Please welcome Cass Scotka to The Clog Blog, again. You can find her previous interview here. Cass, please refresh our memory and tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am in love with love and have been since I peeked at my first romance novel at age fifteen. When an unannounced romance hero walked into my imagination presenting his heroine and pushing her into the spotlight, I knew I was destined to become a romance writer. The adventure of a new book and the comfort of an old favorite are two of my most cherished pleasures. When I’m not writing or reading, I explore the world with my spouse and two kids. I love chocolate, the Texas Longhorns, and the Oxford comma. Find out more about me and my books at http://www.cassscotka.com!
How do you make time to write?
Spare time in between my family and my day job. Mostly in the evenings and weekends. It’s hard to find time, but so worthwhile!
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes! It’s difficult to be creative at all times. Taking breaks, staring a blank page, and writing something – anything – helps me bring my muse back.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write and why you love it.
I write either historical or contemporary romance, primarily. I have an idea for a book that would sprinkle in some light paranormal into the contemporary romance, but that’s still brewing in my brain. I love all things romance and I have since a very young age. Everything I read or write has romance somewhere in it because love is the best!
How are you publishing your recent book and why?
My upcoming book (and series!) is being released through Totally Bound. I’ve loved the process of working with them so far and I enjoy the support of a publisher/editing team, no matter how small the group. I admire the self-publish authors out there doing everything for themselves! It’s such hard work!!
Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
One million percent introvert! It helps me to make more time for writing since that is a solitary and quiet way to recharge and fill my creative well.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
I’m one of those I’ll-throat-punch-you-if-you-try-to-motivational-phrase-me kind of people.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write what you love. If you don’t enjoy what you’re writing, no one will. Trying to fit the trends or wishlists out there is like getting hit by lightning and so frustrating.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Best way to find me and my socials is at my website: www.cassscotka.com. Sign up for my newsletter while you’re at it!
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share with us?
Excerpt from MAKE ME FALL, coming July 18, 2023, from Totally Bound:
“You don’t mind?” She felt bad that he was investing all this time helping her today then again on Sunday, too. Surely this wasn’t that exciting to him.
Jack shook his head and lifted one side of his mouth into a smile. “I really don’t. I enjoy this kind of thing. It’s what I did as my main work focus before coming here. I’ve done more on the administrative side of businesses than physical work like logging. I have to admit as hard as it’s been, I like being a lumberjack. It’s a nice change of pace and I’m already in way better shape than when I arrived.”
“Oh, I think you were plenty in shape when I first saw you. Although I will admit, you can tell a bit of difference.” She ran her eyes over his shoulders and chest again. Yeah, that flannel treated him well. It really emphasized the size of him.
A low chuckle met her ears and she flushed. Damn, she hadn’t been subtle about that, now had she? “Well, hot damn. You’ve been checking me out.” He puffed up his chest with a grin.
Bridget smacked his arm then winced. He was built. “Oh, stop it. Like you need a bigger ego.”
“A man never gets tired of a woman, particularly one as beautiful as you, paying him a compliment. I’m not too proud.” Embarrassed, she ducked around the counter to distract herself from what she’d just said to him and what he’d told her in response. A guy could find a woman attractive—that didn’t equate to him wanting to date her. She busied herself by straightening up and getting ready to close the shop for the night. “Sunday would be good. I’ll make you dinner as a thank you. Cornelius can come over, too.” Grabbing up her coat, she turned back to Jack. “I’m ready to head home. Thanks for all of your advice. I’ll download that software tonight to get things changed over.”