• Kelly Collins

Casey spills her secrets.

What is the first thought that goes through your mind after you push publish?

Am I even going to sell one book? What if the readers hate it? Every. Single. Time. It’s not just one thing, it’s 2 million different dire thoughts running through my head at once. And then follow that up with an adrenaline let down. It’s totally awful. And psychotic. But I wouldn’t change it for anything. Does that make me a masochist?

You have ten published works, which is your favorite? (correct if this is inaccurate.)

Man, this is like asking me to pick which one of my kids is my favorite. I can tell you my favorite character of all of my books is Derrick Murphy. He is so dark and dangerous and *swoon* *sigh* just yummy with his broody mobster self. My favorite to have written is probably The Boss’s Love. This was my second book I ever released. I was so new and didn’t know anything about “rules” and “guidelines” when it came to writing romance. So naturally I broke the number one romance rule in the novel. Wait, that’s wrong, there is an HEA, so maybe not number one. We’ll say the number two romance rule. I held nothing back because I didn’t know any better. I happened to just rewrite and release TBL for an anniversary edition and didn’t change the overall plot, even though it goes against a traditional romance. It was the most fun I’ve had writing a novel because of the lack of pressure, because I didn’t know any better. But the novel is also about a mob boss. I suppose you can break rules in a mob boss novel.

Which book makes you most proud?

This one is easy. Heist (The Men of Law, book 1). My writing has clearly grown in this novel. I nailed it in this book. At least, that’s how I feel. As and author, there are times when we know we got it right. I’m so proud of it because Heist still holds true to a Casey Clipper novel, with the different twists and turns and fast pacing and draw you in from page one, but it is frankly, the best novel I have written craft wise, to date.

What is your most successful novel?

My most successful was The Love Series box set. Nothing like former Navy SEALs, a mob boss and his henchman tossed into one series. That’s the one that made me a top 100 Amazon Best Selling Author.

Nearly every author I know has a message that gets told through their stories, do you have a message for your readers.

Honestly, I don’t do messages. I don’t have some underlying lesson to teach readers. I write stories for enjoyment. I don’t do hidden political statements or wagging of fingers or push any agendas on people. Though, now I do go for the traditional romance character arcs but told in a non-traditional manner, as opposed to my earlier writing days when I went for shock and awe. Yep, each character will grow and learn something about themselves, but nope, no hidden messages. I just like to write a story and hope readers will enjoy them.

Recently, you made Amazon Best Seller, which is no small feat. How did that feel?

Thank you, and congrats on you making the list too! *high five*

O.M.G. I couldn’t believe it. First, I really had no idea how hard it would take to become an Amazon Best Seller. I mean, so many authors tack the best seller title onto their names if they make a category list, but honestly, the only way an author is truly an Amazon Best Seller is if they make the top 100 paid. Which is a difficult feat. Honestly, I had a bit of a freak out. I had no idea that I would ever feel that way making the top 100. But in retrospect, it took a lot of books and hard work to get there. And I have a whole new respect for authors who not only do it all the time, but who also make the NY Times and the USA today lists.

Okay, now for some silly stuff. If you were stranded on a deserted island which of your heroes would you want to be stranded with and why?

Gah! It’s a choice between Derrick Murphy or Derk Forester. Derrick would just toss out demands to the fish to get him the hell off the island. But Derk would find the hidden supply of rum and we’d do a little stranded island celebrating.

What one personal item would you bring?

My laptop. To write. Or my Kindle. Because you know, on a stranded island, they’d have wi-fi so I could read.

What food would you like to have in endless supply?

Cheesy potatoes.

How do we find you. (add your links, newsletter, etc.

I’d love to have you stalk me! Though, if you follow me into the grocery store, I expect you to buy me a chocolate chip cookie from the bakery.








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