MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR C. PENTICOFF!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is C. Penticoff, and I identify as a young adult fantasy author. My current series is an epic fantasy with dabbling in magical realism.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
To tell you the truth, I came up with this idea when I was 12 years old! The story changed and the plot thickened and became more mature as I grew older, bringing me back to the beginning many times. At the age of 22, my computer crashed and I lost the entire story! I was devasted. In the end, it was a good thing, because it inspired me to start fresh. The plot and characters are better than they ever were before.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Disney, and fairy tales in general, are what inspired me to write in the particular genre that I do. My stories will always have a very whimsical and child-like elements. When I say “child-like,” I do not mean that the content is for immature audiences. What I mean is there are bright colors, fairies, princesses, and things of that nature.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Chronicles of Folklaria is a story about a girl who travels to another world to rescue her twin sister, January. Upon arriving, June learns she isn’t who she thought she was, and is prophesied to save an entire land. With some twists and turns along the way, the series is this prophecy playing out.
Yes, it was always meant to be a series. Initially, it was a six book series, but was chopped own to 2 books to avoid dragging the story out longer than it should be. There is a possibility for a third book, if my audience demands it!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The book in the making is book 2 of the Chronicles of Folklaria: Titled, Enduring the Energy.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Honestly, I hate coming up with names for books! Most of the characters in my book, Weathering the Wicked (book 1) are names of friends and family members, or variations of their names.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
The genre that I want to dabble in, but haven’t had the chance is “ ya horror.” I grew up reading R.L. Stine’s young adult series, which were standalone horror books for teenagers. I like YA Horror much more than adult horror because there is less blood and gore, and more mystery and suspense, which is what I really love in a horror book. I don’t want to be grossed out…I want to be scared!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
Yes, I have a book trailer. My company, A Novel Connection, actually offers book trailers.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Sitting next to J.K. Rowling as one of the best-selling authors of all time! Hey, a girl can dream, right? 😉
Have you always liked to write?
I’ve honestly been writing since I was able to as a young child. Every teacher told my mom how skilled of a writer I was, and I would spend much of my down time coming up with crazy plots and telling my mom and grandmother about them.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
JUST KEEP WRITING.
Network with other authors and soak up as much advice from them as you can. This is where I have received most of my knowledge on marketing—the part I THOUGHT I couldn’t do when I began all of this. Try not to only focus on marketing online because everyone does this. Get out there in the real world and do book signings, speak at events, etc.
Also, if you want to be the greatest writer you can be, then never stop reading! The more you read, the better writer you will be.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Aside from writing and my business, I would probably make my part-time job a full time career, which is substituting for preschools.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read all my reviews, however I do not respond to them. One of my bad reviews was actually very informative and pointed out something in my writing that I needed to work on. When there’s a bad review that has nothing constructive to it at all, I just ignore it and try not to dwell on it. I certainly do not go posting about it on social media like some authors do. That’s a big no-no! It makes authors look unprofessional, so I try to steer clear of that. I may whine to a friend about it though. Haha!
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing. Marketing. Marketing. I am a writer, not a marketer! But, alas—As an indie author in 2018, I’ve been forced to teach myself how to market. I’ve become way better at it, but it’s taken years to just get a basic grasp of it.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother and my grandmother. Almost all of my grandmother’s past time was spent reading. I was exposed to reading at a very young age and it’s been a part of my life ever since.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
The Celestine Prophecy is my favorite book of all time, written by my favorite author of all time, James Redfield. The story honestly changed my perspective on life and world we live in. I recommend it to anyone! In fact, my series was inspired by this book.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
June is my favorite character because she is based off myself. The reason she is my favorite is not because I’m egotistical and self-adoring, haha. The reason is because it’s been a very therapeutic experience writing for her. While writing about her, I’ve found flaws and strengths in myself that I don’t know I would have ever recognized before. It’s easier to examine myself when I don’t realize I’m doing it!
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Without a doubt! My series has a strong and direct progressive message about spirituality, which is something that you don’t normally see in a fantasy. I want my readers to walk away with something…to really take something positive away from my stories. My next book (after Enduring the Energy) will have a strong political message. I like to push the envelope with my writing.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Instagram (Follow my books and my weight loss journey here).
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️