a man who IS a man. So many men in our society are dependent on their women – to tell them where to go, what to do, and even how to dress or act. When I hear a man say something like “I’ll have to ask my wife if I can do that,” I want to point and laugh. Really? Is your wife your mommy? I bet she doesn’t think so! I also bet if you ask her if you can go out with your friends she’ll say, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass.”
What quality do you most admire in a woman? I think a woman who has her own life outside of her family is admirable. So many women become defined by their kids especially, that if you try to have a conversation with them all they can talk about is what their kids are doing. A woman needs to have interests for herself and only for herself.
What is your greatest regret? Probably that I never studied abroad. Life got in the way, but I shouldn’t have let that deter me from my dream to study in Europe. I also regret quitting horseback riding – people I routinely beat made the US Olympic team! But I was in my early teens when I made that decision, and at that age you can’t be too hard on yourself about things you did.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I don’t have much patience for weakness. One of my favorite phrases when I think someone is totally overreacting to something (like, say, my hubby when he whines about his shoulder being sore when I’ve lived with neck/shoulder problems for 20 years) is “Buck up, Buttercup.”
What is your greatest fear? I don’t have too many fears. I’m a cancer survivor, and that tends to take care of a lot of the little fears people carry around inside. I don’t much like the thought of bad things happening to my daughter, so I guess that would be a fear.
Which living person do you most admire? This is going to sound silly since my answer isn’t, say, Nelson Mandela, but I really admire Jon Stewart. That man is way smarter than people give him credit for. He’s taken a little cable show and made it an international phenomenon. He’s also responsible for millions of young people actually knowing something about the world around them.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I love decorating cakes, and I’m pretty good at it, so I think being a cake decorator would be pretty cool. I took the Wilton decorating classes during the NHL lockout years ago – what else was there to do if there was no hockey for an entire season? Did I mention my obsession with hockey? Read any of my books and you know all about it…hee.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A cat. They have the easiest lives…
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Probably surviving cancer, closely followed by my daughter. At the time I didn’t think too much about the cancer thing, I just kind of did it. What alternative did I have? But when I look back on it now, surviving was a pretty extraordinary thing.
What is your greatest extravagance? My books. I have over 200 in my to-be-read pile, and I almost never say, “I really shouldn’t spend more money on books.”
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Go to Europe. I’ve been to Italy, but I would love to take a month off and just go all over Europe.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Hmmmm. I can’t really say I have any “favorite” swear words, but I use “Fuck me” quite a lot when things aren’t going my way. I wish I could come up with something more creative, but hey, at least it’s consistent. And succinct.
What is your motto? “Be relentlessly optimistic. It will both serve you well in life and piss off those around you.”
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Thanks Cassandra for being a wonderful guest. I truly admire your tenacity and wish you continued good health and success.
Readers, I invite you to leave a comment for this lovely lady and say “hi.”