JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Cas E Crowe
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
Hi. I am the author of The Wayward Haunt, the first novel in The Wayward Series, a YA dark fantasy which was released in June 2020. I like to write young adult, dark fantasy, and horror. Ever since I was a child, I have been intrigued by chilling, ominous stories. I honestly don’t know why. My favourite day is Halloween, closely followed by Christmas. I think what inspired me to write was that for a very long time as a child, I couldn’t. I really struggled and hated it at school. Eventually I was privately tutored by a teacher named Mrs Swann who recognised my love for storytelling. She taught me to see that reading and writing weren’t any different. With her guidance, I caught up to my peers in class. I think I chose to become a writer because I needed to prove that I could do it. Now I write because I love to be creative.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?
There is something so appealing about dark fantasy and horror. I suppose I am similar to audiences out there who read and watch horror because they like to be unsettled and afraid, but know deep inside that they are safe. I write about subjects that frighten me, because it’s an opportunity for me to explore and understand that fear, and is something I can achieve in a safe environment.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
I have so many favourite authors who have inspired me: Becca Fitzpatrick, Cassandra Clare, Kendare Blake, Claudia Gray, Lauren Kate, Sarah J. Mass, Melissa Marr, Derek Landy, Richelle Mead, James Dashner, Rachel Caine, Alexandra Adornetto. All these authors have novels for the young adult market in various sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy. I have enjoyed reading their novels. They have fantastic characters who drive the story, and as a reader, that’s what I want. If you don’t have a conflicted character with difficult choices to make, what’s the point? The story is uninteresting without this element.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
There are too many to choose from, but I’m going to go with the books that inspired my own writing, which is Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga, and Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood. These novels are in my bookcase right now and they are the most tattered things on the shelf. I guess that means I’ve read them quite a few times.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?
That one is easy. Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, and Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. I like to think my main character Zaya in The Wayward Haunt has some of these characters’ qualities, good and bad.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?
The next book in The Wayward Series is The Four Revenants, due for release early 2022.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?
You can learn more about me and my writing at the following links. Website: www.casecrowe.com