About Cassie Greutman:
Cassie Greutman is a small town Ohio girl who has always loved stories in any form. You can usually find her typing away at her computer or playing out in the barn with her ponies.
What inspires you to write?
I read so much as a kid and teen that I ran out of things I wanted to read! After re-reading all of my favorites, I decided to try my own story while I waited for the latest books to hit the library, and so began my love of story-telling.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I love both Patricia Briggs and Kristen Britain. The worlds they have created are amazing.
Tell us about your writing process.
For my first few books, I completely pantsed the entire process. The next couple, I did a mixture, and knew the end and several key scenes that led up to it before getting started. My latest two I have outlined, to make sure to have everything set up for the books to follow. As I'm writing the book I'm on, I throw ideas for the next book into a Word document. Once I finish the first draft of that book, I have most of what I need for the outline of the next. The characters I get to know as I write the story, and then by the end I feel like I have a new friend. Once I know them that well, I'm able to go back and add details earlier in the story to make them really come alive.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
That's actually something I haven't done too much of!
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep at it! It's a long game, for sure. If you're persistent, you'll get there!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Originally I wanted to go the traditional route, but when I started to get people interested there were changes they wanted made that would have ruined the story for me. I'm all for working with people and I'm not the type that doesn't want to change anything, but the things they were telling me I'd have to do to work with them truly changed the tone and heart of the series, and I wasn't willing to do that, so I went Indie.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I'm really hoping that things shift more toward the Indie author. I'm not anti-traditional publishing, but it's sad that most traditionally published authors have to keep another job outside of writing to make ends meet.
What genres do you write?: YA urban fantasy, and portal fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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