About the Author:
Yasmina is from a small town in the middle of…naw you know better. Yasmina is originally from Vancouver, WA and then by way of the Navy and college ended up in Grays Harbor County with her husband and her two kids and now the two black cats. Yes, she has two of the furry beasts.
During the day, she keeps the people happy or tries to anyway. At night, she tries to keep her sanity by escaping aforementioned family to write down what the evil muses have shoved in her brain all day.
She waits for the graduation of her kids (one imminent and one not so imminent) so that the house will become quite.
She listens to an eclectic mix of music when she writes, anything from Shinedown to Nora Jones and a little of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour thrown in for the fun of it.
Her sarcastic sense of humor has and will continue to get her in trouble but hey who cares?
Yasmina has been writing between cries of MOM and YASMINA for ten years and plans to write for many more. Her first published stories were fanfiction for her favorite TV series but the first story she tried her hand at was Cassandra’s Heart now available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords.com and soon in print.
1. What made you decide to make Cassandra a Wiccan?
Well a long time ago in a world far far away…oh wait wrong story, sorry. When I originally wrote this story ten plus years ago, it was for two different reasons. I was trying to add a little spark to my relationship and I was trying to find a story about a pagan, not Tabitha or Sabrina or any witch from a movie. But just a plain ol’ witch, I wanted a witch you would live next to and not know, because I was that neighbor. At the time I wrote this I was more structured and more ritual oriented in my religion so I wrote Cassandra that way. Over the years, my path has mellowed and I’ve thought about mellowing hers but decided my life was messy enough I would just leave hers alone.
2. Is there any way of getting the recipe for that wine Cassandra made for her honeymoon? *grins*
Well if it wasn’t a figment of my imagination, I would be happy to share. I’m sure someone could come up with one but honestly, I don’t know what fruit you would use that would work well with the ginseng. I do have a degree in medicinal herbs so I can tell you what would work but don’t ask me to make it taste good, and my husband will defiantly agree with that.
3. How would you describe Mark? Tell us about something he’d love and something he’d totally hate.
This is hard because I never built Mark full in my head. I didn’t want to become attached to him since the story starts with him dead.
4. Could we perhaps persuade you to tell us a bit about Cassandra’s aunts? They’re hilarious!
AHHHH The aunts, I was in the Navy and I while I was in boot camp there was a girl that had a stripe like the aunts and I thought it would be fun to have one of each left right and middle. But I knew their personalities would have to be polar opposites, which was hard since there is three of them.
5. Would you describe Cassandra and James’s connection as love at first sight? Were they meant to be together?
Yeah they are so meant for each other. James grounds Cassandra in a way that she needs to keep her sanity with her empathic abilities. And Cassandra reminds James that flights of un-reality are good for the soul.
6. Their relationship is very intense, how was it to write such a rollercoaster of a couple?
Honestly about the same to live it, their relationship is a bit of how my husband and I met and how quickly it moved. We are two people who don’t drink in bars but where dragged out by people we knew, met in one, and haven’t been apart for more than a week total, in over 15 years.
7. Did you do something special to set up the mood for writing different types of scenes? Tell us a bit about your writing process.
Food, drink (what kind depends on the time of the day), LOUD music and a note threatening my family with grievous bodily harm if the bug me. It doesn’t do any good but hey, it’s worth a shot.
8. Have you always wanted to become an author? What else do you love doing?
It’s hard to hear myself called an author. It was never something I set out to do; I only ever expected a dozen or so people to see what is now called Cassandra’s Heart. It’s had a few different titles over the ten+ years that I’ve spent messing with it.
As for what else do I love…reading. I have hundred of books on my selves and a hundred more on my nook as well as dozens of sites bookmarked for fanfiction stories. Some of these people should hired by the shows they write about. Their ideas and fresh and new and would spice up any writing group.
(I know, right? I’m an avid reader of fanfiction, actually, NCIS especially. And I’m SO going to read your fics xD )
9. What would you say was the hardest stage of writing Cassandra’s Heart? How did you overcome it?
Starting it actually, just sitting down, and writing the first word. Though finishing wasn’t any easier. I have a tendency to get easily distracted;”Oh shiny” syndrome as my friends calls it. It took me; you know I’m not sure how long it took me to write Cassandra’s Heart. I know I started it the year my daughter was born and she will be 12 in October. It’s been finished for a few years but I can’t remember how many.
10. And the regular question you probably get all the time: what are your plans for the future concerning writing? Give us something to look forward to. 🙂
I do have more books in the works. The second book of the Magical Ways Series, Saver’s Savior will be out soon, I’m hoping end up March. And the third book, The Godfather’s Niece is written but still being edited. I am currently writing the fourth, We Three and have ideas about the fifth, Our Sweet Queen. The sixth book Heal Thyself is written as well. I know, I know it’s weird to have to finish the fourth and write the fifth when the sixth is done but there’s a reason for that. Then there is plans for a seventh one call We Do.
Recently a friend asked me to write them an Irish ménage a trio story so that is kind of simmering on the back burners for when Magical Ways is finished. But my friend also informed me that they expected it to be a trilogy because of course there HAS to be THREE stories for the Irish. That series will be called the Shamrock Lover’s, I know a bit cliché but that’s the title they want.