MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR C. FREELAND!!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is C. Freeland and my current genre is Fantasy, though I have several other books in the works in different genres.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I came up with the idea about 13 years ago when I first heard the song Caveman by Jimmy Eat World. There was just something magical in the lyrics about monsters living in backyards that got my imagination spinning with possibilities. It just took off from there.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
My mom introduced me to books by Terry Goodkind and movies like the Neverending Story at a young age and I have always loved fantasy in particular because of that. The possibilities are endless when creating new worlds and characters and that’s what I love about it. Writing in this genre is so flexible.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
The only research I did was looking up meanings of names and their origin.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My days are crammed full of mom responsibilities and working a full time job. I always get up early and make sure the kids are all ready for school, and then rush off to work. I try to make time for the gym before going home and carting off kids to their respective sports games/practices. Somehow I manage to squeeze in writing time somewhere in there but I usually stick to writing at night after things have calmed down. I don’t have a daily writing goal because I just know I would fail to meet that goal 99% of the time.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! I don’t have a name for it yet, though. It’s currently saved in my writing folder as: Chocolate Ice Cream, though I don’t believe chocolate ice cream will ever play a role in it.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
It varies. In my current book, The World Between the Trees, the ‘human’ names don’t hold very much meaning but the fantastical characters all have names that pertain to their strengths or background. I spent a lot of time looking up names in other languages/origins and their meanings and deciding if certain names really fit the character.
Where do your ideas come from?
Anywhere and everywhere! Most times I will just jot down a note when an idea strikes which can get confusing when I find a scrap of paper in the bottom of my gigantic movie theater snack smuggling purse that says “neon poptart bar” and will have no idea what I meant by that.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
It would definitely be promoting myself as an author. I’m not a huge fan of the spotlight and prefer to be an observer so this entire experience has definitely brought me out of my comfort zone. To me, writing is the easy part. It’s having the courage to put it out there for everyone else to see that is most difficult.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
Before getting picked up by Feather Dreams Press, I had never even heard of a book trailer. I’m still learning about them but I doubt I’ll make one. I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve seen from the other authors and can appreciate the hard work that goes into them!
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
As far as writing accomplishments, it would definitely have to be finishing my first novel, putting it out there for others to read and getting it published by an amazing team of inspiring people.
Outside of writing accomplishments, I have to say one of my best accomplishments is beating Bowser’s Castle in Super Mario World on the first try in front of my kids, thus then and forever proving that I’m the real OG.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Having the chance to hopefully impact others with my writing, the way I have been impacted by books I’ve read in my life.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have no idea but I can honestly say that I hope it involves having a pet alpaca.
Have you always liked to write?
Absolutely! I’m sure my mom still has ‘books’ I wrote in first grade somewhere. I’ve always enjoyed creating, whether it be drawing (which I’m not so great at but I can draw a mean stick horse), playing music or writing.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just write what feels right to you. Write about what makes you happy, something you care about or believe in or enjoy. Don’t worry about what’s cool or trending and never stop writing!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I think I would be doing what I do now. I work for a charity company in the air ambulance organization and it’s very rewarding work. I feel like I make a difference in people’s lives and I get to see the long term effects of our work.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I haven’t gotten far enough in the process to get an official review but I do plan on reading them. I believe in taking the good with the bad so bring it all, I’d love to see what people think either way.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I’ve loved it all so far. Even coming out of my comfort zone has been enjoyable because it means I’m growing as an author and finally accomplishing what I’ve always dreamed of doing.
What are you working on now?
Besides gearing up for the release of my first novel, I’m currently writing a Sci-Fi (I think, it’s still in the early stages) novel.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I like to write what I’m passionate about. Not only does that make it fun, I think if an author truly enjoys what they’re writing about, it comes through in their work and also makes it enjoyable for the reader.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mom. She read to me all the time, suggested books and gave me her old ones after she was finished with them. She’s basically taught me all the cool shit I know from how to bake amazing biscuits to how to properly shot gun a beer.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love anything by Ray Bradbury but most of all Dandelion Wine. He’s such a beautiful writer. Stephen King has always been a favorite, especially The Stand and the Dark Tower series. Anything by Terry Goodkind and Dean Koontz. I’ve also enjoyed the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. My tastes range from far and wide so I really could go on forever.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
My favorite is definitely Vojin. He’s stoic and heroic and isn’t your typical ‘save the day’ kind of guy. He’s a man of very few words, dark and mysterious and was definitely the most fun to create. He is also one of the few characters that has stood the test of time and has always had a role in this book as it’s evolved through the years.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
My brand spankin’ new author facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorc.freeland.3
I also have a Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCFreeland
The activity is very sparse but I promise there is more to come in the future!
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. I get exhilarated when new ideas keep rolling in but after writing for several hours and trying to get the images in my head to translate into words, I’m ready for a burrito and a nap.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Definitely my family. I have a huge family and we are all loud and crazy so it’s hard to get much done with them running through the house like maniacs. God, I love them.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I will always be true to myself. I believe a well written novel about something a writer is truly passionate about will deliver much more than a book written just for the sake of being written ever will.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
So far my circle is very new and very small but everyone I come across has been so supportive and I think that is key in being successful. Having a group of supporters who truly want to see you succeed makes all the difference. I must say that the wonderful Jane Curry has been my lifeline in this whole process. I owe so much to her!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 80s music and mismatched socks, oh my!
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I have never given it much thought but one of my favorite questions my kids have ever asked is:
Would you rather have leg sized fingers, or finger sized legs?
And I would definitely have to say leg sized fingers. Just imagine all of the thumb wars I would win.
📆Mark your calendars!📆 My first novel, The World Between the Trees, is set to release June 23rd. The World Between the Trees is available for pre-order! Get your copy now!