In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
Today I am happy to welcome Cassandra Giovanni to In the Spotlight. As a young adult, new adult and adult author, Cassandra’s growing catalog has something for everyone.
In the Spotlight with Cassandra Giovanni
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Cassandra! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
#Author of #NALit & #ChildLit. #Photographer, #graphicdesigner & financial #marketer during the day. #Archer & Longboard Dancer for the rest.
Wow, that’s a lot of hats to wear! How do you find time to to do it all? And with all those interests, how did you decide to start writing? Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
I’ve been published since I was seven and won a contest to have a chapter published in an American Girl Doll book, but that was the easy part. Being published as an adult is far more of a challenge. Something I loved turned from a hobby to a job, which is great, but at the same time it’s hard work and the financial rewards are non-existent. The best part of being a published author is the opportunity to touch readers, and that’s why I do it—it’s certainly not for the money! The worst part…having to be on social media. I’m a private person and social media marketing as an author means you need to share more than just information about your books. For me that’s a challenge, because I don’t know what to say!
I struggle with social media as a blogger as well. It’s hard to manage. I hate bragging about myself and my accomplishments and I don’t want to share too much!
You write both New Adult fiction and children’s books. How are these two genres similar and how to they differ?
I write a lot of different genres, Children Lit, YA, NA and pretty soon adult. These genres and my writing all share a common theme of getting a person to think, no matter their age, and engage with the content in some shape or form. The depth of that engagement is different across each of those genres, as well as within the sub-genres contained within. Additionally, I write all of them for the same reason—to touch the reader and make them think about the world around them in some way.
Continuing on the theme of why you write the books you do. Tell us a bit about your latest releases. What inspired you to write them?
My latest New Adult release is called Finding the Cure. The novel follows Ellie as she struggles with her father’s impending death and finding happiness despite this. Readers should pick this up if they’re looking for a book that will make them cry and smile, and most of all, give them a reason to cherish the life they have.
My latest children’s book is the second in the Finding Freckles series and is called Bermuda Bounce. Just like the title, it’s full of fun and adventure and is absolutely adorable. Why read it? All of the Finding Freckles books put an element of fun into a learning experience. You get to travel along with Freckles, learn new things and there’s always cool interactive games at the end of the books.
So, we’ve talked a bit about your books. I know that most authors enjoy reading. 🙂 But what types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I love a good romance with a paranormal hint to it, or something that’s super realistic that I can lose myself in. I’m also a fan of authors who balance the theory of show not tell with excellent, uncliched description. The three books I find myself recommending the most? Falling Under by Gwen Hayes, [the] Harry Potter [series] by JK Rowling and anything Jane Austen.
Harry Potter is a great series. I’ve never been able to get behind the Jane Austen novels. I think I had to read and analyze too much classic literature in college as an English major.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
Archery—I’m head over heels in love with archery. I did it as a pre-teen and recently got back into it as a part of a character study for my upcoming novel, City on Fire.
Secret obsessions? Longboard dancing, which I suck at and painting. I have paintings all over my house, my parent’s house and many of my co-workers have ended up with one or two!
A few of my friends and family have ended up with gifts of my photography on various occasions.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
If you’re a writer and aspire to be an author, do your research on your options and your art, but never go against your instinct or your heart. If you don’t want to write every day, then don’t, if you feel you need to even if it’s garbage than do it. You need to be true to yourself, because if you aren’t it will show in your writing and your readers will see it.
Thank you for the lovely advice, Cassandra. I wish you luck with your archery research and hope you’ll drop by soon with an update on your upcoming releases.
Synopsis: Ellie Abela’s life has been anything but easy. Tragedy follows her where ever she goes, and she’s been a lot of places. At twenty she’s lived in over ten different states, all because of her dad’s career in medical research. His career is just another list of the causes of tragedies in El’s life. He’s dying, and with every breath he takes closer to Heaven, Ellie dies a little bit inside too. At twelve she lost her mom in a drunk driving accident, and in a matter of months she fears she’ll lose the last person she has in the world to cancer.
While Ellie’s life has been rife with sadness, Trent Wentworth’s has been a challenge. A drug-addicted mom and a dead-beat dad meant at twenty three he was the adoptive father of his two year old sister. Now at twenty five he’s working his way up the corporate ladder and a struggling single parent. Each is searching for a cure to the things in their lives dragging them down.
Not all cures are black and white; not all cures save us–and sometimes saving isn’t what we need. Sometimes we just need to realize how lucky we are to be alive, at least for this moment.
Synopsis: The fun continues for Freckles as he travels from his last location, Mystic Connecticut, where he caused plenty of mayhem. Now he’s tangled up with a pesky little pirate pup on a boat to goodness knows where! Along the way, Freckles and his new pirate pal will learn about the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle and the fabulous sea life below!
You can even help Freckles find the things he saw on his journey on the two Freckles Find pages included! Don’t forget to check out the other Finding Freckles books for more epic travels and learning fun!