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I’m pleased to share author Travis Casey’s latest book – The Mayor’s Race! Don’t forget to support this author by joining in with the giveaway. You’ve got to be ‘in it to win it!’ 😀
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
While living in England, after working as a production manager for a window manufacturer then owning a tearoom with my wife, I began doing property renovations. When the property crash of 2008-09 hit, I got my fingers burnt and had to offer my talents in the traditional job market. While I waited for the job offers to come flooding in, I began writing to pass the time of day when I wasn’t filling in job applications. I wrote articles for several online websites across multiple genres—political, DIY, travel, but my favorites were classed as Creative Writing, with satire and humor being my favorite topics. Lo and behold, I became hooked on the process (writing, not job hunting) and went on to writing books.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I’ve been to all 50 states and 29 different countries, but I’ve never been to a country that begins with the letter “I” (Ponder that one for a while.) Italy, Iceland, India, Israel …
Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!
I met my British wife while I served in the US Navy in Hawaii. She was a green card holder living in San Francisco at the time and came to Hawaii on holiday. We met, had a few Mai Tai’s, she went back to SF, but we carried on a long-distance relationship. I eventually sent her an engraved invitation to “Come join me in Paradise.” Seriously, I did, and she accepted. We rented an apartment in Waikiki until I got my next set of orders three months later to Scotland! I asked her to come with me, and she accepted, along with my proposal of marriage. We got married by a Glaswegian Justice of the Peace we couldn’t understand, but nodded when we thought it was time to say “I do.” Twenty minutes later he handed us a piece of paper declaring us man and wife. 35years later, we still have that piece of paper.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I have been around. I thought my dad was a fugitive from the law because we moved around so much. Come to find out, he was a Salvation Army preacher spreading the gospel throughout Midwest America. I was born in Sterling, IL, then we moved to Coffeyville, KS, Ark City KS, Wichita KS, Cape Girardeau MO, Detroit MI, Fort Wayne IN, and Evansville IN before I joined the Navy at age 19 and REALLY started traveling. Since then, I’ve been to all 50 states and 29 countries.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Golf is the activity that gives me great pleasure.
How to find time to write as a parent?
I don’t have kids and an understanding wife! Both by choice.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I got my first rejection letter from an agent. It’s part of the process. But until you get rejected, and then after being published, getting your first one-star review, one is not a full-fledged writer.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I love comedy. Timing is everything in comedy and I try to translate that into my writing. #1 is Trains, Planes, and Automobiles because Steve Martin and John Candy have such great timing and their deliveries are magic. Other favorites are My Cousin Vinnie, Stripes, and Trading Places.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I think all of them. I don’t think it’s unusual for a writer to see the scenes unfolding from their mind onto the screen. We try to create visuals with our words which translates to cinema. I write it, you see it.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
In 2012, I went to Author Fair in London. That was the first one they held and it offered great insight for aspiring writers.
The Mayor’s Race
Carolina Callings Book 2
by Travis Casey
Cory Logan retired from boxing after winning millions of dollars, but he never won a world title. When he dies, all he’ll have is a headstone that no one will visit. To live in infamy, he wants a sports facility named after him. The only thing that stands in his way is the mayor of Hilton Head, who insists it be named after an African American.
Yvette Tyson is frustrated since she divorced her cheating husband. She struggles with her new life, embarrassed by her past and unable to gain the respect she once had. Does she really have to spend the rest of her life working the graveyard shift at the supermarket?
When Cory runs into Yvette, their past lives converge. It soon becomes clear that Yvette winning the mayor’s office would benefit both of them.
It’s a simple case of Black and White.
No Halo Required
Carolina Callings Book 1
Isaiah Hightower has everything a forty-nine-year-old man could want: respect as a high school principal; admiration as a leader in the black community; and a wife who would do anything for him. Despite his shining public image, Isaiah’s life is plagued with indiscretions. When these threaten to unravel his world, he silences the threat by any means necessary. When his wife, Yvette, witnesses her husband’s greatest sin, her life is about to change forever. But it doesn’t have to. One lie will protect her lifestyle and save her husband’s reputation.
Travis was brought up in Midwest America before embarking on a nine year Navy career that allowed him to travel the world and learn about life. He has ping-ponged across oceans moving from mainland United States to Hawaii, to Scotland, to Seattle, to England, to Minnesota, back to England, and back to Minnesota where he currently resides … for now
He writes easy-reading, light-hearted fiction and true stories about his own experiences that even the best fiction writer couldn’t make up. Relax by the beach or curl up on the couch on a rainy day while Travis takes you on fun-filled adventures that let you forget about life for a while and have a laugh.
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