Interview with Books by S.R.

Hey everyone! I had the amazing pleasure of being interviewed by a fellow author, Savannah Roberts! I got to talk to her about all of my books, including Vultures and sharing my experiences as an indie author. If you would like to check it out, just click HERE!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and I wish you all the best wishes this Christmas! ❤

Laura Mae

C. Casarico

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. 

You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.

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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!

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Vultures

Eeep! I just realized I never shared my third and final book on here! If you’re following me via social media though, you saw this a while ago. *wink wink* In case you haven’t witnessed it’s magnificence… ta da!

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Vultures should be ready to the world sometime next year! I don’t have a date as I am not done with the first draft yet, but it’s over halfway done. If you haven’t read the first two books, I have just one question. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!

Here is a tiny snippet of the first chapter. Very tiny since it’s still in it’s infancy stage.

“Waves of electricity slowly made their way out of her system as she stuck to the floor like a paralyzed victim. Every minuscule thought infiltrated her mind leading up to that exact point. She thought she had been ahead of him, but the truth was, he was always ahead. Malik had too many eyes. As large as the Sparrows rebellion seemed, the Vultures tripled them. Was it always a losing battle, no matter what she did? She hated thinking that way, but her current position left her no alternative.”

Also, here are the links if you want to find out why this cover is so badass. 😉

Fliers – Book 1

Sparrows – Book 2

(Also, if you have read these already, please leave a review! I would love to hear what you thought!)

Happy Trails

Laura Mae ❤

Daily Goals

Lately I have been trying to make my life feel more fulfilled. I was stuck in this phase of where I didn’t want to do anything (especially on days off work) and got nothing done. Ever. I was being a lazy piece of s***, to be brief. I started re-evaluating everything and wanting to better my life and feel the sense of accomplishment, even if it was the tiniest of things. I’ve always had self-confident issues pertaining to my skin and acne. So I made a conscience effort to wash my face every single day, at least once. This was about 3 weeks ago and I have not missed a single day yet, and I really think it’s making a difference in my skin. This has brought my confidence up, so I thought I would take on another small task, which is writing. And I mean on my MS. I write emails and go on social media all the time, but I DO NOT count that. (And if you’re a writer, I really don’t think you should count it, either.)

So far it’s been going pretty well! I’m also trying to read a little bit everyday as well. I told you, I was the laziest potato ever, but I’m up to three daily goals now. I used to hear people talk about having daily goals all the time and honestly, I used to roll my eyes at it. I’d  say “I’m not that ambitious” or “that seems like way too much work…” But I have to say, now that I’m doing it, I can see why people do it.

The key is starting very small. This is something I think I overlooked and thought that it needed to be something pretty significant. Daily goals can also help with diets and other things. I think of it like a snowball; they can be used to build up to much bigger goals. Change can be hard for a lot of people, but if you begin with one little thing that you want to improve on, it gets easier the more you do it, and it helps you to want to do it everyday. 

I also think it can help those who suffer from depression. It gives you a sense of purpose and again, fulfillment. I was at a low point in my life about a month ago, not really seeing a reason to get out of bed. And if this is you right now, literally pick anything that you want to improve. Something you can control easily. I would love to put to stop biting my nails, but…

“…it’s hard to stop a habit. It’s way easier to start a new habit; but a good one.”

Here are some you can think about starting:

  • Drinking a glass of water everyday; or a specific amount (like 16oz)
  • Flossing right after brushing your teeth
  • Reading/Writing for an hour a day
  • Walk a certain number a steps per day.
  • Play a game that challenges your mind once a day (if you have a smart phone)
  • And a million other things

Since starting this, I don’t sit around playing video games, or watching TV or playing on my phone as much. I have only a handful of daily goals I’m doing right now, and frankly, if that’s all you do, there is no shame. It’s not a competition, you’re doing all of this for yourself. Six months from now, you may only be taking on 2 daily goals, but at least you are still doing it. And that’s all that matters.

If you get overwhelmed or keep skipping tasks daily, cut back one or two things and just focus on those. Once you get back into the habit again, just add one more. Do this for a few months, then add another if you can. It’s all about self-improvement and making your life wonderful.

If you have any daily goals or advice you would like to share, I highly encourage it! Please comment below!

Happy Trails,

Laura Mae ❤

Mark Your Calendar

Hey everyone! I will be doing my first ever book signing on

AUGUST 25th, 2019

It’s not a big deal or anything…

But, seriously, mark your calendars! It will be from 1pm – 2pm at Mostly Books in Tucson Arizona! I recently started selling Fliers there and will be selling Sparrows there after my signing! They are also a local bookstore in town and are so very cute and SUPER friendly! I will have some bookmarks and goodies as well! If this goes well (and lets be real, even if it doesn’t go well) I will be doing more!

I will only be there for an hour, but I would LOVE to see you and to chat about books!

SEE YA THERE!

 

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(Get one or BOTH of these beauties signed!!)