Book Promo & Interview: "Silk & Scandal" by Cassandra Dean

Author Interview:
1. What inspired you to write this particular book? – SILK & SCANDAL came from a few different sources. I was lucky enough to be asked to write a story to headline Decadent TEASE: Captivate, a brand new line from Decadent Publishing. So I put my thinking cap on. At the time, I was obsessed with a couple of law-based shows – the UK series Silk and an Australian series called Rake. So, when I was developing the idea for this new book, I decided Thomas, the hero, should be a barrister, circumspect and concerned with propriety. So, of course, what else could the heroine be but a lady mired in scandal? Thus, SILK & SCANDAL and the start of a brand new series!
2. Does the book contain any underlying themes that are important to the story?  – What a wonderful question. A few years ago, I had the great fortune to see Joss Whedon speak at the Sydney Opera House. I admire Joss to no end, and his talk made a huge impression on me. The point he made that I really took away was that every writer writes from their ‘dark place’, that deep seated fear they’ve buried inside them. It was a real eye-opener, and made me examine my own reasons for writing what I do. So, to answer the question: Acceptance that who you are, who you want to be, is okay. You don’t have to apologise for who you are, what you want or what you do. I think these themes run through all my work and probably hint at my own ‘dark place’.
3. What kind of characters do you enjoying creating for a hero or heroine? Do you believe they both need to be strong to have a good story?I believe the characterisation needs to be strong. Your hero and heroine could be soft and seemingly weak, but as long as their characterisation strongly emphasises this, all is a-ok. A good story is made by compelling characters, and as long as you have them sorted and your reader engage, you’ll have a fantastic story.
4. Did you do any special historical research while writing the book? If so, what interesting things did you learn?– Oh my, lots of research, though I think about 80-90% of what you discover you don’t use. For SILK & SCANDAL, I learnt about corn laws, and the change of power in English parliament in 1846, and red ribbons meaning defence briefs while white meant prosecution. I learnt about the Inns of Court, and being called to the bar, and the year women were first admitted to law schools in England. Lots and lots of stuff!
5. What historical era do you like the most – Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, other and why? –  I think Victorian. It was such an expansive era, and saw so much change. It also had many different facets, making it irresistible for writers – you could have a straight historical story, or you could tap into the spiritualism and mysticism of the time and write a paranormal. Or you could go with the murderous Jack the Ripper era and write a murder mystery, or perhaps a story about the great social upheaval that occurred thanks to the Industrial Revolution.
6. When did you first know you wanted to be a writer and how did you get started? –  I’ve always wanted to be a writer, from the time I first learnt how to hold a pen. However, I was convinced only super cool people could be authors and so I put my dream to one side. However, when I met my critique partner and friend for ever Lucy Clark, I realised that perhaps I was cool enough to be a writer! So I wrote TEACH ME and ENSLAVED and shopped them around. Finally, Decadent Publishing offered me a contract for ENSLAVED, and subsequently TEACH ME. The rest is history!
7. What challenges do you face as an author either personally or professionally?– Finding the time to write is pretty challenging. Between the Day Job, the family, friends, promotional work, and a pretty intense television watching schedule, it’s rather hard! Well, perhaps I could cut the TV, but the other things are pretty non-negotiable 🙂 Still, I write because I love it, and when you love something, you find the time.
8. Tell us about any previous works or any new works you’ll be releasing in the future. –  SILK & SCORN, the second in The Silk Series, will be coming soon from Decadent TEASE: Captivate, and will feature Thomas’s friend, Arthur, and an annoying girl from his childhood. I’m currently writing the third in the series, SILK & SCARS. I’m also writing the third and final book in The Diamond Series, an Old American West tale. Featuring characters from ROUGH DIAMOND and FOOL’S GOLD, EMERALD SEA features gunslingers and vengeance seeking ladies.
9. Add anything else you’d like to tell your readers. Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoy SILK & SCANDAL and The Silk Series!

 

 

  25 comments for “Book Promo & Interview: "Silk & Scandal" by Cassandra Dean

  1. July 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

    A great interview thank you. I need to care about the characters. Even the ones I love to loathe.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. July 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Thank you for having me on Long Ago Love!

  3. July 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hi peeps,

    Thanks for visiting! I hope you're having lots of fun on the tour 🙂

    Just thought I'd let you all know that as I'm in Australia, it might take me a bit of time to respond to your questions and comments…time differences are Not Cool. Also, there is a massive storm blowing outside – the power has already gone off twice today!

    Hope you peeps are having fun and I look forward to reading your comments!

    xx

  4. July 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    You are welcome! Wishing you much success.

  5. July 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the great interview. It is amazing how much of the research is never even used, that is a lot of work you must do for each story. How long does it take?

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  6. July 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Great interview, thank you. With all the research an author does you must feel pretty smart.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  7. bn100
    July 19, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Very nice interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. Chelsea B.
    July 19, 2013 at 2:58 am

    This was a great interview!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  9. July 19, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for sharing the great interview and the the giveaway..

  10. July 19, 2013 at 3:44 am

    It's so true … When you love something, you do find the time. Thank you !

    MBlevinsNC(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. July 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Hi Shannon,
    It's really hard to give a time frame on how long it takes to research a book. Unfortunately, it's like a piece of string – it takes as long as it takes. You never know how much you need to research until you find yourself writing a scene, having a brilliant idea and then thinking “man, I really need to research to see if it's even possible”!
    Sorry that was a bit of a non-answer *hangs head*
    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. July 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Hi Ingeborg,
    I don't know how smart it makes me, I tend to forget a lot of it as soon as I don't need it anymore! Need to make room for the next story, I guess 😉
    Thanks for stopping by!

  13. July 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Thanks bn100

  14. July 19, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Thanks Chelsea!

  15. July 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

    My pleasure, Eva 🙂

  16. July 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    It was my pleasure, Marilyn 🙂

  17. July 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    The background history of your books sounds so interesting. I love doing research! 🙂 Yes, you may have to cut back on TV to write. With working a day job, I find I have very little time for TV. Except for Walking Dead. LOL.

  18. July 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I loved the excerpts!It's great to see how your books came about too. Awesome research project! 😛

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  19. Kate
    July 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you so much for sharing!

    hense1kk (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. July 20, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Hi Patricia!
    I tend to watch TV while I'm doing other things…which is probably not the best way to watch it, but oh well!
    As for me, I can't miss Game of Thrones. My word, the love I have for that show… 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by!

  21. July 20, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Thanks Andra!
    I had a lot of fun researching this story – def stuff I'll be using in the other books coming up in the series!
    Thanks for touring with me!

  22. July 20, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Thanks, Kate! Glad you stopped by 🙂

  23. July 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the very interesting interview.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  24. July 21, 2013 at 2:56 am

    My pleasure, Karen! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  25. July 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you so much for stopping by the SILK & SCANDAL Virtual Book Tour and a big thank you to Long Ago Love for hosting this stop. Now, the moment you've all been waiting for…the winners!

    First up, we have the Stop Winner. This lucky commenter will win a signed SILK & SCANDAL postcard and a SILK & SCANDAL magnet. Congratulations…

    Andra Lyn!

    Big congrats, Andra, you will receive an email with the details of how to receive your prize very soon!

    Second, we have the Tour Winner. This lucky commenter was randomly chosen from all the commenters across the tour and will win a $25.00 Amazon.com gift card, as well as a signed SILK & SCANDAL postcard and a SILK & SCANDAL magnet. Congratulations…

    Karen H in NC!

    Big congrats, Karen! You will receive and email with the details of how to receive your prize very soon.

    Thank you again for stopping by and I hope you enjoy SILK & SCANDAL and The Silk Series.

    Cassandra
    xx

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