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Cassandra L Shaw was a child of passion who prayed she was secretly Dr. Dolittle. She loved all animals and bugs with a fierce devotion that has carried into her writing. Most of her stories be they paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, or suspense have humorous roles for her character’s pets. These pets are often named after her own beloved dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, ducks and birds. Tina, Tit Tit, Bones, Willow, Falcor, and Asha are already in her first book, and there will be more, she’s pinky promised her pets immortality so they will have it!
With a passion for fashion, Cassandra’s fun quirky female characters like to wear Goth one day, fifties dresses the next, or imaginary witch capes and wands. Her hot, muscled male characters wear tight clothes to best show off their … err … attributes.
Hey, what's a hero and romantic lead if he isn’t hot??
If you don’t like having a giggle while Cassandra's heroes and heroines fight evil and other bad guys, discover themselves, eat well, and enjoy a good taste of life, lust, and love then Cassandra’s stories aren’t for you.
At home on her small farm in Queensland Australia, demons, monsters, aliens, futuristic worlds, sexy men, and hot sex scenes nestle happily amongst the housework Cassandra pretends doesn’t need doing.
Cobwebs are soooooo chic, her family think so too. HONEST.
1) Grave Robber for Hire has a very unique twist on the usual urban fantasy/PNR tropes, what makes this story stand out in your mind?
I think it’s the mix of genres, Urban fantasy, paranormal, horror, mystery, that has a some sexual heat and humor. It’s also not full of shifters, weres, or vampires.
The paranormal/fantasy elements arise from the heroine’s (Angel) gifts and where that takes her in the story. Although Urban Fantasy often has a dark side, in Grave Robber for Hire the horror is balanced with a main character (Angel) who is innately good and funny.
Angel runs a rescue farm and has a thing for wearing clothes in themes, one day goth, the next 1950’s pin up. Other humor elements is one of her Horses, Tina, who is an ex trick horse and full of attitude.
2) What inspired Angel Myers and her gifts?
I pictured Angel when I was half asleep standing with a shovel in her hand next to a half dug out grave. Behind her stood Viggo her guardian angel. From there I worked on how she could have become a Grave Robber and where that could take a girl who’s not careful.
3) How much world building went into the series?
Not a huge amount as it is set in contemporary times in a real area. Near Cooroy in Queensland, Australia. The main world building is more her home, her farm, and Streak her 1938 hotted up jaguar car.
4)Do you need to do research to work on the parts set in the past?
I did have to do some. Mostly making sure I had the correct terms for items she saw, clothing and some of the colors schemes used in rooms in that time period.
5) I notice many PNR and Urban Fantasy series feature literary re-imaginings of the author or someone they know in life. Would you say this is true with your book?
I think all fiction hold some of the author or people the author knows in some way. I love animals so I’ve imbued Angel with the same love. I live in the country on a small farm as does Angel. And I would love to have a hotted up old car. Otherwise, I think her personality is cross between about ten people I’ve met over the years. I’ve taken their more outrageous sides and created a blend, which was fun.
6) What do you see happening in future installments of the Grave Robber series?
Angel discovers why the evil creatures want the Rembrandt she now possesses, and that there are more objects the world of evil want for power. This becomes a main element over the series as Angel must stop evil finding the objects they desire.
She’ll discover what she really is, what Tyreal (the hero sidekick) is, and there will be role changes between other characters. She’ll also learn to share her life and find love and gets to save souls—including her twin brother’s. So there’ll be a lot more fun, more horror, a growing mystery and quest, and she’ll find love. And I can’t wait to write them.