Maggie Casteen


Maggie Casteen






Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I am a North Carolina author and I have wanted to be a published author since I was a little girl. I graduated from Campbell University with a BA in Graphic Design, but I\’ve never forgotten my passion for writing. I enjoy reading, writing, and taking walks with my Beagle/Basset mix, Dakota. I have written three books in my Kathy Hamilton Mystery series, and I\’m currently working on the fourth.


What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

The name of my latest book is No Good Deed, and it is part of the Kathy Hamilton Mystery series. This book, and this series, was inspired by my love for mysteries and detective novels.


Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I don\’t really have any unusual writing habits; however, some would say that how detailed I am about planning my stories is a little unusual.


What authors, or books have influenced you?

The authors that influenced me are John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Dan Brown. I love the way they tell stories, and how they keep me in the story until the last page. That\’s what I want readers to get from my books, to be unable to stop until they get to the last page.


What are you working on now?

Right now, I\’m working on the fourth book in my mystery series. I just finished writing the first draft and now, I\’m going through the proofing phase. It will pick up right where No Good Deed left off and will follow my main character, Kathy Hamilton, as she tries to solve another case.


What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

The best method of promoting my books is using my Facebook Author page. I also use my author website, but most of my website traffic comes from my Facebook Author page.


Which Websites you like most to promote your book

I use my website mostly to promote my book and from there I use my author pages to promote my books.


Do you have any advice for new authors?

Write about something that you enjoy, don\’t write to please an audience. Readers will be able to tell if your heart isn\’t in it, so write about what matters to you and it will shine through to your readers.


What is the best advice you have ever heard?

The best advice I\’ve heard is to use good judgement when reading what critics have to say about your work. Critics do not have the final say on your story, the author and readers have the final say.


What are you reading now?

I am reading Dawnlands by Philippa Gregory.


What’s next for you as a writer?

What\’s next for me is to get my books into audiobooks.


If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

I\’m not sure I can pick just 3 o4 4 books, but for the sake of the question I guess I would pick Pride and Prejudice, Weep No More, My Lady, The King of Torts, and Outlander. I would like to add that if you ask me this same question tomorrow, my entire list would change.


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