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Up Close and Personal with Christine Amsden, author of ‘Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective’

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CassieScot_medABOUT CASSIE SCOT: PARANORMAL DETECTIVE

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

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The thing about me is that I daydream. I nightdream too, but that’s not nearly as important. I’ve been daydreaming my entire life, ever since I was in school and was supposed to be paying attention to my teachers. I never did. They never knew it, either. I was the “teacher’s pet” because I was the perfect student – ie I never acted out or talked. I wonder if they would have changed their opinions if they’d realized I barely heard a word they said? Probably not. I sometimes think that when adults label kids they commonly confuse “good” and “quiet.”

When I first get up in the morning, I check my e-mail. It’s a bad habit and I need to stop it because inevitably I only mean to check it “real quick” but there’s something in there that needs my attention and then I get sidetracked and waste the energy of early morning on nonsense. (I’m a morning person.) My back-to-school resolution this year is to not check my e-mail until 10:30. That gives me an hour and a half to get my kids moving and off to school, and two hours to write with my early morning energy.

The most important thing in my life is my kids. They’re good kids, too, by which I mean quiet. :) Actually, I mean that in a number of ways, but I don’t have loud kids. My son in particular is a lot like me. At school last year he complained that he couldn’t concentrate because the other kids made too much noise when the teacher told them to be quiet. I wonder if he was trying to concentrate on the lesson or if he’s a daydreamer like me. My daughter, on the other hand, is probably the one making noise in class. She doesn’t need to pay close attention. She’s incredibly smart and may take over the world one day. (We could do worse.)

I love to travel to anywhere that isn’t actively engaged in a war. If I had the money, I’d see the non-violent world. Okay, I’m kind of a wimp, but that’s what my characters are for. They get to go to these dangerous places and I know they’re going to live unless I decide they have to die.

In my spare time, I play games. My husband and I have 84 board games on two big shelves in our family room. We also do some role playing games.

One thing I learned about life was when you’re done learning, you’re done living.

The sole mission I am on this earth is to entertain people while I try to slip a bit of something thought-provoking into the mix. In the end, I hope I make them happy. If I couldn’t write, I’d still love to make people happy.

One little known fact about me that might surprise you is I don’t like dogs. A great big dog jumped on me when I was little (the size may have been relative) and I was scared of them for years. Now I’m more wary than scared (and only of big or aggressive dogs), but I still think that if I ever became blind enough to need a service animal, I’d get a miniature horse instead of a dog.

My favorite time of day is mid-morning, especially when school is in session. I’m not a true morning person. It takes me an hour or so to wake up, but once I do that’s my most productive time of day. Evenings are for shutting down and nights are for sleeping.

I love to write about people. My best stories start with a character concept and I absolutely love to get inside a person’s mind.

The most difficult aspect about writing is confidence. I suffer from paranoid artist syndrome. (That’s got to be in the new DSM, right?)

My most favorite aspect about writing is revising. Actually, I like dreaming a lot too but turning a dream into a story is a lot of work and takes some of the fun out of the pure dreaming from my youth. These days putting out a rough draft is a fight but when I go back to revisit and to polish, I see something that has started to come to life. Whether I’m making a big change or a little change, when I revise I know I’ve got something. Now I’m making it shine.

When I became a published author for the first time, I screamed.

The inspiration behind my book comes from everything I see, hear, feel, taste, and touch. Plus the stuff that’s inside my head, but that might scare you.

The most asked question about my book is “When’s the sequel coming?” The answer is November 15, 2013.

ABOUT CHRISTINE AMSDEN

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

Her latest book is Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective

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Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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Monday, May 13 – Book reviewed at Sara’s Organized Chaos

Tuesday, May 14 – Book trailer reveal at Margay Leah Justice

Wednesday, May 15 – Book spotlight at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Thursday, May 16 – Character interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Friday, May 17 – Book reviewed at By the Broomstick

Monday, May 20 – Interviewed at Review From Here

Tuesday, May 21 – First chapter reveal at Offbeat Vagabond

Wednesday, May 22 – Book reviewed at Offbeat Vagabond

Thursday, May 23 – Guest blogging at You Gotta Read

Monday, May 27 – Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner

Thursday, May 30 – Guest blogging at Miki’s Hope

Monday, June 3 – Guest blogging at Janna Shay

Tuesday, June 4 – Guest blogging at The Book Connection

Thursday, June 6 – Book reviewed at Miki’s Hope

Friday, June 7 – Book reviewed at Repeat Reads

Monday, June 10 – Interviewed at From the TBR Pile

Tuesday, June 11 – First chapter reveal at By the Broomstick

Wednesday, June 12 – Book reviewed at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

Thursday, June 13 – First chapter reveal at Butterfly-o-Meter Books

Friday, June 14 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Monday, June 17 – Book reviewed at Carol’s Notebook

Tuesday, June 18 – Book featured at Naturally Kim B

Wednesday, June 19- First chapter reveal at Inside BJ’s Head

Thursday, June 20 – Book reviewed at Quilted Reviews

Friday, June 21 – First chapter reveal at Literary Winner

Monday, June 24 – Interviewed at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, June 26 – Book reviewed at From the TBR Pile

Thursday, June 27 – First chapter reveal at As the Pages Turn

Wednesday, July 3 – Book trailer reveal at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, July 5 – Book reviewed at Inside BJ’s Head

Monday, July 8 – 5 Things at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, July 11 – Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Friday, July 12 – Interviewed at Blogher

Monday, July 15 – Interviewed at Broowaha

Friday, July 19 – Book featured at By the Broomstick

Monday, July 22 – Book featured at Book Marketing Buzz

Tuesday, July 23 – Interviewed at Examiner

Wednesday, July 24 – Book reviewed at Naturally Kim B

Thursday, July 25 – Book featured at I’m Shelf-ish

Friday, July 26 – Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Monday, August 5 – First Chapter Reveal at Confessions of a Book Habitue

Tuesday, August 6 – Book reviewed Confessions of a Book Habitue

Wednesday, August 7 – Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, August 8 – Book featured at IceFairy’s Treasure Chest

Friday, August 9 – Top Ten at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Monday, August 12 – Interviewed at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, August 13 – Guest blogging at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, August 14 – Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Thursday, August 15 – Up Close and Personal at Between the Covers

Friday, August 16 – Book featured at The Road to Here

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