Monday, July 29, 2013

Friday Night Alibi Blog Tour And Q&A With Author, Cassie Mae


  Hey, Everybody!

Today, I'm happy to welcome Author, Cassie Mae, for the release of her New Adult novel, Friday Night Alibi, available here.
I'll tell you more about Cassie Mae's latest projects, but first I want her to give up the goods, so let's get on with the juicy dirt dishing.

1. What inspires you?
Anything and everything. Usually when my hubby says something super cute AND dorky. Or when I listen to the girls I coach talk about the funniest things. Sometimes I’ll just be writing and it flies out of nowhere. Movies, music, books, LIFE inspires me.
 Wow, sounds like you've got plenty to be inspired about. I'm kind of jealous. :)

2.    How many hours of sleep do you get a night? (on a good night)

Well, I have a newborn. So on a good night, about 6 hours.
Gosh, that's pretty good. It seemed like my kid never slept when she was a baby. I'm glad your baby sleeps, otherwise, you might be a zombie, and we'd miss out on your fab stories!

3.    Do you have a special writing spot—do you need silence?

If I needed silence, I wouldn’t write a word, haha!  And my recliner is the only place I write. 
Me too! I love my recliner!

4.    If you were stranded on an island and could have just one book, which story would you choose?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. (If I must choose ONE Harry Potter.)

5.    How has your recent success changed your life?

Writing quickly turned from hobby, to passion, to career. I have to treat it as if I was actually leaving the house to go to work. (good thing I enjoy it!) But I think my hubby is still getting used to the idea that when I get on the computer and sit there for a good two or three hours, that I’m actually working and not just farting around, lol. 
Grrr, I know what you mean!

6.    What advice do you have for writers trying to get published?

Be yourself. Write what you love. Get critique partners, then get some more. Prepare for bad reviews, good reviews, meh reviews. Don’t give up. Be TEACHABLE. Open to change and critique. And enjoy the crap out of all of it.
Great advice!

7.    Do you believe with practice, everybody has the ability to be great writers?

Absolutely. Writing is so subjective. There will always be readers who will hate even the “greatest” writers. I barely passed my creative writing class in high school, lol. My first book is COVERED in passive voice, telling, tense changes, plot holes, horrid dialogue, and boring crap this and boring crap that. Each word you put down makes you better. And once you find your voice, your story, you’ll also find your audience. 
Bet my first draft is worse than yours! :P

8.    What keeps you going on crappy days?

Mountain Dew, critique partners, blowing raspberries on my baby’s belly, wrestling with my boys, and sweet kisses from the hubby.
Aww, you're such a mushy bear. I love it!

9.    If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

I used to work in the billing department at an OB office and I loved it. After my babies grow up and go to school, I’ll probably head back there if I’m not writing ten million books. LOL.
Whatevs, ain't no way you're going back! You have too many stories to write!
10.  Who is your favoritist character ever?

Of mine? Can’t pick! LOL. But of someone else’s… hmmm…
Ron Weasley. He rocks my pink fuzzy socks. 
See, and I'm kind of partial to Harry.

All righty, now that we know she doesn't go into spasms while under pressure, I'll tell you more about Cassie.

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the
debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Blurby: In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for
school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.

Okay, that's all the excitement I have for you guys today, so until next time, happy writing or whatever makes you smile. :)

To learn more about Cassie Mae and her books, click on the links below.

Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend
Friday Night Alibi to be released July 29th by Random House Flirt
How to Date a Nerd to be released September 24th by Swoon Romance Publishing


  1. YOU'RE A HARRY POTTER FAN TOO?!?!?! AHHHH!!! My favorite is Dumbledore :) (I just saw you over on Tammy's blog!) Congrats on the book!

  2. I have a total crush on the ornery Weasley twins. I like a guy with a sense of humor ;)

    1. I agree, a good sense of humor is better than a chiseled face and abs. :)

  3. I'm a fan of Neville...and it helps that he's like super hot in real life too ;)

    So excited for Cassie!!

    1. Samanta, I'm bout to Google Neville. Gotta see his hotness! :)

  4. I think Mountain Dew can change spokesman to you for sure!!! Hug to two hot girls!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing-- I love reading about what other writers do and what they like. And, I remember blowing raspberries on my babies and can't wait to do that on grandbaby bellies!

  6. Hey Celeste!

    Yes, finally, another highly collectable comment from me! Yay! How nifty neato to see the lovable Cassie Mae being featured at your wonderful site.

    Most informative interview and exceptional answers. Oh yeah, evidently anybody can be a writer. Something about having a book just waiting to be written inside us. I thought it was indigestion.

    Good of you to share this and well done, Cassie!

    The adoring fan of the both of you,

    Gary :)

    1. Gary!!!! Thanks for the highly collectable comment. When the paparazzi starts chasing you, because your're a #1 bestselling author, I'll tell them all that you used to hang out on my blog. :D

  7. Wouldn't it be fun to be able to see the first novels of the highly successful authors. I know most first novels are usually bad, so it'd be a great eye-opener to see exactly how bad.

  8. I loved Cassie Mae's advice for new writers.