Friday, 1 March 2013

Author Hot Seat Welcomes Cassidy Browning

The author hot seat specials are designed to help readers get to know some of today’s popular and up and coming authors a little better. The questions are broken into four sections - About your writing, about you, fun stuff and finally. Some of the questions are easy, other may need a little more thought and some may cause our author friends to hesitate before answering. Still, they all answer.

Today we have Cassidy Browning sitting in the Hot Seat. Cassidy is a fellow Siren author and her third book with them, Double Dom Fantasies released on February 13th this year. So it's hot off the presses, so to speak. More information about the book can be found at the end of Cassidy's interview but first, lets see if we can make her squirm a little. 

About your writing:

How did you get started as a writer?
When Reggie Alexander and I started our power exchange (Master/slave) relationship, we looked for practical ways to put it in practice. He found out one of my lifelong goals was to be a published author and started giving me assignments and goals. The first book took a year and a half, but turned out to be a wonderful self-development tool!

Why do you write?
Because Reggie tells me to. J Seriously, because we are passionate about increasing public awareness and acceptance of alternative lifestyles, so we portray them as realistically as we can. 

Have you ever had a day you wanted to quit and never write again?
I don’t think so. There are of course days when it’s more difficult than other days. Then I agree with whoever said “I hate writing, but I love having written.”

Do you feel lucky to be doing what you are doing?
Absolutely!! Losing my last job was the best thing that ever happened to me! We've published four books in the last year. I know I would never have gotten that done while working full time!

Tell me how you got to where you are today?
It was a long, circuitous route, filled with mistakes and stupid decisions. But I’m very happy to be where I am.

How do your family/spouses react to your work as an author? Do they know what you write?
Reggie’s family has read the first book, at least. When I told my mother (over the phone) that I had written a book about alternative relationships, there was a short pause, and then she said “So how’s your weather out there?” So, no – my family would be horrified if I showed them the books!

About you:

What are you passionate about in life?
Writing, motorcycles, chainmail, Great Danes, personal growth, smoked Gouda, and pizza. Oh, and chocolate.

If you had to give a thank-you speech at the Oscars, who would you thank and what would you say?
I would mostly thank Reggie Alexander, my Master and writing partner. Everybody needs someone like Reggie standing behind them ready to give them a swift kick in the ass when they slow down!

What are the three most important life lessons you've learned that might make life easier for others?
1 – Don’t believe everything you think. 
2 – If you decide to be happy, it doesn't really matter what’s going on around you. It’s still your choice. 
3 – Let go of everything. You can choose what you give your energy to. Nobody can piss you off without your consent.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. Whom would it be and why?
I don’t think I’d want to trade places with a dead person. J At the moment, it would probably be a movie producer so I could get some of my novels in front of people who make movies!

What's the worst thing you did as a kid?
Went door to door inviting people to church.

What do you do to have fun?
Disc golf, motorcycles, travelling to fetish events to sell chainmail jewelry. And of course sitting on the couch every night making chainmail jewelry to sell. That makes it all worthwhile.

Share a funny incident in your life.
At the first romance convention we went to (RomCon in Denver), Reggie (being one of only two men present) was dragged to the front of the room to act out a sex scene (with the very cooperative Delilah Marvelle) being read by DJ Westerfield. I’m not sure when I’ve laughed so hard, especially when Delilah’s husband called in the middle of it to see what she was up to.

Fun Stuff:

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you? 
Emma Stone. She’s so beautiful but seems totally approachable and like she has a great sense of humor. I have no idea if she does, but she certainly comes across that way.

If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be? 
Chili pizza. (You make a regular pizza, but instead of tomato sauce you use Armour Chili. Try it – it’s really good!)

What is your favorite color- food- song- movie? 
Purple, pizza, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, and “A Fish Called Wanda.”

What's the funniest pick up line ever used on you? 
You know, I can’t recall any pickup lines being used on me. I don’t hang out in bars and I guess I’m not really the “pickup” type.

What's the one thing you can't live without? 

And finally:

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night, it's raining heavily, when suddenly you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for a bus:
                       -An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
                       -An old friend who once saved your life.
                       -The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
You can only fit one person in your car, who would you choose to offer a ride to?

It would kill me, but probably the old lady. But after I kicked her out of the car at her destination, I’d go back to see if the other two were still there! (Although they’d probably have hooked up by then.)

Thanks Cassidy (aka Kasi and Reggie) I love that you guys are working on presenting a realistic view of BDSM and alternate lifestyles in your writing. It's been great having you here. 

Double Dom Fantasies: 

Reeling from the loss of her boyfriend, job, and self-respect, Sami Peters is shocked to find herself at the inaugural BDSM Boot Camp at Clifftop Fantasies. If that isn’t enough, she’s partnered with not one but two semipro football players, known as AJ and Crash.
AJ is pining over his ex, and the normally happy-go-lucky Crash is distressed by the amount of vegetables in the cooking at Clifftop. Sami finds herself taking classes with these two in rope bondage, needle play, and scene negotiation, among other alarming topics.
On top of everything else, Sami’s best friend Carly and most of the Grandpointe leather community are under attack by a moral crusader. Can Sami, AJ, and Crash save the community and themselves by exploring this new lifestyle together? Should she submit to the guys as they learn to be Doms, or are they just out slumming?


  1. Thanks for the opportunity to be on your blog today!

    1. You're more than welcome Cassidy :)