Guest Blogger Cassandra Samuels talks writing and her new novel, Collector of Hearts

Hi Cassandra. Thanks for being a guest on my blog. It’s really exciting to have you here for the first time.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current novel?

My current novel is called Collector of Hearts and is a Regency Historical Romance. It is a Rake Reformed story full of witty banter, twists and turns and true love. Sparks fly from the moment Robert and Arabella meet. She really is his match in all ways, it just takes him a while to realise it.

Is this a standalone novel or are you planning a little bit of a series?

This is book 1 in the Regency Hearts series with Escape Publishing.

Authors are always being told it’s best to diversify in this ever-changing publishing environment. Do you write only Regency Historicals, or do you also write in other genres too?

At the moment I am only writing in the one genre but I would not rule out writing other genres because there are always stories simmering in the back of my mind.

What are you working on currently?

At the moment I am working on book 2 of the Regency Hearts series called Thief of Hearts. Due to some health and family issues this book has taken much longer than it should have but I’m hopefully back on track.

How long have you been writing for and what led you to being published?

I have been seriously writing for about 7 years. Writing and publishing a book was a dream I’d had since I was 15-years-old. I worked hard to learn the craft (but hint hint – it never ends) and spent a long time researching my era and immersing myself in the Regency world of my characters.

What do you think is the best advice you could give to a new writer with an aspiration to being published?

Enter contests. It’s the best way to get feedback on your writing. Just don’t expect every score report to come back glowing. Read between the lines and take the constructive advice and learn from it. Also, RWA conferences are such a treasure trove of info for new writers.

What inspires you to keep writing? Where do your writing ideas come from?

Cassandra’s 2014 published novel

This past year has been so hard for me as I struggled to be able to focus on writing and dealing with health issues but it is always simmering at the back of my mind, waiting. It’s something in you that you can’t just turn off even when life takes over. My ideas often come as a flash of a scene or I hear a teaser of a conversation in my mind and then I play the, what if game until I have a basic outline of my story. I don’t know where that mysterious spark comes from but I’m glad I get it.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to writing?

When I was 15, I read Pride and Prejudice in our English class. I loved it so much that I re-read it straight away. Then the BBC Colin Firth version came out that year too and it was like a sign. This is what I wanted to do. I wanted to write about love. My first manuscript was half hand written, half done on a type writer and was a gold rush story set in the 1850s. I still have that manuscript. Ha ha! What that totally immature and woeful manuscript did was release in me a desire to learn how to write good stories and one day publish my own.

What are your pet peeves? What are your favourite things?

I really get frustrated by endless description that doesn’t seem to move the story. My favourite thing is humour in novels. Clever, witty and interesting dialogue is what I love.


Thank you so much for being a guest on my blog today, Cas. It was fun finding out a little bit more about you and your writing.

You can buy Cas’s latest novel, Collector of Hearts from HERE

Author bio:

Cassandra Samuel’s mother always said she should have been born in the 1800s. Unfortunately, she was born in the 1970s instead. But she was not discouraged by all the corduroy and dodgy hair do’s. She decided if she couldn’t live in the Regency period she would write about it instead. 

Cassandra cut her romance reading teeth on Jane Austen when she read Pride and Prejudice in high school. It was the beginning of a love affair with the Georgian and Regency eras that continues today. She has wanted to be a romance writer since she was a teen and was encouraged to study a diploma in journalism, but fiction writing was where her heart belonged. 

She is the eldest of three children and grew up living on the outskirts of the Royal National Park which gave her a love and appreciation for the Australian bush.  Cassandra lives with her fabulously supportive husband and three wonderful children on the NSW South Coast along with a three-legged staffy cross, a cheeky terrier and a cat called Angus.  Cassandra enjoys music, the theatre, reading, and watching romantic comedies.

She is also a proud member of Romance Writers Australia.

You can find out more about Cas at her website:

http://www.cassandrasamuels.com/

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