Tell us a bit about your recent release, Addicted,
from Amber Quill Press. How did you come up with the
was written in response to a call for submissions by my
publisher, Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure Imprint. The
parameters were that the story had to be BDSM related,
slave/master, Dom/sub, m/m. I wanted to go beyond what I
perceived to be the norm for this type of story. I decided
on a slight twist where the submissive personality is the
superior officer during the day. It seemed only logical for
me at that point to make the sub/slave the Marine Corps
captain and his Dom/master his subordinate during working
hours. Of course, then it became the issue of how to make
this work logically for me. Not only are Vic and Damien gay,
they are also fraternizing, which is against military
regulations. This is where their years-long separation comes
into play, their reunion, dealing with those issues that
split them after, the hurt each has suffered because they
lost the other, and now coming to realize they are still
addicted to one another.
Many of the characters in your stories have a military
background. What draws you to write about military
I know the
Marine Corps life very well due to my long association
within that community as a military dependent, an employee,
and a supervisor of Marines. My experience within the
military legal community hasn’t hurt either. I often go to
that well of knowledge when I’m writing because I do know it
so well. And if I’m rusty on a few regulation changes, I
still have dozens of friends to help keep me current.
of my favorites of your stories is Secret Lovers. Can you
tell us a bit more about this story and its origins?
This is one
of those stories I wish I’d had more time to write. Again,
the call for submissions was plain and the timeline very
short. The parameters for this story were that the men had
to be best friends. So I went with firefighter and Marine.
They’d met three months before, hit it off as friends,
started playing in the Over 30 Basketball League and became
even closer. Finally, during the last game each decides to
let the other know how he feels. In other words, they are at
the point where they trust each other to dare to share their
secret, hoping the others feels the same way, knowing if
they’ve made a mistake the word will never go any farther.
They are safe. There are still fears, but they are both
determined to be with each other.
Legacy deals with a very special suit that accidentally gets
delivered to David instead of Max. Do you have any plans
for another story about David and Max?
do and I’ve received several questions about this lately.
Weekend Warriors picks up about where Legacy left off. David
and Max are beginning their training together. David’s
learning all he can about the powers in which he’ll be
invested and they are learning to work together as a team.
They also have to continue to juggle their “day jobs” and
juggle their relationship as they learn how to save the
is a fun story about a photographer and a model. How did
this story come about?
Behavior was the first m/m story I wrote. It was a challenge
to my muse to create emotionally engaging characters who
were physically attracted to each other. In Model Behavior
we have a man with definite preconceived notions about the
model he’s to photograph. Derek has no use for models,
having been burned before. But our model hero has no problem
being patient and proving he’s more than worthy. When they
first meet, our jaded photographer tells Brad in no
uncertain terms that he doesn’t “do models.” Brad promises
to be on his best behavior. No matter how hard it might be.
By being himself, he shows Derek he’s more than just a great
bod and a pretty face.
When you start writing, do you already have the story
plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will
I have a
basic idea for the story. Once I start writing I let the
characters tell me their story. I also let them direct me.
you draw inspiration for your characters from real life?
watching people and listening to things going on around me
when I’m out in the world. I catch the body language, the
tone, the fun and sadness, the drama and the laughter. It’s
life. That’s what people want to read about – real people,
someone they can relate to. Watching and listening is a
wonderful tool to help authors create realistic characters.
What is your favorite Kelly Clarkson song?
don’t know what’s more funny: that you asked this question,
or that I have an answer. My favorite is: Addicted. And,
yes, the lyrics constantly ran through my head while I was
working on Addicted. The song will again be at the forefront
of my mind when I write the sequel to this story.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know
might not seem like it, I’m really very shy and very, very
uncomfortable in new situations. It takes me six months to
“warm up” to someone I see frequently. You can imagine how
long it takes me to slip into my comfort zone for those
people I only see once a year.
you have a guilty pleasure?
What do I watch? Dancing With The Stars, CSI, NCIS, The
Mentalist, Without A Trace, Grey’s Anatomy, Eureka,
Sanctuary, Numbers, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds. And
somehow this year I got sidetracked with Ice Road Truckers
and Verminators. Very sad…I know.
What are you currently working on?
presenting deadlined from several projects writing as
Caitlyn Willows. Once those deadlines are complete, my
Cassie Stevens persona will take over and get to work on
those deadlined projects. Weekend Warriors (sequel to
Legacy) is slated for February 2009 release. Committed
(sequel to Addicted) is slated for March 2009, with the
third of that series (Betrayed) coming out in early summer.
Also on board for Cassie are two others stories for April
and May 2009 (titles yet to be determined). At that point my
Caitlyn self will take over once more.
Where can readers find Cassie Stevens?
My website is: