- an author obsessed with all things speculative, including all sub-genres of fantasy and a whole lot of sci-fi
Readers, thanks for checking out another Author Spotlight Interview. Let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Cassie Greutman is a small-town Ohio girl who has always loved stories in any form. You can usually find her typing away at her computer or playing out in the barn with her ponies.
Cassie, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most author spotlight interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
Any pet… I’d have to choose between a dragon and a wolf. That may sound kind of crazy since one can fly and breathe fire and one can’t, but I love how loyal wolves are. And they can cuddle! But then, dragons… Since we don’t know for sure what a dragon would be like, I’m going to say a dragon with a wolf personality.
An excellent choice! I’d find it hard to pick between those as well.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write in fantasy sub-genres, mostly urban fantasy. I do have a portal series, and an epic fantasy short in an anthology, so that goes back to me loving fantasy of all kinds.
I love the fantasy subgenres myself! I’m about to tiptoe into urban fantasy and test that out this fall.
What do you like to read?
Reading and writing go hand in hand for me. I read basically the same things I write, other than throw in a few thrillers and some sci-fi. Sci-fi would be really fun to write, but I’m a little afraid of all the science!
You could try what I did, and do ‘space fantasy’! All of the fun of a sci-fi setting, all of the handwaving of fantasy.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you
Write what you know…
I had to turn the write-what-you-know advice into something that worked for me. As I first took it, I’d obviously not be writing about dragons and fae. Once I figured out that I could turn that into writing about families in these situations, I was able to get it to work for me, but it was advice I struggled with for awhile.
Exactly. It’s writing to the human experience, no matter the story that brings in the heart of the story.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that works for you
Write every day.
It might only be a hundred words, but that’s okay. If I don’t keep myself on track, I get overwhelmed by the amount of words I need to put together to make an entire novel. So I break it down into monthly goals, which are much easier to meet. It’s not possible to write every single day, but it is a habit that I’m trying my best to maintain.
I need a faster pace to get through a draft than I can maintain day-to-day, but I’m always happy when it works for others.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
Penchant For Trouble (4-book series)
Nobody defied the Faerie Council…and so, she set out to catch him.
Was it the only way to get what she wanted?
At sixteen years old, Trisha had been through the system and survived, barely. When she landed in Dan and Nina’s care, everything changed. They weren’t like other humans. For the first time in her life, she felt safe.
Was this what love was like?
Still, she wasn’t ready to trust. Her secret must be kept.
An escaped prisoner must be caught and the Faerie Council has demanded Trisha join the hunt. She doesn’t want to, but there isn’t any other choice. The stories of what they do to those who disobey orders chilled her to the bone.
There’s just one problem…the team she’s put on includes her ex. And what he did to her was unforgivable.
Orcus Fled (The Arnath Chronicles #1)
Two girls from different worlds, thrown together in a quest for freedom.
Death is what every Orcus expects. Elementals enslaved by a warring country, forced to fight by a bracelet placed on their arm at birth to control their magic. Senara has always lived with that expectation over her head, day in and day out, forced to fight in battles and wars she has no stake in. Until her handler is killed, giving her the chance she needs to escape.
In her attempt to hide from a prince who wants nothing more than to wield her as a weapon, Senara stumbles on a portal to another world. To… Florida? And there she meets a college girl whose worst battle in life is trying to pass her next English exam. This world is easy. Soft. And would make a great place to hide.
But the bracelet calls her back, forcing her to return to her homeland to find a way to get it removed. If she can’t succeed, she’ll be enslaved to the prince, coerced into fighting his battles for him.
She isn’t going back alone.
Can a newly forged friendship survive the threats that a world of magic and war put on it? Can Senara and Meri?