Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Interview with Cassandra Dean

Today I am so excited to welcome my fellow Decadent hermana -- Cassandra Dean! Cassandra is celebrating her newest release from Decadent Publishing and I'm so glad she decided to stop by so we could learn more about her and her new book.
Bienvenido! Welcome to my blog Cassandra! Let's get started...
The Romance Chica: When did you know that you wanted to be author?
Cassandra Dean: Short answer  -- 2:22 am, 15 July 1986.
Long answer - I’ve always wanted to be a writer, from the time I learnt how to write. I never thought I could be an author though, as that was for way more cooler people than me. I went to university, studied Communications and Writing, and thought about becoming an editor. Then, I found a romance writing group and thought maybe possibly I could be an author. You know, if I upgraded my quotient of cool ;p
So I started writing with a focus on becoming published, submitted and submitted and submitted, moaned to my friends about how I’m never going to be published, submitted and submitted and submitted, moaned so more, submitted submitted, submitted...and then got my first contract!
TRC: What do you love the most about it?
CD: I love that I can do something I’m so passionate about and adore so much. I’m so very privileged to be able to do something I love every day of my life, and get paid cash money for it!
TRC: What drew you to the genre of historical romance?
CD: It’s what I read predominately. I love the romance of the history from our vantage of 21st century kids. In reality, it probably wasn’t that much different from today, but without computers, indoor plumbing and the vote for women, but the idea of the past appeals to me greatly. Also, they wore really pretty dresses :D
TRC: If you could visit a particular time period, which one would it be and why?
CD: Ohhh, this is a toughie! There are so many awesome time periods...I guess, at this particular moment, I wouldn’t mind the 1930s. Flappers, Jazz, cocktails, fun...gotta love it!
TRC: How do you, ahem, get yourself in the mood to write sexy scenes?
CD: I don’t do anything in particular. The sad truth is, for me it’s a scene like any other and if the story requires a sexy scene, then I write it. I’m sorry it’s not more exciting than that!
TRC: You’re pretty active on Twitter, how do you think social media has affected how you promote your writing?
CD: I think it’s definitely helped to build networking relationships, and makes the world that much smaller. I’m in Australia, and it’s so awesome that I can communicate readily with authors and readers in the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, etc. Before Twitter and other forms of Social Media, this would have been next to impossible.
TRC: Tell us about your new release!
CD: Gladly! ROUGH DIAMOND is the tale of a lady saloon owner who is flabbergasted when a seemingly empty-headed Englishman proposes to buy her saloon. Immediately refusing, she then thinks there’s something off about him and his foolish ways and resolves to find out...
Here’s the blurb!
Owner of the Diamond Saloon and Theater, Alice Reynolds is astounded when a fancy Englishman offers to buy her saloon. She won’t be selling her saloon to anyone, let alone a man with a pretty, empty-headed grin…but then, she reckons that grin just might be a lie, and a man of intelligence and cunning resides beneath.
Rupert Llewellyn has another purpose for offering to buy the pretty widow’s saloon—the coal buried deep in land she owns. However, he never banked on her knowing eyes making him weak at the knees, or how his deception would burn upon his soul.
Each determined to outwit the other, they tantalize and tease until passion explodes. But can their desire bridge the lies told and trust broken?
TRC: Oooh, I can't wait to read it! Can you give us some insight into what inspired this particular story or characters?
CD: My editor on my previous book, TEACH ME, suggested I write for Decadent Publishing’s Western Escape series. I had a bit of a think, and came up with the idea of a lady saloon owner and a deceptively imbecilic Englishman. Throw in coal mining and a theatre Spectacular and the thing writes itself!
TRC: Who could you see playing your main characters if your books were made into a movie?
CD: Alice, the lady saloon owner – Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones (Gosh, I love that TV show!) Rupert, the empty-headed Englishman – Iwan Rheon from Misfits (and soon to be ON Game of Thrones!)

Un Bocadillo (A Little Bite)

Now here are five quick questions for you to answer so we can know a little bit more about the kind of chica you are!
Sweet or salty?
A glorious combination of both!
Lipgloss or lipstick?
Shoes or purses?
Shoes, but only if they’re Campers!
Cerveza or wine?
Both, one on the go and one as a back up ;p
70s or 80s?
I’m going to say neither and throw in 50s. Heh.
TRC: That was fun! Thank you so much Cassandra for visiting today. But before we officially say adios, tell everyone about your fabulous giveaway#!
CD: Sure! Comment below to go in the running to WIN an ebook copy of any book published by Decadent Publishing in my backlist, as well as a signed [] ROUGH DIAMOND postcard and a [] ROUGH DIAMOND magnet! International entries are welcome – if Australia Post can reach your country, you can enter!


  1. Great interview, ladies! I, too, love that I am able to connect with people all over the world through social media.

    All the best with your new release, Cassandra! :)

  2. This sounds like an awesome read. It has a nice twist... I mean, a saloon? That sounds hot!


  3. Thanks so much for having me, Sabrina!

    And so, the time has come to pick a winner and it's...


    Congratulations, Jessica, you have won any ebook published by Decadent Publishing from my backlist, as well as a signed ROUGH DIAMOND postcard and ROUGH DIAMOND magnet!