I hate people like Casia Shreyer. I started noticing her at conventions, this petite whirlwind of activity, organizing group tables for multiple authors, helping out people, keeping journals, going camping, raising children with her husband, running a household, yarn crafts, studying tae kwan do, and writing up a storm, blasting out twenty books so far (twenty!), all with inexhaustible energy, irrepressible good cheer. She’s one of these good people who can’t help trying to make the world better, and inadvertently making the rest of us look like lazy cynical gits in the process.
I’ll tell ya, lazy old monster that I am, my response to such cheerful brilliant souls is usually just to do something horrible, usually with a wood chipper, and bury the remains where it won’t annoy people. But Casia, she’s probably reorganize the underworld, chug out another book series and bring pilates classes to hell. We don’t really want pilates classes in hell, do we?. So there’s no point, really. What can you do?
Casia’s Rose Garden is a five book series, a young adult adventure series for teen girls. With allusions and similarities to everything from the Fisher King and Tibetan Buddhism, to Sailor Moon, they’re about young women growing as they struggle with a difficult and complex world and challenges of life that are not always cut and dried. It’s an impressive body of work and I think it deserves to find a wider audience.
Take it away, Casia….