Over the weekend I conducted an interview–a rather strange one, at that. But then, I like strange. I hope you like reading this as much as I liked doing it.
(Location: New Oxford, University, Hyades Star Cluster. 2 June, a little more than 20 Minutes Into the Future.)
Greetings, young and eager minds of New Oxford and Miskatonic Universities. Welcome to another addition of Author’s Profile—or as I like to called it, “Audrey’s Excuse For Eating Up Web Time.” As you can see I’ve brought along the noted historian and local stuffy peer, the Duchess Scoth, the Lady Cytheria . . . That special personal I call “Sweetie”. Say hello, Sweetie.
*Glares at Audrey* Hello, everyone. To my students out there, please do ignore Audrey’s excessive rambling this day: I’m afraid she’s had a tad too much coffee.
It’s only too much if you start vomiting and get the shakes, my dear.
I believe you had both—
*Snorts* Well, then, lets move on. Today we have a special treat. We’re speaking with a new authors who’s sort of . . . It’s a bit confusing, but if you’ve been paying attention in class you’ll know what I mean. So, joining us now on the hyperwire, we have—
*Whispering* Did you clear this with—you know.
*Audrey speaking out of the corner of her mouth* On’tday alktay aboutway ethay imetay aveltray, neh?
*Cytheria sits back in her chair, shaking her head*
(Audrey) If you will please welcome, coming to us live from her home, the one, the lovely, Cassidy Frazee.
(Cassidy) Thank you, Audrey, for that warm welcome. Did you say “Miskatonic University”?
(Audrey) I think you mis-heard me.
(Ca) Ah. Okay, then . . . Thank you for having me, then.
(A) Yo have a new novel out, Her Demonic Majesty. It came out, what? A couple of weeks ago?
(Ca) Yeah, times flies, you know? Feels like yesterday.
(A) *Turns to Cytheria* If she only knew . . .
(Cytheria) *Ignores Audrey* Congratulation, Cassidy. It’s my understanding your endeavor to publish this novel has taken some time.
(Ca) Yes, that’s true. I’ve been working on this novel for a year and a half.
(A) Tell us what you’ve done during that time, if you would.
(Ca) As anyone who’s followed my blog since 2011—
(A) You remember, Sweetie? People write and then post their scribblings on the . . . “Internet”? *winking* Yeah?
(Cy) Oh, of course. Silly me. *Nervous laugh* Go on, Cassidy.
(Ca) Sure. I’ve been blogging since the middle of 2011, and it was in November of that year that I decided—well, was sort of talked into—writing something during NaNoWriMo—
(A) The National Novel Writing Month?
(Ca) Yes, that. I’d been asked to do it the year before, but bailed because—well, a lot of things, really. Mostly personal things, like just not being able to write due to depression.
(Cy) Audrey can certainly empathize with you there.
(Ca) Oh? You get that, too?
(A) *Mumbling* More times than I care to like. Tell us about the experience.
(Ca) It’s all about getting it written and edited. I wrote the first draft in twenty-five days, then edited it three times before handing it off to another person so they could give it a good cleaning. Even after that I found a few typos and cleaned them up—
(Cy) Not uncommon for any published work.
(Ca) So I’ve been told. Then it was setting up account, getting covers made, getting everything formatted . . . When you’re self publishing, there’s a lot of work involved in getting your story in a shape that makes it worth putting it out there for others to read.
(A) I know. I’ve been through my copy of your novel a couple of times, and you did a great job with the layout. Very professional.
(Ca) Thank you for buying it.
(A) *Sets hard copy down* Yes, buying it . . . Tell me, how do you go about promoting a novel?
(Ca) That, too, is an interesting process. You have people put out good word of mouth for the book. You set up a writer’s page and trying to get the message out to as many people as possible. You ask people to give you reviews and to spread the word. You listen when you have a mistake and fix things as quickly as possible. It’s a huge amount of hustle, and it wears you out.
(A) You write in a few genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, erotica. How do you classify Her Demonic Majesty? It seems like it should be fantasy, but it’s . . . not.
(Ca) I like to call it my science fiction fantasy with touches of steampunk. I think this particular novel covers so many bases that it’s nearly impossible to pin to one genre. I want to write stories; I don’t want to think I have to write any particular kind of stories.
(A) You were always critical of genres, and it seems—
(Ca) *Confused* “Were”?
(Cy) Audrey tends to have problems with her tenses— *Glances to Audrey and smiles* Isn’t that right, my love?
(Ca) *Muttering* Wibbly wobbly . . . After reading the novel I wondered if there will be any sequels. Any chance?
(Ca) *Smiling* One never knows. Lets just say that I know what happens to the characters in the story for a few years past the events in the novel, so maybe their will be other books. I’ve got so many stories I want to do—
(A) Science fiction? Fantasy? Erotic Japanese Tentacle Romances?
(Cy) I’ve heard writers say that it’s not unusual for segments of their personality to make it into their stories. Did that happen with you here, with this novel?
(Ca) Let me answer that second part first . . . With this novel I wouldn’t say much of my personality entered the novel say for some of the more geekish parts of Jeannette’s personality. I drew on my own experiences as a reader and a gamer to get an idea about the sort of things she might enjoy and do.
Beyond that, I don’t put too much of myself in my stories. Though there are a few stories, as yet unpublished, where more of “me” shines through than in other stories.
(Cy) You seem to write a great number of female characters. Any particular reason?
(Ca) I like writing women; it’s difficult to get them right, I think. I hope I’m doing a good job at presenting characters who can handle anything thrown at them, who don’t need to go running to the nearest guy screaming, “Please save me!”
And if they do work with men—as one of my characters has done in two stories—they work with them as equals. They know what they’re doing; they’re not afraid to speak their mind and follow up with their own lines of inquiry. And the men they work with aren’t threatened by a woman who knows as much, or more, than they.
(A) Sort of like Cytheria and me.
(Ca) That would be true if you were both like a couple of characters I developed. It’s strange, you know: Cytheria, you have the same name as—
(A) Fascinating! So, a couple of human interest question. First: boxers or briefs?
(Ca) Um . . . Boy shorts.
(Cy) Audrey loves bikini bottoms. Never took her for that sort of girl.
(A) Silence, Sweetie. Fly or drive?
(Ca) Depends on the distance. I’ll fly to other parts of the world, but if it’s less than a thousand miles, I’ll drive.
(Cy) What’s the furthest you’ve flown?
(Ca) Around the world: Chicago to Minneapolis to Amsterdam to Hong Kong to Tokyo to Minneapolis to Chicago. Not all at once, mind you: it took about eight weeks. But Chicago to Hong Kong is probably the longest continuous trip with layovers of a few hours.
(A) Favorite writer?
(Ca) Too many to list. I love to read.
(A) Favorite movie?
(Ca) It’s impossible to have a favorite. Maybe twenty, thirty favorites. But one? No. For the record, quite a few from the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s.
(A) If you could be a tree, what would you be?
(Ca) Um . . . Kristian Stewart?
(A) Cheap shot!
(Ca) Who wants to be a tree?
(A) Poison Ivy?
(Ca) Point taken.
(Cy) Would you prefer to live in the past or the future?
(Ca) There’s something to say about growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, though if I had to go through that again, I’d rather do it with a few things changed . . . If I had a choice, I’d pick the future—maybe two or three hundred years from now. Nothing’s happening these days, and I’m bored. I’d like to see what’s coming down the time line.
(A) Some interesting things, let me tell you.
(Ca) And you know this how?
(A) *Long pause* That was the drugs talking . . .
(Cy) Pay no attention to her, Cassidy.
(Ca) Thank you—Duchess? Like in the song?
(Cy) No, a duchess is what I am.
(Ca) Do you know Albert? He’s a born loser.
(A) *Now glaring at Cassidy* On that note . . . I’d like to thank Cassidy for appearing today. It’s been a lot of fun speaking with you.
(Cy) I agree. Thank you for agreeing to speak with us.
(Ca) Thank you both for having me.
(A) Oh, and August, 2015: if you’re smart you’ll cancel your trip to Boston.
(Ca) I’m sorry—what?
(A) *Mumbling* See who’s the loser now! *Turning to the virtual audience* That’s it for today! Join us next week when we interview Cleopatra and find out if she was bi, or just really horny. Bye!
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