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Author Interview: C.N. Faust

Welcome, C.N. Faust!


Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

The cover art for the series was actually done by Alexander K. (or alexowo, this is their Facebook page: I fell in love with their artwork and immediately asked after a commission. I feel like the dark fairytale look captures the essence of Dragoloth perfectly. And while the pictures are beautiful, there is something sinister underneath them that you can see in the subtlest of details.

Definitely. I see the darkness, the hints of mystery and beauty. The covers show the real complexity of the story and the characters.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Spread the word! Or, even better, recommend it / gift it to someone in your life. Like my Facebook page and interact with each other and with me … I love meeting readers! I’m not sure how other indie authors feel about the subject, but things like fanfiction, drawings, and other expressions of community really make me happy.

That’s an awesome idea. I, for one, would love to see some fanfiction and drawings from your books. And don’t forget folks – all the links are at the bottom, so you can connect all over the web.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I am fairly certain I was destined to be a writer because that is the very first thing I remember doing (even before I could remember how to spell “of” correctly, what a silly word to get tripped up on). I have always loved reading and I have very eclectic tastes in books. As to where it comes from … if you want to be technical, I probably got it from my mother. I seem to get most things from her!

Isn’t that the way? Mothers give you the most interesting things. 🙂 And ‘of’ was one of those things that got me when I was younger too. I kept writing ‘off’ instead. LOL.

What inspires you?

Fall weather, good music, cigarette smoke, moonlight … things of that nature. I am also inspired by writers such as Richard Lee Byers and R.A. Salvatore and by movies (anything starring Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, or Angela Lansbury usually does the trick).

Ha! You just listed some of my all time favourite actresses! I can certainly see how these things have inspired you. I can see the influence in the way you write.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?

I consider myself to be a full time writer (seeing as how I write every day and hold no other form of employment). But because I am a student as well I suppose that would make me more part-time. I definitely don’t get as much writing done every day as I would like. I would love to do 10,000 words a day, but the most I usually can manage is 3,000-5,000 on a good day.

That’s the Catch 22, isn’t it? I used to study a lot and try to write and I got nothing done. There was always something more urgent and important to do first. Fingers crossed that you get some more time soon.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Haha! Funny you should ask that. The circumstances are imaginary, but a few of the relationships and a LOT of the characters are based off of relationships I have had and people I have known.

Ooh, now I’m going to have to have a good look at the relationships in the story and see if I can see which ones are the real ones 😉 I love when there’s a hint of realism to the characters, even in a fictional story.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

Sometimes I wish I could have done a better job with Raul and Brisha. They seemed to have a lot of latent potential I never quite fulfilled. But Brisha I never liked because she was kind of a wet blanket, and because of that I never bothered fleshing her out. Raul could have been a fun crazy character, needlessly explosive and very destructive, but he turned sour on me too. I just never liked either of them very much, but I wish I could have done better.

That’s the thing about characters, they tend to take you away from where you want to put them. I’ve had to adapt whole stories before, just to accommodate who the characters want to be, instead of forcing them to be who I want. It’s a real tricky thing.

What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, his creator.

Pharun loves me, whether or not he would ever admit it. We go out for coffee all the time and discuss the next brilliant plot twist… and it usually devolves into a conversation about his hair or gossip about who Shrukian is sleeping with.

You are too funny. I could totally imagine him doing that.

If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?

That’s an insanely long list, considering the volume of my characters! I will just hit on the main ones to keep things from becoming overwhelming. But Cillian Murphy would definitely play Meridith, Chris Hemsworth would be Shrukian, Jesse Williams would play Pharun, Bill Nighy would play Encarz, Amy Lee would be Olympia, Jared Leto would play Felix, Tom Hiddleston would play Raul, and Rooney Mara would play Brisha.

Your list is awesome! From reading the story, I totally agree with them all. Bill Nighy and Tom Hiddleston particularly. I am also a huge fan of Jared Leto. He could definitely contribute to the soundtrack too. 🙂

What is your writing environment like? Do you write with a pen and paper, or on a computer? Do you need quiet, or music in the background? Do you have a pet who gets in on the act?

Lately I like to sit at my desk and write. That way I can open up the window that is above it and soak in the chilly fall breeze as I sip my coffee. I like to write out my outlines with pen and paper, because for some reason that helps me stay organized. I like for the room to be completely silent and dark aside from whatever music I have going on quietly in the background. (Usually The Killers, Passion Pit, Enya, Cake, Mumford and Sons, Anais Mitchell, and The Fratellis to name a few).

Some great music there! A really nice mix of toe tapping beats and relaxing inspiration.

What’s the most amusing thing that’s happened to you while you were writing this story?

 It was so long ago I don’t remember!

LOL. I know how you feel. It takes so long to put a story together, then there’s the editing, cover decisions, and getting it out there.

About C.N. Faust

C.N. Faust

Cyrus is a perfectly charismatic, devilishly charming bloke who spends far too much time writing novels and plays and not enough time writing the essays required for him to graduate. He is currently a Classics major with a double major in Theatre that will probably change to he-doesn’t-know-yet. Cyrus’ mission statement is that he would rather his writing be read and enjoyed by a small following than have to conform to the demands of a large audience. Of course, if you want to buy his novel and help support his cause to buy his domain name, then that would make you the best person he knows. Cyrus also possesses an unhealthy love for Shakespeare, and before he dies he intends to produce every one of the great playwright’s plays. In his spare time (what spare time, where?) he is charming the ladies and devising new and inventive ways to torment his faithful, beloved characters.

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