Good afternoon, everyone. I hope all is well with you. Today I have the pleasure of chatting with Author Thea Casey on my channel. Please welcome her to my channel.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Thea Casey. I’m from Los Angeles and currently live in Atlanta. I am an author; my genre is Women’s / Christian Fiction. I write stories to inspire women to be empowered by realizing their own strength.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I enjoy traveling, reading and interior decorating.
Do you have a day job as well?
Yes, I am an RN specializing in high risk Obstetrics. All my manuscripts and novels contain a RN, either as the main character or an influential guide to her.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
Chronicles of Forgiveness is my debut novel that was published in August of 2017 I’ve been writing since childhood. I started out with journaling.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
Many women face issues that are not addressed in the church and don’t feel they belong there or are worthy of God’s love. My characters face the same real life challenges such as divorce, bankruptcy, substance abuse, etc. and allow God to restore them to empower women to do the same.
Where do you get your ideas?
Life situations I’ve witnessed.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, for about a year, it was awful because I knew what God told me to do but I was distracted by a job. So, He took me off work for a year. I had surgery with a slow recovery and that’s when I completed Chronicles of Forgiveness.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I’ve tried an outline and it didn’t work for me because I don’t write in sequence. I can write the first chapter on Monday, the last chapter on Tuesday then fill in the rest. The entire manuscript is in my head.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I may have read it when I was 12.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I was undecided whether to go the traditional route with an agent or be an independent author. Over the course of a year, I sent out 2 query letters, received an automated denial letter within an hour and decided that wasn’t for me. I started looking at publishers who catered to independent authors and became frustrated because I felt they were all a scam from the reviews. One day I was online searching for some unrelated to publishing and a writer’s conference at a local church popped on my screen. It was even on a weekend that I was free. I attended the conference in May, signed with the publisher that sponsored the event and was published in August.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
Mary Higgins Clarke
What impact have they had on your writing?
My novels contain romance, mystery and inspiration. A combination of them all.
What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
Novels are available in more than one form so novels are more accessible. For example, e books on devices and audio books for the car.
Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
I write what the Holy Spirit puts in my heart.
What is your role in the writing community?
I write to inspire women to be empowered by realizing their own strength.
How does your book relates to your spiritual practice or other life path?
My goal is to bring women into the church who have faced devastating issues of life through entertaining story lines.
What is your testimony?
Phil 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing?
I have a vivid imagination (being an only child, I always invented imaginary people to entertain myself) and a great love for God, so I combined them both into Christian Fiction. It’s like God set me up, LOL.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Seeing my reader’s review of my novel and knowing that I sent a spark to someone’s life.
What projects are you working on at the present?
My next novel is titled The Christians which will be released in the Spring of 2020. The theme is greed. The love of money vs the love of God.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Producing my manuscripts into films. Chronicles of Forgiveness is scripted as a 13-episode Christian Drama series