I'm Cathy Cassidy and I write books for young teens and pre teens... they're realistic stories about growing up, friendship, families, fitting in and falling in love. My new book Marshmallow Skye is the second in my Chocolate Box Girls series which tells the story of five stepsisters... each book is from the viewpoint of a different sister. Marshmallow Skye focuses on identical twin Skye who has always felt that she is in the shadow of her talented twin...
What was it like when you held your first ever published book?
Kind of amazing... you don't really believe it to start with! It's 7 years on now and I still have to pinch myself sometimes!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration is everywhere... things you see, hear, imagine, remember, and much, much more! When I find a nugget of inspiration I daydream about it, and if I am lucky a story begins to unfold...
Which of your books have you enjoyed writing the most?
Probably the first, Dizzy - I had no idea if it would ever be published, so there were no deadlines, no pressures, no worries about what people would think of it. There was just the thrill of knowing I'd finally got past chapter three and was actually writing a book-length story! I'd always fallen at chapter two or three in the past so pushing past that pain barrier was cool - the characters seemed to come alive and began to do things I hadn't even imagined.
Would you ever want to want to write a book from another Genre?
Probably not. Even if I write older or younger, I'd still stick with the realistic format and feelings and emotions would be what I'd want to focus on.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?Read lots – you’ll learn about style, plot and narrative as you go!
Write about something you care about – it’ll show!
Write as often as you can, even if it’s just in a diary/journal – it’s all practice!
Every story needs a beginning, middle and end – keep to the point and don’t get sidetracked!
Don’t expect overnight success – it took me A LONG TIME to get my first book published! But aim high, work hard… and follow your dreams!
Is there anything I haven't asked which you would have liked me to?
Um, no, just very happy to be included in the blog!
Can you tell readers one random fact about youself?
I used to be an agony aunt for a teen mag until 5 years ago...
Night Owl or Early Bird?
The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
I have some awesome author friends, like Fiona Foden, Maggi Gibson, Meg Rosoff and more... but I'd pick a long-gone US writer called William Saroyan whose writing was a big influence on me growing up.
Anything with feelings and emotions, but ideally YA and real-life, growing up stuff.
I'd like to thank Cathy for taking the time out and answering some questions, I know we all appreciate it.
What did you think of the interview? Have you read any of Cathys books?