In this weeks author spotlight I catch up with the very talented, C.V. Dreesman, author of Cursefell, a YA Paranormal Fantasy.
YA Paranormal Fantasy with a healthy dose of mythology and mystery thrown in for good measure, maybe even a pinch of romanticism.
One year ago I lost my father in a tragic accident. At least that's what my mother called it. But I couldn't believe it was an accident. I thought it had to be something else, some other reason behind the dimming of such a warm and shinning light in my life besides chance. Or maybe that is what I needed to think to get through the sudden move to Stonecrest and to hold onto the memories my mother so easily discarded.
If only I had let it go. There would have been no story to tell except how I survived high school. I could have still written my own happy ending. All that changed when I was attacked during a boating accident by a sea creature for a secret I did not even know I carried. As I lay dying, my father came to me in a vision and warned me to open my eyes and see. Well I did and I am hunted now by centuries old legends, monsters born from stories etched in stone and fairy tales, who fear my family's legacy. My blood is cursed and all that is beautiful in my life will crumble unless I can balance who I am versus what I will become.
My name is Thera Currey. I am neither the legend of my ancestor nor the myth that inspired it, but what you find when you dare to look truth in the eye.
What inspired you to write this book?
I always liked the idea of mythology and magic in the modern world, but never could work out what a story like that would look like in my writing. Then, after binge watching some television and catching up on some reading, I began to hear a few characters bubble to the surface. The idea of 'who am I' and 'what am I' kept nagging at me for the main character. Then my spouse gave me an answer to a simple question and everything mostly fell into place.
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
Part of the fun of reading a story is discovering the unknown and riding along with the characters, and each character at parts are my favorite. I will say that all of the characters surprised me with their choices and voices throughout the novel. Many of them ended up giving me an honest laugh or gasp when they insisted upon saying certain quips and taking unexpected actions. And it only becomes more apparent that 'most and least' do not easily apply to the living, breathing complicated characters that continue to reveal themselves in the sequels. That being said, I love hearing and discussing what every fan response is to this question is after they have read Cursefell.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I think Young Adult is really a misnomer as this genre obviously has readers of all ages, but what I think Young Adult means is that you have a story that is free to be imaginative and immensely creative and rule breaking in the best sense of the word. So I was drawn to write something that, to quote one reviewer, "is one of the most original, unique stories I've ever read". This genre allows you to do that and as a writer or a fan, you just never know what to expect. I do write in other genres, including Epic Fantasy and Literary Fiction, both of which are satisfying in their own ways.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
Cursefell is the first book in my new series. I am currently working on books two and three amidst spreading the word on this one. So far I imagine there will be somewhere between three to six books in total to really explore this world and reveal all the secrets it holds.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
You know my mother used to tell my brother and I these great bedtime stories when we were just wee ones. She would just make them up on the spot and they were amazingly creative and fantastical, so I think that played a big part in my ability to imagine and detail the stories I write. Then my fifth grade teacher offered extra credit to anyone who wanted to write and submit or read their stories to the class. You could say that class and teacher became my first beta-reader experience. About the same time I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien, who is perhaps the first and most important author that inspired me to write and really think about having my stories published. Most recently the authors that have inspired me to pick up the pen and strive to be creative and unique in my writing have been Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Cassandra Clare, among many others. A few fans have mentioned that Cursefell is slightly reminiscent of the tone and feel of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books ("pretty much level pegging with them" a book blogger wrote) and the Vampire Diaries series, for which I am grateful and truly humbled by the comparisons.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, hands down.
Have you written other books we should know about?
I have also written The Marksmith, an epic fantasy novel.
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Believe. In yourself, in your voice, in the value of what you and others have to say.
Where can we find your book?
Where can we find out more about you?