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1. Woohoo! You are a published author. Describe a strong character trait you possess, good or bad, and how it helped you become a published author. I’ll give two. One is I’m stubborn. I’ll stick to something that’s important and won’t give up on it. I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was a pre-teen and in my stubbornness I put my foot down and said no more excuses, I’m doing it. As for the impatience, it’s one of the reasons I’ve stuck to eBook & self publishing.
2. Sometimes an author begins writing a story before they are aware of its genre. Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you? It was a combination of both. Parts of the story had been previously published as an erotic sci-fi/fantasy and after I reworked the stories and added more to them, they turned into what it is now.
3. The plot thickens, or does it? Which one are you, a pantser or a plotter? It depends upon the story. Sometimes I’ll info dump, which is me doing a rough outline of the story, before I start writing. Sometimes I’ll start writing, then info dump, then write and re-write. Sometimes I just write and see what happens. Most times though, I’ll do the rough outline and then work off that.
4. Fear 101: As writers it is our duty to make our characters face their fears. Have you ever included one of your own fears in a storyline? I’m sure I have. The one that’s coming to mind at the moment is the fear of losing someone I love. In a story in Fate’s Deal that’s published under my other pen name, I wrote about a character who lost her loved one.
5. Fear 102: Yes, deadlines are terrifying. Have you conquered the juggling act between writing and the rest of your life? What do you do when it feels like the balls are dropping all around you? Yes, I’ve finally gotten into a groove of writing time and having a life. I tend to write a lot at night so I’m able to take care of other matters during the day. Yet, when things do become overwhelming and the ‘balls are dropping,’ I’ll stop everything, focus on myself for a while and try to re-center and clear my mind.
6. Switch positions with one of your main characters in a scene. What is the outcome, disaster or divine intervention? There’d have to be diving intervention because there’s no other way out. But if I were to say more, it might be considered a spoiler alert. 😉
7. Where is your favorite place to write? Add that one comfort food that you can’t do without. I love to write outside when the temperature’s behaving. As for comfort food, potato chips…actually anything potato really—chips, tots, baked, fries…yum!
8. Writing inspirations? I find inspiration everywhere—dialogue from people in person or television; snippets of news; pieces from songs, etc. Author inspiration—Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker.
9. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them? Any of the three listed above. What’s your process for creating such wonderful characters? Though when I met Clive Barker I was young and green and asked him something silly about his name.
10. I’ve gone mad – why don’t you come with me? Some people just don’t understand us writers. Name a quirky, writer-thing you do that friends wish you didn’t. I carry small notebooks and my iPhone around with me. Never know when an idea will strike, right? And, when an idea does strike, I’m known to whip out one of the items and take the dictation from my muse, no matter where we are.
Open World C.O.V.E.N.
by Casey Moss
The world has broken out in wars. Las Vegas has been ravaged by chemical warfare and is now home to several clans and creatures.
Welcome to I-D-8 Entertainment’s newest game: Clans of Vegas—Endless Night.
Friends and family have gathered for a crunch time playtest of C.O.V.E.N.. When a horrible thunderstorm hits, everyone’s sucked into the game for real. In the MMORPG, Hope Collins is kidnapped by Buzz and forced to submit to his whims. Her boyfriend, Alden, has to delay his quest of defeating a clan’s prince to save her, but time and circumstance don’t seem to be on his side. Faith Collins is bombarded by strange dreams brought on by Buzz. Her boyfriend, Tavis, learns to dream walk, but can he help break the spell she’s under and save her before she’s lost to him?
C.O.V.E.N. is more than just a game. It’s a whole other world.
Perhaps he’d been under too much stress, had too much caffeine, didn’t have enough sleep or information about the guy. More likely a combination of it all. A hodgepodge of shit and no shovel. He didn’t know how much more of all this he could take.
Shaking off the negativity, Alden rotated his head, listening to his spine crackle and pop. Tension released. The quick adjustment perked him up. He plated the burgers, closed the lid to the grill and exhaled a deep breath. First food, then work, and amongst it all, see if I can figure out Mr. Jenkins’s deal. Making his way toward the small group, the tray of hot meat balanced on one hand, he focused in on Cor, noting his body language and how the people around him responded.
Why did I imagine him as the antagonist? The one in the game I need to destroy?
The storyline he had to double check during the playtest dealt with finding the main boss—the Prince of Clan Caesachapel—and defeating him before the cad could cause harm. He’d intended to assist Hope and her family in creating ‘good’ characters, placing them in the clan he belonged to, and have them run the quests, as well. But with the way he’d been feeling, he almost reconsidered that idea.
Thing was he had a job to do. One he aimed to make good on and see through to the end. He’d never been the kind of guy to shirk a duty, and he wasn’t about to start now.
Mr. James Collins, a middle-aged man with graying, strawberry blond hair and ice blue eyes, glanced Den’s way as he approached. James acknowledged him with slight nod, then returned his attention to Cor.
The fact James was only a programmer and not his direct boss—or above him in any authoritative capacity in the organization—pleased Den. The man sure ran hot one moment and cold the next when it came to him. Hope had explained that was one of her father’s personality quirks and not to take it personal.
Some future father-in-law he would turn out to be.
Plastering a smile on his face, he placed the dish of meat on the aluminum table. James and the ladies’ attentions stayed fixed on the gentleman in their midst. Good. No one paid him any mind. More time to assess the situation.
Cor’s intense brown-eyed gaze bored into Hope’s, infiltrating her defenses and working whatever magic the man seemed to possess. Their connection resembled flirting but in a stronger sense. His chest tightened and burned. Mine, his inner voice asserted in a low, rolling growl, reminding him of his in game character’s speech. Alden stepped back before he could choose to put his fist in Cor’s face. His foot crunched on a chip bag that had fallen to the ground.
Hope didn’t flinch, didn’t look away.
Mesmerized. Shit. And not just her. Enthralled by the bean counter, the whole family overlooked him like he didn’t exist.
What the hell is going on?
Author Bio and Links:
Casey Moss delves into the darker aspects of life in her writing, sometimes basing the stories on reality, sometimes on myth. No matter the path, her stories will take you on a journey from the light-hearted paranormal to dark things unspeakable. What waits around the corner? Come explore…
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Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/open-world-by-casey-moss/
All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-openworld-1514409-147.html