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Sunday, April 30, 2006

SUNSET KEY and the French Riviera

Bonjour readers & fellow authors! Let me introduce myself, I'm Cassidy Kent and my novella SUNSET KEY has just been released at Phaze! It is an equal pleasure to discover my debut has made it to the Surge Bestseller's List at #3! Isn't that a yummy surprise? I'll have to drink to that!

Right now I'm vacationing along the Cote d'Azur, otherwise known as the French Riviera, after a whirlwind two weeks of research in Paris for my gothic contemporary. Let me tell you, the life of a writer is such hard work! Well, my accomodations at the
Majestic Barriere in Cannes is always spectacular, especially when it's not film festival season! As I wait for my Cosmopolitan I've decided to turn this blogfest into a Q&A with the help of my amazingly talented Personal Assistant Extraordinaire, Thaddeus Brighton. He has agreed to play interviewer for the day and will even assist me in thinking up a suitable contest question for those who are eager to win a copy of SUNSET KEY!

Oh, Oh..I must chime in before we get started! I have recently received the most wonderful first
book review through Romance Divas! Smoochies Trula for the 5 Kisses!

Take it away Thaddeus!

TB: Well, well...this is going to be fabu-lous! I thought I'd start off with the usual boring questions and roll on into the tough, cutting edge ones. I do watch enough Oprah to know how this whole interviewing thing works. You think that's OK, Cassidy?

Cassidy: Sure, dahling. Oooh, comes my Cosmo. Ahhhh, it's so refreshing after sitting under the hot sun for so long. Alright, I'm ready now.

TB: First off, what is your novella SUNSET KEY about?

Cassidy Kent: Freesia Daniels, personnel specialist and consummate planner, wasn't prepared to get the boot from her company for possessing a heart. When she decides to return home from Boston to the sunny beaches of Key West to lick her wounds, she discovers her heartbroken past has finally caught up with her in the form of Zachary Gray, her childhood sweetheart. He lures her to his island getaway and lands them smack in the middle of a raging hurricane. Lightning doesn't often strike twice, but this storm might give them both a second chance at love.

TB: What was your inspiration in writing SUNSET KEY?

Cassidy: I've been to Key West many times throughout my life and there is something magical there. I can't definitively explain it, but it's a place where you can hideaway from the world and enjoy the rich history of the island. I have fond memories of Key West sunsets, strolling down Old Town lane, and inhaling the sweet scent of jasmine. The water is so crisp and clear and being a snorkeling and scuba enthusiast, I really enjoy the underwater explorations. Just thinking about the Keys makes me want to hop a plane back there.

TB: So, is Zachary based on a real person?

Cassidy: I don't usually base my heroes on any one person. Either they're totally fictitious or a combination of more than one people I've had the privileged of knowing. But with every story, you can't help but throw in a personal experience in it. Zachary Gray happens to have a few similarities to my childhood sweetheart and it seemed right to add those characteristics to him for this story.

TB: What is your writing preparation like before you start on your stories?

Cassidy: Being a daughter of an ambassador and living the "jet-setting" lifestyle, it's easy for me to think up stories. Believe me, I had plenty of time to make up fairytales and fully develop ideas in my head. I'm an idea girl and stories tend to flow out without much effort when I write. I'm not saying I don't ever get stuck. I do. When that happens I research and it gets me back into the frame of mind again. I can admit I'm a bit of a panster. However, the last few projects I've learned to do a full outline and synopsis and it just clicks. Everything is in place and I just follow it all the way to the end. It's so much quicker and well defined. I hate to admit that this method works when I've gone on so long without doing this.

TB: What's your writing day like?

Cassidy: I'm a morning person... you should know that! Er, Tad usually brings me my latte and we have breakfast together. Then, we'll brainstorm a bit and I pretty much lock myself in my office until he reminds me to eat or answer calls. Some days we go on errands and other days when I'm itching to get away, we tend to pack up and take a researching trip. It all works out and it keeps me sane. For the most part, a writer's life isn't so glamourous. I tend to get so immersed in my work I forget to have a social life.

TB: What are your upcoming releases and current projects?

Cassidy: I have a novella coming out June 11th with
Amber Quill Press called SANTA'S HELPER. I'm working on a single title gothic contemporary called PARISIAN SKYE and then I'll work on a project for the SAMBA contest for Phaze. I have a few projects in the pipeline at various stages and I can't wait to finish them all. It's true what they say, there's so little time to do everything!

TB: What do you love most about writing?

Cassidy: I'm such a romantic at heart! I love sharing stories that touch the reader, that creates a believable relationship, that makes you want the story to go on and on once you've reached the last page. You might think I'm silly, but whenever I finish a project I can't seem to shake off the emotions right away because the story is so real to me. It's a great feeling knowing that you put all your effort into making the emotions alive for the reader. Or, I hope the reader will feel that way. LOL

TB: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Cassidy: Still traveling, enjoying life and sipping lattes. But what I'd really like to see is my name in print. Isn't that what all author's aspire to? Yes, I'd love to be picked up by a NY publisher! Of course, I love e-publishing too! I think I'd still continue to write stories for this format because it's the only place that allows you to reach a wide audience internationally and easily. I love the fact that once my e-book is released, with a click of the mouse, someone in Asia, Europe, Canada, etc. would be able to read my story almost immediately. It's totally brilliant!

TB: How about we do a contest for your readers?

Cassidy: Sounds great! What have you got up your sleeve?

TB: Maybe they can guess what your pet is? I know you're trying to keep her out of the limelight, but it would be so much fun!

Cassidy: No, no. I think it's a grand idea! OK, if you'd like to be eligible to win a copy of SUNSET KEY, you can post your answers here. Now, if you are shy and want to be discrete, please email and let me know what your guess is. Also, please let me know if you'd like to receive my newsletter! Oh, this has been so much fun! What an absolutely delightful audience!

TB: Yes, it certainly has been fun. Maybe we ought to go do some sightseeing? It does look as if you're getting a tad crisper than you wanted...

Cassidy: Eek! I totally forgot the sunscreen. Hand me the other Cosmo, dear. Well, this has been an absolute pleasure taking over the Phaze blog. I'll be sure to come back later in the day to check in and post again!

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Eden Bradley said...

Just popping in to say a quick hello to my dear friend Cassidy, and of course our beloved Tad.
Why is it no straight man can serve us drinks on the Riviera, run our social and business calendars like a pro, and help us pick out the perfect outfit? Tad, this is why we love you, darling.
And Cassidy-Sunset Key is wonderful!

Cassidy Kent said...

Aren't you a sweetie, Eden! Glad you enjoyed the novella. You know I tell Tad that all the time. He's had better luck getting digits than I do! I shouldn't say that or dear Taddie will have a big head and then where will I be without my latte tomorrow?


Hi Cassidy, hummm..guess your pet. I guess a cat!

Deborah Chan said...

Okay, I will guess a dog.

Shuck Ying said...

Since you seem like a very adventurous woman, I think you got a bird (eg. parrot) for a pet.

Cassidy Kent said...

Whoops, I guess it would be more clear to say what animal and what breed it is. :)

Cassidy Kent said...

Y'know what, I feel like it was a trick question so DEBORAH CHAN, you've won! Yes, I have a little pet dog (a teacup yorkie) and she's a pistol. More demanding than dear Taddie! You can email me at and tell me whether you prefer HTML or PDF format! Congratulations!