We’re thrilled to have here today, Cassie, from Christine Amsden’s new urban fantasy novel, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Cassie is a 21-year-old private investigator living in Eagle Rock, Missouri.
It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Cassie. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Since I narrated the book, I hope I was fair to myself! This was my story, and I told it, sparing myself nothing, not even my pride at times.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
Like I said, I narrated it, so my personality is right there in the words. Here’s what I have to say right off the bat:
“My parents think the longer the name the more powerful the sorcerer, so they named me Cassandra Morgan Usrula Margaret Scot. You can call me Cassie.”
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
I care about people. I hope that doesn’t sound self-aggrandizing, but it’s true. It’s the reason I joined the sheriff’s department, and, after I quit in frustration, it’s the reason I switched to private work.
I don’t have any magic powers. My entire family does, including my six younger brothers and sisters, and they’re all strong, but I got none of it, not even a gift.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
If anyone ever wanted to turn my life into a movie, I’d trust them to find a talented enough actress to play the role. I don’t care what she looks like so much as what she acts like, and I’m not qualified to judge acting ability. She wouldn’t just have to play me, either, she’d have to play my mom, because we look so much alike. Actually, because my mom takes rejuvenating potions, we’d need an equally talented makeup artist who could make me look a mere 5-10 years older. (It’s something subtle around the eyes.)
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Love is an awfully strong word. I mean, yeah, I had a crush on Evan Blackwood in high school (I think everyone did), but he’s just a friend. Sure, he’s incredibly good looking and he’s probably the most powerful sorcerer in town, but that’s just the problem, isn’t it? I don’t think it would work between me and a sorcerer.
Since you brought it up, I have been getting a little worried about him lately. He keeps…oh, I don’t know…looking at me. I didn’t notice until some of my friends started mentioning it. They’re all worried because they think he casts loves spells. He doesn’t – I would know. Still, I have been thinking how nice it would be to kiss him.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Things got pretty dicey right in the middle, when a vampire nearly sucked all the blood out of me. Actually, I’m amazed I got away. Even Evan was impressed. What happened was…
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Angie. She doesn’t believe in magic at all, which is amazing after the vampire attacks. I don’t think I would want to walk around the world wearing those kinds of blinders.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I solved the mystery, but my whole world seems to have turned upside down. I feel sad, angry, and as for Evan…well, I hear there’s a sequel, so maybe things will work out then.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
I would advise you to give me some magical powers. I’d like a kick-butt one like my father’s ability to start fires, or Evan’s telekinesis, but hey, I’m not picky! My mom’s eidetic memory would work fine. Just throw me a bone, will you?
Thank you for this interview, Cassie. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Count on it!
Paranormal Mystery/Urban Fantasy
Twilight Times Books
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.
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