Cassandra Dean (Author Interview, Silk & Scholar Tour)
Please tell us something unique about you we can’t learn from your bio.
I’m Australian… Nope, that’s in there. Um, I barrack for (support) Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League… Nope, that’s in there too…
Oh, I know! I really, really like forks. That’s…unique, I know. There’s something about a fork that I find oddly beautiful. Some of those old ones are exquisitely formed and I have a lot of fun rummaging through the cutlery tub in Op Shops (Thrift Stores) in search of the perfect fork.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
I love rewriting. The first draft I call the “vomit” draft, to borrow a phrase, where you’re getting the idea on the page in whatever format you can, but then comes the fun part – refining the idea so it makes sense to people that aren’t you! This is also the “tear your hair out” part, where sometimes you get lost, unable to see the forest for the trees but when you finally get perspective, there’s nothing quite like it.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching a book?
While researching the first Silk Series book, Silk & Scandal, I discovered British solicitors and barristers use red and white ribbons to bind their briefs (case notes). A red ribbon signifies the case is to be argued for the defence and a white ribbon signifies the argument should be for the prosecution. How cool is that? It’s a super easy way to differentiate between the two, especially as barristers and solicitors can argue both sides depending upon who engages them.
If you could live in one of your stories, which one would you choose and why?
I would live in Enslaved, my novel set in Ancient Rome. I love Rome with a fiery and fierce passion and would love to see it. It was an amazingly cosmopolitan place, absorbing a myriad of cultures to become the strongest empire in the world. Of course, there are drawbacks and horribleness as well, but the good bits are outstanding.
What stories do you have in the works right now?
I’m working Silk & Scarlet, the last in the Silk Series, featuring a private inquiry agent and an inquisitive lady’s maid. It will be sad to finish the Silk Series, but I have plenty more in the works! There’s the tale of a jewel thief and the lady who catches him, and my new series, The Charrington Sisters, about marriage minded sisters in regency times.
About Silk & Scholar (Silk Series, Book 4)
Most ladies dream of finding a husband, but Etta Wilding-Marsh dreams of the law. Establishing a law school for women is the determined firebrand’s dearest ambition and she has no time for distraction and certainly no time for the wickedly handsome antagonist from her youth.
After years of annoying her from afar, Lord Christopher Hiddleston leaps at the chance to return to Cambridge and the fiery girl he has never forgotten. Now a successful Gothic novelist, Christopher will use his notoriety to support the school…and drive Etta wild.
A chance meeting leads to another, and then the firebrand and the antagonist find a passion of a different sort. But can a woman who dreams too much and a man who never does truly find a happily ever after?