Sink or Swim 6 – Meet Cassidy Novak

As a tie-in to my brand new mystery novel Sink or Swim, I’m launching a guest blog feature that involves literary characters competing in a mock on-line season of my fictional reality show. At the end of the year, the characters that drew in the most unique visitors to their interview will be declared the winners.

To give our authors some samples to model, I’ve filled out the Sink or Swim Six for Cassidy Novak, the main character of the book that started it all. Let’s meet Cassidy.

Character’s name, age and place of residency:
Cassidy Novak, 25, Garrett, Massachusetts

1. Tell us about the book or series you’re from.
I’m from Stacy Juba’s hot new mystery novel Sink or Swim. Here’s how they’re billing it: How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Soon, she will need to call SOS for real…

I don’t like the sound of that. Maybe I shouldn’t be going on this show after all.

2. What is something about yourself that no one else knows?
Everyone knows that I’m a personal trainer and health nut, but no one knows about my secret weakness for Devil Dogs. My mom used to put them in my lunch when I was a kid, till I realized she was slowly clogging my arteries and I introduced her to good, old-fashioned apples. But once in awhile, if I have a really bad week at work, I’ll go to my secret stash.

3. Tell us about an unusual job or hobby that you’ve had?
Unfortunately, I still work there. I’m an assistant manager and personal trainer at Spike’s Muscle Madness. Doesn’t the name say it all? Who names their health club Spike’s Muscle Madness unless they’re an idiot? I like the members…most of them, anyway. But Spike drives me insane, strutting around in his bike shorts and asking me questions he ought to know the answers to, considering he owns the place.

4. What is the strangest or most exciting thing that has ever happened to you?
The strangest thing is when my mom picked up my gym teacher at the parent-teacher conferences when I was in first grade. She dated him for a couple weeks. Eating waffles with your gym teacher on a Sunday morning is downright weird. Even weirder is having him as your teacher after they break up. It’s hard to take his macho guy act seriously when you’re remembering how your mom yelled at him for leaving the toilet seat up.

5. What would you do if you won a million dollars?
I’d work toward my goal of opening a national chain of personalized wellness centers where clients work out with their trainers in small groups. It would be by appointment-only so everyone would be comfortable and get personal attention.

6. Please tell us your author’s name and web sites.
My author is the fabulously talented Stacy Juba, who also wrote the mystery novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and the patriotic children’s picture book The Flag Keeper. She has a young adult paranormal crossover book, Dark Before Dawn, coming out in January 2012 and will be re-releasing her young adult novel Face-Off in the near future. Visit the Books tab for more information about her novels, and the Store tab for buy links.

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  1. Darcia Helle says

    This is such a fun concept! And Devil Dogs? I used to be addicted! I’ve haven’t thought about them in a long time but now I want one. Thanks a lot, Cassidy! 🙂

  2. Cassidy must confess that her creator has a sweet tooth for Devil Dogs also…just a once in awhile treat!

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