Cassie Corralled (book 8)
Cassie is still living life to the fullest, telling Allie stories about everything from long ago shooting incidents to playing laser tag with the children. Tom keeps an amused, yet watchful eye, on his lovely wife. He tries to be tolerant of Cassie’s fun loving ways, but when she decides to spend the day with people she met through the Internet, without letting him or the girls know of her plans, Tom sees red. Tired of Cassie constantly putting herself in possible danger Tom decides to hire her a driver. Cassie immediately sees this plan for what it really is; Tom wants to hire a bodyguard / watchdog / babysitter for Cassie. That’s something Cassie won’t tolerate and after quickly packing a bag, she’s gone with a roar of the engine and a squeal of the tires. In this case Cassie is determine to have her way – and so is Tom, the final decision may change life on the river forever.
· You are going to be new to many of my readers. Tell us about yourself.
I’m a school teacher on the verge of retirement. I write domestic discipline – a milder off shoot of BDSM. To be accurate I write love stories which include spanking. I’m sure this sounds strange to many of you, but it’s something my readers definitely enjoy reading about.
· Tell us about the book that’s just come out.
This book, Cassie Corralled, is the eighth in my Cassie series. Cassie and Tom are the epitome of a loving couple, there is tenderness as well as passion and yes, there is spanking. I feel the best thing about Cassie and Tom is that they well into their sixties.
Cassie loves life and goes at it wide opened. Tom worries about her safety. She spends the afternoon with ‘strangers’ she met on the internet and later renews a friendship with a woman Tom definitely sees as dangerous. Tom is more than determined to make Cassie see things his way.
While this is a series, each book stands by itself.
· What started you on your love of writing?
I didn’t grow up loving writing. I loved making up stories in my head – I’ve always done that. I wrote my first story when I was forty-nine (five years before 50 Shades) and I’d found like minded-women on blogs. I wrote one of the stories that I’d had in my head for years and I got many wonderful comments. With that kind of encouragement, I was hooked!
· Do you write in more than one genre – tell us a little about each one and the books you’re working on in each.
So far I’ve stuck with domestic discipline. It’s what I enjoy writing. I am stepping away from the Cassie series in my next book, however. I’m writing about a younger couple and I’m having fun with them too.
· Have you attended any writing conference or classes. Tell us about any that have been especially helpful.
I’ve only been to one conference and sadly I had a horrible cold at the time. I’m anxious to try more when I’m healthy.
· Are you a member of any writing groups?
I’m not in an official group. But I am a member of a group of good friends who blog and many of them have published books also.
· How attached do you get to your characters? Do you know what happens after the book ends?
I can’t imagine anyone getting closer to their characters than I do. Cassie wandered into my head when I was a child. She’s like the imaginary friend that never went away. I know what happened the day she was born, and I know what happens at the end of her life. I’d say that’s pretty attached.
First, everyone in my family is away doing something they dearly love, so I don’t feel guilty about ignoring anyone. I get up, eat breakfast and then check my emails and blogs. At nine I get a cup of coffee and head to my writing room – a sun room with a gas fire place for cold weather. Then I just sit and listen and begin typing. When everything goes just right all I have to do is take dictation.
· Could you tell us the one question you wish people would ask about your writing and don’t forget the answer.
What’s the easiest things about writing and what is the hardest?
Easiest: Dialogue, my characters talk away in my head. I enjoy their conversations and they are extremely easy to write.
Hardest: Writing sex scenes. You have to walk a fine line between getting too graphic and sharing every touch, lick or pinch – while still titillating your readers. I’ve been advised to go more for the emotions and feelings rather than just focusing on the physical. I’m trying.