Author Interview: ‘Celtic Warriors’ by Cassandra Wolf

About the Book:

Celtic Warriors is about two Protestant families from England who move to Ireland in 1652 and encounter fierce opposition from Catholic Irish nationalists who resent the English invading their homeland. While animosity between the Protestants and Catholics heightens, a deeper relationship with God that can only be achieved through adversity develops even more among members of both sides.Clean suspense, mystery, and romance combine to make this Christian historical fiction novella exciting and wholesome.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

There is no singular moment that got me into writing. Most of all, my mom kept telling me I am a gifted writer. During my childhood, I kept a journal and wrote very short stories. During high school, I did well as a student journalist, which convinced me to study the field in college. I also wrote for the student newspaper in college. One of my dreams inspired me to write Celtic Warriors.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

My favorite places to write are at home and in a library. I prefer to write early in the morning.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come from dreams and personal experiences. My imagination uses these sources to create different scenarios.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Both. I know the topic and prepare an outline of my story beforehand. While I write, new ideas or honest, constructive feedback take the story in another direction.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Celtic Warriors is a Christian historical fiction/romance novella.

Realizing how God has a plan for our lives; how every event in life helps us overcome the past or have a better future; how God answered my prayers better than I could have imagined; and, how God always provides for His children drove me to these genres, as they contain universal truths.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I do not know. I never thought about a dream cast. Nor do I know enough about actors and actresses to select a cast.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

Yes. I do not have favorite authors. Instead, there are authors whose works I enjoy and will continue reading. They are Jean M. Auel; Debra Sue Brice; Nadine Keels; Allison Leotta; Dan Salerno; Agatha Christie; Victor Hugo; Alfred Lord Tennyson; and, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This list may lengthen.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Middle Ages Myths and Legends by H.A. Guerber and The Graves by Pamela Wechsler.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

The Bible. First, The Bible is and has always been relevant. The Bible teaches morality; redemption; forgiveness; how God loves us unconditionally. Actually, I heard on a podcast that The Bible is also an acronym for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Furthermore, the accounts that convey these truths are fascinating. Second, The Bible is a source of guidance and hope. Third, one learns about the origins of life, Judaism, and Christianity.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Pray

Praying is the best thing I do. Through prayer, you believe in God, who is greater than you. You will have a solid foundation to feel confident in your capabilities. The inevitable, unwavering motivation that comes from believing in a greater force will transform your fancy into reality. Anyone who succeeded believed in God, or something greater than themselves. Then, they believed they could achieve something. Strictly speaking about my book, without God, Celtic Warriors would never have manifested, and I would never have a supportive group of editors, authors, and reviewers. Plus, this interview would have never happened.

Believe in yourself

Having faith that God will help you become a successful writer is paramount. But, you must also belief in yourself. Knowing you can and will become a successful writer provides certainty in the outcome. By knowing the outcome, you will inevitably visualize yourself as a prolific writer and have a sense of purpose. As a result, you will devote yourself to writing something, developing your skill, and overcoming obstacles along those paths.

Honor important aspects of your life

While becoming a writer is one of your major goals, people close to you and taking care of yourself are more important. Those closest to you will be your biggest supporters inside and outside of your field. They will be your greatest source of joy, honest feedback, and guidance. Also, being unhealthy will being you from functioning at an optimal level. If you, are working, appreciate what makes launching a new career financially possible. Becoming a writer is not guaranteed. At least, you will still have a source of income, until your new career is established.

Believe in your work

Mind how you evaluate yourself as a writer and your capabilities verbally and in writing. People can sense timidity; low-self-esteem; confidence; and, sincerity, among demeanors, by looking at and hearing a person. The way an impression of someone is formed during interpersonal communication is similar to that when reading his or her writing. Your tone, your diction, and your syntax convey to readers whether you feel confident, passionate, or unhappy. Remember how your impressions about what you have read developed.

Furthermore, there are popular songs, movies, and book you dislike. In the same vein, not everyone will like your writing. Be prepared for and willing to accept negative feedback, along with rejection, from reviewers and agents. Their opinions do not diminish the greatness of your writing. Rather, their responses can be advantageous for you. Honest, constructive feedback can make you aware of areas for improvement. Take those responses into consideration, but remain true to your style and confident in your ability to write well.

Determine why you want to become a writer

Money alone must not be your motivating factor to become a writer, for you can receive an income from any other occupation. You will cast away your writing ambitions once another occupation increases the amount of funds in your bank account. Be frank with your motivations for becoming a writer. Ask yourself why, out of all other avenues, you gave the most consideration to writing. Then, take time to answer that question.

Determine whether you can commit to being a writer

You must be patient with yourself. Your writing may not be stellar at first. But, if you have faith in God and yourself, your products will become more coherent and renowned. Keep writing, for you must. Establishing your career as a writer takes time. You must also invest in the never-ending process of developing your skill; finding your target audience; promoting your creativity; and, providing fresh, interesting material on a regular basis to stay relevant. Sometimes, you may need to invest considerable time in researching topics or verifying facts. Not to mention, preparing and revising a manuscript can take years.

Decide how to build your career as a writer

You will arrive at your destination by following a route. First, decide what you can do to become a writer, such as enrolling in writing classes, completing two pages of your manuscript per day, or submitting journal entries about your hikes to relevant publications. Second, set reasonable timeframes for accomplishing those steps, such as two hours each morning for your manuscript, self-publishing a book within 12 months, or submitting two pieces per week.

Learn about different career paths for writers

First, figure out which path interests you the most by reading about the ways in which to become a writer or talking with professional writers. Second, be honest with yourself about what you will do to pursue your ambition. Third, read postings for careers in writings. One source is www.journalismjobs.com. Other sources are publishers’ Web sites.

Develop your writing skill by reading

Keep exposing yourself to different styles or writing. Keep expanding your vocabulary. Learn interesting facts. Learn how diction is essential to emphasizing the setting, characters’ personalities, and themes, for examples. You can apply these techniques to your writing.

Build connections with authors whose works you enjoy

A supportive network of authors, whether of the same genre, will lead you to invaluable advice, referrals, and a larger audience. You will also discover other wonderful literature.

Cherish and relish your craft

Knowing that God has a successful outcome for your new career will keep you on the path to becoming a writer. You will care about achieving that success, and, therefore, you will make time to develop your ambition. For instance, we care about being happy and will make time to do what brings us pleasure. Otherwise, you will always have an excuse for neglecting your dream. If writing brings you misery, the quality of your life will deteriorate like rust deteriorates metal. If you find yourself in raptures while writing, each aspect of your life will blossom like buds on a flowering plant. Moreover, you are blessed with an opportunity to become a writer. Make the most of and share that blessing.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cassandra-Wolf

Google+: www.plus.google.com/111680662275400941474

 

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