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Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Sunday Spotlight ~ Talking with C. Gockel


Sunday Greetings to all my fabulous readers and welcome back to another installment of

The Sunday Spotlight

I hope your weekend is progressing beautifully and that you're nicely chilled and relaxed, ready for the week ahead. Today I'm back with author C.Gockel and the first novel in her 'I Bring The Fire' Trilogy. You can find out all about her novels here: 

Talking with C. Gockel


The Sunday Spotlight 

Welcome to my blog on this sunny Sunday morning C.G.

Before I begin the interview, I want to say thank you Bella Harte for inviting me to participate on her blog. Thank you, Bella, this is a wonderful opportunity you provide up and coming authors. 

*Blushes* ~ You're so welcome and I'm delighted to share your work with the world!

How long have you been writing?
I started writing fanfiction in 2009 because I couldn’t get enough of Spock/Uhura, from there I spun out to Star Wars, the Chronicles of Narnia, and then to Thor.

What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
Two things: first, my fanfiction fans kept telling me I should write professionally; secondly, my husband’s nagging. He said if I was going to spend so much time at it I should at least try to do it in a professional capacity.

Are there any other genres you’ve written?
I wrote an original sci-fi short story called Murphy’s Star

Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?
Besides I Bring the Fire: Part I Wolves, Monsters: I Bring the Fire Part II, & Chaos: I Bring the Fire Part III are available.

Are you working on anything new right now?
I’m working on a short novella in the I Bring the Fire universe, tentatively called In the Balance, and I’m working on Fates: I Bring the Fire Part IV.

What motivates and inspires you to write?
OCD? Seriously, I tend to write about things that anger me. Lately, with the popularity of the Thor and Avengers movies there is a meme floating around linking chaos to evil. That infuriates me. Chaos at it’s most basic is change. Change can be positive or negative. Either way it can often be painful--but it’s necessary.

Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Write and share your work with a supportive but critical audience. You need editors who will send you notes that will make you want to burst into tears when you first see all the red.

What is your all-time favourite novel?
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Who is your all-time favourite author?
For fiction probably Lloyd Alexander. I still enjoy reading the Prydain Chronicles and the Westmark Trilogy even though they are for children.

Can you us who your favourite indie author is?
Lindsay Buroker!

What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?
Jane Austen Game Theorist. And I would recommend it. 

Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so what is it?
I am a web designer and coder, also I am a mom.

What is your preferred method of writing:-  The plot pre-planned from day one, or just go with the flow and see what happens next?
I always have a loose outline somewhere, but I’m not afraid to let the unexpected happen.

Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
I designed all my covers--they’ve gone through several iterations. I’ve learned a lot as I’ve gone along. One thing nice about not paying for an expensive cover right off the bat is that you can use your writing earnings to afford better design, or in my case, more stock art.

What is the best thing about writing for you?
Hearing from strangers who say I’ve written something that they can connect with in a meaningful way.



Well, that's it folks, many thanks to my Guest Author Du Jour ~ C. Gockel for sharing her writing life with us today and don't forget that 'I Bring The Fire'  is FREE at the moment, so get your copy while you can, show this awesome author some love  and if you want to let us know what you thought, leave a comment.

And on that note, I'll say bye for now or BFN, as I'm not back until the 7th of September 
 Well everyone needs a little break now and then!  
(It's only 6 days ~ I'm sure you'll survive! LOL) 

Until then

Keep Calm and Chill

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