Hi Casey! Thank you so much for being with us and letting us pick your brain.
First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I was born and raised in NE Ohio, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I am a full-time writer. I was lucky enough to marry the love of my life and am the proud parent to three furbabies.
How did you get into writing MM?
Representation matters. When I was growing up, I believe I read all of two books with gay characters in a romantic context (not that I recall many openly gay side characters either). To that end, you would think I’d try to stick with a more young adult audience, but I guess I just find myself writing about the people more my own age. My characters have grown up with me. Given that I don’t write erotica, however, I don’t think my writing would be inappropriate for teens or new adults. In fact I’d love for them to read my work as much as an adult audience. There may be something there that speaks to them or helps them, you never know.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Think about writing. No, really. I’m pretty much always thinking back to writing. “Oh, that’s what I can do for that scene!” “Oh, there’s a new plot idea.” “Oh no, another novel idea.” That last one happens a lot.
But in all seriousness, I enjoy gaming, reading, dancing around my kitchen, being a general nerd… I love history and anything to do with space, so I spend a lot of time doing reading on any number of things. I’m also actively involved in the realm of fandom and enjoy interacting with other fans and creating content for various shows and movies.
In One Bullet, Ethan suffers from PTSD. Is he based on anyone you know?
Who Ethan is as a person is very much my own creation. His PTSD is kind of a combination of a few people I’ve spoken with who suffer from PTSD, as well as lots of research. I wanted to do something that would speak true to those people.
Speaking of that, do you use real life people as inspiration for characters?
People watching is pretty much a pastime of writers. [laughs] I wouldn’t say I use any one person though as a character. I might borrow some aspects here, some from over there, throw in a few things of my own, and then shake.
What character do you feel is most like yourself?
Hmm, honestly I think as far as my One Bullet guys are concerned, they’ve both got some of my traits – for good or ill. Ethan loves the outdoors, comes from a rural area, and takes a lot of pleasure – and comfort – from music. However I’m no where near as adventurous and there’s no chance I could become proficient in parkour. Shawn, on the other hand, has my total nerd qualities, can be overly stubborn, and will “bah humbug” his way through the holiday season. I only wish I could be half as kind and generous as he is. I’m also told I may have given one of my side characters, Davies, his sarcasm. Not that I know what they’re talking about. Nope.
Have you ever co-authored? Who is your dream writing partner?
I’ve co-authored quite a bit over the years but it was never anything with a goal of publication in mind. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing it on a professional level, but that amount of trust would be hard to come by.
Coffee or tea?
I am addicted to loose-leaf tea. I drink coffee occasionally, but as Denis Leary says, it’s only “coffee-flavored coffee.”
What is your ideal writing set up?
Big comfy chair, tea, and my laptop. All I need. Though it’s nice to get to move outside onto the porch when the weather is nice.
What is your favorite book? Favorite author?
Now you can’t just go and ask something like that. That’s like picking favorite kids.
Describe yourself in three words.
Wit, sarcasm, perfectionist.
Can you tell us what you have coming up next?
I’m currently working on an urban fantasy trilogy that has been a whole lot of fun. All three books have a main plot spread over the course of them, while they each have a sub-plot specific to the book as well. The story follows the same group of friends but each focuses on a different couple as well, giving us a different set of perspectives as we go on this journey.
I was quite insane to begin writing all three books at once, and just after my debut novel at that, but I’m very happy with the progress made thus far and hopefully we’ll be looking at the first book coming to you by next year. As always, that depends on the publishing houses and what their schedules look like. But I can hope, right?
Blurb: When Ethan Brant was shot, he found himself dealing with severe PTSD and unable to do his job as a police officer any longer. With the aid of Detective Shawn Greyson, the man who saved his life, Ethan not only finds himself again but discovers love as well.
Shawn’s life growing up was less than ideal, however, he overcame that to become who he is today. That doesn’t mean he isn’t missing something in his life. What Shawn hadn’t realized, upon first meeting, was that Ethan could give him all that and more.
One bullet changed both their lives
Buy link: NineStar
For Casey, writing equals existence. History nerd, film enthusiast, music lover, avid gamer, and just an all around geek. Add in an unapologetic addiction to loose leaf tea and you get the general picture. Married with furry four-legged children, Casey lives happily in the middle of nowhere Ohio.