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Everyone give author Casey Knight a warm welcome!

1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?

Supernatural Games

https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Games- Casey-Knight-ebook/dp/B01G5QB3BW

2. Why do you like writing in this genre?

I love escape fiction. I grew up with Tolkein and the Tales of Narnia. Curling up with a great book is the ultimate get away.

3. What do you like to read?

I read fantasy, crime fiction, and murder mysteries.

4. Favorite movie?

A Rumor of Angels with Redgrave

5. What are your writing habits?

I usually write in the early evening and I listen to instrumentals and though I like to be routine I write when I feel a spark. Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?

6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as an author?

The first rejection letter I received addressed to Dear Author. I knew persistence would net an interested publisher.

7. How can readers find you?


8. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?

I wish I’d understood how hard it is to find an audience. The work to market, Tweet, Facebook etc.

9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?

Usually nothing, I get absorbed and don’t want a distraction.

10. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?

I have my favorite beach sunset directly over my computer screen.

Thanks for stopping by, Casey!



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Hey everyone!

I have a short story in a new anthology! Check out all the info below!

From castles to forests, humans to animals, bards to the rainbow bridge—journey into magical lands, imaginations, and adventure with seven talented Solstice Publishing authors.


Cats prepare for one of their kind to cross the rainbow bridge. A minstrel assists in protecting the kingdom he serves. A queen is in hiding… and other stories that will fire the imagination of all who enter this realm.




Realms of Fantastic Stories Vol 1 features K.C. Sprayberry, Stephen St. Clair, Rocky Rochford, Rick Ellrod, KateMarie Collins, Debbie De Louise, and Margaret Egrot with tales sure to delight and please.






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Hey! It’s Monday!

Had a great weekend! Went to Portland with my hubby to attend Rose City Comicon. To be honest, it was the first time we’d been without our daughters and not around other family in a long time. Spent way too much money, but I’ve got a great outfit to wear to Renton City Comicon now!

‘Emile’s Blade’ is with my editor at Solstice Publishing. Just heard from her this morning, in which she declared it to be ‘riproaring’. This is a good sign, I think.

Oh! And the cover’s done already!


I’ve gotten the three transition chapters done for the combo book. Waiting for ‘Emile’s Blade’ to be done with edits and proofread, then I can insert it and get the process started on that one.

So, what’s next? Well, I’m going to return to Lily, Talin, and Kade’s world. That’s right, I’m doing a follow up to ‘Mark of the Successor’!


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Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had an excellent Labor Day yesterday! We spent part of the day at the ocean. Even witnessed Poseidon being denied a sacrifice!

By the way, if you have a small car (like a Mini Cooper), don’t drive on the beach.  And, if you do, don’t park near the surf. Because you will get stuck as the tide is coming in. Which leads to needing a team that specializes in pulling cars out. And the state park Ranger taking note. That last one is the kicker, since it’s now known you ignored the ‘do not drive on the beach’ signs.

That’s not really what I want to talk about today, though. One thing I’ve noticed about authors is that a good number of them really don’t know how to talk to their publisher. It can cost you future contracts.

First off, most publishers have more than one author in their stable. And several hundred, if not thousand, titles that they have the rights to. If you’re emailing them and expecting your title requires their immediate attention, you’re probably going to be put off to the side. Why? Because no one likes being dictated to. It’s human nature.

Publishers have a lot they do, most of which authors don’t see. They juggle hundreds of authors, thousands of titles, a day. Add to that new submissions, cover art requests, making sure editors and proofreaders are working well with the authors they’re paired with, uploading new releases, marketing the brand, etc. It’s rarely about a single title.

So, don’t threaten. Don’t be demanding. Be polite, acknowledge that their time is important. Thank them for taking the time to deal with your problem at their convenience.

Oh, and unless they tell you they never said something, don’t forward them their email as ‘proof you agreed to this’. Especially over a weekend when they’re not at work.

My writing mentor, Nick Pollotta, said it the best. He taught me that this business is ‘incestous, in that everybody knows everybody else – and they talk’. He was beyond right in that assessment. One pushy email will make publishers remember your name in a bad way. One that makes them think of how you present yourself to them when reading your next manuscript.

You got your foot in the door. Don’t shoot it off.



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