Derek: Thanks for joining me Cassandre. You were instrumental in the creation of the Claw Marks anthology. How did you come up with the idea?
Cassandre: If you want to know the truth Derek – it was because of you. You allowed me to read Academia Heat first (thank you for that) and the idea popped into my head – way to sexy to pass up.
Derek: “Spicy White Chocolate” is your contribution to Claw Marks. Tell us a little about it.
Cassandre: In truth I have two – Unwrap Me is about a girl who adores her best friend’s younger brother but of course can’t tell anyone. Little did she know some elves decided to intervene at a very naughty Christmas Party. Spicy White Chocolate is about a restaurant owner who makes a bet with her erotic book club to snag a hot young thing and the first girl gets a big prize. Of course her sexy boy toy has other ideas in mind and yes, the chocolate is white, hot, spicy and poured….
Derek: You’re diabolically prolific. By my count, you’ve had twelve releases in the past year. And you’ve announced several more recently. How do you manage to stay so prolific?
Cassandre: I dream in color and stories flow at night plus I can type very fast too and the words flow in my head. It helps I love it so much. BUT – if I can get through finishing five major novels in October – a true test.
Derek: In addition to being so prolific, you’re also a great self-promoter as well as a promoter of other talent. How much work goes into promotion, on average?
Cassandre: I spend at minimum three to four hours a day promoting not only me but other writers. Between tweeting, blogging, guest blogging, updating websites, yahoo groups, setting up chats – I could literally do it more.
Derek: Talk about your new position with Rebel Ink Press.
Cassandre: I feel honored to be the Director of Communications and Publicity which means I get to help promote, welcome new writers, give them places to go for marketing and develop new contacts for all of us.
Derek: What has been the most challenging aspect of writing? And what has been the most rewarding?
Cassandre: Challenging is the time it takes around it and trying to find the right piece that will turn heads. Rewarding is all of that and everything else!
Derek: Talk about your upcoming releases and current works in progress.
Cassandre: You had to ask – I have everything from a m/m piece titled Punch Back coming from Rebel and The Fire of Submission – my first f/f piece coming both in October. I also have the two anthologies and my first as the other writers – Dakotah Black coming as well. I have two coming out in November and one in December – St. Nick’s Night of Xstasy and then three others with Naughty Nights Press as well. Going to be a busy few months. In November the first in my third persona, Enslaved is coming out. It’s the first in the Retribution Collection written by D.H. Black.
Derek: White chocolate or dark?
Cassandre: Neither – allergic!
Virginia Romance Writers
Romance Writers of America
ARRA – Australian Romance Readers Association
Claw Marks Anthology Coming Oct 3rd from Rebel Ink: