Cassietta, welcome to Written Voices Blog! Describe yourself for our visitors.
Most people don’t realize that I’m very shy. I tend to be very quiet; I don’t really talk much until I get to know someone. I’m also a homebody; I love spending time with my friends and family, watching a good movie or playing a board games. I’m really a simple kind of girl.
How do you find time to connect with God?
You know, I used to really struggle with this, but I’ve learned that the time I spend with God doesn’t always have to look any certain way. I’ve stopped trying to get into a particular posture, or be in a particular place — this used to stress me out! So now, there are times when I’m able to pray and meditate while I’m in the sauna at the gym. Other times God and I have a conversation when I’m in my car sitting in traffic. The important thing is that I make the time to connect and commune with God.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Some of my favorites are Jodi Picoult, Zora Neale Hurston, and Walter Mosley. My favorite book is There Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Another favorite is A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gains.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
I started off trying to get a publishing deal from a traditional publisher. I was finding it difficult because my work didn’t fit into any particular category. I was too urban for Inspirational and not romantic enough for romance. So, rather than continuing to try to fit my novel into someone else’s category, I decided to self publish the story that I wanted to write. It’s been a very long, learning process, but it’s been extremely rewarding for me.
Tell us about your current book.
Be Still & Know is about how bitterness and deception always seems to find their way to the surface, no matter how deep we think they’re buried. It’s the story of how these characters, Alvin and Kai, find love after devastating heartbreak, and the challenges they have with learning to trust again.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
This book actually started with a message. I wanted to show young women that they were worthy in spite of their mistakes. I started with some of my own experiences and embellished a bit to create the drama that happens throughout this book.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
You are not the product of your past. I hope that readers learn to take responsibility for their mistakes and find a way to move past them.
What’s next for you?
I’m actually working on Hidden, which is the follow up novel to Be Still & Know. It’s scheduled to be released in the spring of 2013.
Where can readers find you online?
Readers can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VirtuousInkPublishing, and they can follow me on twitter at https://twitter.com/VirtuousInk. They can also subscribe to weekly updates on my websites at http://www.virtuousinkpublishing.com