Dakota Cassidy

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: June 01, 2012

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Current Release: Accidentally Dead, Again - An Accidentally Paranormal Novel, #6

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Man dressed in drag as Marilyn Monroe for office Halloween party is accidentally bitten by a hot female attendee he mistakenly believes is merely "costumed" as a vampire.

Oops, his bad :)

Please describe your writing environment.

I write in my office. The lighting is always dim, I mostly listen to classical music because it has no words to it, and I always have a big glass of water and a cup of coffee with me.

What are you working on?

Right now I'm between books, so I'm working on proposals for more accidentals and possibly a venture back into my old erotic romance stomping grounds. Fingers crossed!

What do you feel blessed with?

I feel blessed to have been a working writer for so many years. I'm also blessed with crazy loyal fans who've followed me from ebooks to print and hang out with me every day on the various social sites. My incredible hubby, and sons, too.

What was your childhood ambition?

To sing a duet with Barry Manilow and dance with Gregory Hines :)

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

My dad. He's gone now and I miss him a great deal. We'd watch something on the Food Network with Tyler Florence and contemplate the next recipe to try out.

What is your favorite TV show?

OMG, I can't choose. I watch soooo many. I'm seriously in love with GCB, The Walking Dead, Touch, Dancing With The Stars, Sons of Anarchy, Burn Notice, The Glades, In Plain Sight, Fairly Legal--that's a lot, yes? LOL!

What career fields have you worked in?

Um, I worked at Roy Rogers, a shoe store (go fig, right?), a pizza joint as a waitress and I was a customer service rep for a company that custom dyed shoes for weddings and sold them to places like Nordstrom etc. Then I was a trophy wife (well, I use that term loosely. he was only 5 years older than me, but it was mostly the same gig. You know, just be pretty)--which is work, folks. Hard work. LOLLOL!

Where do you want to travel?

Again, I think I'm a fickle pickle because there are a million places I want to see. Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Japan to name a few :)

How do you mesh your personal and professional life?

I think some of my personal life is great fodder--so if something crazy happens to me or I have a life event coming up, I always post it to my FB page and Twitter. There's nothing I love more than to laugh at whatever life throws my way. Okay, I don't love that life is throwing me wrinkles and a butt I have to do 50 lunges a day to keep from reaching the backs of my knees--but I laugh about it anyway :)

What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?

No major plans this summer, though I'm going on a cruise this fall (squee!). Mostly the summer is when I catch up on my reading. I sit out by the pool because it's hot and no one wants to drag their butts out there to find me--so I get a lot of bulk reading done. And I'm looking forward to reading some books from some new friends like Jules Bennett and some old favorites by Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?

My road to publication was crazy and I still can't quite grasp it. it happened quite by accident and a whole lotta luck. I truly am the Accidental Author! And oh, sure, I've had rejections. They've all been quite nice, actually. Mostly it's stuff like this won't work in our line, where's the conflict kind of thing. Which, if these editors knew me, they'd know there is NO CONFLICT when it comes to me. LOL! Though, I will say, I've never pitched or submitted anything on my own. I've always had my agent as a buffer, but I have thick skin. You really have to in this business. Not everyone's gonna love ya :)

Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why

Midnight. I write at night and it's when the house has settled down, the furbabies are sleeping, no phones, no doorbells, just me and my WIP.

What is the one thing you do not want to live without?

Makeup. Ever. Ever. Ever. Wait. Can I have two things? Coffee. Never, ever :)

What has been the best way for you to engage readers?

I do it all. I'm very social, and I love to interact with people, and thankfully, my fans are very interactive. I'm always on FB or Twitter, and I love to chat at conventions, book signings--whenever, wherever.

What is the best thing about being an author?

I don't have to leave the house except to buy food for the heathens who live here and seem to think it's like some sort of necessity. LOL!

If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?

I'd travel to the future. I really need to know what's going to happen on Dexter now that his sister's admitted to having a creepy crush on him and she knows he's a serial killer. Like I REALLY need to know.

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

Oh, no doubt, a Stephen King Book--almost any one of them. Even It with the creepy clown. Love!

Many thanks for having me--and huge love to all the people who chat it up with me on FB and Twitter. You'll never know how much that means to an Accidental Author like me. Muwah!

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