About Debbie Cassidy:
Debbie Cassidy is a 39 year old multi-tasking ninja who lives in England, Bedfordshire, with her three kids and very supportive husband. Coffee and chocolate biscuits are her writing fuels of choice, and she is still working on getting that perfect tower of solitude built in her back garden. Debbie has been writing for eight years under the pen name Amos Cassidy with her best friend, Richard Amos, but Forest of Demons is her first solo venture, and the first book in a four book high fantasy saga.
What inspires you to write?
I get my inspiration from all over the place, the ideas just pop into my head. They come to me in dreams, and when I’m not writing I’m thinking about writing. Forest of Demons was inspired by my dad, but I have written several books under the pen name Amos Cassidy which were inspired by dreams I had, or stray thoughts that just popped into my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a pantser. I tend to spend a week or so with the idea swimming inside my head. I make notes, jot down my thoughts ,and then when I get that click in my mind telling me that I’m ready, then I start to write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes! All the time! If my characters aren’t speaking to me, taking over, or pushing the boundaries by going off and doing the unexpected then I know the story is faltering. I sometimes find myself lecturing them and other times I spend ages trying to figure out why they just went and did whatever they did, which usually opens up a whole new plot line!
What advice would you give other writers?
Read tons of books, watch tons of movies and write every day. Practice will make you a better author. If you can attend the odd workshop then do so, read books on writing and learn. Writing is a craft that you can hone but you won’t find your voice if you don’t put in the hours. Not every manuscript will be a master piece. Every writer has one, two, or even three manuscripts that will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t make those manuscripts a waste of time, because while writing these manuscripts the authors were learning.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My co-authored books, under the pen name Amos Cassidy, are self published, and I’ve enjoyed learning all about indie publishing. The control you have over your book, pricing, marketing etc…is addictive. For Forest of Demons, my first solo venture, I wanted to try something different, and when I heard about Kindle Scout and Kindle Press I just knew I had to give it a shot. I’m still an indie author, but I also have a publisher which makes me a hybrid author I guess.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think books will ever go out of fashion, but traditional publishing is becoming more and more unattractive to authors due to the low royalties on offer. I’ve heard of authors turning down traditional contracts in order to become indie authors – more control, higher royalties.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Debbie Cassidy Page On Amazon
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