Today, the Daily Dose shines our Spotlight On on accidental author Dakota Cassidy. She’s smart, she’s sassy and she’s so much fun to talk to. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dakota, Michele and Rosemary (all featured authors this week) and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them. Dakota lives right around the corner from me, so that really adds to the fun because we can actually complain about the weather and more. I was tickled when she agreed to this interview and you will soon find out why.
Dakota has what I like to call a wealth of personality and it really shows in her answers. If you have never read her books, I think you’ll want to after our Spotlight On because frankly, her sense of humor shines so brightly. So without further ado, Dakota Cassidy.
What inspired the Accidental Werewolf? I remember laughing out loud at the back cover blurb. It was a new and it was fresh and it was funny.
I attended (unofficially) the Dallas RWA in 2004. I was due to meet my agent in person for the first time, and when I pulled up to the hotel, there were all these women wearing tiaras and brightly colored biz suits. Imagine my shock that somehow, MY PEOPLE existed somewhere other than my head. LOLLOL.
Actually, it was the lovely ladies of Mary-Kay, and are they a dedicated bunch. I don’t know why I put the two together, but after a weekend with them all running around, hearing their pitches etc, I thought, wouldn’t it be funny IF one of them was a werewolf. The rest is history 🙂 Also, were’s look like dogs to me. So I thought, what happened if one bit you when you were doing the “Aw, cute doggie” thing or what if it was an accident. Somehow, in my nutty mind, the two collided and here we are 🙂
How hard is it to bring the funny to your writing? Do you have to ‘think’ about it or is that how the words flow?
I don’t think I’m funny at all. I say that all the time, and it’s true. I don’t set out to be funny. Nowadays, I kinda know I have to be because that’s what I’m paid or, but I’m blissfully ignorant to “how” it happens. It just does, and most of the stuff I think is a giggle, no one else pays attention to or even mentions. That’ll show me, huh? LOL
What is the most challenging part of writing the relationship dynamics of your characters?
Crap, tension. I have such trouble keeping things dark that my conflicts are always mostly internal. There are external factors, but I blow chunks and making people angry with each other.
What is the first element of the character that comes clear to you?
Their fashion sense… no, I kid. Usually, it’s a name, or a quirk they have that I can blow all out of proportion 🙂
What do you enjoy reading?
Anything that isn’t mine. LOL. Mark Henry, Michele Bardsley, Jaye Wells, Nina Bangs, Sandra Hill, SEP, Stephen King and lurve me some Koontz.
Would you describe a typical working/writing day? What routines or rituals do you observe to get your writing done?
I take all day to prep to write, and most of that has to do with the slugs who live with me. Tee hee. I get up, answer email, Tweet, FB, shower, dress, run errands, vacuum, do household stuff, cook (IhatetocookIhatetocook) set the coffee pot, turn the dishwasher on, watch a little TV and then I’m in my office by 10 p.m. and I don’t leave until I’m sure someone’s eyeballs will bleed 🙂 Usually, that’s like 5-6 in the morning.
As a writer, what’s the most difficult part of the process for you? The creating? The editing? The submitting?
The submitting. I don’t care how well a series has done or not, I panic. It makes me want to curl up in a ball and not communicate with anyone until I have an answer one way or the other.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I can’t recall my last book… Snort. I can’t say for sure because I’d have to go read it again, but I’m sure there’d be stuff I want to add or subtract because I’m a tweak-fiend. So thanks for making me nuts 🙂
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Nope. I swear, it just happened. I was an online reviewer, read a ton of e-books, had a thought one day, and BAM. Though I will say, I never even considered submitting to NY. I didn’t even know what that meant. I sent it to another friend who was an e-author, she said I was funny. I sent it in. Here I am. I know. I don’t get it either 🙂
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Right now I’m working on a straight contemporary called Suck It Up, Princess. Sweet mutha–I just gotta say, it’s been work. Without a paranormal element to hook people with, I’ve really had to work on that whole conflict thing a lot. I’m exhausted. Who has spa day coupons?
Author to Author
Is it difficult to keep the ideas fresh from story to story? Any tips or insights for upping the freshness factor?
Not so far. What is hard to keep fresh is the same old snark–the same metaphorically funny comparisons. But my humor is pop-culture related much of the time and there’s always a new name floating around to slam someone with. So I’m good. LOLLOL
Rock Band vs Guitar Hero – which is better?
Ohhhhhh, I haz a sad, but RB. Better choice of downloads for new music, from what I hear, closer to actually playing the song. Plus, GH has a ton of metal stuff that I just can’t lose an ovary trying to get right.
Win a Gift Certificate for Amazon
Win a trick of book spending money to go with the fabulous treat that is Dakota. Dakota Cassidy is offering a $15 gift certificate to Amazon for one lucky commentator! All you have to do is comment to be entered. The lucky winner will be announced on All Hallows Eve: October 31st.
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