Today I have the pleasure of presenting a guest post by Cassiel Knight. I’m an author myself and I’m always wondering about the experience of others in the field. So with that in mind, I asked Cassiel a question: What is your biggest challenge with writing/publishing and the greatest reward thus far? This is what she had to say on the subject…
Julianne, first thanks so much for hosting my tour. I absolutely appreciate it.
Frankly, my biggest challenge with writing/publishing has been the actual writing. You’d think that someone who loves to write would find it easy TO write. You’d think. But for me, I struggle with motivation. Part of that stems from the fact that I have so many fabulous, I think, story ideas, characters and worlds in my head, they all are interesting and I want to write them all.
I have a lot of starts that are just waiting for me to write them. It’s kind of sad because I can get them all written if I just sit down and well, write them. I’ll be honest and say I believe my lack of motivation really stems from two things:
First, I want to write a story that readers will like and that will sell. Unfortunately, I don’t always know what that is or, if I do, whether or not I want to write it. For example, erotic romance, GLBT and the like are hot, hot, hot, hot. But writing them is not for me. I just wouldn’t be good at it. Young adult is hot, hot, hot. Again, I just don’t think I have the voice for them. So, in this case, I have to decide what else I might write readers will like. And that I struggle with. Luckily, for now, readers do seem to enjoy by two series so I’ll stay with them. I have at least three more books out of them. That’s good because I really enjoy the worlds and characters. However, I also have two science fiction romances, my true love, I’m dying to finish. See my conundrum?
Second, I know part of the problem is I’m a pantser, no plotting for me. It’s go with the flow all the way but sometimes, with just a teeny bit of plotting tossed in just to mix things up. I know some say it’s because if they plot, they know the story so why write it. That could be part of my thoughts as well but I don’t think it’s just that. I like the act of creating and while I run into frequent snags (sigh), I love coming up with neat ways to come out of them and find that my stories tend to twist better this way. But I also know this is why I get bogged down and look for the new shiny.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – In the job that pays the mortgage and allows her to indulge in her real passion, writing, Cassiel Knight works in the beautiful state of Oregon. Crazy-passionate about the romance writing industry, Cassiel has a paranormal romance series featuring fallen angels and demons from Samhain Publishing, an urban fantasy through Lyrical Press and an Egyptian mythology/archeology series with Champagne Book Group. She writes paranormal romances with kick-assitude that blend archeology and mythology – just a few of her favorite things.
Now let’s take a look at her books!!
First up we have Blood on the Moon…
Mia Langdon—tomb raider and adventure-seeker—has everything she wants. Freedom. Independence. No chains (a.k.a. a man). Her troubles begin when she’s attacked on a dig in Peru. Soon, she’s forced to use her tomb raiding talents to find the flaming arrows of an Egyptian goddess. In the wrong hands, this weapon could destroy the human race—and nearly had.
Used to doing things her own way, it isn’t long before she figures out that she needs the help of Harrison Braden Stanton, her stuffy, but so yummy, Egyptologist and ex-lover. There’s one problem. He despises what she does. As Mia and Harrison find themselves in the middle of a battle between the Egyptian gods and goddess, there’s no choice for the woman with a Grand Canyon-sized independence streak and the man working for the Egyptian god, Osiris, but to work together to prevent the destruction of all they love.
And then we have Key of Solomon…
Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away.
Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a falcon—complete with wings.
Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demons attempt the mother of all prison breaks.
No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion with the unholy power to bring down Heaven…
There’s also a giveaway!!!