I have been following Casey Daniels' Pepper Martin books since the series started and I love each and every one of them.
The eighth book in the series has just been released and I couldn't resist asking Casey to come back to Amberkatze's Book Blog to talk about Wild Wild Death.
So enjoy the interview, get to know Casey and Pepper and check out the books! Oh and make sure you read to the end and enter the contest!
Casey - Readers will remember that at the end of "A Hard Day's Fright," Pepper lost her job. Good thing! She's going to need some extra free time. A friend of hers has been kidnapped, and she has to travel to New Mexico to arrange the ransom. Sounds easy until she realizes she's got to dig up a dead body and take the bones with her! Things only get more complicated from there. The bones get stolen, bodies start dropping, and there's a hunk of a Pueblo police chief who's making it hard to concentrate. As always, Pepper manages with her own special brand of panache!
Casey - Well, book #9 is already written and will be out in September. It's called "Supernatural Born Killers," and like all ideas, it morphed from what I originally intended. I was thinking about doing something based on a classic book (I won't say what since I want to use the idea in the future!) but instead, I have Pepper back in Cleveland and dealing with a whole world she's not familiar with--comic books. Superman originated in Cleveland, you know, and she's about to find out a whole lot about the Man of Steel!
Casey - I'd like to think she'll have many, many more. That remains to be seen. Publishing is a fickle business.
Amber - What famous person could be Pepper's twin?
Casey - Oh my...I don't know much about famous people. I'm afraid I have no idea!
Amber - Do you get much say in the way the finished book looks? For example do you choose the cover? Title?
Amber - What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer?
Casey - A tough question. Just getting published in the first place is a very big deal. Staying published for 20 years (yes, it's 20 years in 2012!) and having more than 40 books under my belt is a pretty big deal. It's a tough business, and it's not easy for any writer to keep his/her head above water. The fact that I've been able to make my living at this crazy game is something I'm very proud of.
Amber - A lot of authors are writing now in both adult and YA genres. Have you considered writing a YA book?
Amber - What made you want to be a writer? Were there any books or authors that had an influence on you?
Casey - I've always loved words and it's only been recently that I think I figured out why. All four of my grandparents were from Europe and spoke only broken English. I think one of the reasons words interest me is that they didn't have the words. I had to find them for myself, and learn what things were called. Of course, I knew the normal things. For example, I knew birds were called "Birds" (duh!) but I had to learn all the variety of birds' names. It was that sort of thing that made me want to know all the words, all the time, to describe everything. I also think that being naturally nosey is a big asset for a writer. And being a write gives me the perfect excuse to eavesdrop!
Casey -As I mentioned, Pepper #9 is done. I'm currently working on book #3 in the Button Box msytery series I write as Kylie Logan. Book #1 was "Button Holed," and that was out last September. Book #2 is "Hot Button," and it will be out in June. In addition, I've got a new series starting next year.
Amber - What have you been reading and watching lately? Do you have any recommendations for us?
Casey - I haven't had much time to read anything lately. I'll blame that on the Christmas holidays! As for watching, I love "Bones." Good mysteries, and great personal interaction. I've also just discovered "Hidden City" on the Travel Channel, all about the dark underbelly of famous cities. That ones kind of fun. And of course, the old stand bys, "Ghost Hunters," "Ghost Adventures," "Psych" (those guys crack me up!).
Casey - Hmm... not sure I have one. I scare very easily, so I never, ever watch scary movies. I remember loving "The Canterville Ghost" as a kid. Haven't seen that one in years, wonder if I'd still like it.
Amber - If you could be any famous person, alive or dead, who would you be? and why?
Casey - I can barely handle being myself! Not sure I'd want to be someone else. That doesn't mean I'm not interested in plenty of other peoples' lives. I love reading about history and the people who lived in other times and places. I've recently gotten interested in genealogy and I love, love, love doing research.
Casey - Thanks, Amber. It's always a pleasure!
Pepper Martin Series
#1 - Don of the Dead
#2 - The Chick and the Dead
#3 - Tombs of Endearment
#4 - Night of the Loving Dead
#5 - Dead Man Talking
#6 - Tomb with a View
#7 - A Hard Day's Fright
#8 - Wild Wild Death
#9 - Supernatural Born Killers (Due out in September)
Button Box Mystery Series
(Writing as Kylie Logan)
#1 - Button Holed
#2 - Hot Button (Due out in June)
Casey is giving away a copy of her latest release, Wild Wild Death. Sorry only open to US entrants!
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