Featured Author of the Day – Cassandra Durham

IMG_20160404_202318Today, my featured author is Cassandra Durham.  Here is her interview and her books to purchase.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Cassandra Durham. I am from High Point, NC. I currently hold the roles of mom, grandma, reader, author and friend. I am most proud of the title of grandma. I am an avid reader. I love it when stories take me to places I’ve never been like New Orleans, or to Paris or South America. I tend to read out loud and constantly comment on the books I’m reading.

I host a faith-based podcast called Fully Persuaded every Monday night at 8 pm EST www.blogtalkradio.com/cassdurham

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What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing you can find me playing with my grandchildren or reading a book. Although I spend a great deal of time with my Sister Circle as well. I love to travel and live 2 hours from the beach so once in a while I’ll pack up the car and head out for an excursion.

Do you have a day job as well?

I am a Program Consultant II with the State of North Carolina. I help oversee Ryan White Funding for the state.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I wrote my first book Fully Persuaded: 30 Days of Encouragement in Times of Trouble was released in 2012   https://www.amazon.com/Fully-Persuaded-Encouragement-Times-Trouble-ebook/dp/B00AP7J51I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1530461130&sr=8-3&keywords=cassandra+durham

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My second book Fully Constrained: What Faith Can Do came out in 2013 https://www.amazon.com/Fully-Constrained-What-Faith-Can-ebook/dp/B00H27ACIE/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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LOL. I started writing my book in 2012. I finished it in 2013. I self pubbed it in 2013. A publishing company then acquired it. I was able to get the book back and release it in 2017. https://www.amazon.com/Wrath-Seven-Deadly-Sins-Book-ebook/dp/B077HH24XH/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

New Wrath cover

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I didn’t choose it. It chose me. I wanted to write about hot sex and handsome men, but that was not to be. And when I wrote Wrath I thought I was writing romance, but it turned out to be suspense. So, I don’t think writing hot sex or heart fluttering romance is for me.

Where do you get your ideas?

Ha. From everywhere. The news, television and of course the conversations I over hear from others.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

I don’t know if it’s writers block, but certainly there are times that I cannot write. I just can’t. I pull up my screen and I just stare at it. And this can go on for months at the time. I’m in one of those spaces now. I’ve learned to not trip about it. When I can write. I do. When I can’t I turn off my computer and not beat myself up.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I just write. LOL which is probably part of the problem. But outlining makes me nuts.

Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

The Shack has heavily influenced me. Stories about faith in tough times definitely move me. But the Shack taught me the best lesson on how to stop judging others.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I’m thinking of doing a webinar on this very thing. I mean everything that could go wrong went wrong. Everything. From hiring less than stellar editors and proofreaders to other folks taking liberty with the title. It is working to publish a book. I remember asking well known authors who edited their books, or who they recommended. I’d follow the recommendation and still get screwed. So, you have to do your research.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

LOL. If I had to go back and do it all again I probably wouldn’t have published Wrath until the rest of the series was written. Simply because readers what the next book like right now, but my writing process just doesn’t work like that.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

I take out ads on social media. I also go to beauty salons on Saturdays and sell them. I ask readers for reviews and to recommend my book to others.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

No.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Envy- It’s the story of what happens when an individual is not grateful for what she already has. Isn’t it funny how we begin to believe the lies the devil whispers in our ear about our situations. For example, he will have you looking at Deacon Willie thinking he must be a great man because he’s at church all the time. When in actuality he’s there all the time because he has no where else to go.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Purely All Imagination. And that’s all Imma say about that. LOL

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I loved writing Baxter because he was soooo crazy. But I also loved writing Wilson in wrath because he was so torn and conflicted between doing the right thing or saving his sister.

What project are you working on now?

I’m working on the 2nd book in the Seven Deadly Sins Series- Envy

Will you have a new book coming out soon?

I’m hoping Envy will come out by the end of the year.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

No

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Toughest criticism- Stop being pissed off about what someone did in this industry and go write.

Best compliment- I believe in you and this story.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Develop a thick skin and know everybody in this industry is really your friend. I equate to being in a crack house at times. Always something going on with no real solutions.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for reading my work and telling your friends. I appreciate your reviews, your share and your likes.

Cassandra’s website is:  cassandradurham.com

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