About Author Cassie
First and formost, I have always loved Stories. I started writing before I could write words. I was found reading a book when I was supposed to be working on my homework, late into the night or on the school bus. In middle school I decided that I liked creating my own stories as much as I liked reading them and so decided to become an Author.
I still love reading books and have to admit I am the kind of reader who looks at the clock at 2:00am and says WHOOPS. Or who looks at the clock at 11:30 pm and decides to keep reading because I am at the climax and can’t stop there! Lack of sleep is worth it. My favorite books are young adult, clean contemporary romance, Regency romance, fantasy, mystery, adventure, fairy tale, paranormal, suspense, romantic suspense and amazing middle grade books. Honestly, I like a taste of romance along with any story.
I love writing because I get to be both a fairy godmother and a super villain at the same time, for every story I create. Which rocks my world.
What other job combines both of those things?! I have created stories since I was little, while doing chores or other tasks that let my mind wander and I have to admit I have a long list to write, and it continually grows even now. So, stay tuned for lots and lots of stories!!
WHY multi-genre? Well, I love to read multiple genres and I love to come up with stories in multiple genres. I didn't want to limit the kind of stories I wanted to share. So I decided to not deny who I am. A multi-genre author.
It's more fun this way anyway, right? More stories for me to share with you! I write my Young Adult fantasy, Princess stories and retellings under my name Cassie M Shiels and my Sweet Contemporary romance and romantic suspense under my name Cassie Shiels. The slight difference is to help my readers know what books to look for under my name. I thought about going completely different but I wanted to fully claim my books and I felt the only way to do that was to use my own name for all of my books.
I was born in Idaho and will always love it but right now I live in Utah, with my husband and sweet little family. I have five kids four girls and one boy. They are my world and I love them more than anything.
I started to read Romance when I was a little girl. My love of romance books started with Gail Carson Levine's books (Ella Enchanted) and grew from there. My love for romance books continues to grow as I read more and more sweet romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, rom com's and etc.
I am a member of The American Night Writers Association and have graduated from The Institute of Children's Literature. I also graduated from BYU-Idaho and the Vogue beauty college. I am constantly reading and learning to grow my writing skills. I enjoy attending writing conferences any chance I get to continue learning. I feel continuing to learn is vital to my writing and I like to share that with other writers too.
Fun facts about me:
1. If you could have any pet real or imagined what would it be?
Handsdown I would have a pet dragon. I'd have one now if I could but my house is flammable.
Real animals: I love foxes and owls and my dog Virgina.
2. Do you talk to your kids about your books? Yes, I love getting their feedback because I am writing for young adults and readers of sweet romance.
3. What else do you like to do? I love to crochet, Machine Embroider, draw and watercolor paint.
Note: I love writing under two different names because it helps my readers know what kind of book they want to read from me. I know being a multi genre author can feel a little confusing but I hope you will enjoy at least one kind of my books
Cassandra Shiels: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Cassie M Shiels: Young Adult Fantasy and Speculative
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