Author Interview with the sweet Cassy Ledger.
I met Cass through another author friend on Instagram, it’s a great portal for meeting and interacting with fellow authors.
So as she was added to my list, I prepared the famous ten questions for her.
When I read through her answers, firstly I loved every one of them. But I also realized how much we have in common and how alike we are. 😊
It’s amazing to find people like that in the community.
Here’s her questions;
1. What’s the title of your most recent book?
It depends what you identify as “most recent,” I suppose. I’ve been working on a young-adult urban fantasy named “Clover” with two co-writers for many years now, but just started a new draft a few weeks ago. My second project was this past November’s NaNoWriMo project, tentatively titled “Chako Pass.” It’s still in the first draft, but “Clover” is getting more attention right now since it’s so close to being ready for querying.
2. How did you come up with the title of your book?
To be honest, I’m not the best with titles. I often come up with a working title just so the document has a name, but I get so used to seeing the title that I just go “Okay, I guess that can be the name.” The title for “Clover” was slightly more thought out in that there are four main characters, it is based in Ireland, and the symbolism of the clover relevant to the subject matter of the book.
3. What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
All the main characters would probably be pretty pissed at me. The inciting incidents of all my projects come from something very bad happening to the main characters. I bet they would want to fight me– or at the very least, they would have some strong choice words for me.
4. What advice would you give to your younger self?
In university, one of my professors taught us to “read like a writer,” which essentially means reading books with a critical lens so you can study and understand how your favorite authors produce writing that you enjoy. I would probably tell myself to do more of that. I think it’s a great way to pick and choose what writing styles really speak to you, so that you can develop your own.
5. Which genre is your book, and why did you pick that?
“Clover” is a young-adult urban fantasy. My co-writers and I started writing the book when we were eighteen, and it was a genre that was very close to us at the time. It was just after the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” crazes, both of which the three of us were invested in. The trope of finding a world of magic you never knew existed enticed us, so we wanted to develop our own world with character archetypes we enjoyed reading so we could flip them on their heads and make them special.
“Chako Pass” is a paranormal thriller–a completely different project! I really enjoy thrillers, and I knew I wanted my NaNo project to be a thriller, but it wasn’t until I listened to a specific episode of the Jenna & Julien podcast that inspiration really hit. The specific episode had to do with creepy stories from park rangers about missing persons, stairs in the woods, and mysterious creatures. Once I heard it, I knew I had to write a story involving these aspects.
6. Do you feel sad or excited about tormenting your characters?
When I’m planning out specific scenes that will be particularly painful or dramatic, I’m excited. I think most authors enjoy “torturing” their characters. Writing that emotional vulnerability is fun. However, when I’m writing it, it’s up in the air whether or not I’m sad or excited. Usually I get a kick out of it, but I have made myself cry writing sad scenes.
7. If you had to compare your book/books to a movie or a series, which would it be?
For “Clover,” I think the best comparison is the Mortal Instruments series. The main characters are whisked away from their normal lives when they find out a world of diverse magical creatures exists, and they are roped into defending that world.
Finding a good comparison for “Chako Pass” is a little more difficult. While I was researching for the project, I really struggled finding thrillers or even horror novels that involve search and rescue. I know these types of novels have to exist, but I had difficulty finding some. There are aspects about the novel “Final Girls” by Riley Sager that definitely ring through “Chako Pass”, but I can’t think of a perfect comparison.
8. What is your favourite kind of character to write about?
I like to write about characters who are troubled but redeemable. I love hearing about people who came from a rough background and fought against the odds to better themselves and their lives. I also enjoy writing sarcastic, sassy characters. Within the past couple years I realized that my projects almost always include one or two characters who are too sassy for their own good, which leads to great banter– something I also enjoy writing.
9. Tell your readers an interesting fact about yourself.
Picking a “fun fact” about myself has always been difficult for me, whether it was in class or in a job interview haha. The fact I used to always go to is that I’ve lived in five different states. I actually attended three different schools during second grade because of moving.
Actually, here’s a better one! In 2018, my friend and I published a book of haikus on Amazon from the perspective of a chicken (yes, a literal chicken) titled “Existential Quandary between a chicken and God.” It was a fun, silly project.
10. What’s your favourite thing to do besides writing?
I make YouTube videos!
In previous years I was essentially just posting whatever I wanted, but recently I’ve narrowed my focus on writing content and being a part of authortube! It feels nice that I’ve finally found a video genre that I’m knowledgeable about and can post a variety of videos on. I also enjoy making moodboards about my projects. It’s a great way to procrastinate while saying I’m still working on my book. 😉
My name is Cassy Ledger, and I’m a 23 year-old aspiring author. I graduated from Florida State University with a double major in English and Psychology. I’ve always been passionate about the arts– from painting, to music, to acting– but I have been writing stories since I was a little girl. I love to bake and drink wine with my friends. Give me a chance to talk about my beloved characters and I’ll go on and on.
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Thank You so much for joining me today Cass. It was a pleasure.
Happy Writing & Lots of Love.