Friday, June 6, 2014

Author Interview with Casey Moss - Open World C.O.V.E.N.

Thank you for joining me on my blog and allowing me to pick your brain. *Smiles* I promise it won’t hurt too badly. Tell us a little bit about the genre you write in?
~ Casey’s passion lies in darker fiction. Her stories fall into the horror and urban fantasy genres. Sometimes there’s also the blending of paranormal, suspense, thriller, romantic elements and/or eroticism in the stories. Some of the stories are even set within her home city of Las Vegas. But if she’s done her job right as an author, all the stories should set you on edge, leave you craving and wanting to explore more of the dark.

Why did you choose that genre?
~ It’s a nice change from what I write under my other pen name which is romance & erotic romance and lighter in nature.

What got you into writing?
I knew I wanted to write at a young age, as early as I learned to read, cooking up stories to entertain myself in the rural area I had lived in. But I took a roundabout way to settle down as a fiction writer, having worked in the corporate and real estate realms writing newspaper articles, press releases, corporate newsletters, etc. Now that I’m settled in the desert, I’ve returned to my first love: creative writing.

I received “the calling” to be a writer in the sixth grade, though I had been writing earlier than that and always had a sense that’s what I’d do when I grew up. Back in middle school, I remember getting an A on an English project and that’s when my inner voice/sixth sense said I would definitely write for a living.

I’ve been studying the craft of writing since my early teens. It started with working on the school newspaper in middle school to creative writing classes and Teens Art Festivals in high school. I received my BA in Communications, Information and Library Studies from Rutgers College with a strong concentration in English Lit/Writing and Interpersonal Communications/PR. Studying under the mentorship of Terri Valentine (author of 'Sands of Time,' a Zebra Historical Romance), I honed my novel writing skills. Now I find myself taking the occasional online class and devouring all the writing how-to books I can get her hands on.

I know I’ve been asked this question quite a bit so now I’m getting to ask *Winks.*  What do you say to those people out there who want to know how to break into writing, get their work published?
Learn the craft, from grammar to story building and everything in between. Adhere to the rules for a while. Once you do that, then you’ll understand how and when to break the rules and really let your creativity thrive.  After learning the craft, start promoting yourself before the first story is picked up/published. And if you’re going the e-book route through e-book publishers, get two or three places under your belt right away. If you’re doing the independent route (or e-publisher even), perhaps finishing two or three books first before you send book one out to the world would be a good idea. This way you don’t have to rush in starting to build a back list and can space out the publications of the ones you already have done while you work on more. But on top of knowing about writing mechanics, learning about marketing and promotion and getting that going is just as important.

Who are some of your favorite writers?
~ Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker

What are some of your favorite books?
~ I loved the Vampire series Anne Rice wrote and am happy she’s bringing it back. 

Where did you find the inspiration for writing it?
The world of C.O.V.E.N. (Clans of Vegas – Endless Night) first appeared in Evernight Publishing’s anthology Keyboards & Kink (available here: & at other fine e-tailers) in Casey’s story, AFK.

In AFK, we saw a peek into I-D-8 Entertainment’s in-production MMORPG: Clans of Vegas – Endless Night, also known as C.O.V.E.N. when Beth and another gamer got sucked into the game for real.

Now, when it comes to Open World, it’s actually made up of parts from two novellas that had been previously published. Those stories were my very first published ones released in 2008 under my alter ego’s name. A few years ago, I received the rights back on them, and they sat in a file until this year. There’s been some major work done to revamp them from a sci-fi’ish plot to the computer gaming one present in the book today. I am so excited these stories, and more to come in the C.O.V.E.N. world, have found new life and a great new home with Evernight Publishing.

If you could choose one book to make it to the Hollywood big screen, yours or another author you love, which book would you choose? Who would be cast?
~ I’d love to have my C.O.V.E.N. stories adapted for the big screen. As for the cast, it’d be great to find young, new talent.

What’s next? What can your fans expect to see in the future?
I’m working on the next books in the C.O.V.E.N. world. So far there are four more planned for after Open World. I have a long story arc weaving through all the stories along with whatever the characters are experiencing in the game & 3D worlds in each book.

Tell us about your new release:
In the story, Open World, some of the employees of I-D-8 have joined together for a LAN party to test the game. For definitions on the computer gaming term: open world, check out

~ Blurb ~
The world has broken out in wars. Las Vegas has been ravaged by chemical warfare and is now home to several clans and creatures.

Welcome to I-D-8 Entertainment’s newest game: Clans of Vegas—Endless Night.

Friends and family have gathered for a crunch time playtest of C.O.V.E.N.. When a horrible thunderstorm hits, everyone’s sucked into the game for real. In the MMORPG, Hope Collins is kidnapped by Buzz and forced to submit to his whims. Her boyfriend, Alden, has to delay his quest of defeating a clan’s prince to save her, but time and circumstance don’t seem to be on his side. Faith Collins is bombarded by strange dreams brought on by Buzz. Her boyfriend, Tavis, learns to dream walk, but can he help break the spell she’s under and save her before she’s lost to him?

C.O.V.E.N. is more than just a game. It’s a whole other world.

~ Excerpt ~
“Have you stayed pure? Have you kept your body sacred for me?”
She looked out the window at the night sky, wondered where her home was. She couldn’t help speculating if she was still in the C.O.V.E.N. game. Was all this supposed to happen during game play?
Turning back to him with a sigh, she nodded her head.
“Have you taken a lover elsewhere? Have you been anyone else?”
Again, the same questions he asked each time they were together. The pattern varied, though. She figured he did that to confuse her, make her tell on herself, and shook her head. Nope, good girl Faith was still a virgin.
“Good. Very good. You know why? Because you’re mine. I want you pure.”
Hawk-man’s head tilted again, as if he were about to swoop in for another kiss, but a knock at the door stopped his advance. “Enter,” he hollered.
The large door swung open and in the opening stood a tall man dressed and masked similar to the Hawk-man. “My liege, Mabuz,” he said, clicking his heels together, then strode in to the room.
Her inner voice gasped in surprise. A subconscious frisson of terror shot through her upon hearing Hawk-man’s name.
“Yes. What is it?” Mabuz paced, apparently irritated at the interruption.
“Your father, King Marcab, wishes your audience in the war room.”
“Fine. Who are you?”
“Dolon, Your Grace.” He replied with a bow. “I’m new to the Majesty’s service.”
The two men appeared to study each other for a few intense moments.
Mabuz cocked his head. “Good, we can always use another strong hand in the cause.” He turned back to her and lightly ran a finger down the side of her cheek. “We’ll continue this later, my dear.”

~ Bio ~
Casey Moss delves into the darker aspects of life in her writing, sometimes basing the stories on reality, sometimes on myth. No matter the path, her stories will take you on a journey from the light-hearted paranormal to dark things unspeakable. What waits around the corner? Come explore…

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