Meet The Rogues — C.L. Cannon
Author C.L. Cannon
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am sort of a one-woman show! I am a publisher, publicist, editor, author, designer, and lots of other occupations with the -er sound at the end! I enjoy writing about love and friendship. I love it even more when I can add fantasy and science fiction aspects to those themes! I am a self-proclaimed Potterhead (Slytherin pride people!) who spends her days trying to #bookstagram (and probably failing), helping other authors grow and succeed with my company, Fiction-Atlas Press (I love my job), and loving on my two babes (velociraptors) Seth and Petey.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
From the time I could read, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I always had a firm grasp of grammar and a love of literature. I wrote my first story, which was an alternate ending of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women at the age of nine. It was probably horrible in hindsight, very melodramatic for sure, but at nine with no firm grasp on the real world that seemed to make it exciting! I continued to write and to read, penning plays that my little sister and I performed for our parents. In high school, I was introduced to fanfiction, and the writing flame spread through me like an inferno! I also joined the school literary magazine and wrote poetry and short stories. I had a few poems published in anthology volumes. I excelled in my AP English classes and thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with a good book rather than partying my teen years away. My battered copy of Return of the King can attest to this!
Have events or people in your life ever inspired scenes or characters in any of your books?
I would have to say yes, especially friends. I don’t think you can believably write about certain connections without experiencing them yourself. As I mentioned before, I like telling stories that deal with friendship and all the different aspects that can take in your life. Some friendships are fleeting, and some last your whole life through. Some are healthy and supportive, while others are parasitic. Friends can come from all aspects of life, all backgrounds, races, religions, sexual orientations. Some friendships feel like finding a missing part of your soul, and you are never the same as when you are engaging with that person. I’ve been lucky enough to experience that bond and being able to pour those feelings into my characters is almost like a therapy for me. I want people to know that those kinds of friendships do exist.
What is your favorite/most frustrating part of the writing or publishing process?
I have a terrible time with outlining. I am a pantser I have a bare-bones idea of what will happen, but the end result could turn into something completely different, and I don’t know how it will turn out until I am done! The best part of the publishing process is hearing someone say they like it. That your words inspired them or brought them joy, sadness, contemplation; that a world you brought to life in your own mind has traveled to the reader’s mind and found a place there.
Tell us about your main character.
Neviah Terrell is the main focus of Time After Time.
I always give my characters names that mean something.
Neviah means future. Terrell means “to pull” and was often used to describe a stubborn person.
Since this story is a modern gender-swapped take on Pride and Prejudice, she is the Darcy counterpart!
She’s stubborn, focused, and witty, with a love of family that takes her on a journey through time and space in an effort to rescue her little sister from an ill-begotten fate!
Neviah has some serious skills when it comes to mechanics and aircraft. She can fix and fly her own ship and has some advanced computer skills good for tracking our baddie down! She’s also a very vulnerable character. She’s not one to easily trust others, and that’s something she’s going to have to learn to do in this series, especially when it comes to her interactions with the male lead, Asher who is a little more relaxed than her.
What makes your villain so scary/powerful?
I always like writing complex villains. Victor truly believes he has every right to behave the way he does. He is feeling some very human emotions, rejection, abandonment, loss. These feelings set him in motion, on a different path than our protagonist, but in his mind, it the right path. It is what he is owed.
Who designed your book cover?
The wonderful Vanesa Garkova! It was a pre-made that I saw, which inspired the story!
What kind of books do you read in your free time?
I have a HUGE love of Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-fi. One of my favorite authors right now is Leigh Bardugo. I love the intricate worlds she creates and her complex characters!
Do you have a favorite book quote?
I have several, but this one always makes me smile. It’s from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Ron is one of my favorite characters because I feel like he’s one of the most relatable. I love the hope of this quote — the message of having faith in someone despite their flaws. To err is human, but to forgive and understand must also be a part of the human condition.
“He must’ve known I’d run out on you.”
“No,” Harry corrected him, “He must’ve known you’d always want to come back.”
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read something every day. Write something every day, even if it’s a paragraph. Start marketing immediately, even if you have nothing much written down yet. The push that you will get from social media and potential fans will give you more to work toward and a goal to attain. You will be held accountable. Your profile says you are an author, so be one.
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