Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Thanks to everyone who keeps coming back…you’re all awesome! And if you’re here for the first time…glad you found us!
Today I’m excited to share another wonderful author with you. Please welcome Mandi Casey! Mandi is going to share a bit about herself and her newest release BIZARRE LIFE OF SYDNEY SEDRICK 🙂 So sit back, grab your favorite snack and beverage and enjoy 🙂
Hi Mandi, thank you for joining us. So that everyone can get to know you, please share five random things about you the person, not the author.
🙂 Ok let’s see.
1. I’m a total animal person, if they make it to my house, I tend to keep them, despite my husband’s opinion on the matter.
2. I play Frisbee golf as much as possible, the courses are beautiful and fresh air is good. 3. I like to shop when I’m stressed, I’m not sure if that’s random or like every other woman on this planet.
4. I love driving with the seat heaters on, windows down, and music cranked, especially at night.
5. I love my smart phone, I just really wished I knew what all it’s capable of. It leaves me with a blank glossed over stare at times.
LOL…I know that glossed over stare, I get that whenever I’m around electronics 🙂 Television or movies?
Depends. Anything to do with vampires and werewolves and don’t care what type of media it comes on.
Name four things you never leave the house without.
Keys, phone, purse, and sunglasses, the usual everyday necessities.
Have you always wanted to be an author or what made you become an author?
From about the age of ten I knew I wanted to write at least one novel, and when that was finally accomplished, I knew I had to keep going. I love it.
Writing is a true addiction for sure! Describe your writerly work space.
Pretty much wherever my laptop can go is where I write, I love sitting out on my deck on overcast days (so the glare from the sun on the screen isn’t too blinding) and writing.
I can’t wait for deck weather to return. There’s nothing like sitting outside to write. What genre or genres do you write? Do you see yourself trying another one in the future and if so which one?
I typically write paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I’ve thought about writing erotica but I just don’t know if I can pull that off, if I do I’ll probably write under a different name, blush 🙂
Tell us about your newest release? (and btw, I love the title)
Bizarre Life of Sydney Sedrick is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel about a girl who moves back to her hometown to live with her aunt and help her take care of Morning Sun, the family store. She’s bitten by a werewolf and her latent Selected gene is triggered. Vampires, werewolves, and demons come out of the woodwork and want to use her powers, except she never knew what she was before, and she didn’t know about the Others, either. And of course there’s Blake, the heir to the Mid Western Werewolf Pack, with his searing advances and insistence they are to be bonded as life-mates.
When you were writing your story, what character did you connect with the most and why?
Sydney has a lot of my traits, and faults, so her character was pretty easy to write.
Now let’s play LUCKY SEVEN….Pick seven words to describe your book.
This is a fun question, let’s see. 1. Romantic 2. Dark 3. Fast. 4. Startling 5. Hot. 6. Paranormal. 7. Leading
If your book was made into a movie, who would you choose to play the hero?
I would love to have the actor who plays Alcide on True Blood, they definitely casted him well 😉
For the heroine, that’s a tuff one, but I think a black haired Emma Stone from Easy A+ would work out really well.
Emma Stone is a great pick…I’ve loved her in every role she’s been in. Most authors seem to have a ‘to be read pile’…if you do, what’s on the top of the pile?
Explosive 18 by Janet Evanovich, I love the Stephanie Plum novels and have read every one.
What inspired you to write your latest story?
I can’t really say what one thing inspired me, I just love to write, and learning new ways to craft stories and enhance them is fun to me.
Please share an excerpt of your book!
Ok, here’s a teaser and one of my favorite passages:
Still baffled by her strange behavior, I headed for my bedroom. Unfortunately, sleep proved elusive. Who could sleep in that old house, the branches of the leafless oak tree scratching against the window of my room like a B-rated horror movie? Who knew what was lurking out there in the dark?
And now it knew me.
Great last line 🙂 What’s your current WIP?
I’m finishing my first draft of Betrayal Bites, the 2nd Sydney Sedrick novel.
Do you have any wise words to share with anyone out there on the road to publication?
I read a lot about the craft, so I guess that’s what I would definitely tell new writers: Read, Read; Read! When they say make sure your submissions are without typos or grammatical errors, they mean it, so make sure yours are perfect. I’ll never stop reading and talking with other writers, taking classes ect… I think a great writer is one who knows that there is always more to learn, from talented best selling authors to those who have yet to be published.
And finally Mandi, where can we find you and your book?
Bizarre Life of Sydney Sedrick can be found at:
It’s available in ebook format right now, but will be going to print some time in the fall of 2012.
Congratulations and much success to you Mandi. Again, I’m glad you dropped by!
Thanks so much for having me Christine, and happy reading and writing to all!