C. L. McCollum spends her time delving into the wonder of the world. She’s always been drawn to the “How” and the “Why” and the “Is this even possible?” While her debut novel is on the road to publication, C. L. has contributed to multiple anthologies, and also co-edits a charity anthology series known as “Clichés for a Cause.” Currently, C. L. is keeping it weird in Austin, TX with the love of her life and their various furry roommates. You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CLMCCOLLUMAUTHOR andhttps://twitter.com/C_L_McCollum.
1. Tell me about the anthology.
The Clichés for a Cause series is one that I've been so honored and humbled to be involved in as both an editor and an author. ONCE UPON A TIME is the second installment in the series, and all proceeds will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN https://rainn.org/). It was wonderful to me just how many people came on board to benefit that charity. A love of fairy tales definitely helped motivate most of our story and illustration offers, but time and again it was mentioned that our contributors really were thrilled to be part of something benefiting that charity. The book is being released on Amazon on Friday 6/19, and I can't wait to get my personal copy for my shelf! Oh, BTW, if anyone is on Facebook, there is an online release party going on here: https://www.facebook.com/events/478849592279741/ We're doing giveaways of original art & prints, early releases of the illustrations, and contributor introductions. We'd love to have some more attendees!
2. Who inspires you?
So so many things/people. The writing group I'm in (the minds behind Herding Cats Press and the Clichés for a Cause series actually) are always amazingly supportive. It's easier to get inspired when you know you have someone to bounce ideas off of and get great feedback from. The other main source of my inspiration are my boyfriend and my mom. Both of them have no doubt I'll be able to succeed in this writing thing eventually, and having that support and faith in me is the best thing to focus on when I need to get my fingers on the keys.
3. Who are some of your favourite authors?
Oh jeebus the favorite author questions. It's like picking a favorite flavor of chocolate! Almost impossible! I do have a few top faves though: my "I'll be buying everything they've written in hardcover as soon as it comes out" list LOL. Tamora Pierce is my very favorite YA author hands down. I love all of her books, and the characters are always so real to me somehow. Robin McKinley has been a fave of mine since Jr. High I think? THE BLUE SWORD and BEAUTY were my first finds from her, but there has never been a book she's written that I didn't like. Anne Bishop and Jacqueline Carey also round out my "wait they have a new series how did I miss that?!" list too. Very lush and sensual dark fantasy series, though completely different in their writing styles.
4. What do you love about writing?
I love sense of possibilities with writing. The act of creation is so freeing for me. Even if I never was published again, I doubt I could ever give it up. It's totally addictive to get to bring new worlds and people to life. Trying out new genres and POVs keeps it challenging, too. I love to learn, and I swear each story or book I write teaches me something as I work on it.
5. What do you do when you're not writing?
I almost feel like I'm always writing, or at least thinking about writing LOL. I read a ton; getting lost in a book is another of those feelings I never want to give up. Otherwise, I also do some jewelry making and stock photography as my grown-up excuse to get dressed up in pretty costumes for no reason at all. Finally, I'm really enjoying taking part in the Mimosa Thursday series of podcasts. We talk about all things writerly and readerly. It's be a blast so far! https://soundcloud.com/mimosathursday
Featuring a grand total of 29 amazing authors and illustrators, this anthology brings to life 15 re-told fairy tales to set you imagination soaring.