I am a big fan of the books and I couldn't resist asking author Casey Daniels back to Amberkatze's Book Blog to talk about what Pepper is up to this time, what her future holds and what else the writer is up to!
I hope you enjoy the interview! Make sure you enter this weeks contest! Casey is being very generous and is giving away three books! So that means three lucky entrants will get a Pepper Martin book of their choice!
Casey - There's always a lot going on in Pepper Martin's world. In A Hard Day's Fright, the book that will be out on April 5, Pepper's latest adventure involves a ghost from the 1960s, a girl who attended a Beatles concert in Cleveland in 1966 and then was never seen or heard from again.
Of course, Pepper is reluctant to get involved...that is, until she finds out someone she's close to has a connection with the case. The ghost isn't looking for Pepper to solve her murder, she just wants Pepper to find her body; she can't rest in peace until she's properly buried. Lots of Sixties throwback fun in this one, including a Dylan-esque poet. One of the reasons I decided on this story line was that I thought it would be interesting to explore what happens to a group of friends when one of their number goes missing. Pepper discovers that more than forty years later, Lucy Pasternak's disappearance still haunts her circle of friends.
Casey - Do I believe in ghosts? Absolutely. Have I ever seen one? No, not up close and personal, but I have seen evidence: mists in pictures when there shouldn't have been any there, hearing knocks coming from graves, getting messages via mediums. Sure, plenty of people think it's nonsense, but I think there's too much evidence to say ghosts don't exist.
Amber - A Hard Day's Fright is a really cool title. How do you come up with the titles for your books? Do you always go with the first title or is it hard to come up with the right one?
Amber - What other paranormal subjects would you want to write about besides ghosts?
Casey - In the Pepper books, I've avoided piling on any more paranormal happenings for this reason: I believe in ghosts. So I don't find the Pepper stories a stretch. Though it's not likely, I believe that what happens to Pepper is possible. But if I started adding vampires or zombies, etc., . . . .well, then to me at least, things get a little dicey and a whole lot less
believable. That being said, that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to write about other paranormal things in other stories. In fact, I once wrote a YA horror trilogy under the name of Zoe Daniels. It was about shapeshifters who turned into black panthers. It was very cool, and very fun to write.
Amber - A lot of authors are writing YA series. Have you considered writing a YA book?
Casey - See above, I answered your question before you asked it! In addition to the Year of the Cat trilogy I wrote as Zoe Daniels, I also wrote a YA trilogy as Connie Laux. It was called Blood Moon and was about a haunted amusement park. I loved writing YA, and that was long before it was hot, hot, hot. Maybe someday I'll have the chance to do it again.
Amber - Do you have a favorite character that you've written, one you wish you could revisit or add a couple of chapters about?
Amber - Would you ever be able to write a book together with another author? If yes, which author would you like to work with and why?
Casey - I can't imagine writing with another author. That being said, I've never tried it so I don't know what it would really be like. Seems to me that collaborating with these sorts of things that spring wholly from our heads would be beyond difficult. Then again, if Elizabeth Peters called and said she needed my help with a new Amelia Peabody book, I'd drop everything and go running!
Amber - What is next? More Pepper? Any new projects?
Don't think buttons are interesting? Just start checking them out. They are little chunks of history and many of them are spectacular works of art. No paranormal elements in these books, but I'm learning a whole lot about old buttons!
Amber - How long on average does it take you to write an Pepper Martin book? Do you have a process you follow? or do you just start at page one and see what happens?
Amber - It hasn't even been been a year since the last Pepper book came out. What have you been doing with your time except for writing?
Amber - Being a recent purchaser of a Kindle 3 just wondering if you own an e-reader yourself and what you think of e-books? Do you think they help increase an authors audience base?
Casey - I don't own a Kindle or any other e-reader, though I've used one and I thought it was pretty cool. I think it's great that e-readers make more available to readers and I have a feeling kids are going to take to e-readers like ducks to water. That's a good thing. Anything that gets kids reading is a real plus.
Amber - What are you listening and watching lately? What books have you read recently?
Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be and why?
Casey - Chuckling at this one. I'd have to say a ghost. Guess I might have the chance to try that out one of these days!
Amber - Thank you so much for coming by again! I hope it won't be the last
Casey is being really generous and would like to give three winners each a book! Each winners can choose which Pepper Martin book they would like to win! Cool!!! Start the series, get the one you are missing or even grab a copy of the newest release! Winners choice!
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