Happy Boxing Day to my Canadian and British readers! Happy post-traumatic Christmas recovery Day to my American readers. And, welcome to another edition of The Same Six Questions. Today's guest is fantasy author C.R. Paynton. Welcome!
Thanks, Andy! I am from British Columbia, Canada, and I live in the Rocky Mountains where I work as a police officer. When I am not writing, I enjoy hiking, working out, eating organic food, spending time with my girlfriend, family and crazy dog, snowboarding and reading.
The Same Six Questions
1. Have you published a book yet?
I have published my first book, Wolf Guard Encroaching Dark which is a fantasy about a wolf shape shifter who is destined to lead the Druid people of the forests to victory against a demon Vampire and his Troll armies. The novel is filled with battles, magic, and a little bit of romance. In addition to Amazon, the book is currently available for Nook and other ereader formats and is available in print as well! The second novel in the series, Wolf Guard Unleashing the Underworld is also set to be released very soon!
2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I believe my desire to be a writer started when I was around 7 years old. I had come home from school after either reading a certain book or hearing about an author (I cannot recall) and decided I would make my own picture book. I ended up writing and illustrating the book which was about a boy and a dog. Since then I have written in my spare time for fun. It was only recently that I decided I would make an attempt to become a published author.
3. What was your first lengthy piece of fiction (say, >1000 words)? What was it about? When did you write it? Do you still have it?
There have been far too many to count! I have had the horrible tendency in the past to start a piece and then never finish it, thus I had a number of partially completed pieces that have since disappeared! I have written a number of short stories although those as well are unaccounted for!
4. When was your first indication, "I can do this (write)"?
I believe the realization came one night as I was searching for a good novel to read online. I remember sitting back and saying to myself “Why don’t I create my own novel?”
After that I set a goal for myself to write a chapter as often as I could and before I knew it I had accomplished my goal of writing a novel! After completing the novel and going through the publishing process I realized how much I truly enjoyed every second of it and knew that it was what I wanted to do.
5. If you could meet one of your characters in real life, which would it be?
I think I would like to meet Hershel, he is one of the more important characters of my novel and I happen to think we would get along quite well. He is a stag though so I would have to make sure I brushed up on my ability to speak to animals…
6. It's a dark and stormy night...you're alone in the house...there's a knock at the door...you open it, look out, and proceed to scream like a little girl. What's on the doorstep?
A person holding my novel with a marker asking for an autograph…I am screaming out of excitement.
Thanks so much for sharing! For more of C.R. Paynton, check out his blog and Twitter page.
I hope this holiday season finds you well. Be sure to stop back on Thursday when my guest will be Chrystalla Thoma. See you then!