Monday Magic Presents Romance Author Casey Wyatt!

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My buddy, Casey Wyatt, who always re-tweets  my tweets, is our special guest today on Monday Magic – A Trip to Storyland.

Casey, you’re up. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have to admit this is my least favorite question to answer. I really don’t think my life is all that interesting. How could it be when my books are filled with elves, nymphs, demigods, and vampires?

Like all of us, I wear many hats: Mother, wife, writer, full time employee for a large company. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, knitting, crocheting, and I’m the new Media Director for the Connecticut chapter of the RWA. The rest of the time, I’m lost in my head, imagining up stories and characters.

Yup, life is good.

In 2011, after many years of wondering why I kept writing stories (that I believed no one else would read), I finally got the “call” or more accurately the “e-mail” from Soul Mate Publishing for Mystic Ink.  And the fun didn’t stop there. Several months later I sold another paranormal – The Undead Space Initiative, to Pink Petal Press. Both books will be available in 2012. Mystic Ink is available now at www.soulmatepublishing.com, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Wow! I still have to pinch myself. Lest I get a fat head, real life is never far behind. I have two teenage sons and a husband who keep me grounded, and pets who remind that I need to clean up after them too. And there are always new stories to write!

If you’d like to reach me, I can be found at www.caseywyatt.com and www.secretsof7scribes.wordpress.com 

Please stop by and say “hi”. I’d love to hear from you!

Callie:  My goodness, Casey, you certainly have a busy life. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Casey: For me, writing begins a month or more before I ever type out a word of the story. I’m a reformed pantser (seat of the pants writer) and I learned the hard way that I need to know my characters and plot before I can actually write. Once I have the basic plot down, then I write. And I write fast. I can usually finish the first draft (around 80,000 words) in a month. By knowing what happens ahead of time, I’m able to crank the story out. So far, it’s worked well for me. It doesn’t give the sneaky Doubt Monster a chance to sabotage my ideas (for more information about the Doubt Monster visit me at the 7 Scribes!).

Callie:  I’ll have to check out the Doubt Monster, although I have a good idea what it is.Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Casey: Ideas come to me at the strangest times and always when I’m thinking about other things. The idea for Mystic Ink started while I was flipping through a baby name book. I was looking for a character name for another story when I ran across Eudora. The description read – one of the 50 daughters of Nereus. Of course, I had to know who Nereus was so I dug out my copy of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. And that’s when I saw this scene in my head of a woman arguing in an alley with a man that she thought was dead. I quickly scribbled it down in a notebook. Nix (Eudora) and Cal were born!

I’ve had to learn to recognize story ideas and write them down the minute they pop into my head. I don’t give myself a chance to doubt (stay back pesky Doubt Monster). I have sticky notes and notebook pages with ideas written in them all over the place. The ideas that resonate the most become full blown stories.

Callie: I one time wrote an entire outline on the back of a check deposit slip while in church. Gulp. When the idea strikes… So tell me what was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Casey: That my characters take on a life of their own. This always happens while I’m writing the book. During the planning phase, I know what I’d like to have happen, but rarely do I have any dialogue to go with the action. I “see” a scene but it isn’t until I write that the characters come to life. I’m always amazed when this happens.

Callie: Isn’t it fun when they become ‘real’ people to us?  What do you think makes a good story?

Casey: Humor, emotional impact, action, good pacing, and great dialogue. I’ve always been drawn to stories that have some snark in them mixed with fantasy or other supernatural elements. I love Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thomas and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood (to name a few!). That’s not to say I don’t enjoy other kinds of stories. I also love a good epic tale like James Clavell’s Shogun or stories about love and family like Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants.

Callie: Sounds like you spend a lot of time reading, as well as writing. How do you deal with writer’s block?

Casey: I am very lucky. Because of the way I plan my books, I almost never get writer’s block. I really think that writer’s block happens because we don’t know what happens next or we are forcing the characters to go in the wrong direction. In the rare instance this happens, I step away and think about something else. I’ll listen to music, take a walk or do the dishes. The solution usual presents itself at some point.

Thanks for joining us today, Casey, and best of luck with Mystic Ink.

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26 Responses to Monday Magic Presents Romance Author Casey Wyatt!

  1. Great interview. I especially relate to the snippet on how careful plotting and planning (plus an active imagination) defeats writers block. Mystic Ink is already loaded on the Kindle. :)

  2. Calisa Rhose says:

    Great interviews Casey and Callie! I’m a panster but I’ve found that there are times I need to have a little direction to keep me moving forward. My contemporaries flow without guidance, but the paranormals, not so well.

    Your books sound fun. I love shifters and vamps. Congrats on your sales and wishes for many more for you!

  3. Great interview, Casey! I’m super excited about Mystic Ink–it’s already loaded on the iPad.

    I have to say, you write so fast! I’m impressed. All I have to say is… Wow!

  4. BJ Scott says:

    Great interview and your book looks amazing. Can’t wait to read it ;)

    All the best with this release and future novels.

  5. Great interview! I’m slowly realizing the need to plot ahead myself. I can abandon days of writing if I hit a road block so having it planned out ahead of time is very helpful. As for the outline on the back of a check, I finally started carrying a little notebook in my purse because I couldn’t keep up with all the receipts I’d scribbled on!!

  6. Fun interview….was great to learn more about you. I always like to hear about how other writers work.
    Congrats on your releases!

  7. Jon Owens says:

    Great interview and I really envy that “writing fast” talent you have mastered. Have Mystic Ink on the kindle and look forward to those quiet moments when I can read. Dogs, like children, have a way of knowing when to misbehave.

  8. Hi Casey,
    I’m so excited for you and wish you total success. I am really looking forward to reading it. It sounds like my kind of book!!!

    • Casey Wyatt says:

      Thanks Gerri. I know you don’t have an e-reader yet, but Soul Mate is having a contest with Night Owl reviews. You could always take a chance and enter – the prize is a Kindle loaded with 20 SMP books. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Cindy Brannam says:

    Your book sounds great, Casey! Can’t wait to read it.
    And congratulations on keeping both the doubt monster and writer’s block at bay.

    • Casey Wyatt says:

      Thanks Cindy! I’m trying very hard to make peace with the Doubt Monster. I do think he has a role to play – after I’ve written the first draft, then I might listen to him. We are learning to get along better! :)

  10. I know Casey does a great job in all her many roles! And as to the Doubt Monster – who chases each and every one of us – Mystic Ink pretty much puts him to bed!

  11. Penelope says:

    Hi Callie! Hi Casey! I just finished reading Mystic Ink recently and I loved it. I especially loved the hero….he’s a great mix of hot, sensitive, protective and fearless. Yummy!

    Casey…I think I need to work on becoming a “reformed pantser” too….I am pantsing myself into a corner again, and it’s driving me crazy.

    Good luck with your release….
    Penny

    • Casey Wyatt says:

      Penny, I’m happy to help out any time. I have experienced what you’re describing. I have to restrain myself from just jumping right in. And thanks for the awesome review of Mystic Ink. I’ll whip it out and wave it at the Doubt Monster. Back beast! Back!

  12. Of course your life is interesting, Casey. Otherwise, how could you write such clever stories? I’m jealous of your ability to write so quickly! Some days I can put down 5,000 words, others I’m lucky to get 500. Maybe I need to stop being such a pantster and do a little plotting. Congrats on your releases this year!

    • Casey Wyatt says:

      Hi Ally. I spend a lot of time planning. So when some authors spend months writing, I spend a similar amount of time planning! I guess it all comes out in the wash in the end!. Now, if I could plan faster, I might be able to produce books faster! Some day. Thank you so much for stopping by and best of luck with your writing! :)

  13. Callie says:

    Wow, Casey, it looks like you’ve had a busy day. Thanks everyone for stopping by to say hello to Casey. I’ve been at school all day–no internet–so I wasn’t able to comment until now. Glad to see all the familiar (and not so familiar) names.

  14. Dawn Ireland says:

    Casey,

    Who doesn’t love a good paranormal story? I can’t wait to read yours!

    All the best with your new book!
    Dawn

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