Cassie Dickson, 18, spends her days wrapped up in stories about werewolves, vampires and teens lured out on dangerous adventures. But she’s not reading the classics. She’s writing her own.
Dickson has self-published “Quenched,” the first book in a four-part series about the escapades of seven teenagers from a Southern California high school who become engulfed in the supernatural while on an unusual biology field trip. The blood of a vicious vampire is the key to their escape. Today, she’s finishing up the second volume, which will be released in early 2014.
The Lodi resident, who moved here in April, discussed the book, her inspiration and future plans.
What inspired this book?
I came up with the idea because I have chronic headaches and migraines. The main character, Jack, suffers from night terrors, so I channeled my pain into her story.
It started with a burst of inspiration, then became something that encouraged me to look forward to every day. It took off, and I fell in love with it.
How is it different from the deluge of vampire novels on the market?
First of all, my vampires are not really undead. They have a sickness, and they have to drink blood to stay alive. They don’t like blood or sunlight, but both are good for them. They’re called Lucifercians.
The werewolves, over the generations, got tired of having to hide. They stopped transforming and lost the ability, so now they’re normal people. They’re called exterfercians.
I also created two new kinds of creatures. There is the Gabralians, who drank holy water and now can only be killed by vampires.
Inexisones don’t exist to anyone who didn’t know them before their transformations. In the desert town, these are the four warring clans.
Also, there’s no romance aspect. It looks like there’s going to be a love triangle, but there never is one. I promise.
What was the best part of the writing process?
Creating the characters. They’re all unique, with their own stories and thoughts. I also liked writing the relationships between them.
What challenges did you run into while writing?
The biggest challenge was making sure the story didn’t move too fast or too slow. I also had to make sure the characters had room to develop, that they didn’t remain static.
Which character was the hardest to write?
I think Jack was the hardest. I have a lot in common with her. I didn’t really want to utilize her in this first story because I want to save her for a later book. Holding back from using her greatly in this storyline is really hard because she is my favorite.
Why did you choose to self-publish?
I think it was easier for me. I could do it how I wanted. It seemed easier and my mom thought it was the best route to go.
Where do you get your writing done?
Most of my writing happens in my room by myself on my laptop, with my dog Vanzee with me.
Who wins in a fight: Vampires or werewolves?
Honestly, who does not prefer werewolves?