Taking a Chance (and Vampire Strippers) with Casey Wyatt (and #Giveaway)

Today, join me in welcoming author Casey Wyatt, who’s here to talk about the brilliantly titled Dead Girls Don’t Cry. I mean, really. Vampire strippers. Mars. It’s genius.

ABOUT CASEY: Casey Wyatt is a multi-published paranormal romance and urban fantasy author. From August 22 – September 19th, she’ll be on tour for her latest book: Dead Girls Don’t Cry. Stop by her website: caseywyatt.com for the schedule. She loves talking to fellow readers and writers, so do stop by and say hello! And connect with her on your favorite social media:

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wyattABOUT THE BOOKDead Girls Don’t Cry: Cherry Cordial, vampire stripper extraordinaire, spectacularly messes up her life with a single act of kindness. How could she have known when she rescued gorgeous rogue Ian McDevitt that she would be implicated in the vampire queen’s murder? Soon, she faces the wrath of the entire vampire community. To escape retribution, she joins a settlement program to colonize Mars. Her choices are grim: hurtle through space to the red planet to face the unknown and possible death, or stay on Earth and face certain annihilation. To make things even more complicated, a certain gorgeous rogue seems to be shadowing her every move..

And now let’s hear from Casey!

You’ve Got This!

By Casey Wyatt

First off, thank you Suzanne for hosting me today. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer (or winter depending on your location) and living large.

Speaking of living large, I’d like to share a bit of wisdom I’ve learned since publication. And, I might add, this doesn’t apply only to writers. It’s for everyone.

What is this wisdom? It’s simple.

Take chances. Do something you’ve never done before.

Even if it scares you. Even if you think you can’t do it.

Case in Point:

I decided to apply for two panels at a local convention – ConnectiCon. I’ve attended for a few years with my family. It’s a mid-sized convention with average attendance around 11,000 – 15,000. Each year, I’d sit in panels and workshops and think – I could do that.

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So this time around, inside of tucking the idea away, I decided to act on it.

First thing I did was approach Corrina Lawson (fellow geek, romance writer, and conference attendee). We brainstormed a few ideas then agreed to do it.

That meant from January – March 2016, I stalked the convention’s website. I created the proposals, ran them by my co-presenter and we decided to add another person. Invitations were extended and Jamie K. Schmidt joined our duo making us a trio.

A trio of kick butt women presenters. Yay us!!

Long story, short. I applied for one panel, one workshop and nail-biting ensued as I waited. In mid-June, we received the good news – both panels were accepted. I then scrambled to complete two presentations.

Woohoo! (That’s us, 9:30 am, Saturday and Sunday)

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Oh wait, that meant we had to lead a discussion in, what we hoped, was a room that contained more than just our family members. Corrina, Jamie, and I are friends and colleagues but this was the first time we’d done anything like this together.

We hadn’t even done a dry run. How would we do that anyway? The Saturday panel: Kick Butt and Ask Questions Later: The Take No Prisoners Women of Television, Comics and Film, didn’t exactly lend itself to practice.

Here’s the thing about taking chances – it can be a bit frightening. Okay, maybe even terrifying especially if you don’t like speaking in front of crowds.

I told myself, “You’ve got this.”

This wasn’t my first or even tenth time speaking in front of people. I’d done stage plays from ages 12-19. I’d addressed an auditorium full of co-workers at my day job. I was a public speaking Merit Badge counselor for Pete’s sake. I’d even done presentations for my romance writer chapter.

Yeah, I could totally handle it.

I wanted to do it. I asked to do it.

By golly, we were going to rock even if it was only in front of five people.

Well, the appointed day arrived. Our panel was at 9:30 in the morning. There was a huge line outside waiting to get into the conference and we figured no one would be there in time. My co-presenters arrived and finally the doors opened and we raced inside.

Or at least I did.  My younger son set up our PowerPoint presentation on the big screen. He also informed us that the conference organizers had a camera in place to record the whole thing – disaster or otherwise.

No pressure, right?

I’m happy to report. We did awesome. The room was packed, the attendees vocal and enthusiastic. They had to turn people away!! Later, when it was over, my husband informed us that the conference organizers were impressed and wanted us to return for 2017.

The second day, our writing workshop was well attended and included familiar faces from the day before.

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I’d call that a win.

And it was all because I decided to take a chance (and Corrina and Jamie decided to join me). I chose not listen to that voice that said, “Why bother, they won’t want you.”

Yes. That could have happened (rejection is a reality). But, I’ll leave you with this old chestnut: Nothing, ventured, nothing gained.

Now, go forth and take chances. (And, yes, the Kick Butt Women will be returning in 2017!)

What chances have you taking recently? Nothing is too big or too small. Dish in the comments below.

Thanks, Casey! I’m having flashbacks to 2012 and my first convention. I was on several panels, which had me (who’d rather die than speak in public) in a panic. I went to the first one, five authors reading from their newest books. It was the first session of the first morning and I was the only author who showed up. Apparently the others had tied one on in the French Quarter the night before. So I had 90 minutes…..by myself…..talk about tap dancing. Yikes! I have no idea what I talked about but I babbled for the allotted time…and it was fun.

So, what’s a recent chance you’ve taken or one you’re contemplating? I’ll award a copy of DEAD GIRLS DON’T CRY to one commenter!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

17 thoughts on “Taking a Chance (and Vampire Strippers) with Casey Wyatt (and #Giveaway)

  1. i guess it was when i took teh chance by contacting suzanne to see if i could review Royal street i was terrified because it was the first time i contacted an author but i never regretted it ( now i’m more cautious as life is difficult right now

    • Hi Miki, I’m glad you took that chance. I was in a similar situation back in 2010 when I decided to check out my local library’s writers group. The decision changed the course of my life and ultimately led me to RWA and publication.

  2. It wasn’t recent but about 15 years ago I switched careers from retail to becoming a stockroom manager from a manufacturer. Then about six months later they had an opening in IT and the IT manager was willing to train someone so I took the position.

  3. I am going back to school after spending the last 10+ years as a stay at home mom. That is a loooong time to remember how to solve a math problem!

  4. About 5 years ago, when I went to Punta Cana, I swam in the Oceanariums with the nursemaid sharks and sting rays. My heart rate was about 200 and my brain was saying “Are you crazy?” But it was a great experience! Definitely adding your book to my TBR list.

  5. I decided at the encouragement of a friend to start running. We joined the local Running Room. Years of being a couch potato thrust into running (without zombies behind me) has definitely shocked the system. I may be slow, but I took a chance of trying something new!

  6. After being told by my parents of “do not” that kept me on the sidelines, I finally decided to take a leap of faith of doing things that are outside my comfort zones and they have paid off of me being happy.

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