Meet Author Casey L Bond
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This weeks featured author is Casey L Bond. Welcome to our humble abode Casey. Thanks for taking part in our Dystopia month. Help yourself to a snack while we tell the readers a little more about you.
Casey resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction. Casey graduated from Hurricane High School in 1999. In 2003, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University in the field of Criminal Justice.
Casey are you ready for the interview?
So, when did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was there a single moment of clarity or did the knowledge just creep up on you?
In middle school, we were made to keep a journal. I fell in love with writing then and continued to write throughout high school and college. Once I got a job after college and then began building a family, I really didn’t think much about writing. But after seeing Twilight on television and then reading the final book in Meyer’s series, I caught the reading bug. My mom actually inspired me to write my first book, Winter Shadows. The rest, as they say, is history.
Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you write everyday? At the weekends? Or, like us, whenever you get the chance?
I write when I can. I have two children at home. One is very young and not in school, so it varies day to day, week to week, moment to moment. I try not to stress about it. I write when I can and when inspiration hits. So far, it’s worked for me. J
What is it about the Dystopian genre that inspires you?
It’s the realism. Some might think that dystopian novels and the genre in general is anything but realistic. That may be the case on some levels, but on others….it makes you wonder if our world isn’t headed in the direction of some of these dystopian settings. I love the struggle, the world-building and the endless possibilities that dystopian provides.
If you could step into any Dystopian future what would it be and why?
I love the Divergent series and the factions/world that is featured there. I’d love to grab the train and jump off a building’s roof into a net! Maybe that’s why I wanna go there…hmmm. J
Zombies are busting down your door, what four objects do you grab?
Water, knife, a lighter and my AR-15! LOL!
How do your storylines evolve? Do you already have it planned where you want to go, or do you let the story take you along with it?
I have a general idea of the storyline in my head. But, I don’t plot very much. I don’t really have time and sometimes my characters take an unexpected turn anyway! So, time plotting would have been wasted.
If you could choose any Dystopian book in the world to have written which one would it be and why?
You know, I would never want to have written something that wasn’t my own. I’m weird and I kind of like my own weird. So, I love my Harvest Saga series (which I’m finishing up now!) and I’m very proud of it.
If you could be any character from a book who would it be and why?
Any book ever? I would be Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice…because Darcy. #NuffSaid
What advice would you give to other writers of Dystopian fiction out there who are thinking of self-publishing their work?
Self-publishing is hard work. It isn’t simply writing a story. You have to polish it as much as you can, have it professionally edited, have or make a professional book cover. It takes time to publish and learn the publishing sites. It takes time to market if you do want to make money off the book. It’s hard, but…..You knew there was a but, right? BUT, it’s very fun and rewarding. Will every person who reads your book love it and give it five stars and two enthusiastic thumbs up? No. Will some people fall in love with your characters and the world you build? Absolutely. And that is what makes it so worth it, in my opinion.
Who is, or are, your favourite author(s)?
I love Amy Bartol, Becca Fitzpatrick, Lila Felix, Rachael Brownell and Jo Michaels. I do read (A LOT). SO, there are many others and I could spend all day talking about my favorites, but those are the first that come to mind.
Gosh we know that feeling!
Okay, some quick fire questions! Don’t think too hard. Just answer…
Super Villain or Super Hero?
Ice-cream or chocolate?
Beach or the skiing holiday?
Keep the One Ring or throw it in Mount Doom?
Destroy the sucker!
Audio or book?
Zombie Apocalypse weapon of choice: Axe or Shotgun?
Shotgun. Hands down.
Thanks so much for taking time out to come visit with us Casey. Big hugs.
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And here it is Book 1 in the Harvest Saga!
The remnants of the United States of America have been divided.
From five enormous, technologically-advanced cities, the Greaters rule over the Lessers. In the Lesser village of Orchard, things are not as perfect as Abby Kelley thinks they are. When the apple harvest draws near and the Greater’s engineered fruits become too much for one village to handle alone, reinforcements from neighboring villages are called upon.
Having to choose between her best friend, whom she has no romantic feelings for, and mysterious newcomer Crew, Abby finds herself in the middle of a harvest that she had no intention of becoming a part of. She becomes involved in a situation that threatens the strict rule of the Greaters, and just might give the Lessers hope for a better tomorrow. But, can she help the Lessers without losing Crew? And if she chooses Crew, will she lose her best friend?