We’re thrilled to have here today Cassie (Scot) Blackwood from Christine Amsden’s new urban fantasy, Frozen (Cassie Scot Book Seven). Cassie is a 23-year-old private investigator living in Eagle Rock, MO.
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?
It’s as fair as she could make it! I mean, hindsight is 20/20 and I’ve learned some things since the end … but that’s a story for another book.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
The personality is spot on. If you met me in real life, you wouldn’t have any trouble connecting me to my books.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
I think determination. But my husband says it’s compassion.
Self-doubt. I wish I could say it was altogether gone after the first four Cassie Scot books (the original quartet), but as I say in Frozen, self-actualization is more a journey than a destination. I’m proud of who I am now, but that doesn’t mean I’ve reached some perfect state of inner peace!
Do you have a love interest in the book?
I’m married in this book! I know, right? But seriously, life doesn’t end when you get married. I mean, the original quartet did, and then I figured out that I still had more stories to tell.
So to make a long story short: Yes, my love interest is my husband, Evan Blackwood. And I’m just as attracted to him as I ever was. (His magical kiss doesn’t hurt anything … but I don’t want to spoil that for you if you haven’t read the first book.)
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
When a thick fog rolled in, and the temperature began to drop sharply, and I was sure I’d freeze to death the same way Nadine did. :(
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?
My mom. She’s fallen apart, and doesn’t seem capable fo taking care of my younger siblings anymore. I might have to step in …
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Honestly, more nervous than I felt at the beginning. I solved one mystery, only to uncover a bigger one!
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Don’t be afraid to challenge me; I can take it. But if you put my kids in danger, we’re going to have problems!
Thank you for this interview, Cassie. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Oh yes! Christine haven’t started writing it yet, but a sequel to Frozen is in the early, brainstorming stages now. In addition, she’s written two other books, each of which starts a completely different, unrelated series.
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a mom and freelance editor.
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Apparently, life doesn’t end when you get married.
When a couple freezes to death on a fifty degree day, Cassie is called in to investigate. The couple ran a daycare out of their home, making preschoolers the key witnesses and even the prime suspects.
Two of those preschoolers are Cassie’s youngest siblings, suggesting conditions at home are worse than she feared. As Cassie struggles to care for her family, she must face the truth about her mother’s slide into depression, which seems to be taking the entire town with it.
Then Cassie, too, is attacked by the supernatural cold. She has to think fast to survive, and her actions cause a rift between her and her husband.
No, life doesn’t end after marriage. All hell can break loose at any time.
Frozen (Cassie Scot Book Seven)
Print Release: July 15, 2018
Audiobook Release: TBA
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot Book One)