Let us all give a warm welcome to author C. Rene Astle who will be joining us to talk a bit about the usual stuffs. Writing, books, and some other fun tidbits.
What inspired you to start writing?
I honestly can’t remember. I’ve written since I was a child, and have been an avid reader all my life.
When did you decide that you wanted to publish your first story?
My mom inspired me actually. She published a mid-grade fantasy book (she has a series out now), and I realized that it was possible for me too.
Describe your writing space.
My writing space is usually my kitchen table. Unless I’m in the editing phase, and then it’s my reading chair. Although I write on my computer, I always have a notebook to take notes and write down tangents my brain takes me on.
How do you do research for your books?
Reading is one way. There’s also all the things on the internet – which is both a boon and a curse. I can go down some deep rabbit hole, and look up a few hours later. ( ain’t that the truth!)
What motivates you to keep writing?
I love creating, I love the process of writing. It energizes me. And I have so many ideas that I feel a need to get out.
Writing can be emotionally draining and sometimes stressful- particularly when stepping into the publishing realm of things. Any tips to share for the aspiring writers out there?
Believe in yourself. Be kind to yourself. And take time to refill the creative well, whatever does that for you. For me it’s reading and getting out into nature. (Really great advice I agree)
Tell me about the books you write.
I write the books I like to read. Books with conflicted, imperfect characters, and more than a few quirks. Protagonists with flaws. Antagonists with a purpose. My first series, Bloodborne Pathogens, is urban fantasy starring an orphan who’s a bit of an under-achieving, might-have-been daughter who wakes up to find herself transformed. I’m just putting the finishing touches on a space opera series starring a group of outcasts and rogues.
How many books have you written so far? Are you in any anthologies? Which book has been your favorite to write? If you have a one that is. 🙂
I have four books published, and at least an equal number in various stages of drafting. How can I pick a favourite?! They’re my babies. They each have their own joys and challenges.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? Why are they your favorite? Are they the main character? Tell us about them.
I can’t say I have one favourite character, but I love when a character surprises me. I actually have a couple in Bloodborne Pathogens – a literal couple – that I didn’t realize would be when I started writing, and I love them as a couple. I actually am also working on writing the story of how they met.
Tell us about your latest writing project
Well, there’s the space opera I already mentioned, and the story of Dar and Rhys from Bloodborne Pathogens. Next up is a spin off series, but I have a couple of ideas and need to decide which path to go down.
Let’s get to know a bit more about you. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Reading. Running – I live in a place where I can run all year round in nature. I have an allotment garden, so a lot of my time in the summer is spent there, and I’ve recently picked up sewing again as well. Oh, and I make book covers in my spare time.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Creative curious cat
If it were possible to have your favorite season all year long what season would it be?
Why did you choose that particular season?
I love getting out into the gorgeous part of the world I live in – and it’s generally more beautiful in the sunshine.
What songs/ music are on your playlist?
Mostly podcasts actually. Ologies. Stuff to Blow Your Mind. What’s Her Name.
What is your favorite food? Chocolate. Did I answer that too fast?
Who is your favorite author and why?
This is another thing where I can’t pick a favourite. There are just so many good books out there. I’ve recently been enjoying Lindsay Buroker, Chrys Cymri, and VE Schwab.
What are you reading right now?
The first book in the Dragon Naturalist series by Marie Brennan.
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you?
I’m a lefty – so sinister. I don’t have cable anymore, but when I did I watched Practical Magic every time it came on.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
I’m on facebook at @creneastle, and twitter at @cr_astle, and you can find me on the web at creneastle.com and armchairalien.com
Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we head on out?
Thank you for having me. Keep reading. Keep creating.
And thank you for stopping by to talk books, writing, and letting us get to know you better.
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