November 22nd, 2019
I asked Corinne where she would like to talk:
The cafe is a small, quiet little place. The door creaks when it’s opened and customers enter the shop. A pleasant hum of conversation fills the air as people sip their coffee or lemonade. There are cupcakes with mounds of fluffy frosting and cookies that crumble at one touch behind the bakery display case. It’s a nice little bakery that separates the people from the busy outside world. Today sunlight streams through the many windows to light up the sitting areas, the tables set with small blue flowers in vases and tea candles to light when the sun sets in the evening.
Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?
C. Casarico: I’d always had a creative imagination. I would make up stories even when I wasn’t writing them down. Eventually I began writing my ideas down, and never stopped.
L: How long have you been writing for?
C: I was about ten when I wrote a story called “The Magic Nightlight”, in 5th grade. I’m 24 years old now, so about 14 years.
L: What are you currently working on?
C: I’m currently working on the sequel to The Rose Petal, which is untitled, and that’s diving me crazy. The series title is called Rags and Riches.
L: Are there any books or authors who inspired your work?
C: Samantha Shannon is one of my favorite authors, and a huge inspiration. I love her style and amazing detail. I’ve spoken to her over social media before and she gives great advice. She is the best selling author of The Bone Season series, and she recently published a monster of a book called Priory of the Orange Tree.
L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?
C: A challenging thing for me is getting my inner critique to shut up. I never mean to do it, but I’m always judging everything I write. I recently read The Rose Petal in its published book form. Half the time I was proud of myself, and the other half of the time I was wincing at my word choices.
L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?
C: Now that I’ve graduated college, writing is pretty much all I do. But I love reading as well – a teacher once told me that reading is studying for a writer. I also mess around on You Tube. I have a channel called roselucyking.
L: What would you say is your favorite book or series of all time and why?
C: I can never pick one favorite of anything. A stand-alone book that I love is called Gifts From the Sea by Natalie Kinsey Warnock. It’s a childhood favorite of mine. My favorite series ever is The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.
L: Have you self published or traditionally published? What was your experience?
C: I self published. A friend knew I was looking to self publish and found an article in the newspaper about a local company. It was a long process, but worth it.
L: Are there any regrets you have or anything you wish you knew sooner?
C: Don’t rush. Your writing is yours and will be ready when you are. I also wish I had done more research when going into my self publishing. Knowing more about it would have made the process easier.
L: What are you currently reading?
C: The Stand by Stephen King, The Wild Ones by Louise Czarnobai, and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
L: What’s a word or phrase that people say that always irritates you?
C: When I say, “I’m published!” and they go, “Well, self published, right?”
L: Where do you get most of your inspiration?
C: Sometimes a sight or experience will inspire me. I got the basic idea for the third book in the Rags and Riches series when I was on a ride in Disney World a few years ago.
L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to while writing?
C: I like listening to calm music when I write. Sometimes instrumental, but I’m never opposed to adding some Panic! At the Disco to my writing playlist.
L: What genre do you read?
C: I’ll read anything that sounds interesting to me, but my favorites are Fantasy and Thriller.
L: Who is your favorite literary character and why?
C: Claidi, from The Claidi Journals by Tanith Lee. Read it, if you like fantasy or science fiction!
L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or must-haves?
C: I write whenever I can, because I also have a part-time day job. I need to have music, and my curtain on my window needs to be drawn to let in any sunlight. I often have a drink (tea, water, hot chocolate) with me. I always try to write (or edit) in half-hour or hour-long sprints.
L: For aspiring writers, what would be the best advice you want them to know?
C: If you like to write, you are a writer. Don’t be afraid to talk to people about your projects, but don’t listen to people who will put you down. Listen to encouraging people – and keep writing!
C. Casarico is a pen name she uses for her novels. The Rose Petal is the first in a Young Adult Fantasy series, and her first book. She is a 24 year old New England author who enjoys writing and dreaming about magic. She published The Rose Petal with a local self publishing company, Onion River Press. Her book can be found online wherever books are sold.
The Rose Petal – Rose lives in a world with magic. Spells. Vampires. Witches. All of this is normal, but she lacks magic ability of her own. She feels lost until one day, she falls into another world not unlike her own, except for one glaring, dark difference.
Buy it here!