Casey Crow Interview

Today I'd like to welcome author Casey Crow to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Casey.

To start, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Alabama with degrees in Business Management and Dance. I received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile. I reside in south Alabama where I stay busy running my two young children to way too many activities. I also work as a dance choreographer, pageant coach of twenty years, professional emcee and model, and certified Miss America preliminary judge. I guess my claim to fame is being a former Miss University of Alabama and NASCAR spokesmodel. I am addicted to Castle & Revenge and work out constantly to compensate for my addiction to Barq's root beer. I enjoy playing pool, tennis & golf, but never have the time and therefore, am pitiful at all three. I write erotic and spicy contemporary romances with the tagline "Sexy, Southern & Sassy."

Could you tell readers a little bit about your current release, Can't Fake This?
Can't Fake This started out on a whim. At the last minute, I decided to enter this 10,000 word contest. I'd written spicy mainstream, but this was my first dive into erotic waters. I didn't win the contest, but after having what I thought was a good start, I added some more words and low and behold, this erotic became the first manuscript I sold.

The story is about a divorcee ready to reenter the dating world. Anna Ryan is determined to be the best "product on the market," which requires a lot more experience so she propositions sexy police officer Chase Harris to teach her how to make hot, passionate love as opposed to just having sex. He takes it a step further, instructing each lesson based on The Twelve Days of Christmas.

What was the most challenging part of writing Can't Fake This? The most rewarding?
By far the most difficult part was coming up with so many detailed sex scenes and making each one fresh and unique. It sounds funny saying that because really there are worse things to have to write about than sex, you know? But twelve days equates to a lot of stripping down, and there are only so many ways you can take off your clothes. LOL

As this is my debut, the most rewarding part has of course, been seeing my name in print for the first time.

What is your favorite line from the novel and why?
"I wanted someone who'd be around when my itty-bitty boobies shriveled up to look like prunes. Scratch that. Raisins."

I love this line because it's funny and reflects Anna's quirky personality.

How long have you been writing?
In high school and college, I only read text books. I was a bit of a nerd. Okay, that's a lie. I was a huge nerd so I didn't even get started on romance until I was twenty-five. Oddly enough, my mom, an avid reader of all romance genres first encouraged me to write. About the time I started thinking, "I could do this," she said, "You can." Thank goodness too, because I love it and turned the hobby turned into a career when I joined Romance Writers of America in 2009.

Did you learn anything from writing Can't Fake This and what was it?
As crazy as it sounds, I actually learned the words to Twelve Days of Christmas. It's one of those songs you hear your whole life, but there are always one or two days you can't remember. Well, I don't think I'll be forgetting any of the twelve days for a long time.

Where would you say that you get your most creative ideas?
That's a hard question. The basic kernel of a story comes from a variety of places - dreams, something odd I might overhear, daydreaming while washing my hair. The real meat of the story doesn't develop until I start writing and get in "the zone." Then my characters talk to me - haunt me at 3 a.m. - and tell me where they'd like to go. I'd also be remiss if I didn't give my daughter credit for coming up with helpful ideas. In Can't Fake This, she named the children, suggested one be a boy and the other a girl, and gave them personalities.

If you could ask readers any one question, what would it be?
I'd love to hear readers opinion on this: People are constantly telling me to write a book about pageants, but it's one of those things that's so close at heart, I can never think of a good premise. Any ideas?

Could you tell us what you're currently working on?
Thanks for asking! I have two other manuscripts on submission right now with various agents and editors. Hustler's Dream is about a southern socialite pool shark who hustles the wrong guy, or is he? Feels So Right is about a country music agent and her ex-boyfriend songwriter. I'm also half way finished with Fast Dream, the sequel to Hustler's Dream, about a female NASCAR tire changer in love with the driver.

I just signed with Siren Publishing for Dance With A Millionaire, which features a ballerina. It will be out in e-book in March 2012 and print in July. This one, like my other works aside from Can't Fake This, are spicy mainstream.

I swear they're not autobiographical! But, I'm passionate about the things I enjoy, and they invariably make their way into my writing. My tagline is "Sexy, Sass & Southern" and all my heroines are just that.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?
My first love in the romance genre was regency historicals so I'd love go back in time and waltz with a duke. Visit, mind you. I require indoor plumbing and Blistex.

What song would be the perfect the theme song to your life?
Wow! You ask a dance teacher this. Jeeze, the pressure. My favorite song of all time is This is the Moment from the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde. It's about casting aside your demons and seizing the moment. Carpe Diem.

What's your favorite invention?
That's a hard one, but I'm really in love with Playaway books on an ipod thingy. I listen to them while working out and have renewed my acquaintance with classics from Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, and Fern Michaels.

Is there anything else you would like to add today or any links where readers can find you?
I'm presenting my Pitch Perfect workshop at Silken Sands, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA. You can register here and enjoy March 16-18 on Pensacola Beach! Costume party, pitch sessions, and tons of fun!

I'll also be hanging out with the cover model hotties at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in April in Chicago. I'll present the same workshop and they have asked me to be a "Pitch Doctor" in the pitch room to help writers right before the pitch to editors and agents. I hope to see you there!

Buy Kindle version on Amazon, Buy all versions at Loose Id. Visit Casey, Can't Fake This Excerpt and book trailer. Follow on Twitter @caseyecrow and Facebook.

Thank you so much, Casey, for spending time with us today!

Interviewed by: Tammy