|Suspense Magazine.com presents - Casey Mason
|Casey Mason also writes for Wolf Pirate Publishing. She published
her debut book with Wolf Pirate, Unforgiven, this year!
Casey's writing style takes the action from the first sentence to
the last, with no lapse in between! Unhinged is Casey's next
book, we will keep you updated on the release.
Click on the book image for more details and how to order a
Casey in her own words:
I’ve been asked why I chose to write this series from the point of view of a woman, instead
of the obvious male character. The answer is simple: testosterone vs. estrogen.
A male character in a role designed for police officers federally sanctioned to execute
criminals is expected. A woman goes against the grain. The testosterone levels in a man
give him a limited amount of emotional fluctuation to give the story depth and a sense of
humor. Conversely, the hormones in a woman make her fickle, unpredictable, and comical at
times—and at others, downright scary. So who has more range of emotion, a male or
Another point taken in the debate of the gender preference for the starring role of this
series was a marketability factor. To put it succinctly, sex scenes written from a woman’s
point of view are erotic and satisfying. From a man’s point of view, they’re over in two lines,
followed by a feeling of being slighted.
More women cross gender thresholds in professions and culture than men. Women are not
afraid to get in touch with their unisexual self, while men still cringe at the idea of even
having a feminine side. In that case, a female character in a male-dominated role provides a
vast array of material to work with.
Consequences are much more damning for a woman than a man. Take for instance,
unprotected sex and the consequence of an unexpected pregnancy. Who does this affect
more? Who experiences more of an adjustment to their life from a shared act of
On a much lighter note, who provides better substance for bitter contention? Two male
nemesis, or two females? Which has more drama? A knock-down, drag-out brawl between
two men, or the scathing repartee between two women, followed by a knock-down, drag-
out brawl with no rules of protocol observed?
So it was a no-brainer who got the starring role. But does a female main character make a
Hell no. Not in this case. Angel Soren wouldn’t know a Prada bag from paper or plastic.
She wouldn’t know an eye liner from lip liner, and would probably poke her eye out trying to
use either. She’s not butch or gay, and she certainly isn’t a feminist. She’s just the
daughter of a cop who raised her to know how to take care of herself. In that respect, she
took more after him than her more cultured mother.
In the Angel series, the characters are more tactically minded than fashion conscious. In
fact, Angel understands the impracticality of cosmetics on the job. Her make-up consists of
camouflage paint to negate the reflective surface of her skin, and nothing more. While she’s
a woman, she’s clearly uncomfortable admitting as much among her male counterparts, who
accept her as one of their brothers. But it’s the inherent nature of the estrogen in her
blood that mixes it up both on and off the job.
|Fed up with the failure of the criminal justice
system, Americans want to put a crimp on the
increasing rate of recidivism. They demand a
solution to the problem of violent criminals on the
lam and have called for the Constitution to be
rewritten. The answer is the radical and
controversial formation of WANT bureaus in
police departments around the country. These
highly trained clandestined officers are federally
sanctioned to bring in or put down the most vile,
psychotic, and irredeemable criminals ever to
avoid imprisonment. Meanwhile, one WANT officer
in particular finds out that nothing comes without
Our exclusive interview with Casey Mason.
Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration was my father. He did a lot of things in his life I'm very proud of. Some I'm
not so proud of, but who doesn't have those skeletons. He wasn't a rich man, and he didn't leave a
vast impression on society , but he did what was expected of him in terms of passing things down to
the people he had domain over. The intrinsic things he left me mean more than anything I could ever
hope to own from his meager life.
What is your all-time favorite book?
I hate to say this, but I can't remember the name of my favorite book, or the author. I do remember
almost everything there was about it otherwise. It was the only book that ever made me cry, and I
don't cry. It wasn't something I normally read, but obviously I did. It was an account of the man
behind the mask from the Phantom of the Opera--his fictionalized biography, starting from his birth,
all the way up to his death. If this rings a bell with anyone, please drop me a line so I can pick it up.
I'll probably have to find it on Amazon or eBay, because it was a while ago that I read it.
How long do you normally take to research your book?
A lot of the stuff comes from first-hand experience, or secondhand involvement. You've got to know
what I write to understand that. I don't write rocket science.
What is on your Ipod now?
Ah, you would ask what's on the iPod. Three Days Grace, Hurt, Saving Abel, Anberlin, Tantric,
Nickelback, 30 Seconds to Mars, etc. etc. etc.
Do you have any superstitions when you write, little quirks, etc?
I don't have any superstitions, but I've got a ghost named Bob who hangs out in the house. Does
that count? I count him as my good luck charm. He's kinda fickel with electronics. He takes pictures
with my camera phone when it's sitting by itself on the table, channel surfs on the television, and
makes midnight calls on cell phones. It's either Bob, or I live too close to one of those huge power
If you could solve any mystery for yourself, what would it be?
Any mystery? Hmmm. I'm not really good solving mysteries. But I am fascinated with the DaVinci
mythos. If they run anything on an A&E channel, I'm right there watching it.
If you could talk to any person, Alive or Dead, for one hour, who would it be?
The person I'd like to speak most to for an hour is my dad. Yeah, he's gone and it's been a while now,
so there are a lot of things in my life I'd like to catch him up on. Would also be cool to find out what
it's like on the other side while I'm at it.
I love to hear stories from authors about their first published book, how did you get
Actually I got published thanks to Alex Bloodworth. He got me started with the Angel series from a
remark he made. He told me in one of his darker moods, traveling through a not-so-upscale
neighborhood, that with three people he could clean up the area. All he needed was a driver, a
spotter, and a shooter. I laughed and told him that would make a great book. He only gave me one
of his looks back. (I'm not sure what he meant by that, but I wrote the book anyway). Later, I
showed it to him, and he got me a read with the publisher at Wolf Pirate.
9. What future plans can you tell us about?
The Angel series is a go with Wolf Pirate, and I've got plenty story lines already under wraps. Plus,
there's a three-part origins story for Michael Rivers, the sergeant of the squad, who no one knows
anything about. I plan on putting that out after several Angel books, when readers will just be
salivating to find out what's his deal.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do for fun?
When I'm not writing, I'm actually at a paying job, and that's a nighttime thing. Keeps me pretty
busy and active, and we'll leave it at that. Otherwise, when I'm off, I'm just trying to unwind. To do
that, I work out two-hours a day, religiously, read, go to movies, listen to music, and go off on
weekend trips wherever I want to go at that moment.