Welcome from Nancy
Welcome to Alex and Cassidy's home on the web! The truth is, Alex and Cassidy are far more interesting than me. Their adventures have become inextricably linked to my life, and I am forever grateful for the many readers who continue to travel along with Alex, Cass, and me.
Me? It always amazes me that anyone is interested in me. After all, I am not a nefarious agent, a heroic investigator, a president, politician, or the stunning ex-wife of a congressman. But then again, all of those characters are simply people. That is what the series is all about. It is all about people; flawed, frightened, loving, adventurous, curious, sometimes bitter, sometimes confident, sometimes selfish people. At the heart of every story is the emotional journey of the characters. Beyond twists and turns, betrayals and lies, international secrets and conspiracies, the Alex and Cassidy series is all about people. Why did I decide to write it? I love politics. I love people. I love adventure, and I love falling in love. There you have the recipe for this series.
Oh yes, about me.....What's to tell? I write! For those who are interested here are a few tidbits. I spent most of my professional life in retail management, working in big box retailers to small university bookstores. I have dabbled in the past as a stand-up comedian, and even performed for a couple of years with a comedy (improvistation) troupe. I have directed and stage managed several plays for local theater including Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart and The Owl and the Pussycat. Originally, I attended college as a theater major but dropped out when I had my son at 21.
A few years ago, I went back to school to study ministry. My intention was to become a prison chaplain. Life can be funny sometimes. I changed course and enrolled in a program through Arizona State University majoring in Social Justice. Then, I started writing. I wanted to write a play that reflected on an experience in my life. It had been years since I had written characters or anything fictitious. My son suggested that I try writing a fan fiction to practice. I laughed. Then I thought about it. I came up with an idea and wrote a piece called Salvation that sought to bring the iconic character Xena back from the dead. I NEVER imagined the response. From that story came numerous requests for me to write something original. So, I invented Alex Toles and Cassidy O'Brien; never imagining where they would lead me.
Not quite two years later, I have moved to writing full time. I have published three books in the Alex and Cassidy series: Intersection, Betrayal, and Commitment, and I am currently in the midst of writing the fourth, Conspiracy. I have also published a novel titled Falling Through Shooting Stars which is completely different from Alex and Cassidy, and I wrote and directed that play I so desperately wanted to write. It is call SPIN and was performed last summer on Sherri's Playhouse. If you are interested; it is available to listen to on my YouTube Channel.
My newest ADVENTURE is pursuing Alex and Cassidy as a film/web/television project.
I am beyond excited about the people who are helping me get this off the ground (and who will almost certainly pick up the production side of the project). I hope to be able to announce something formally SOON. It is a great deal of work AND, film costs money (doesn't everything). So, if seeing Alex and Cass in a series is something you would enjoy, please consider supporting the effort by purchasing from our online store or making a donation. EVERY dollar will go toward production costs.
As always, THANK YOU for traveling with me. I am so grateful to my family, my friends, and all of my readers for their tremendous support.