About Amos Cassidy:
Amos Cassidy is the pen name for Richard Amos and Debbie Cassidy. Amos is a 31 year old Diva and Cassidy a 38 year old mother of three; well, four if you include the husband. A common love of all things Joss Whedon, Urban Fantasy, and a tug of war over Jensen Ackles, brought us together, and one cold February afternoon, over nibbles and coffee, our partnership was born.
You can find, me, Cassidy hard at work in my fortress of solitude which has eaten up the majority of my garden, and Amos…well he’s still trying to get the invisibility gizmo he got off a friendly alien in exchange for a pair of earphones to work. Funnily enough he hasn’t been seen around much lately…
Frequent doses of Sugary snacks, coupled with regular injections of caffeine aid in our production of a unique brand of cross genre tales. We’re always writing, but are happy to take a break to chat to our wonderful readers, and we’ll even bust out the biscuit tin.
What inspires you to write?
That’s a hard one to pin down. We’d have to say anything and everything. Writing is like oxygen to us, and inspiration can be found in the smallest of things. Amos loves music and draws alot from melodies while I tend to have the strangest movie like dreams.
Tell us about your writing process.
We sare outliners. We outline the basic plot and make a note of direction. Then we talk. We talk about it as if we were talking about a movie. We even make up dialogue and pretend to be the various characters. With the two of us throwing ideas back and forth it can get very exciting. When it comes to the writing we play tag, passing the document back and forth and working ona few chapters each.
It’s alot of fun, and our brainstorming sessions are legendary at our local Harvester eatery!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Our characters have a mind of their own and are contantly going off on a tangent. We’ev learned to let them do their thing and honestly, sometimes I think we’re just a vessel to articulate their stories.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write, and have fun with it. Writing is like any other skill in that it requires practice, but if it becomes a chore then you’re doing something wrong. If you can’t get through your manuscript how do you expect your reader to? Also read whenever you can. Read your genre, read other genres, read a whole bunch of stuff!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
We did think about traditional publishing to begin with but decided against it because we wanted control of our work, and we wanted to write the story as it needed to be told. The traditional publishing industry is great, but there are so many rules, and each agent has his own preference, his or her likes and dislikes just like any reader. To get traditionally published we would have to search for that one agent, that one reader, who would advocate us and honestly we just wanted to get our work out there and entertain readers with some great stories.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s bright! Digital, paper, heck, who knows we might have holographic books in the next few years!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: New Adult Dark Urban Fantasy, Fantasy and Post Apocalyptic
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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