Riches To Rags & An Interview With Casey L. Bond

 

Hey Everyone! I’m here with an exclusive interview with the amazing Casey L Bond about her life as an author and about her new novel, RICHES TO RAGS. Grab a seat and let’s dish with one of my favorite authors!

 

Q.When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A. I’ve always loved writing, even in school, but I wrote my first book five years ago.

Q. How long does it take you to write a book?

A. It varies depending on the book. Fantasy books are longer, so those take a few months from the start of the first draft to the end of the final draft. Others are shorter and some flow better than others. I can write a first draft in 6 weeks, usually. But there’s a lot of revision and rewriting to get it polished.

Q. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

A. I write most days from 10am-4pm, although sometimes life happens. 🙂

Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

A. I like to write in sprints, sometimes with others and sometimes alone. It keeps me motivated! So I’ll time myself and write as fast as I can during that time period. Most sprints are 30 minutes for me. But I can write a lot of words doing that throughout the day and taking breaks in between sprint sessions.

Q. Why did you opt to go indie vs traditional publishing?

A. I love the control that self-publishing affords and while I’ll always self-publish, I would ultimately love to be represented by an agent who will seek a traditional book deal for me.  I’d love to be in both worlds because it’s difficult to reach readers at times.

Q. Where do you get the idea for Riches To Rags?

A. I love fairy tale retellings and I thought it would be fun to tell a story in reverse. 🙂

Q. What is your favorite fairy tale?

A. My favorite? That’s tough. I love Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast. I actually love most of them! LOL!

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

A. I’m usually running my kids to activities. We have a farm, so we’re busy with it, too. But I love spending time with family and friends, photography, and swimming in the summer. I work out three days a week and I love watching movies.

Q. What is the best writing advice you ever got?

A. Read great books and learn skills from them. And keep your head down and write. Stop comparing yourself with other authors. Their journey is different.

Q. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

A. How fun it is to make worlds and cultures! I love disappearing into a book where the world is a bit different from ours, but you see the same issues in it.

Q. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

A. Some of my books are serialized, so I don’t count all the parts. I have over 20 books. I can’t pick a favorite! I love them all for different reasons.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I do on social media and at author signings! They’re so great. I love getting messages or comments from them on posts. I read reviews and try to learn from those, from what readers loved and what they didn’t. I appreciate everyone who reads my work so much.

Q. What is the best part of being a writer?

A. Getting to get up everyday and know that I’m about to do what I love.

Q. What do you think makes a good story?

A. Great characters lead the plot. 🙂

Q. What are you working on right now?

A. I just finished my second retelling (based on Sleeping Beauty) and I freaking love it. I can’t wait to share it with you. I’m working on a fae fantasy novel right now and should finish the first draft in the next couple of weeks. It’s so fun. My last two books have witches and fae and I can’t tell you how much fun these creatures are!

NOW be sure to swing over and grab your copy of this fun new fairy tale story! Here’s the details and a sneak peek:

Blurb:
Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.
Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attack on the castle.
When the conquering King offers to protect her from the betrothal her father arranged for political gain, she consents. Hiding her within a peasant family is the only way to keep her and her secret safe.
In this simpler life, Ella flourishes and catches the eye of the local Blacksmith’s son. For once, she can be herself and make her own choices, but the life of a princess—even one kept secret—was never meant to be easy.
Trevor, crown prince of Galder has been searching for Ella, but not because of their betrothal. She is in grave danger from the very people who hid her away. His plan is to show her the truth and help her to safety.
Nothing goes as planned. When Trevor finds her, it’s to discover she’s fallen in love with a peasant. Now he has two goals: help her regain her throne… and show her that she belongs with him.
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

I was in my room, lost in my own worries, when the world as I knew it was torn to shreds.
My room was large, and with only a bed and wardrobe inside, it was far too spacious than anything I needed. But it was also my sanctuary. It had to be. Father didn’t allow me to leave the space without an escort, and only then when he gave me permission, which wasn’t often. I considered myself lucky to have a window until that day.
The horrors I saw from that window would stay with me forever.
Sitting quietly in the alcove, watching the comings and goings of the villagers, was how I learned the ever-changing styles in fashion and beauty, how gentlemen and ladies were to properly act, and how some acted very improperly when they thought no one was watching.
The day the Kingdom of Aelawyn fell, I was watching and envying the lives of her people.
Nothing seemed amiss as three large, covered wagons approached the front gate. The man driving the horses that pulled the lead wagon shouted to the guard atop the gate, announcing that they carried supplies, taken from another forest raid. They were granted immediate entry, Father’s guard raising the portcullis for them.
One by one, the wagons crept into the yard. As soon as the gate slammed back to the ground behind the third wagon, a loud whoop sounded. The guards were stunned, so much so that it took far too long for them to spring into action and defend the castle. The wagon canvases were torn to shreds as a small army, clad in armor and donning swords, shields, and all manner of weaponry, unfolded from the wagons and began to slash their way across the yard.
They did not take time to discern villager from soldier, male from female, innocent from guilty.
A river of blood flowed in their wake, draining between the cobblestones. They were so skilled and efficient in battle that they entered the castle before any alarm could be raised to stop them. In no time, they’d taken the castle itself.
Copyright Casey L. Bond


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