Hi guys! Today, I'm featuring an author, Cassandra DeBrown on my blog! To start off, let's welcome Cassandra to the blog for a short-ish author interview!
lovely to have you on the blog today! So, shall we begin? J
Glad to be here, thank
you for having me.
starters, why not tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many
Cassandra DeBrown is
my pen name and I have been writing novels for the past year. I’ve been writing
short stories, articles and all manner of stuff since I was just a wee girl but
over Christmas last year decided to do something different with my talents.
Hmm. Something not
many people know… I wear size nine sneakers and I’m afraid of heights. I hate
roller coaster rides but because I refuse to chicken out of anything if I can
help it, you will often find me screaming my head off on a mega ride at Thorpe
park or at Southend .
Once got on a ride at
Disneyland Paris without knowing how bad (or good depending on your view point)
it was. It was the Twilight Hotel one
and honestly I thought it would be like a studio tour of how the movie was
made- like the Armageddon one. Oh Boy. Let’s just say it wasn’t a fun
experience and leave it at that.
you want to become a writer?
It was ineveitable. I
had too many random thoughts floating about in my cranium and I kept doodling,
writing out scenes or just thinking “what about...” After a while I ran out of friends and family
to coerce into reading my stories so decided to look for fresh fodder (
Laughs). So far it seems to be working well.
Do you have
any hidden talents? *wink*
LOL! Not like you mean…
like to cook though I’m not always sure if my family like my food or they are
just eating it to spare my feelingsJ. I
bake a little. My speciality is making doughnuts. Sprinkled with sugar and
flavoured with hazelnut or vanilla. Yum!
you inspiration for your book(s)?
I get inspired by the weirdest of things in
the weirdest of places sometimes. Church, school, work, the news, the shopping
mall, the airport… it depends. Sometimes just hanging out with friends and
kicking ideas between us gives me a “what if…” buzz and that’s all it takes
characters based off real people, or did they all come entirely from your
I like to think they come straight from my
head but I guess there are a few shades of family, friends and acquaintances in
the nuances of the characters.
I must confess that the meanie boss BELINDA
in GROUP THERAPY (A Little Bit of Black
Magic) was inspired by a real person though no sexual undertones were
involved in real life. We just didn’t
quite get along. After a particularly stressful day, I and a friend went for a
boxing class at Fitness First and picturing her face on the punching bag was a
great stress reliever. Went to work the next day with a massive smirk on my
But then, all writers are advised to ‘write
what you know’ so errm, yeah…
tell us a bit about your book and why it is a must-read?
gemstones is a Heston Witch Novella, part of my new
YA trilogy The Heston Witches that
follows the adventures a clan of powerful witches. There are two teenage
witches, their grandma, their mums and their aunts. Apart from the usual
magical happenings that are the norm around such magical families and the
typical teenage mischief that goes with the territory, their home and lives are
under threat by as well.
you haven't been introduced to the clan, do take a peek at the short story on
Writing Shorts (http://wp.me/P2mNT1-U).
Edna was the first Heston witch I met and she’s the one who introduced me to
the family so to speak. Her mother, (Evie) is the Matriarch of the clan, and
along with her sisters (Eden and Ethos), they all live in their ancestral Home
Red Rock Haven located in Silverline City. Eden and Ethos each have a daughter,
(Elvira and Esther).
I think it’s a lot of fun and I hope to
have much more happy hours writing about this magical family.
What do you
love most about the writing process?
It all about Words. I love words and stringing them together in a way that makes
sense and is interesting to me as a person just makes me happy. I lose hours
every time I sit down to write but in a good way.
course, do you have a particular favorite character? I know an author will love
most if not all of the characters he/she creates, but I’m sure there must be a
favorite of yours! So who is it, and why?
I do love all my
characters, even the badies, but if I had to pick a favourite it would be Chuckles, the loveable dog in Legitimate Issues. I grew up
in a house where at a time we had a record number of nine dogs living with us.
Add six kids to the mix and imagine the mayhem.LOL!
tell us a little about your plans for the future, and maybe other books that
are in the works? (Ideas thought out, perhaps even a rough draft?)
I think I will be
turning my hand to finishing up my other books. The Hestons kind of bullied
their way into the forefront of my imagination but I’ve learned not to force
stuff. Legitimate Doubts, the sequel to Legitimate
Issues is almost halfway done, I’m also working on Book one of the Deadly
Beauty Series - Amber Dade. I will definitely continue with the Heston Witches
War Beast hopefully will be done before the
first quarter of the new year. Wish me luck.
And now, just some little random questions!
between red, black blue and white depending on my mood.
The Gardens at Mysore,
India. They are truly beautiful. And peaceful.
Don’t be mean, I can’t
pick just one
Danse Macabre By
Laurell K Hamilton
The Way of Shadows By
A Dance of Death By
Shall We Tell The
President By Jeffery Archer
………. And many many
(and why, if you like)
I love paranormals,
Fantasy/ Sci-Fi stuff because they are never boring and anything is possible.
To end off,
is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Yes! Thanks for all
the support and encouragement and for taking out time to spend a few moments
with the weird and wonderful stuff that comes out from between my ears. J.
Hmm, I think
that should be about it for today! It was a pleasure to have you on the blog
today! Wishing you all the best in your career! :D
for having me on your blog. I really enjoyed visiting and I hope to come back
Signs from Beyond is
the short story that inspired the series and I’d like to share it with you.
Fiery Gemstones is out on Amazon November 2012. Read Signs From Beyond below! :)
This is her book, Fiery Gemstones which has been published already.
Cassandra Debrown is the author of Legitimate Issues and A Little bit of Black Magic. She enjoys writing and says this is to share the stories in her head as she has always had a very vivid imagination. During her working life she has worn many hats - teacher, graphic artist, medic ,et c and she is currently enjoying the author hat while she plans the next step. She loves to travel, read, watch movies, swim and walk about alot. She also has a deep and abiding love for retail therapy.She is single and lives in london. Readers can connect with her by email at email@example.com or at her wordpress page cassandra DeBrown.
Here's the short story that she wanted to share with us:)
A Short Story By Cassandra
DeBrown, Author Of Our Urban Utopia.
Copyright Cassandra DeBrown,
All Rights Reserved.
Williams was a right ass and everyone but him knew it. He was worse than a mad
dog and it was way past time that somebody put him down.
in the bushes outside his country home, Edna could feel the blend of chemicals
coursing through her veins. Her heart was pounding, its rhythm a loud thump, thump, thump, hitting her
eardrums in the early morning silence.
She wasn’t frightened though. On the contrary, she relished the
simulation of the normal human adrenalin fuelled flight or fight response. She
thought of a word that would best describe how she felt and settled on giddy.
“I feel positively giddy,” she laughed softly. She hadn’t felt this spry, this
vibrant, this alive since… well since
she’d died actually.
grimaced at this unwelcome reminder of her unnatural state.
to that ass Preston, she was no longer alive in the proper sense of the word.
The arrogant bastard wasn’t used to being denied anything. Unfortunately her
vocabulary seemed to shrink to miniscule proportions whenever she was around
the smug little shit. Her usual responses were “No”, “Hell No”, “Oh No” and
“Fuck No”. No matter what it was that he wanted, she simply hadn’t been
interested. He’d kept pestering and she’d known he’d send his goons after her
soon enough so she’d taken adequate precautions.
cast the spell herself and had gone over everything twice, leaving no room for
error. It worked like a charm. A few hours after she had been very publicly
shot in the head by that moron, Lester, who worked for Preston, she’d woken up
with a mild headache and a faint taste of formalin in her mouth. Perhaps she shouldn’t have baited him;
perhaps she should have lain low. She shrugged. There was no use
second-guessing herself now. What was done was done. She wasn’t a zombie, she
wasn’t the undead and she definitely wasn’t a ghost, she felt way too corporeal
for that and no way was she an angel (Duh!
No wings!). She was simply other.
really should have warned the retard about the consequences of his actions. Karma
was one mean bitch. And right now he had a shitload of payback coming his way.
If he thought that things were settled now then he had another think coming.
Preston Williams was a dead man walking, he just didn’t have enough sense to
lie down and die. It would be a singular pleasure to teach him the finer points
of etiquette when it came to being a corpse.
smirked evilly to herself as she crept silently towards the big house that was
lit up like a Times Square Christmas tree. In the back of her mind she noted
vaguely that she cast no shadow in her new form but she didn’t care. Anything was worth it just to see the look on
his face when she confronted him.
never been one to put much emphasis on signs and portends but right now she was
about to put up a great big billboard. The message she had to put across to the
world and the rest of the magical community was simple. YOU DID NOT MESS WITH A
HESTON WITCH! Not if you had any modicum of sense or wanted a semblance of a
life when you were done.
ran her hands lightly down her sides, brushing off a layer of dirt that simply
wasn’t there. Her pale green tunic was as pristine as it was when she’s put it
on. She swished back her shoulder length brunette hair and knew that her pale
blue eyes would be sparkling with malice and mischief. She struggled to hold
back a manic grin as she gestured to the front door and it swung open
welcomingly. She could hear alarms going off and she silenced them all with
just a single thought. Making her way up the staircase she knew led to
Preston’s bedroom she remarked to herself that the world had gotten it all
Life didn’t begin at forty, it began when
you were dead.
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