S. Cassadera was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, where her creative imagination and a love of reading encouraged her to write her own stories in her early 20s. She's currently signed to Major Key Publishing. Her novel "The Predatory Pastor" has topped Amazon’s Black & African American Christian bestseller list and Amazon’s #1 New Release for Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. She has written 11 books total in genres of Urban Christian and Contemporary Romances. She writes emotional beginnings, complicated middles, and happy endings. There’s no stopping because she more stories to tell. Check her out on amazon.com/author/scassadera
1.What inspires you most to write?
I find inspiration from everyday life by watching people, listening to how they talk or what's going on in their life, or simply by an idea that pops into my mind, and then I run with that and turn it into my masterpiece.
2. What is your favorite genre?
My favorite genre is romance.
3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?
I admire a lot of authors, but I'll list one, and that is Rochelle Alers. I love how she captivated my interest with her alpha males and women into a love that I wanted to meet in real life, lol.
4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?
Good question! I overcome dry spells by reading other authors' works.
5. What legal publishing advice can you give?
Copyright your work!
6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?
I have written eleven books to date and more to come. Does topping Amazon bestseller work? If so, yes and that's 'The Predatory Pastor'.
7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?
That I don't know because usually, the love movies end right, in love with the person they're supposed to be with.
8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?
The hardship is in the marketing department. With the help of editors and book cover designers, it helps promote it in its genre and ranked with the greatest. Handling book critiques was hard at first from the editor, but I understand they're trying to help. I am a listener and will adjust to perfect the structure of my creation so readers can enjoy or relate to the work of art I've created.
9. What are your best experiences in your writing career?
The most enjoyable parts of my writing career have earned curious and surprise brows when telling friends and family that I'm an author. My other experience is sharing my inner thoughts with readers and supporters as I conjure remarkable stories that people connect with. Last but not least, reading positive reviews from strangers that makes my heart smile.
10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort of sound in the background?
I have to write to music, and depending on what I'm writing, the music has to flow. For instance, when I wrote my interracial/western romance, I listened to country music, and "Tennessee Whiskey" is now a favorite.
11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?
Write, write what you know and feel. As Toni Morrison said, 'If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it'.
12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
My publisher Major Key Publisher decides the price of the book. I've hired book promoters, but we know they don't guarantee sales. I promote through Facebook ads, Instagram posts, word of mouth, business cards, and author interviews/magazines. Soon, I hope to do more book events.
13. Why should anyone read your book?
I pen stories to uplift people's spirits, give them hope, or leave an encouraging message. I input humor into my writing because laughter is good medicine. It does a body good as it draws people together in ways that trigger healthy, physical, and emotional changes in the body. Altogether it's to inspire, forgive, and cause second chances at love.
14. Did you have a book coach?
No, I don't have a book coach, but I have editors within the company I'm with that help.
15. What was your favorite subject in school?
Spanish and health/Anatomy
16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
Yes, I'm signed to Major Key Publishing and have been with them since October 2019.