Sunday, January 6, 2013

[Guest Post] Inspiration for Writing by Cassandra Giovanni + Giveaway

Inspiration for Writing 
by Cassandra Giovanni

My biggest inspiration, besides those that have always stood by my writing, is music. When I first started writing, and what has kept me writing is the fact that my mind is always racing, and I’ve always felt that I might go insane if I didn’t write. I’m extremely stubborn, and I always wanted to be a writer. I let other things get in the way, found a way to block out the things I was thinking about and forgot who I was for a little bit as a teenager. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was actually a good writer, and how much I loved it—without writing I am not happy. As an adult there are a lot more things on my mind than just writing. It was a lot easier to write when I was a kid, and a teenager (when I started writing my first full blown novels). Now, I assist in managing a group of 6 other people, I go to school for marketing, and I have bills to pay. In other words, life can get in the way. There isn’t a second that I don’t think about something writing related, even if I am not writing!

Music is my biggest inspiration because it allows me to drift away from the material world and really enter my head and know my characters. I can zone out everything around me when I have music playing. It also sets the mood for what I am writing as well. I listen to a lot of heavier music, but I also love classic rock and soft rock. Sting is one of my biggest inspirations as a human being. Right now, my biggest inspirations as a writer are Flaw, 10 Years and Deftones.

When I was writing In Between Seasons it was Blessthefall, Alexisonfire and Underoath. I think it’s best for a writer to learn what helps them to work most effectively. When I edit I prefer to have mostly instrumental music, but I also know that many need complete silence. Find what inspires you and go with it. As for the inspiration to the specific things I write: it’s a combination of what I see in the world around me and my dreams.


In Between Seasons
by Cassandra Giovanni
Series: The Fall #1
Published: May 9th 2012
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Young Adult / Dystopia / Romance
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At eighteen there is one thing Kate Ericson is certain of—the world is at war and has been since she was two years old. That was when her father pulled her family and a group of close friends to a God forsaken place in the middle of nowhere. For Kate there is no escape from the sea of lies she is drowning in until her world collides with Hunter Marks—the son of her father's biggest opponent. An opponent that Kate didn't even know existed. What Hunter kidnaps Kate for, and what her family will try to kill her to keep secret, is a knowledge that she doesn't have. Now Kate’s innocence seems to becoming undone at the seams of reality. Hunter then finds himself fighting the hopelessness that is creeping into the edges of her heart as she learns more about the corruption that has devoured their lives. As Hunter and Kate forge a strong and unique relationship it becomes clear that their love is something that the bureaucracy never expected, and that Hunter's father will do whatever he can to destroy it. Hunter believes he must sacrifice love in order to teach Kate that the world's deadliest weapon is her. Hunter and Kate will have to find the strength to rise above a deception that is so great, even the ones who created it don't realize its depth.

In Between Seasons is a new kind of post-apocalyptic novel, one that focuses on the characters and uses the lack of understanding of a corrupt world as the backdrop to shape them into who they are as people.
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Cassandra Giovanni is an avid writer of young adult novels and can't wait to share her work with you. The genres of her novels include dystopian, paranormal, mystery and romance all aimed at appealing to adults and young adults alike. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. She began writing at a very young age, in fact from the moment she could draw she was telling stories that way. At age seven she won a contest in American Girl Doll to have a chapter she had written published. From that point on she was always writing, if not on paper than in her head. In May 2012 she published her first novel, In Between Seasons, which demonstrated her unique writing style and approach to the genre of post-apocalyptic fiction. On Halloween 2012 Cassandra released her second novel, Walking in the Shadows. This novel puts a new twist on the obsession of vampires in literature and explores some of the darkest parts of human nature, while still showing that there is always hope--if we only choose to believe in ourselves.
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  1. Hi,Cassandra, I'm so happy to add, In Between Seasons to my reading list. Also, I love that music inspires you in your writing.

  2. Music definitely helps let the story and characters take you over while writing. It sort of helps get you out of your own head. I love this post!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  3. Music helps me compose reviews as well but I need to find the appropriate song for the book in order to get my mojo going. :)

    Thanks for sharing!


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