Today I have the pleasure of introducing author Cassandra Parker, who will be sharing her thoughts on reading and writing, and details of her new book Harley & Me.
I have always been an avid reader. I am here to write, to learn, to be creative, and to have fun. I write because that is who I am. I see inspiration in everything such as the falling of a leaf, a child’s laughter, etc. I write because I can remember and to keep those memories alive. I remember my mother’s voice calling to me to come in for lunch on a hot summer day. I remember the smell of fresh mowed grass in the early morning. I remember how cool the lawn felt with dew drops glistening from each green blade. I write for pleasure. I write because I must.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
To read, read, read. Study the genres you love to read. Write what you love to read. Never give up. Even if everyone tells you being a writer is hard and you will not make it, look these naysayers in the eye and tell them, “I am a writer. No one can take that away from me. I will always write no matter what.”
Practice the craft. Study it, look at how a story is “shown” and not “told.” Find time to write 1 page a day, everyday. At the end of a year you will have finished a book. Never believe what you have written is too good for editing. Edit brutally, but also learn, and know when to stop. Edit to tighten the story but do not edit so much you lose the heart of it.
What is your favourite genre(s)?
I love romance in all its multitude of forms. Romance is wistful, poignant, and classic. It makes the heart beat faster; it brings a twinkle to the eyes, a tear drop, and a smile. Romance is love, joy, pain, and loss. It is endearing and lasts throughout time for all eternity.
I love SF because it takes place in worlds different than our own.
I love dystopian novels because it explores our humanity and our struggle to remain human.
Have you ever skipped something important to stay at home and read a book?
Yes, I have. I was so engrossed in the story The Haunting by Shirley Jackson I completely forgot I was scheduled to work.
If you could have a signed copy of a book by an author (dead or living) What book would it be?
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It was one of the books that drew me into a whole different world and created a love for books and ultimately for writing.
Are you a one book at a time reader, or do you jump between many?
I read one book at a time so I can savor the story. I become so completely immersed in the tale I lose track of time, location, etc.
Tell us what you are currently reading and your verdict so far?
I’m currently reading Girl on a Train. It is a hard read for me because it is not in one of my favorite genres.
About your book…
You are living in the your latest novel. Where are you living, and what is it like?
I am living in 1975-1977 Lima, Ohio. It is a small city with a branch of the Ohio State University and WOSL Radio has just started broadcasting. Gas is being rationed, the Vietnam War ended a few years previously and jobs are hard to find.
You are your most recent protagonist, What do you like doing for fun?
Riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, searching for aliens and playing pranks. Because I am a rebel looking for my soul mate.
Harley & Me by Cassandra Parker
When Mari met Harley little did she know he was her soul mate; the love of her life. This is a love story full of joy, laughter, heartbreak, and loss. The journey of Mari and Harley is wistful and endearing.
You can also follow Cassandra on her blog! CassandraParker.wordress.com.
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