Interview (& Giveaway): Cassie Alexander, author of Nightshifted!

I’m so excited to have Cassie Alexander on the blog today! Cassie is the author of the brand new urban fantasy, Nightshifted (which is awesome-feel free to check out my review) and she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions! Also, she’s offering an awesome giveaway (a copy of Nightshifted and the coolest syringe necklace), so be sure to check out the details at the end of the post!

Please welcome Cassie to the blog!

Cassie, you’re a nurse with an obviously crazy schedule! How the heck did you find the time to write Nightshifted, your brand new urban fantasy?
I’m pretty rabid about protecting my time, and making the most of the time I do have. I haul my laptop around with me everywhere, and am willing to write in ridiculously small periods of time — I’m writing this on a short plane flight right now, in fact.

I will admit though, that having official deadlines and the whole getting paid to write thing makes it easier to go offline ;).

What was your favorite part of writing Nightshifted? Your fave character to write (besides Edie)?
Oooh, that’s tough. There’s a lot of favorite parts — there have to be, or no one would ever finish writing a book, ha. Probably the end, when everything came together and I knew that I was going to pull it off. If you write like I do, until you reach the end, you’re never sure you’re going to nail it.

Secondarily to that, I send everything to my alpha reader, Daniel. And doing his round of insightful edits is my second favorite time in the process. He’s got a good gauge as to whether the book is going to work or not. And actually, I really enjoy the editing process — making things better has a much faster reward-return cycle than just coming up with the 1st draft words.

My favorite character is probably Dren, because he’s an asshole, and those are fun to write. Basically any time I can have a character on stage who is a psychopath I’m pleased, because they have their own very obscure reasons and rules and answer to no one. My editor at St. Martin’s, the lovely and awesome Rose Hilliard, has had to tell me to make people nicer before, which I do because I know she’s right, but I’m sad about it, ha.

When you started Nightshifted, did you already have plans to write a series?
No. I was aware of the market, in that most people writing urban fantasies write in series, I knew it would be expected of me, but I didn’t have an entire series in my head yet. But by the time I got to the end of it, I knew what would happen next for the next several books, because the characters took on lives of their own. I did try to write Nightshifted as a solid standalone book though. I know readers don’t like to be left hanging.

What’s your fave paranormal creature?
(Author stares out the window on the plane thoughtfully for a bit.) That’s hard. I like a lot of the mythology for the obscure ones, like manananggal from the Philippines, etc. I’m torn because a lot of things I’m into aren’t particularly paranormal, (while still being mythological to me) because people are still worshipping them — I’m very into Santa Muerte and Erzulie right now. Santa Muerte shows up in Shapeshifted in a big way.

What are some of your favorite authors or novels?
I love old science fiction, I love Zelazny, Bester, and I recently read all of Cordwainer Smith’s work…like everyone else I’m a crazy huge have-half-the-book-memorized fan of Dune — there’s actually a small Dune shout-out in Nightshifted, if anyone else can spot it.

Other than that, I’m pretty eclectic and whatever I like is whatever I read last week ;). I’m a bad reader in that when I love a certain book I don’t always chase all the other books in the series down, or even other books that that author has written — I just try to keep out a wide net out at all times.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
Stiff by Mary Roach — a friend at work just lent it to me ;). And The Pillars of Hercules, by David Constantine, which is awesome.

If you weren’t a nurse and a writer, what would be your next career choice?
It would be very hard for me to find something I liked to do more than either of those. I enjoy autonomy and high stress. I’ve done a ton of other jobs and not enjoyed them, discovering the hard way that being a travel agent and accounting are not for me. I’d probably fall back on my elementary school choice — large animal vet.

When you do manage to find some downtime, how do you like to spend it?
I usually try to see friends. With working nightshift and every other weekend, it’s sometimes hard to be social, so I schedule out writing-dates and lunches as often as I can. Super-sick-in-bed downtime, I watch enormous quantities of Dr. Who on Netflix.

Quick! Name something that makes you laugh out loud!
My husband. In a good way. He has a strong sense of the absurd, and he amuses me like no one else can.

If you could pack your bags and travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go?
New York City 😀

Is there any advice that you would give to a struggling writer?
Keep on keeping on, and keep your eyes on your own page. All you have control over is honing your own skill and your own rate of production. Social media’s great for us author-introverts, because it lets us know that we’re not alone…but it also makes it very easy to compare your career path (or lack thereof) with other writers. If what you’re seeing online depresses or frustrates you, get offline and keep writing.

Anything else you’d like to share about upcoming projects, events, or anything at all (fave curse word, guilty pleasure, etc)?
Ha — my fav curse word you’d find out quickly if we conversed long enough. Guilty pleasure is Etsy….omg so much Etsy. I would be so sad if they put up a firewall up at work — it’s what gets me through a slow night!
Keep up with Cassie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Snag a copy of Nightshifted: Amazon | B&N
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**GIVEAWAY DETAILS** 
1. You MUST fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries!)
2. Giveaway is for 1 copy of Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander to 1 winner AND Syringe Necklace (see picture at right)
3. Giveaway is open to US  and Canadian addresses ONLY
4. Must include a valid email address with your entry (as long as you leave it in the Rafflecopter form, you’re all good)
5. You must enter on or before 6/2/12
6. Giveaway book and necklace courtesy of Cassie Alexander/Necklace by Lost Apostle
7. Please see my Giveaway Policy.


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54 Comments:

  1. I’m liking the angle of this book. I think this is the first book i have heard of a nurse to the paranormal creatures. Great Review and Interview
    Cheers
    j9books.blogspot.com/

  2. What a great interview. Thanks for introducing me to Cassie’s Nightshifted Series. I have added them to my To Be Read pile.

  3. Looking forward to Moonshifted!

  4. This is such an original series – I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Yay!! love the interview and thanks for the giveaway. I will most diffidently get the book no matter what.

  6. Looks like a great new UF to pick up. Thanks for the opportunity to try it out

  7. Such an original premise! Looking forward to exploring this world.

  8. Really looking forward to this release!! Sounds really promising.

  9. I can’t wait to read Nightshifted! I already have it on pre-order, but I wouldn’t mind winning a signed copy ^_^

    Great interview and thank you for the great giveaway!

  10. I have a sister-in-law who is an RN, a mother-in-law who finally retired from nursing and know from their lives just how precious personal time is after those long long shifts Cassie. I am so glad you chose the genre of UF, it is my favorite and like others am a huge fan of Underworld General stories written by Larissa Ione so this one sounds like it is going to be something I would really enjoy as well!

    Jackie B Central Texas

    PS> My husband is also into absurd things to make me laugh, nice that he does so because laughter is good for us!

  11. Looks like a very interesting read! Thanks!

  12. I’m impressed how you are able to write, work, spend time with friends/family! Sounds like you got it all together!
    Wendy/books4me

  13. This book looks awesome and is on my TBR list. Crossing my fingers in hopes that I win.

    sweetreaderma@comcast.net

  14. This is the first I’ve heard of this series and it sounds awesome! Both books are going on my TBR pile. 🙂 Can’t wait to give them a read.

  15. I love the premise for the series and that syringe pendant is something else! Congrats on the book and I hope to win!
    MJB
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  16. Victoria Zumbrum

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this series. It sounds awesome. Tore923@aol.com

  17. So cool that this book was written by an actual nurse, best point of view possible! I love the sound of this series and have it on my TBR pile.

  18. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I always have to stop myself from going all fangirl when I see a new (to me) series that sounds so fun and learn a little about the author who wrote it. I am excited about this series, it sounds like some new and fresh and right up my alley. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  20. Thanks for the great interview. As a nurse myself, I am looking forward to reading this and I understand how hard it is to find personal time after working the night shift.

  21. I am a nurse in a hospital on nightshift too. Can’t wait to read this. You do get all the crazies at night!! Love the syringe! Thanks for sharing!!

  22. This looks like a fantastic read!

  23. Hi Cassie. Entered contests for your book in a couple places. Would love to win! Keep telling my sister about your books. If I don’t win, I will hop right over to amazon:) Have a wonderful holiday!!

  24. Barbara Elness

    Nightshifted sounds like a fantastic story and I’m definitely adding it and Moonshifted to my wish list. I’m looking forward to reading them. Love the covers by the way, especially the dragon and wolf in the background. 😀

  25. Thanks for the great interview & giveaway, the book sounds fantastic!

  26. Love the premise behind these books. Definitely going to add to my TBR pile. I love that she finds time to be a nurse and a writer (and a wife and whatever else). Awesome!!

  27. I’ve had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Rachel @ theJeepDiva

    This book looks so good. I would love to read it. I have seen it on several other blogs also and it has gotten good reviews. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Thanks for the giveaway. I already ordered Nightshifted the review sounded great. Love the ne necklace. Thanks.

  30. This is such a unique series. I love the fact it is in a hospital ward. I would love to win this book!

    Kandee

  31. wanda flanagan

    Tihs series sounds amazing I cant waitto get my hands on it .Have a great weekend

  32. I would love to read this book! The necklace would be quite the conversation piece. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Hi! Really great interview! Love the necklace and your book sounds fascinating! Cheers 🙂

  34. I am so exited about this book. It sounds terrific. I am a night nurse too so I feel a connection to this story. it is on the TOP of my gigantic to-read pile! Thanks for the give away.

  35. Looking forward to checking this one out!

  36. Sounds like cool books. And I already like the author, since I’m planning to try to be a large animal vet!

  37. Thank you for the interview! I am very intrigued with her interest in non-mainstream mythical creatures!

    And Stiff is in my TBR pile too!

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  38. I love the idea of this book. It is so refreshing and original. I am excited to read this and thrilled I found out about it. I also like that I won’t have to wait to long for moonshifted because I have a feeling I will enjoy this book. Thank you for this giveaway.
    Liz

  39. What a unique giveaway!! I’ve had my eye on these books for a while now and would love to read them for myself! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway:)

  40. I heard a lot of great things about this book, so I’m definitely going to get my hands on it, one way or another. Congrats on being published!! 🙂

  41. Interesting idea for a series, looking forward to reading this book. Anyone who loves Etsy, pre-1960 Sci Fi and works the nightshift has got my attention from word one.

  42. This series sounds really good. Thanks

  43. I enjoyed the interview. The characters sound fun.

  44. I loved the interview, and I’m loving the book so far, I got through the first 80 pages sitting on the floor of the bookstore waiting for my friends to show up, I wallked out with it since I couldn’t put it down.

  45. This book sounds on awesome…definately on my TBR pile.

    sweetreaderma@comcast.net

  46. I would think those who work in hospital would have so much material to use when writing! The characters that walk through those doors has got to be unreal at time 🙂 thanks for the give away!

  47. This looks like a different character perspective that we haven’t seen before. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Thank for the great interview and giveaway! This book sounds wonderful & am adding to my TBR list!!

  49. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. I have never heard of your books Cassie but they should rockin! I look forward to trying them out.

    – Beckie

  50. Am loving the concept of this story… gotta get my hands on this one! 😀

  51. cannot wait to read this one!! fingers crossed
    (and OMG etsy!! im in love with quernus crafts adorable mice…. and so many others)

  52. Can i ask who the winner was? Thanks! 🙂

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