Cassondra was born in Oklahoma, lived about a decade each in Indiana and Colorado, and is now happily ensconced on the coast of Alaska. She earned a BA of Letters from the University of Oklahoma and pursued careers in both bookselling and law enforcement before settling in to write full-time. She’s a poet first, and her poetry, short stories, and essays have been published in numerous literary journals and art books. Her first novel, Parable of Pronouns, was published by Solstice Publishing in January 2018, and her second novel, Bury The Lead, will be released by Black Spot Books in September 2018. She loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to reach out to her over her social media accounts!
About the book:
Two women is a lot for any man to handle, but when one of them is a child-devouring demon and the other is Eve, Mother Of All Living, Harry Adams really has his hands full. An erotic contemporary fairy tale that follows the reincarnations of Adam and Eve and, of course, the ever-hungry Lilith, throughout time, Parable of Pronouns finds the first dysfunctional family in what may be their final time. Harry Adams and Riann Haava don’t remember who they are, but that doesn’t deter destiny from catching up with them as they struggle to overcome their own demons and save Harry’s son from a fate worse than death.
Why did you decide to write this book?
I’m fascinated by how the broken places in people meet in others and find in those falling-apart spaces a bridge of spirit. I wanted to write about impossible redemption.
What genre is your book?
Amazon requires it to be classified as erotic romance, but magical realism is much more apt fit.
Do you consider your book character-driven or plot-driven?
What a tough question! It’s plot driven in that there is a specific dilemma that must be answered, but the root cause of that dilemma is the characters themselves, so…
What makes your book unique?
It’s the only modern Adam and Eve reincarnation story I know.
Do you plot ahead of time, or let the plot emerge as you write?
I’m a pantster, all the way. If I get stuck, I take a minute to chat with my characters and see what’s up.
How do you develop the names for your characters?
Normally, that’s a very different question for me, but in Parable of Pronouns, it was easy. Harry Adams and Riann Haava are the thoroughly modern reincarnations of Adam and Eve – Harry’s last name is an obvious clue, and Riann is Irish for king, Haava is Romanian for Eve. Apt since not only do they reincarnate, they sometimes trade places through time as well.
How do you decide on the setting?
I chose ancient stories that may feel reminiscent to the reader and retold them through the perspectives of doomed characters.
Do you have a writing mentor?
No, but I would have to mention Carol Hamilton, my fourth grade gifted & talented teacher who always encouraged me to write and who entered my poetry in my first-ever writing contest. She never betrayed a moment’s doubt that mine was the artist’s path and that it was entirely doable.
What’s your writing schedule? Do you have a favorite place to write?
I write almost every day. Prose I almost always write at my desk, though occasionally I’ll head to Alice’s Champagne Palace and scrawl off a chapter or two alongside a glass of cider. Poetry I prefer to write in coffeeshops and taverns, but I’ll write anywhere.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Readers are the writer’s other soul. What a reader brings to the page, the way they form the words on their tongue, is what completes the art. Every other soul who meets my words honors them, whether they love the work or hate it. I’m a voracious reader myself, and I’m grateful for every person who offers that little piece of their life to share with mine.
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