Welcome to Getting to know you Thursday with Cassie Greutman. Welcome Cassie thanks for taking the time to visit us today.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
The biggest thing I identify myself with is my family. I’m twenty and still living at home. I have eleven adopted siblings, nine of which are from Ukraine and two biological sisters. I worked at an ambulance service until November, when Ukraine accepted our family’s paperwork. I quit my job to help my mom homeschool. Now I write, run volunteer for the local fire station, teach music and English and work part time for a local company. Keeps me pretty busy.
2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I think they are what got me started on fantasy. From the moment I finished the last one, I was always looking for something new with dragons in it.
3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
Definitely fantasy. I love being able to create a world with different rules.
4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
I devoured Dee Henderson’s books. I was always amazed at the stories she created. Also, Donna Fleisher, who wrote the book Wounded Healer was a major influence. She took the time to reply to my gushing email, then helped me out with my book. I’ll always appreciate her. (Jenny here I love Donna Fleisher's books also she also replied to my email and was really sweet.)
5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
When I read a book, didn’t like the ending and thought about how I would have changed it. I won’t mention what book.
6. How did you go about becoming an author?
I spent a lot of time on the Internet reading different blogs and websites about writing. There is a lot of helpful stuff out there. After I thought I had most of the basics down, I went to an ACFW conference, which was amazing. I hope to be able to continue to do that for years to come.
7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
I just bought an Arabian and hope to breed her next spring. What could be more amazing than having foals running around as a business?
8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
Ride. We have several horses here at home. If I had more time, I’d be out in the barn a lot.
9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
Venice. I’ve never been there, but it looks like an amazing place.
10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
I had this wish answered at the conference I attended! I was able to eat several meals with my favorite authors.
Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.
I have a book out that I self-published. I wrote it when I was sixteen and then decided to out it out this year. It’s a young adult fantasy about a boy who’s friend is poisoned and he has to get a group of friends together to go after the cure in enemy territory.
I just finished my second manuscript, a fantasy about a fighter pilot who is called to another world to help fight their civil war. I hope to go the traditional route with this manuscript.
As for me on the Internet, I have a Facebook account and tweet on Twitter now and then. I’m working on a website, but it isn’t finished yet.
(Cassie now has a website http://cassiegreutman.com/ )