Q & A with C.B. Mac Gillavry
I write for young adults, but I hope that people over 18 will like my stories as well. I actually write eco fantasy, which is fantasy with an environmental topic, and this is the hard yet easy part: smuggling a message this complicated into my stories.
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have completed one novel and one novella so far. There is a fairy tale spinning in my head: it’s like having to breathe in and out. This story must blossom and if I ignore it, it’s bound to bother me until I write it down.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The title is SuperMoon, the moon and the fascination I feel for “her” inspired it, together with the urge to be with some people I have lost a long time ago. My book is my special place where I get to be with them yet again.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I listen to music while I write, classical (Bach!) when I’m near a deadline, and just the radio when I’m not running late. I also drink too much coffie and eat too much…
What authors or books have influenced you?
There are so many authors I love, but let’s just name a few: Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, J.K. Rowling, Isabel Allende, Primo Levi (Italian writer), Andrea Camilleri (Sicilian writer, he writes in Sicilian, not in Italian), F. Springer (Dutch writer), Hermann Hesse.
What are you reading now?
The 11th percent, by T.H. Morris, but next will be Argentum by Debbie Manber Kupfer
Tell us about your writing process
I start daydreaming and as soon as I’m alone I start writing or recording my ideas on my phone.
Do you create character sketches before or during your writing?
No, they already exist, they are and I write about them.
Do you listen to or talk to your characters?
They act, I describe, just as simple as that. I see the pictures in my mind, mostly moving and unfolding, and I write down what I see.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write and be happy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope people will keep reading real paper books, although ebooks are good enough, as long as people keep reading. I wish others had the same addiction to books that I have, I still think it’s a good addiction, one that actually improves something of the general condition of the addicted person. And yes, I’m also a pusher…
Read more from C.B. Mac Gillavry at Domus Dianae