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Catching up with Cassie Alexander, author of Moonshifted

I adored Cassie Alexander’s first book Nightshifted, featuring nurse to supernatural oddities, Edie Spence, and am anxious to dive into Moonshifted, but first, I caught up a little bit with Cassie, so please welcome her back to the blog!

Welcome back to the blog, Cassie!
I’m very pleased to be back! :D

I can’t believe Moonshifted is already out!
Haha, me either. I’m a little panicked about it, in fact. This year has gone by so fast!

Can you give us a teaser as to what Edie is up to in this book?
Ostensibly Moonshifted is about Edie’s interactions with the local werewolf pack as they deal with a violent change in leadership – but on the larger scale, it’s about how she’s going to manage being the only human around tempestuous supernatural creatures and still get out alive, while somehow managing to protect the people (and vampires and weres and shapeshifters) she holds dear.

And if she thought last book was rough, well, the events of Nightshifted look like a cakewalk compared to this one.

I imagine it’s been a bit of a whirlwind since Nightshifted came out! What’s been one of your favorite parts of this whole “published author awesomeness” thing?
This’ll sound lame, but it’s still the fact that people are reading my books…because I pretty much convince myself that readers don’t exist while I’m working. I know it sounds silly, but to give my brain the space it needs to write terrible, awful, rough drafty things with no pressure, I have to pretend that no one is ever going to see them but me (and Daniel, my alpha reader, but he’s very used to making sense of my nonsense.) And since I’ve been working this whole year, I’ve been pretending that readers don’t exist really hard. It’s a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal thing — any Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy/ Infocom people in the house? – if I can’t see you, then you all can’t see me, and my 1st draft full of “tk put something cooler in here” notes.

So when I get fanmail, it’s sort of a new experience each time. It’s awesome for a millisecond – the favorite part — but then it almost feels dirty, like I’ve been caught trying to make a living at this writing thing, and who do I think I am? Especially when I know I’m totally screwing over myself in the future with all of my “tk fix this sentiment” and “tk why did they do this again?” notes.

The easiest solution is to write a nice note back, and then to quickly stick my head back in the sand until I can convince myself it didn’t happen…only to be resurprised anew when it does again.
(I didn’t say this was a great plan or anything. It’s just how I’m managing, barely, to cope, ha.)

2012 has been quite a year for you! Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? Are you planning anything special to usher in 2013?
I don’t really make resolutions – I’m already living a pretty lean life, working two jobs doesn’t leave me with any time for vices, alas, and my back injuries won’t let me not go to the gym :P. I will be going to an excellent New Years Eve party with all of my friends though, which’ll be great – I’m working Thanksgiving and Christmas at work, so I can have it off, it’s an important social holiday for me :D.

Read any good books lately?
I’ve been finishing up Seanan Mcguire’s October Daye series – I’m halfway through One Salt Sea now. I read An Artificial Night and Late Eclipses while I was deployed with the Red Cross for two weeks doing nursing at a shelter for Hurricane Sandy victims. I’m so sad that I’m caught up with the books so far!

What’s next for you and Edie?
After Moonshifted, Shapeshifted comes out next summer, and St. Martin’s bought the next two books in my series – Deadshifted, and Bloodshifted. Deadshifted’s due 1/15, so I’ll probably spend from now through the end of the year hustling pretty hard.

I think people will continue to be surprised by the turns and twists in store for Edie. I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t coddle or protect characters, I don’t hold back, it’s all no holds barred. And I love love love escalation. If you liked Nightshifted or Moonshifted, and like being surprised by things that are gritty,realistic, and occasionally insane…then the upcoming books will be completely up your alley.
Thanks so much Kristin! :D

Keep up with Cassie: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

About MOONSHIFTED:
After surviving a brutal vampire attack, Nurse Edie Spence is ready to get back to work—attending to supernatural creatures in need of medical help. But her nursing skills are put to the test when she witnesses a hit-and-run on her lunch break. The injured pedestrian is not only a werewolf, he’s the pack leader. And now Edie’s stuck in the middle of an all-out were-war…
With two rival packs fighting tooth and nail, Edie has no intention of crossing enemy lines. But when she meets her patient’s nephew—a tattooed werewolf named Lucas with a predatory gleam in his eye that’s hard to resist—Edie can’t help but choose sides. The question is: can she trust this dangerous new ally? And can she trust her own instincts when she’s near him? Either way, Edie can’t seem to pull away—even if getting involved makes her easy prey…

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