Name Cass Peterson
Where are you from? I’m a Midlands girl but dream of living near the sea, so one day I might just do a flit!
A little about yourself , ie your education Family life etc
Cass Peterson is my pen name, and I write erotic romance as Cass for a good reason so my personal details have to remain shrouded in mystery. I don’t have any formal writing training and this isn’t my main job. Sorry to be so secretive, Fiona!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
One Night in San Francisco is my first publication with Tirgearr – it’s out on September 26th and the cover is GORGEOUS. I’ve just started writing a full length erotic romance with elements of comedy and am enjoying writing it very much.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing sometime before I was eight and now I just can’t stop. It’s my passion. Well, that and wine. And food. And my family of course (not in that order!)
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I began to get magazine articles accepted. It was a great feeling and still is – magical.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I love song lyrics and I wanted to write a book with a quote from a song at the head of each chapter to link with the character who was featured. I had no idea then about the problems of quoting from lyrics and the expense of getting permission. That book has been rewritten lots of times but isn’t publishable (yet).
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
It varies with the genre I’m dabbling in.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It’s part of Tirgearr’s One Night in … series. I chose San Fran because I love it so much.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Only that past relationships can cramp your style – let them go.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Hmmm …no comment!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
See above …
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Kama Sutra and Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
In writing erotic/romantic fiction, Jilly Cooper. But I’m ruder.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Another of the One Night in … series. This one is set in Boyse and it’s by Troy Lambert. Very pacey.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
My lovely publicist and friend Lucy Felthouse writes great smut with attitude and giggles, especially for one so young and innocent looking!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
A Cass novel, and various other things under my own name.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My writing group. Total stars.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not at the moment but maybe in a couple of years, fingers crossed.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t use the ‘c’ word. With hindsight, I hate it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Nurtured by a brilliant run of teachers and my parents.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s a steamy bit from early in the story:
He broke off as his fingers began to move faster and I arched my back in ecstasy. I wanted this blissful sensation to last for as long as possible but he was pushing me to the brink much too quickly, the sensation of his hard, forceful middle finger driving me insane. I was so wet now that I was beginning to regret the no underwear decision. Unable to resist a whimper, I felt my entire body clench as the massive orgasm hit, waves of delight coursing through every inch of me. After a moment, still breathing heavily, I turned to look at him.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Fitting it into the day job. I get up very early.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Terry Pratchett – I love his humour and the incredible attention to detail in his make believe worlds.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I would like to say yes – but that’s one for the future.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Tirgearr’s in-house designer. She’s amazing..
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making all the action happen in one night.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I think I learned how to keep the cast of characters small when writing a novella – I always try to pack too many people into a full-length novel and there isn’t time in a novella to let them all breathe.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Rejections are a pain, but they’re a fact of life. Smile, eat cake and get on with the next mailing.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just a huge ‘thank you’ for taking the time to read ONiSF – so much appreciated. And I hope you come back for more.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably a Little Grey Rabbit story by Alison Uttley.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love to go walking, especially if there’s a sea view, and I love to cook, eat and drink.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything funny, especially Victoria Wood and Bill Bailey. Films – old black and white movies, and Dirty Dancing type films.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food – curry. Colours – silver and blue. Music – old glam rock stuff
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would love to have been an artist or a chef.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
http://casspeterson.co.uk Thanks for the interview, Fiona – great questions!
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