April 20, 2012

Interview with Casey Crow

Dance with a Millionaire.
Casey, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Please tell us about your latest book, including its genre.
Sure! Thanks for asking. DANCE WITH A MILLIONAIRE is about a Southern belle, Campbell Layne, who is the rising star of the Manhattan Ballet Theatre, providing she lands the upcoming principal role. The stage heats up, however, when Rod Carrington steps in and teaches her more than she ever expected.
Campbell is determined to stay focused on the audition that will push her into stardom, but the dazzling attorney she meets at a gala proves to be a major distraction especially when he ends up being her professor in a college class she's taking in her spare time. Campbell humiliates herself on their first date, but that doesn't stop Rod from whisking her off to Italy and turning her into quite the vixen. Too bad he also had to use his powerful influence to secure the lead for her. Now she'll never know if her talent was real or "bought" by the man she thought was the love of her life.
How do you come up with ideas?
DWAM started out as a dream. When I woke up, I immediately sat down at the computer and pounded out everything I could remember. That became the first manuscript I ever wrote. Then I let it sit a few years while I got busy with other projects. Finally, I pulled it back out, rewrote it, and had it published.
With my other works, I'll typically take a real life idea and jazz it up. When you read my bio, it sounds like all my projects are autobiographical. I promise they are not, but I'm passionate about the things I enjoy, and they invariably make their way into my writing.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Definitely, my favorite thing about writing is getting lost in "the zone" where it's just me and my characters in our own little world. I also really love to write flirty banter.
What do you enjoy most about life?
My number passion in life is my two children. My drama queen daughter is 8 and my shy son is 7. I'm also a workout fanatic, and the one thing I do make time to do for myself is take a dance class each week. I used own a dance studio so this is great way for me to keep up-to-date and in-shape. I'm in a class with a bunch of other teachers, former dance competitors, and even a couple of professionals so it's not easy by any means. The best part is that we rock the house during recital time. Old ladies, apparently, still have it.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
My stories are character driven so I start with their backstory (at least in my head). I'm also a plotter so I like to outline. I tend to stick to it with my main characters, but those secondary characters tend to be little rascals.
Would you consider self publishing?
I am considering self-publishing. I'd like to have my foot in every door – traditional, ebook, and self-publishing. I think that's way to connect with as many readers as possible, and they are the most important!
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
I was a NASCAR spokesmodel so I used my knowledge of that industry to write FAST DREAM, the sequel to HUSTLER'S DREAM in the Dream Dress Series is not yet out.
I also had a really cool job right out of college. I worked for the son of a Division 1 college football coach. The firm did financial planning for pro athletes and college coaches. I met a lot of famous people and even dated a pro golfer. I got free golf lessons out of the deal, and that's all we'll say on that one, although now I'm thinking that experience needs to end up in a book now!
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
I hope readers get a taste of real Southern flavor. The theme for all my heroines is they can wine and dine at a five-star restaurant one night and the next be just as comfortable drinking beer at a bon fire. It's the best of both worlds and what true Southern Belles do best.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
"Sexy, Sassy & Southern" It's my tagline that describes my heroines, but people say it represents me. I don't know about the "sexy" part. I drive a minivan, after all. Do you know how hard it is to look hot in a minivan?
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
I'd love to live on coast of Italy. In fact, several chapters in DWAM are devoted to Rod and Campbell's trip to that gorgeous country. I just really need someone to teach me Italian though.
What song would best describe your life?
This is the Moment from the musical Jekyll and Hyde
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I have no idea, but I'm totally stealing this question for my pageant students. I've been a pageant coach for over twenty years, and this is the first time I've run across this question! And, yeah, I still thinking…
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Everything except the mean girls, which I had to deal with A LOT. I was such a nerd (valedictorian, actually), but oddly, popular (Homecoming queen, head cheerleader). I was the classic over-achiever who pretty won everything and was everything. I'm grateful for those experiences because I can now pass along a big lesson to my children. Be nice to everyone, regardless of what "group" they are in.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
What you see is what you get.
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with cheese, mushrooms, and green olives.
I'm always ready for mint chocolate Oreo's with Extra Creamy Redi Whip.
When I'm alone, I daydream. Yeah, I seriously need a guy.
If I had a halo it would be pink. I'm such a girly girl.
I can never play the piano because I can't read music. Seven years of piano was a total waste of my parents' money.
Bio
Casey Crow
Casey Crow is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Alabama with degrees in Business Management and Dance. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile. A resident of the Deep South, Casey stays busy running her two children to way too many activities. She also works as a pageant coach of twenty years, professional emcee and model, dance choreographer, and certified Miss America preliminary judge. In fact, she is a former Miss University of Alabama and NASCAR spokesmodel. She is addicted to Castle & Revenge and works out constantly to compensate for her addiction to sweets. She enjoys playing pool, tennis & golf but never has the time and is, therefore, pitiful at all three. Casey is an award-winning author of “Sexy, Sassy & Southern” erotic and spicy mainstream contemporary romances.
Booklist
Can't Fake This – 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Winner; 2011 Best Contemporary, Love Romance Cafe; 2011 JERR Gold Star; 2011 Golden Claddagh Finalist
Dance with a Millionaire – A Siren f/m Best Seller
Find Me Here
Facebook: Casey Crow
Twitter: caseyecrow

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for hanging out with us today, Casey! Very fun answers in your fill in the blanks section. ;)

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  2. Thanks, Kayelle, for having me! Enjoyed doing the interview!

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