Unfiltered Q & A

GET TO KNOW THE REAL ME.

A candid glimpse into author, educator, & speaker Cassie A.H. Moore.

WHAT AM I ACTUALLY LIKE?

I love life! I’m an oddball, as an author, because I’m not introverted, as many writers are, but instead a people-person. I’m adventurous and deep. I love sports, travel, and theme parks. I spend hours sitting at coffee shops and talking to friends. I’ve never met a pup I didn’t love.

My husband & I live in Houston, Texas. We’re massive hockey fans (Go Bolts!), have been passholders for Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens, and have two dogs.

I cannot emphasize enough that I’m not a stuffy, moody writer. I’m a real, fun-loving person who overuses the phrase, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

WHAT ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE ADVENTURES?

I’ve traveled all over the world, and lived in six different states across North America. Some of my favorite memories include dogsledding in Quebec, dipping my feet in the Loch Ness, drinking glacier water from a lake in Iceland, almost getting swept away by waves under the midnight moon in Laguna Beach, zip lining through the cloud forests of Costa Rica, swimming with dolphins off the Na Pali coast in Hawaii, whitewater rafting in Tennessee, getting terribly (not romantically) lost in Venice, exploring Jack’s Woods battle site in Belgium, and inadvertently joining a protest in Luxembourg.

Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve fallen in love with the people and cultures of new lands. From talking to a coal miner in the woods in Ireland to getting a tour of the Vatican from a friendly homeless Italian, people have been a constant source of joy and some of my best memories.

Domestically, I’ve surfed in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, been a passholder for both Disneyland and Disney World, and have roadtripped all across the country from west to east and north to south.

Also, I survived eating fermented shark in Reykjavik and everyone at the bar literally moved twenty feet away at the smell of my breath afterwards.

WHO ARE THE AMAZING PEOPLE BEHIND ME?

I wouldn’t be who I am now without the endless support of my husband, Tyler. He cleaned the house & set dinner down in front of me during many writing marathons, and talked about my characters so much he knows them like real people.

My family has supported me from day one, often in the form of laughter over my ambitious projects. My mom has a keen eye for editing, and isn’t afraid to tell me what she dislikes. Also, she used to assign me essays to write when I mouthed off. Somehow, that must’ve led to this career.

My dear friends, too, have encouraged me more than they know with their excitement for all my books. Thanks for all those random phone calls & texts, guys.

Over the years, I’ve taught hundreds of teenage students who love to brag about their author teacher. Some of them especially enjoy doing stupid things in front of me, hoping they’ll inspire a character (which works, but don’t tell them that).

My students, young and old, would be the first to tell you just how often they receive texts or questions from me that start with the phrase, “So I’m working on an article,” or “I’m doing research for my book, and…”

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY?

Coffee, candles, lazy days at the beach, kayaking, reading a good book in my hammock as the dolphins float by, riding in my Jeep with the windows down and my music blaring, traveling overseas, forests, puppies, deep conversation with great friends, and music by John Williams.

Probably some other things, too, that I can’t think of right now.

WHAT WAS LITTLE CASSIE LIKE?

Sassy, curious, outgoing, and active. Still am. I was a tomboy, and could kick the ball farther than my male classmates–usually over the fence during kickball. I loved to read and paint, and have always had a mischievous side. I remain the epicenter of many original pranks. I thought I’d grow up to be a professional artist. Or a race car driver.

WHAT’S NEXT?

I’m on a roll, baby. Book Five of the Gallivanter Saga is already underway.

Additionally, I’ve outlined a historical fiction novel based loosely on the life of my great-grandfather, a Revolutionary War fifer who traveled with George Washington.

Future vacation plans include Greece & Ireland.

WHY DID I SHIFT FROM WRITING NONFICTION TO FICTION?

After more than a decade teaching students, I realized all people ask themselves the same two questions: who am I, and what is my purpose?

I’d discovered kindred spirits on the pages of classic literature, but I’d never had a book that spoke directly to those questions I wrestled with.

Because I couldn’t find a book like that, I wrote it.

And I had so much fun writing one book that I just kept going.

Life goal? To travel the world, raise alpacas and Australian shepherds, and write stories until I’m old and gray.

WHAT INSPIRES ME?

I have a deep love of exploration, whether it’s exploring a new city or walking through the woods and noticing the tendrils of a fern. I’ll try just about anything–strange foods, whitewater rafting, or a virtual reality experience at a museum.

Art and music inspire me, and I’m equally at home listening to rap or orchestral scores and admiring graffiti and oil paintings.

I’m a compulsive reader, and enjoy fiction and nonfiction. Friends think I’m strange because I collect biographies. I don’t care. I like them. I knew all about Hamilton before he was cool.

HOW DID MY PUPPY HELP ME WRITE?

In October 2019, my husband and I brought home the world’s most active puppy, Quigley. He woke up at 5:00 am every morning, and I started taking that time before work to outline the novel I had floating around in my head.

Within a few weeks, brainstorming became furious writing, scribbling notes as I paced around the yard with a puppy who dug holes while I wasn’t watching. I got up and worked on my book every single morning for the next six months, completing an entire trilogy in that time.

Disclaimer: I do not recommend using a puppy to jumpstart your writing career.

Quigley actually ate my shorts one time, when I wasn’t paying attention to him.

MY ADVICE TO OTHER WRITERS?

Writing is challenging. A good writer is vulnerable and self-critical, and cycles through regular periods of euphoria and doubt. Trust the simple truth that no one can tell your story quite like you can.

Practically speaking, you must make time to write regularly. So often, people say, “Oh, I’d love to write a book some day, when I have the time!” There’s no bigger insult to writers than that phrase. Writers make the time. They pour hours and hours in.

I use a fifteen-minute hourglass when I sit down each day to write. I won’t let myself do anything but type during those minutes. Distraction is my greatest temptation. I turn my phone on silent and hide it in another room, to avoid being pulled away by frequent texts and social media dings. If you’re getting started, I suggest finding a regular time that works for you. Set a timer and work until it beeps.

I often draft my story out first on large pieces of paper, which I pin up to my walls (seen in the above photo of my writing buddy, Quigley). I also use journals to keep track of interesting plots, character studies, facts, and places.

Be relentless. Your biggest encouragement will be the pages you see accumulate as you continue to push forward.

Write your story, the way you want. Study other authors, to see what they do. And most of all, believe in yourself.

WHAT’S MY WRITING PROCESS LIKE?

I write quickly and decisively, in line with my frank personality. Fourth grade got me hooked on journalism, with the class newspaper. I crafted my writing over years of beat reporting for school newspapers. Many afternoons involved me sprinting to the computer lab, between class and track practice, to furiously type a quick article.

I’ve written nonfiction articles, curriculum, and books for many years, and had a fair amount of trepidation before trying my hand at fiction.

However, it’s now a passion. Try new things–you never know when you might fall in love.

And if you’re writing for the first time, just write. Don’t read about how to write, or worry about what someone will think of it–just write. Tell your story, the way that only you can.


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