Hello! It’s your Friendly Neighborhood Writer here bringing you another friendly writer! This is Kristan Cannon, who writes the Kingdom of Walden series.
Kristan loves cats, sailing, reading, and gaming. She’s a member of The Indie Writer’s Network and the NaNoWriMo Ambassador’s program.
D.R.- Dancing or singing?
D.R.- Beach or Woods?
KC- A secluded beach in the woods.
D.R.- Coffee, tea, or something else?
KC- All of the above.
D.R.- What book do I recommend?
KC- Hunting Party by Elizabeth Moon
D.R.- How do you get ideas for stories?
KC- From life itself. Everything. Sometimes from what scares me, or what makes me feel something deeply.
D.R.- Which genres do you write and what’s your favourite one?
KC- I write literary fiction, with a leaning to speculative fiction. My favourite is easily speculative.
D.R.- What do you do if you see your idea has already been done?
KC- I do it anyway. There’s no way I’m going to be able to do it the same way, in any shape or fashion, than the other author did. Something will head off into the wild blue yonder and take my story in a new and different direction.
D.R.- What’s your best writer’s blockbuster?
KC- Taking a break and getting out. Or finding a new set of four walls (or none) to write in.
D.R.- Tell me about the biggest surprise your own character, story, or setting has given you.
KC- My main character was supposed to be “The Obi-Wan” of the story and die halfway through the book to give the main character that is no longer the main character a reason to leave the farm. Now that’s been turned on its head. The mentor is now still the mentor, and still on the borderline of “maybe I should retire”, but now the story is all about him…. and there’s four books all about him.
D.R.- Where is one place you think everyone should go?
KC- To their national library. The work that goes into an archive that huge is staggering and humbling.