What inspires a writer?  
What makes those words pour onto the page?

Why do I write? I write because I love words. I love our language. I love the amazing images created from mere black ink on white paper. I have loved words all of my life. I started reading avidly as a child utterly consumed by worlds and characters I would never see or meet but finally grew to know intimately. I fell in love with Rhett Butler. I discovered the Hidden Staircase with Nancy Drew and George and Bess. I am fascinated and awed by writers like Pat Conroy whose words make you smell the sea salt and taste the boiling shrimp; writers who can evoke images and emotions so profound and powerful that they linger in one’s mind forever. I love the characters that tug at you to return to them, to pick up the book and enter their realm again. I love that I yearn for those characters and places long after we’ve parted, as though homesick, wishing I could have just a few more moments with them. I love all that I learn from reading, the historical characters and events that I now know so well. I want to be able to give back what I have loved getting from others throughout my life – the joys of reading and writing. 
My husband, Lon.  
Our view and why we love the mountains.                                            My hiking pals

"Words wander aimlessly across the page until they get to the point." 
                                                                                             - Denise Cassino
Published work:​

1.    Short Story, “Sixty Seconds” published on Ten Thousand Monkeys  
2.    Short Story, “The Anti-Circle” published on Ten Thousand Monkeys 
3.    Short Story, “The Greatest Show on Earth” selected as story of the month on A Novel Approach to Writing 
4.    Short Story, "Popularity Plus” published on AboutTeens 
5.    Short Story, “Child’s Play published on AboutTeens 
6.    Political opinion piece published in The Denver Post Newspaper 
7.    An Essay on Dr. Timothy Leary, "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out" published on Hackwriters 
8.    A How-To article, "My Submission System," published on National Association of Women Writers.   
9.    Short Story, "Hirsute Village," published on AboutTeens  
10.  How-to Article, "Resurrecting Wicker Furniture," published in the June 2003 issue of Garden and Hearth
11.  Short Story, "Child's Play," published in the August, 2003 issue of the international print publication, PASSION, an          Anthology of the World's Greatest Short Stories  
12.  A poem, "Who Knew" published in Tapestry, an ezine.
13.  A poem, “The Woodland Ball,” published in the July 2003 issue of Long Story Short, an ezine 
14.  Short story, “Ruby Ridinghood,”  published in the October 2003 issue of AboutTeens, an ezine 
15.  Short story, “The Golden Seed,” published in the September 2003 issue of AboutTeens, an ezine 
16.  Short Story, “Fixer’s Fine Idea,” published in the June issue of Long Story Short.  
17.  Short Story, “Cruel and Unusual” published in August, 2003 on Long Story Short, an ezine, 
18.  Short story, “A Day in the Life,” published in the August issue Tapestry, an ezine 
19.  Short story, “A Fitzgerald Family Christmas”  published in the Christmas, 2003 issue of “Reminisce EXTRA                    Magazine” a print publication. 
20.  Short story, “European Vacation” published as Story of the Month in the September 2003 issue of Long Story                Short, an ezine   
21.  Flash Fiction, “Stunned” published in the September 2003 issue of Long Story Short, an ezine 
22.  Essay, "Eyewitness," published in the November, 2003 issue of AboutTeens, an ezine 
23.  Short Story, "Daddy's Diary,"  published in the January, 2004 issue of Apollo's Lyre, an ezine. 
24.  A poem, "Heartache," published in the January, 2004 issue of Tapestry, an ezine 
25.  Short Story, "The Birth of Freedom," published in December, 2003 in a print anthology, Taj Mahal Review. 
26.  Short Story, "A Material Girl," published in August, 2003 in a print anthology, The Color Gallery. 
27.  An article, "The Lady Woodcutter" in Cottage Magazine, a print magazine published October, 2004. 
28.  Travel article, "European Vacation" published in Hostelworld.com inn December, 2004. 
29.  Travel article, "European Vacation" published in Trav.com 
30.  Travel article, "European Vacation" published in HostelSpain.com 
31.  An article, "My Submission System" published in Long Story Short
32.  Short Non-Fiction, "The White Dove", in Authospot.com
33.  Short Non-Fiction, "Saving the Cabin", in Authorspot.com
34.  Article, "Inexpensive Handmade Christmas Gifts", in Quazen.com
35.  Non-Fiction, A 50's Family Christmas, in Socyberty.com
36.  Article, "The Healing Powers of Cinnamon", in Healthmad.com
37.  Article, "Take Care of Your Teeth", in Healthmad.com
38.  Article, "My Submission System", in Quazen.com
39.  Article, "Food:  An American Icon" in socyberty.com
40.  Article, "I Know a Man Invented Mammograms" in Quazen.com
41.  Article, "I Know a Man Invented Mammograms" in PurpleSlinky.com
42.  Article, "The Infamous Airsick Bag" in PurpleSlinky.com