Casey Carter, author of Tie Me Up: A BLACK Series Episode, stopped by for an interview.
What do you do when you're not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my kids and family. When I don’t want to get out of the bed, I veg-out on reality tv. And when I’m really taking a break, I travel. Traveling is a great way to expand the imagination.
When did your first start writing?
I’ve been writing since elementary school. I can remember writing poetry and short stories to pass the time when I couldn’t go out to play. In high school, I loved literature and creative writing.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I am a huge lover of Shakespeare. His use of words is eloquent and thought provoking. His plots are filled with twists and turns and edge of your seat thrills. Call me crazy, but I love his writing style.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
In my own relationships, I realized I wasn’t being satisfied and I began writing about what I thought would give me a fuller experience. Once I started writing, I realized I wasn’t going to get what I wanted if I couldn’t communicate it to my partner. So the stories began as a way of being able to tell my partner what I wanted and evolved into a way for me to engage others in conversation about what they really want and how to get it.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Believe it or not, even though the story is about Beverly, John is the character I love working with. In “Murder,” the first Episode between Beverly and John, you get a sense that there is more to John than meets the eye and in “Tie Me Up,” your suspicions are confirmed. John brings out who Beverly really is and celebrates that woman.
What is best writing advice you can give?
The best advice I can give is to write from your heart. Someone once said to me write, “Write for yourself and you’ll find that you’re not alone.” That advice proved to be true, so no matter how different or out there you may think your writing is, there is someone who will enjoy it as much as you.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?
“Tie Me Up” is the second story about Beverly and John. John has become so popular, I’m in the process of drafting an Episode to dig deeper into who he is and I look forward to that because I suspect I’ll discover things about myself I didn’t know existed.
About the book:
Suffering from a case of writer’s block, Beverly needs something to get her creative juices flowing.
She tries everything to break the monotony that is dulling her senses. Nothing seems to work until finally, Beverly enlists the help of John.
At that point, Beverly wishes she hadn’t. What she experiences is just the tip of the “Black” iceberg.
While it frees her mind, it also opens her to a world she can’t resist.
About the author:
Since childhood, Casey Carter has had a love for reading and writing but it was the heartbreaking demise of her marraige that reignited her creativity. In trying to understand what went wrong and the why of it all, she began journaling her feelings. She revisited her dreams and goals and realized that what initially seemed like a mistake was really a date with destiny.
The breakup caused Casey to not only reawaken the dreams and goals she locked away, but it also set her on a journey of self-exploration. If she was now free to be who she always wanted to be and achieve her heart's desires, exactly who is that woman and how would she go about becoming her? Of Casey's many realizations and "a-ha" moments, one became very loud and clear. She was a highly sexual being and while many differences -- education, socio-economics, life goals -- made her incompatible with some men, this specific issue was one she not only wouldn't admit was a problem but she suppressed.
Now she writes to be free and to free other women. Casey hopes to encourage other women to feel free to explore their colors and live a life that includes pleasures beyond their wildest dreams.