Interview (& Giveaway): Dakota Cassidy, author of Accidentally Catty and more!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend, and I thought, what better way than to kick off the week than to have the incomparable Dakota Cassidy on the blog! Dakota is the author of the Accidentals series, the Hell series, and much more awesomeness. I’ve also got a signed copy of The Accidental Werewolf for one lucky winner, so be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!

Please welcome Dakota to the blog!

Dakota, you’re the author of the Accidental series, the Ex-Trophy Wife series, the Hell series, and so much more! Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
No—it happened purely by accident. Long story short, I stumbled across a review site in the back of a paperback, looked it up online, found out you could get free books for reviews, and sent in a sample review. They gave me a gig, which fed my reading addiction. In the process of all those reviews, I read a frillion erotic eBooks and had a crazy idea one day after watching a Yoplait yogurt commercial. I wrote it. A friend talked me into submitting it. The next batch of madness is what’s become my career. LOL! I didn’t plan it. I didn’t do any of the things aspiring writers do because I didn’t know I should. I just did it. And now look… 

What do you like most about writing paranormal romance/romance and have you ever considered writing in another genre?
I know no one would evah in a million believe this, but I love an HEA. I’m a total gooey marshmallow on the inside and nothing makes me happier than when two people find true love. I also love finding said true love in say, the fiery depths of Hell or with a vampire who eats Ring-Dings. The paranormal aspect and the humor in my writing allow me to create the utterly ridiculous and then take it up a couple of notches. As to writing in another genre—absolutely. If an idea struck me, I’d definitely give it a go. But so far, my heart belongs to romance!

Your books are hilarious! How do you bring the funny over and over? Is there a trick you use to keep your writing fresh?
I really don’t think I’m all that funny, and I truly think that’s been the key for me. The scenes or dialogue I think are a gas usually go totally unnoticed. It’s the stuff that I think is so stupid I should be flayed and strung up at a writer’s convention for that seems to make folks giggle. When I sit down to write, I absolutely don’t remind myself that my label is funny and I’d better produce or I’m screwed. I’m just going with the general consensus and praying no one finds me out.

What’s one of your most unusual writing quirks?
I don’t really have any quirks per se. I do have things I need when I write—like my smokes, a bottle of water and some Zamfir. Yes. I said Zamfir. Don’t judge. He soothes the crazy.

What are a few of your favorite authors?
I love, love, love Nina Bangs, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Karen Rose and SEP.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
Money for services rendered 😉  No. I’m kidding. I’m sort of OCD about organization, so I have a pic of the DH and me at our wedding and an alarm clock. Oh, and a lamp. That’s it.

You have a busy family life and you’re also an animal lover with a house full of pets! How do you juggle a full writing schedule with the demands of a family?
You know, lately, I’ve asked myself the same. For some reason, when the kids were younger, it seemed much easier. Now they need bigger things from me in terms of time. My youngest always seems to need a ride somewhere for some project so he can go to some stupid Ivy League school and rape me of some more cash. Or he’s hungry and wants to go to McDonalds. When he was little, I just sent him to bed. Now, if I do that, he’s going to plot my death.

So I try to think of a future that includes me alive and him paying for my retirement village home in like Albuquerque. LOLLOL! My mom lives with and she’s always chaos in motion. So I try to write at night mostly—when all the little soul suckers have gone to bed. I also make a point of writing no less than 5K a day. I treat this writing gig just like I would a job I’d go to every day from 9-5. But it ain’t easy when you’re mom interrupts you to tell you there’s a Murder She Wrote marathon on.

Dakota, you always look great, and your hair is the stuff of legend, at least with me and Chelsea of VBC (thank you for letting us pet it, by the way!) How do you maintain such fabulousness with such a busy schedule? I can barely find time to brush my hair, so I’m in complete awe!
You two are a rarity indeed. I don’t love having my hair touched and it comes from when I was little. I had kinky curly hair, and my mom used baby oil to get a comb through it. I can still feel the burn of all that tugging! As to the fabulousness, I pay a lot of money for maintenance. A lot. Soon I’ll have to add monthly botox payments to a plastic surgeon if things keep going downhill like they have been. And I don’t look like what you all witness when you see me at a convention or signing. Trust that. I have my hair in a chip clip, no makeup, and my Pajama Jeans on. You’d all be so disillusioned to see the real DC. So.

You’re such an accomplished writer. Is there any advice that you would give to writers struggling to get published?
I appreciate the compliment, but I don’t feel accomplished. I always feel, and always will feel, that I can improve. That no matter what, there’ll always be room for improvement. Not to mention, I feel more blessed than anything else. I’m pretty lucky to have sold one book being the kind of hack I am.

And if I could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers—it would be this: Don’t ever get too full of yourself. The second you believe your own hype is the second someone comes and steals your hype and sells it on eBay. It’s so important to be able to suck up the criticisms that come with this line of work. It’s important to listen. It’s important to remember there’s always someone smarter, prettier, faster, overall better than you. Don’t let anyone steal your dream, but while in pursuit of that dream—be humble, listen to your gut and don’t be a jerk.

Is there any other news of upcoming events or projects that you’d like to share with us (makeup/hair /general fabulousness tips always welcome)?
Never wear the color yellow on your body. EVER. It looks good on like two people in the world. Save it for furniture and walls, flowers—a nice sports car. LOL! As to upcoming releases, I have Waltz This Way in March 2012, Accidentally Dead Again in June 2012, and The Accidental Genie in Nov of 2012!

Keep up with Dakota: Website | Twitter | Facebook
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54 Comments:

  1. What a great interview!!!

  2. Dakota Cassidy is a hot a** author! She writes the most fun, witty & exciting books! Love her!

  3. Dakota Cassidy Rocks! I love reading her books.

  4. I agree! With all of it (but the fab hair. Mine is bed head hair). Never wear yellow anywhere. I tried yellow nail polish earlier this year and the only thing more numerous than the ‘fungus’ jokes were the “Big Bird” jokes. And the writing does get tons harder when kidlets get older. I thought it would be reverse. Great interview. Made a sick day fun for a few minutes. 🙂

    xoxo
    s

  5. Dawn Doyle aka dawnmomoffour

    *Giggles* I love your sense of humour! What a great interview. Thank you for the chance at this fabulous prize!
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour
    thedoyle6@rogers.com

  6. As always Dakota, you are awesome!! I enjoyed the interview. I hope you all had a great Christmas!

  7. You guys are awesome sauce–thank you, thank you!

  8. I wear yellow frequently since I am one of the two people in the world that can wear it successfully (now, Dakota, you know it’s true). And I have seen Dakota at her worst and trust me…her worst is far better than most people’s best. You can take that to the bank….

  9. Hey Dakota! I just wanted to say hi and that you rock! I can’t wait for your next book <3

  10. Debi Murray–you are NOT, I emphatically repeat, NOT able to wear yellow. NO ONE should wear yellow. There are like two people in the world who can wear it. TWO. Knock it off! LOLLOL!

    And thanks, Heather!

  11. Love the interview! I also love Dakota’s books!
    robindpdx(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. I love ya Dakota… you make me feel like there is fun, joy and hope out there. Love your books. What a great interview and that you Rock!!

  13. Chelsea Hornbacher

    Hi! I can’t wait to read your books!!! Keep em coming! 🙂

  14. On second thought, don’t enter me. Am going to buy it today. I *gasp* have never read anything by Dakota, but have heard raves! I do, I get the ‘look’ from fellow bookies when I say I haven’t read her yet.

    Time and being a bit backed up was the only thing stopping me. (damn, sounds like I need x-lax or something)

    Plus with the awesome (my grandson’s name is Dakota) name like Dakota…

    I agree with Dakota’s tastes. Nina Bangs is a hoot to read and saw Karen Rose once and will never forgot or let her live down her rabid otter story. What can I say. Grammar lessons don’t stick, but tell me a rabid otter story and it’s ON!

    Accidental Werewolf shall be my holiday read.

    Happy Holidays and thanks for hosting.
    🙂

  15. I love her books! They’re so good!

  16. Awesome interview, Dakota. Didn’t know much about you, now I do and I just want to know: am I invited to the wedding between you and Tom? And after talking with you on facebook and twitter and reading your interview, I am now intrigued to read some of your books.

  17. Dakota is hilarious. She is funny. She is sardonic. She is ironic. Most of all she is one of my favorite authors. I have to be careful where I read her though since I tend to ROFLMAO a LOT.

  18. I love all your books and have a hard time waiting on the next ones. Have a safe and happy new year. Marie

  19. Great interview! I absolutely adore you Dakota! I love all the Accidental books too 🙂 You are just too cool!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

  20. Great interview, Dakota is so very funny, I always love to read anything she writes, including interviews, tweets, and of course, her books.

  21. I love Dakota’s books! Not only is she one of my favorite writers, she’s a great human being too.

    I try not to read her in public, because my laughing makes people look at me funny.

  22. Aw, you’se guys–yer makin’ me blush! Love to all!

  23. Dakota – I enjoy you & am so glad you are rocking the reading world! Happy New Year, Kiddo

  24. Lady Dakota is one cool chick! Love her attitude, her interviews, her books! Continued success and happiness. Love to love ya, baby!!!

  25. As usual it’s always a pleasure to read an interview with Dakota. She is so witty, snarky, and just a plain hoot.
    I so much love seeing her at the conventions. She makes you feel like family.

    Somehow the advice you gave about yellow Dakota I just new you were going to say that. Love you! Happy New Year!

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoodotcom

  26. No wonder Dakota writes such funny S**t, she is a funny A$$ chick! I was LMAO during the interview! Dakota, you just have that sense of humor that flies by the seat of your pants, and I LOVE IT! You were a new to me author, as of 5 minutes ago, but Amazon is going to be doing a little bit of finding some of your books and spending some of my Christmas gift card money =D
    Thanks for bringing her to my attention, MBW!!
    And thank you for the giveaway chance – I’ll wait on that book, juuuuussstt in case I get lucky!!

  27. Great interview Dakota! Love those werewolves

  28. Wow your books look and sound fantastic! I’ve got some major reading to do:) I loved the bit of how you became a writer you just went and did it!… maybe after I read a “frillion” more books I might become a writer too:) Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Holidays!!!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  29. The way that you speak about the humbleness of being a writer and the work ethic of treating like a normal job, that is the stuff of great writers. I envy you the ability to be able to bring your imagination to life in a way that is spectacular. thanks for inviting me in to share it with you!

  30. Thanks for the giveaway. I can’t wait to read your books. Tore923@aol.com

  31. Was introduced to your Accidental Werewolf book when a friend checked it out of the library and loaned it to me. Would love to have a copy to keep. Have read 3 books so far and really enjoyed them. Looking forward to reading Accidentally Catty.

  32. Elizabeth Bancroft

    Love to read your interviews. You are such a hoot. And thanks for the chance to win a book. Luv ya lots, and Happy New Year.
    Liz
    rhapsdyb@yahoo.com

  33. I always think that Dakota’s books look interesting but I have never read one… I’m gonna have to take the plunge and read one and see it’s up my alley!

  34. I have seen these before, but I haven’t read them yet. I guess I better go pick them up.
    Thanks for the great post.

  35. My friends have recommended these books before, I’m going to have to read them now:) great interview.

  36. I give up!! My doctor says that due to excessive eye bleeds and spontaneous combustion, I’m no longer allowed to read Dakota’s books. Therefore, I have decided that every 3 or 4 months, I’m just gonna mail her a check for $10 and call it good!!!

    Seriously, folks: if you have never read her books, don’t just post and say you are going to read one, get out there, get a book and read it!! If you don’t like it, give it away and enlighten someone else’s drab and dreary life!! If you don’t read, get someone to read it to you!
    I don’t want to win one of her books, unless it’s an ARC. LOL Tho, I am a couple behind on the trophy wife series.

  37. Aw–thanks, guys–you’re all so awesome, and I’m so humbled that you popped in and left a comment! Big hugs all ’round 🙂

  38. Aw, Dan–you’re such a great guy–fo serious. No snark this time. You’re just awesome sauce!

  39. Dakota, you are fabulous, and I LOVE your books! Thanks for the invite over to such a great interview!

    Have a fantastic New Year all.

    Dawn

    Texas or Bust!

  40. I had the priviledge of meeting Dakota at Orlando RT. She was fabulous and so funny. Thanks for being you.

  41. Thank you, Julianne and Dawn!

  42. LOL! Im still laughing about the pajama jeans XD
    and I find it interesting that you dont consider yourself funny b/c to me it seems like it comes so naturally to you:D

  43. Her books look like some fun stories.

  44. I haven’t read any of these books, but they all sound awesome and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

  45. I love funny in my books! Can’t wait to check these out.

  46. Awesome interview, Dakota! I really loved hearing how you kind of fell into your career!! Congratulations on everything you have accomplished:)

  47. Hi Dakota Happy Holidays .I love your books

    flanagan@mebtel.net

  48. Hi Dakota, I loved your interview, it showed me how you can really make a life on something you enjoy doing and READING is mine’s also. I enjoyed the books you have written and love your sense of humor. I even feel like you do about my hair, my mother used to comb it and believe when I say that the quacks I received because my hair was thick, a bit kinky and long were over an hour, yet for some unknown reason my parents refused to cut my hair, seeing a comb still brings nightmares. Anyway, I get a chance to read this awesome book and will continue to look for those books I had missed reading. Thank you, Wilma

  49. Dakota, if anyone could rock pajama jeans, it would be you, perched on some Lady Gagaesque orthopedic shoes with smoking hot eye makeup and big hair.

    Thanks for another funny interview (love the cash on the nightstand comment) and I look forward to all your WIP.

  50. Hi, Wilma and Mary M., and thank you!

  51. Great interview! These books sound great! I think I would really enjoy them.

  52. Hi Dakota, all of your books sound like a lot of fun to read. Quirky and witty can make for great dialogue.

  53. How much do I love Dakota? A LOT! And I love that the author of the Accidental books is an accidental author. So perfect! 🙂
    Some of my favorite times on twitter are when Dakota and Nat (and perhaps Pam) start getting all snarky. Although the hair / makeup / nails tweets are fun, too!

  54. Your books sound really good! Thanks for the giveaway!

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