Exclusive interview with "Danielle Casson"

Travel back in time to meet eight successful black women who overcame dire circumstances to become moguls before there was Instagram, Youtube, or Twitter. Read their stories and siphon their strategies to build an abundant life. Stretch yourself further and use the information in the book to begin to invest , build your financial legacy, and start estate planning so you may live and leave a life well-spent.​​

Exclusive interview

Tell us about your writing background and how it led you to write your book. Share with us a bit of your journey through the writing process.

Hello. My name is Danielle Casson and I am both an attorney and teacher by trades. I noticed when I taught my students I would lean heavily on writing. I adore the writing processes and sharing information to the world. Even when my colleagues bemoaned writing with students I praised it. They say do something with the thing that you cannot stop talking about or doing. So alas, I decided to write this book. In terms of the topic, my mother was my impetus. Born into Baltimore City during segregation, she amassed almost 1,000,000 dollars of wealth (along with my father) without ever making over 170,000 while cash-flowing my private high school education, a house, and my undergraduate degree. Not to mention the many people and causes they donated toward. Unfortunately she succumbed to Alzheimer’s last year without a will or other important information. That was such a harrowing experience for my father and me. I decided I wanted to help women protect their assets and build wealth simultaneously.

What’s the most surprising thing you learned about yourself as an individual while you were writing your book?

I learned that publishing a book made me feel vulnerable and I needed to build my confidence level. Publishing a book is a very intimate experience and I did not realize this. I always thought I was pretty confident but this experience forced me to reframe some of my perspectives.

What is the main message you want your readers to take from your book?

Despite today’s financial outlook, or tomorrow’s outlook for that matter, you can build a life of abundance and wealth.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who may be reading this interview?

First, make sure as you write you develop a marketing plan to build your tribe. Sure family and friends will support you and purchase your book, but to gain real traction you must build a tribe and market.

Be prepared to be vulnerable and do mental exercises to build your confidence. Be open minded and accept constructive criticism to do and be better.

Be proud of yourself and process. Remember a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.

On a more personal note: Tell us a little about your “real” (non-writing) life — family, job, hobbies.

Well, I am Wills and Trust Attorney, Special Education teacher, wife and mom of 7! I enjoy reading the bible, reading motivational books, dining out, and talking walks.

Who is a creative person (not a writer) who has influenced you and your work?

A creative person who influenced me is Cathy Hughes. As a single parent, she had a big dream to own a radio station and even though she was denied financing by 32 banks, she preserved and secured financing from the 33rd bank. She built a very successful business and became a millionaire.

If you had to persuade someone to buy your book in a tweet (280 characters) what would you say?

Born a slave. Died a millionaire. Come meet 8 ladies born into slavery or poverty who become millionaires WHILE learning to protect your assets. Let’s travel! Get your travel guide at:

Amazon.com

What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, etc.) and link(s)?

Sure- cassonlegal.com

Danicass on Facebook

Book link:

Amazon.com

About the author:

Danielle Casson is an experienced Wills and Estate Attorney, Special Education Teacher, Wife, and Mother of seven. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University and a J.D from the University of Baltimore. She is a member of the Maryland Bar. She owns and operates Casson Legal Group, a Maryland Based Estate Planning Law Firm.

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