Today’s interview spotlight is with author Cassandra Ulrich.
WCP: What was your inspiration for Love’s Intensity?
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” as well as my fascination with martial arts and telepathic connections. I like the idea of star-crossed lovers and feuding families, but I didn’t want them to die in the end. I also spiced things up by placing them under one roof. Talk about drama!
WCP: Did you draw on any past experiences to write this novel?
Some, but mostly the story grew out of me asking “what if?”
WCP: Do you have any other genre you’d like to try your hand at?
I’ve already written an inspirational novel and an adventure novel in addition to three romance novels. The fantasy genre interests me too, so I just might give that a try some day.
WCP: Do you have any favorite authors in YA Romance? Or ones that have influenced you more than others?
I like Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, but the fight scenes in Love’s Intensity was influenced by Barb and J.C. Hendee’s Noble Dead saga.
WCP: Is there anything you would like the readers to take away from the story?
That teens are capable of true love, but ought to be nurtured with healthy love from their parents to survive.
WCP: Do you have anything else in the works?
I have two books on contract with Wild Child Publishing. “If It Kills Me” is a story about a regular American guy, who loses his job and moves into a less expensive apartment. Things progress well until he realizes he’d fallen for his new roommate’s girl. “Danny R.O.S.S.” is my personal tribute to Navy SEALs. It’s an adventure story about a SEAL who is taken to a secret lab after sustaining injury to both eyes during his last mission. As for in progress works, the list is too long to talk about. Oh, did I mention I write poems too?
WCP: What about writing life/being an author took you by surprise?
How hard coming up with the right cover would be! Creating the story is fun, editing is energizing, and marketing is time consuming, but debating over stock photos is much tougher than I expected.
Now for some fun questions:
WCP: What one modern technology do you think you could live without? (Not that you’d like it, but you could if you had to.)
I could live without cell phones. It’s very convenient, I admit, but I remember doing just fine without having a phone attached to me every day. I can hear all my teen readers screaming in horror at that response. J
WCP: Chocolate, bacon, chocolate with bacon, or none of the above?
I’ll take chocolate or bacon, but never together. I like savoring the flavors by themselves.
WCP: If you could travel to any planet, besides earth, and live there (if that were possible), which one would it be? And what do you think it would be like?
It’s always been Mars because of its red hue. I even had a poster of that planet in my room as a teen. However, since I like warmth, I’d have to be outfitted in the warmest spacesuits to survive the cold planet. Brrr. Exploration at noon would be my daily goal.
WCP: Is there one talent you wished you had (besides writing)?
It would be really cool if I could speak many languages without trying too hard.
WCP: Any last words? Um, for the interview, that is. (grin)
Each of the stories I write hold a special place in my heart. I often wish I could meet my characters in person, and then I realize I already know them. They’re just spread throughout key individuals I’ve met, including me.
Blog Site: http://cassandraulrich.blogspot.com/