RELEASE DATE: JUNE 20, 2013
Emma Walker was a writer who’d lost herself to someone else’s anger–who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god–the one all the woman wanted, but he’d never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.
With just one cup of coffee they’ll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan’s fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma’s checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words…they’ll destroy my soul–Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she’s become because of it?
GENRE: New Adult>Contemporary Romance
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children’s novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra will also release her first New Adult novel, Just One Cup, in the Spring of 2013.
Cassandra is a freelance professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios, a photography and publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company’s photography. She is currently studying to receive her associates degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
Interview with Cassandra Giovanni
1) What inspired you to start writing your own novels?
I’ve been writing ever since I was little. The first time I was published was when I was seven years old. I didn’t really start writing full length novels until I was about 12-15, and then as it is now, I just had this insane need to write about something—anything really that had come to mind. In general, most of my novels are inspired by dreams and the way the characters feel in the dreams.
2) Tell us about your novels to date, Walking in the Shadows and In Between Seasons and how they differ from one another.
These two novels are very different from each other on the basis of subject matter. In Between Seasons is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian romance novel set in 2032 after the government collapses in 2016. It focuses on the journey of two characters—Kate and Hunter who are supposed to be enemies but fall in love. While Walking in the Shadows also focuses on mainly two characters, it is a romantic suspense, where a murderer that is obsessed with vampires is hunting down the MC. I think that you can truly see my growth as an editing writer in Walking in the Shadows. I say “editing” writer because In Between Seasons was actually written after Walking in the Shadows, but published first. When I edited In Between Seasons I had picked up on a few blogs and “edit your self into print” books—it was a major detriment to my editing process. Walking in the Shadows is much more my style of both writing and editing (it did help that I had an actual editor for Walking in the Shadows as well!).
3) How did you come up with the story in Just One Cup, and what inspired you to write a new story in the new adult genre?
I was originally working on what was planned to be my first new adult novel, Deadly Sins, but that particular novel is a very dark and in depth paranormal romance and I was taking three college classes, working full-time and trying to write. Deadly Sins just became too heavy of a novel for me to continue to focus on writing, but I still needed to write something. I decided I was going to write a “fluff” contemporary romance—it was supposed to be easy going, focusing on just the romance. I should have known better. I can’t write “fluff”. Just One Cup took on a life of its own and is still a contemporary romance, but it deals with the topic of abuse. I feel that Just One Cup was a journey all on its own and one that I’ve been avoiding taking for quite some time. I was becoming fed up with seeing novels in the new adult genre about abuse, sexual assault, etc., when it was apparent that the author hadn’t experienced any of those things themselves; however, I wasn’t willing to get out there and write about the truth about it until Just One Cup. I realized then that not everyone deals with these topics the same, so not everyone will be able to relate to Emma, but I sincerely hope that some can—I know I do.
4) Your writing covers several different genres including dystopian, paranormal, romance and mystery, what influenced your decision for this?
Honestly, I write whatever comes to mind. I don’t try to restrict myself to one genre or another, although I have made the decision that after The Fall series is complete I will not be doing any more Young Adult, but I will focus mainly on New Adult.
5) What are the challenges you face with writing and what keeps you going?
I don’t always have the time to write. I work full-time and also go to college full-time, so a lot of the time I end up working about 70 hours a week. I try not to get discouraged because sometimes the numbers aren’t fabulous with my novels. A huge challenge is seeing those sometimes lack-luster numbers and continuing when you see others pummeling you into the ground. The publishing world is constantly changing, and I just try to remind myself that if I keep going eventually my name will get out there. Although, I think the biggest thing that keeps me going is the fans that I already have. It may be a small bunch, but readers have been so supporting and great. I was told at a book expo that I was inspiring—it wasn’t the first time I was told this, but it was the first time in person. The thing that was really amazing was the fact that she’s published by a large publisher and had a very timid personality. I think it took a lot for her to come up to me and say that, but it was amazing to hear. I actually asked her why because I was so shocked. She told me that with my passion there was no way I couldn’t be successful—sometimes you just need to be reminded by someone else to keep going.
6) How long does it take to write your first draft to the finished manuscript?
This really depends on the novel and the scope of its content. I’ve gotten quicker as I’ve learned to manage my time better, but it usually does take at least 6 months. It was a huge shock to me that Just One Cup took only three and that when I uploaded it into Word that it had grown from a novella to a full length novel!
7) What authors and books inspire you?
First and foremost, anything by Jane Austen inspires me. I’m also a lover of all things Shakespeare. There are a lot of authors that inspire me, but recently it’s been those self-published authors who have made a name for themselves and now are career writers—David Estes, Jennifer Armentrout, Colleen Hoover. I haven’t read any of those authors, but the way that they have succeeded inspires me. There’s a certain writer who inspires me—Ellen Ekstrom. Her superior skill and elegant style blends so seamlessly in her writing. I don’t have a style anything like hers, but it’s something that I love to read and see.
8) What are your writing goals for 2013?
I’m working on completing Stinky Pete Smell my Feet, Skippy Tales #2, and I’d also like to publish the first novel in the Sight series, The Sight. I’m going to also head back to Deadly Sins and to work on getting the first draft complete before year end so that it can be published early 2014. I’m going to publish as many books as I can without compromising quality and integrity.
I appreciate your time and great questions for this interview, Jeann!
Cassandra’s blog about writing, photography and marketing books can be found at: http://cgiovanniwrites.wordpress.com/
Cassandra is an author of the following books: