Carol Cassada is the author of Going Home Again and the Westmore series. After graduating from college, she set out to pursue her journey of becoming a writer. Since 2010, she’s released 5 books and made the transition from traditional publishing to self-publishing. Her love of romance novels and soap operas is the inspiration behind her writing. She currently lives in Ringgold, VA with her mom and brother. When she’s not busy writing, she loves to spend time with her 3 dogs and 2 cats.
What inspires you to write?
Soap operas are the main inspiration for my writing, especially the Westmore series. I’ve been a fan since 1994 and at one time I dreamed of being a writer for the shows, I even wrote my own soap opera. After Going Home Again was released, I was looking for inspiration for my next book and I found my old notebook with my soap opera ideas. That’s when I decided write the Westmore series.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m the type of person who goes with the flow. When an idea pops into my head I run with it, no matter how odd it seems. I don’t plan the book, I just write, and then later I go back and correct any mistakes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I tend to listen more to my characters, they come to me with their problems and I listen to them and help them any way I can. But sometimes they can get out of control and that’s when I have to speak up.
What advice would you give other writers?
The main thing is don’t give up. The writing industry is tough whether you go with traditional or self-publishing. There are going to be tough times, but if you’re passionate about writing you have to stick with it because in the end all your hard work will pay off.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With my first book, Going Home Again I went with a small ebook publisher called Romance Divine. But with the Westmore series, I wasn’t having any luck with traditional publishers and switched to self-publishing with the help of Createspace and Amazon.
Looking back on my writing journey, I’m glad I went with traditional publishing first because it gave me a glimpse of the industry and helped prepare me for the road ahead.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Traditional publishers have made it hard for writers to get published and I think we’ll continue to see more authors choose self-publishing.
What genres do you write?
Romance, Drama, Chick-Lit
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print