Interview with author Cassia Leo

Posted March 14, 2013 by Karen in Author Interviews / 0 Comments


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been writing all my life, though I’ve mostly written YA post-apocalyptic and dystopian in the past. However, my YA could never really be classified as YA due to the sexual situations and violence (I’m a bit depraved) so I decided to move into the NA/Adult category. Chase was the first erotic romance series I wrote followed by the Luke series. The Luke series was my most successful series prior to Relentless.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

One of the most popular quotes in Relentless is from a book that had a huge impact on me as a teenager – Illusions: Adventures of Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. It was simple, straightforward prose, but the message was clear: anything is possible.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

I try to stay in touch with readers mostly through Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. I think part of being successful is finding a balance between giving and receiving. My readers give me a lot through all the recommendations and sharing they do on my behalf. In return, I try to always be available (answering messages/comments in a timely manner) and I like to occasionally give them chances to win really cool stuff.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

I was a teenage runaway and for a while I lived in a house with six heroin addicts. It’s an experience that I’ve carried with me and shared with my daughter as a cautionary tale. But it wasn’t until recently that I decided to use it as inspiration for a book.

How did you come up with the title?

I had been trying to come up with a title for a couple of weeks and was fairly set on another title, until I was driving in the car and a song came on and the word “relentless” caught my attention. It perfectly described Adam’s approach to wooing Claire and the hold their secrets have over them.

6 Smooches

Cowboy hat or cowboy boots?

Cowboy boots, preferably with a dress.

Craziest thing in your fridge right now?

I guess I’m boring. I don’t have anything crazy in my fridge, but there’s plenty of vodka in my freezer.

Dogs or cats

Dogs. I’m highly allergic to cats.

Dream city vacation

I desperately want to go to Tokyo.

E-book or print book

E-book. Print books annoy me now. I hate having to turn real pages, though I do still love the smell of an old library book.

Favorite Actor?

Jude Law. His smile and voice just melt my insides.

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