Where Writers And Authors Meet Interviews:
C.J. McKee was our Featured Spotlight author last week and visitors were encouraged to ask C.J. some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get C.J. back for a follow up interview!
Jo Linsdell says:
What’s one thing you’ve learnt as a writer that you wish you’d known when you were starting out?
A better understanding of some of the more common grammatical issues. I knew a fair amount to get me started, but as I learned over several rewrites and writer groups I realized it wasn’t enough. Luckily my editor helped with the fine tuning and I learned a ton from her. Things like who/whom, hanged, hung, adverbs too much/not enough, etc. I know that’s more than one, technically, so I’ll say grammar.
Out of all of your characters who would you like to take on vacation, why, and what sorts of things would you do?
The Mid-Lander Wise Woman Karandra. She has a great understanding of the world around her, so I wouldn’t starve or get lost in the woods!
Also, being a Mid-Lander, she is much older and has many stories to tell. I would also press her to take us to her homeland in the north where her ancestors live and meet her family. Of course I’d love to learn the Mid-Lander forms of bending as well.
Describe one of your character’s favorite meal…
Here’s a little behind the scenes, deleted scene for ya: King Olutu loves fish, hates traveling by sea. In the original story he stops at a tavern and eats a fish bake. Local cuisine of Arydd’liss and a favorite delicacy, the fish bake is made with the most common fish from the sea, local herbs, cheese, and breaded with dried, ale bread. The fish is soaked, salted in ale and baked until crisp. Finally, served with, what else? Ale. This part of the story was removed for a better flow.
If you could dress up for a comic con- what character would you dress up as- describe your costume.
That would probably be Galddor, I’m too old for Danard lol. I’d wear a long, plain robe, simple linen and a thick cloak to cover it, also in simple, cream color linen. The jerkin is purple and adorned, the only really colorful part of the ensemble. The hat is like a baseball cap without the lid, purple with no adornments. Finally, simple leather calf-length boots, black. The long, ironwood staff is gnarled at the top encrusted with blue crystals. A long silver beard would be braided and adorned with a silver clasp.
Hi CJ, I’ve just bought your book after I read the preview on Smashwords. I love dragon stories, and I like your descriptive style!
On the ‘Author’ page on your website you say: “I wrote mostly Sci-Fi or Fantasy stories, short but sweet. I have written other stories which I will post here so you can read and enjoy. ” I couldn’t find your other stories – have you not posted them yet, or am I just blind? I’d be interested to read more of your stories.
They’re older, short stories, I will be posting more as time allows. They’re under the BOOK section on the top menu http://www.mountaindragonmedia.com/?page_id=10
Do you outline or do you just jump into the story and see where it takes you?
I outline ideas I have and they sit there until I can get to them. Most of this series (Dragon Sage) has already been written to some degree, and they need rewrites. I have, on occasion, written a title with a storyline in mind and let it run wild.
Which scenes are the hardest for you to write?
Dialog. I much prefer descriptions of the world.
Which character was your favourite to write?
What is your biggest inspiration for your writing?
Cliche though it may be, Tolkein, or any fantasy writer, really. In Science Fiction, Ray Bradbury – although he did indirectly influence me as well.
Who is your favourite author?
That is always a tough question. Although Tolkein is a strong influence and I loved his series, I’d have to say Ray Bradbury, as he was a childhood hero to me.
I am on chapter 5 of “Blood and Bane”. It’s an awesome book so far! I expect it to get better! What is your next book?
Great, glad you like it so far! My next book should be out before the end of the year, it’s about a young woman finding herself, and her fate, at the hands of a Dragon. That’s all I’ll say. 🙂
From Admin Virginia- Awesome! I really loved your character description and your answers too! Blood and Bane sounds like an awesome book!
You can find C.J. McKee’s Book‘s on Amazon here
“And as a bonus, my ebook, Blood and Bane: The Dragon Sage Chronicles is now only $0.99!!
Use coupon code GL48T on Smashwords, good until August 15th, 2013!” ~ C.J.