Author: Kathryn Casey
(Originally published in my old website, Writester.net in 2005)
Q: Where are you originally from?
A: The Midwest. I now live in Houston, Texas.
Q: Can you tell us your latest book news?
A: My new true crime book, “She Wanted It All,” on the Celeste Beard murder case in Austin, Texas, was released in March. It’s a fascinating true crime case, involving big Texas money, sex, and betrayal. Ann Rule has called it “a do-not-miss book” and “a triumph!”
Q: How old were you when you first started writing?
A: Elementary school. I remember going to the neighborhood library and looking through the Reader’s Guide to Periodic Literature, musing about how great it would be to have my name in there someday. The first time it happened, I was in my thirties. Now, I’ve written more than 100 articles for national magazine
and three books.
Q: When did you first realize you had the potential to be a writer?
A: I’m not sure. I guess I always believed it would happen.
Q: What was your inspiration to write your first novel?
A: I write nonfiction, true crime. My first book is on a Houston serial rape case. I was fascinated with it, because the rapist was married, and the wife warned police. They didn’t listen. The name of the book is “The Rapist’s Wife.”
Q: Is there anyone or anything that inspired you to write?
A: Reading other true crime writers: Truman Capote, Tommy Thompson, Ann Rule, and Carlton
Q: How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
A: My childhood was pretty typical: safe home, loving parents. I’m fascinated by what happens to people to turn them into monsters.
Q: What genre are you most comfortable writing?
A: True Crime
Q: How do you come up with the title(s) for your book(s)?
A: I consider the case and decide what makes it special.
Q: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
A: There is a message in every good true crime book. In my latest, “She Wanted It All,” the message is how much damage parents can inflict upon children. Both in Celeste Beard’s tumultuous childhood, and the toll she took on her twin daughters.
Q: How much of the novel is realistic?
A: All of it. It’s a true story. I interviewed more than 100 people to pull this together.
Q: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
A: Ann Rule.
Q: What are you reading now?
A: Carlton Stower’s “Death in a Texas Desert.”
Q: Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers?
A: True crime is a fascinating genre, because it’s real. A good true crime book exposes the souls of the perpetrator/s and the victim/s. By illuminating their pasts, the author explains not just what happened but,
more important, why it happened.