Guest Post: Influences as I Write

What or who are my influences as I write?

by D.K. Cassidy

I think all writers draw from their personal experiences in addition to the rich world that is imagination. In everything I write, I can see I’ve been influenced by both. Sometimes my imagination takes center stage, but at other times, I see myself in the characters and situations I create.
In terms of other writers, my greatest influences have been: Neil Gaiman, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. These amazing authors encompass everything I admire. They create worlds that allow the reader to immerse themselves in. The characters they produce are memorable. And finally, they construct plots that both surprise and satisfy.
I have been scribbling stories since I was a child and love to write Science Fiction, Science Fiction Romance, Magical Realism, and Modern Gothic. Many writers like to specialize but I enjoy mixing it up and exploring different genres.
My first memory of Science Fiction was watching the television show, “The Twilight Zone”. That series messed with my mind! My imagination developed, helping me discover the lack of conventional boundaries in storytelling.
Because my fiction is character driven, the focus of my stories tends to be about emotions, relationships, and society. My most recent book, The Girlfriend’s Gambit, is a Science Fiction Romance set on the Moon. In this first book, the main characters, Lily and Lucien, are getting to know each other while trying to solve a crime. As the series progresses so will their budding romance. I hope to write five books in this new series.

About D.K. Cassidy

author D.K. CassidyD.K. Cassidy scribbles daily in various genres. Her goal? Messing with your mind by transforming the voices in her head into odd stories.
D.K. Cassidy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her greatest fans: her husband Mark, twin sons Aidan and Jared, and three cats. When not writing, she loves to travel, run, use the Oxford comma, and of course read! She can be found at
Her next sci fi romance, The Girlfriend’s Gambit, is part of the Other Worlds Collection, a special $0.99 boxed set bundle of 20 PNR and SFR novels for a limited time. Preorder now!


About Her Most Recent Book: The Girlfriend’s Gambit

Other Worlds box set coverScience Fiction Romance


Women are dying, and Lily Lovegrove is trying to find the killer.

Lily wanted a new life on the Moon. But one day while following her cheating boyfriend, Jupzi, she stumbles upon a dead body. This fateful event will change the course of her life.

Will Lily and her gorgeous new partner, Lucien, discover who is killing these women? And if they do, will they be able to answer the question: Why?


It was all the proof I needed. Jupzi was cheating on me.

Teeth clenched, I took a step back, struggling to pull my gaze away from Jupzi, my apparent sleazeball of a boyfriend, locking lips with some big-busted brunette in the backseat of his car.

I’d break up with him later. When I wouldn’t have to pry his face from someone else’s to do so. I really didn’t want to get any closer to this heartbreak than I had to.

I backed up a few more steps, but my heel caught on something, and I tumbled toward the ground.

Shit! Karma apparently had her sights set on the wrong target today. Maybe she operated differently on the Moon than she did on Earth.

I pushed myself back to my feet and stared down at where I’d just fallen, expecting to see a sidewalk crack or curb.

Not expecting to see a whitish-gray hand.

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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