About Cassidy Salem:
Cassidy Salem has always been an avid reader. She is especially fond of mysteries (both cozy and traditional). Over the years, her favorite mystery authors have included Agatha Christie, Kathy Reichs, Mary Higgins Clark, and John Grisham. Cassidy also enjoys reading historical fiction focused on American and world history, as well as the classics.
Cassidy has never met a dog she didn’t like – a fact that influenced her decision to have the protagonist in “Think Murder” volunteer at a dog rescue center. When she’s not reading, Cassidy enjoys singing in an a cappella ensemble. Most of all, Cassidy enjoys spending time with family and friends, and travels with her husband and son whenever possible. Her travels have taken her to destinations throughout the United States and Europe.
What inspires you to write?
I’m not sure whether my motivation for writing entirely qualifies as “inspiration.” But here goes. Around 15 years ago I made a career transition into the world of technical writing. When you write technical manuals, your sentences must be short and concise – and almost always limited to the present simple tense. “Do this. This happens.” I needed a new challenge and I wanted to prove to myself that I could still write complex sentences in more than one tense. I love mysteries and wanted to see if I could create one of my own.
Tell us about your writing process.
I was mostly a “pantster” when I wrote Think Murder, writing scenes and chapters as they came to me and then moving them around a lot. When I started writing, I knew who would be killed and why. But I had no idea who the actual perpetrator would be, not to mention how Adina and Jonathan would solve the case. Midway through the process, I sat down and created a working list of plot points and scenes to give myself a better sense of what I had and where it was going. It was definitely an adventure.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I opted to go the self-publishing route and have had no regrets. The actual publishing process is fairly straightforward. The greatest challenge is marketing. My advice to new authors — make sure you have your book professionally edited, and then proofread multiple times before unveiling it to the world.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks are the format of the future. They offer benefits to readers of all ages – mobility, ability to adjust font size and spacing, contrast, and more – and they generally cost far less than their print counterparts. For serious bookworms, this can be a deciding factor in book selection.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Mystery
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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