Interview with C. Borden

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in middle school after my class finished reading "Z for Zechariah." I had read other amazing novels by that time, always being an avid reader. However, something about this particular book woke in me a hunger and a story of my own that had to be told. I immediately started working on my own little story, which I still have hidden away somewhere, and that one spawned another, and another. Today, I have over a dozen started stories. However, when I started working on the Mythnium world, this world started to consume my ideas, thoughts, and even my dreams.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing brings me a sense of accomplishment. As a child, I wrote to better express myself. As a teenager, I wrote to learn about myself. Now as an adult, I write to get the stories in my head OUT of my head. To see them on my screen or on paper is to see them become real. Every new character that gets added to my drafts is like a new child born to me. Every new location that gets added to the world of Mythnium becomes a place I have been, or have longed to be. Writing is like an external extension of my mind, which brings me joy certainly, but I have to admit- sometimes it can bring me great frustration.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My life... I am a truly blessed person. I have an incredible family, to include three wonderful fur babies. I live in a beautiful spot. I work for myself, so I am able to be with my loved ones, and still follow my passion of writing. I have every reason to look forward to a new day, and so I do!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors. First and foremost, Frank Herbert. My uncle introduced me to Dune when I was eight or nine, then introduced me to the first book when I was twelve. I begged and pleaded with my parents to take to the local book stores so I could get the rest of the series. I read the entire series in less than two weeks. (I am pretty sure my homework suffered that period of time.) I still have that series today. Other authors who have truly inspired me: Terry Brooks, R.A. Salvatore, Robert Jordan, Tolkein, Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Nail Gaiman, Frank Peretti, H.G. Wells, and so many more!
What do you read for pleasure?
I am super eclectic with all the various entertainment avenues- books, movies, music, etc. So this is actually a really hard question to answer. So I guess I should stick with my favorite genres. I love to read, but my favorite genres are any books having more to do with the fantastical, and if that throws in a little religion, or a little science, then I am even more entertained. I think that is why Dune, and the Dune series by Frank Herbert is still my all-time favorite series. It is fantastical (minus the fantasy creatures we are most familiar with), but deals heavily in religious and political undertones while taking us to galaxies and planets only someone like Herbert could ever dream up!
What is your writing process?
I have no education in writing beyond the little bit I acquired while in college. So my writing process probably varies greatly from many other authors, especially established authors. I tend to write off the cuff. I have a "vision" of sorts, and I grab onto it, and develop it in my mind for a bit. If the vision builds on itself, I sit down and write it out. If it gets to a point where I hit a blank spot, I let it go. However, those that have made it to notes on a paper, often end up taking on a life of their own. Sometimes I am able to lay out an outline of where I hope the story will go, but so far, most of the time, my characters go in a completely different direction truly taking on a life of their own. I like to think this actually makes them much more easy to relate to, but you will be the ones to truly decide that for yourself.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design, frankly, scared the crud out of me. I wanted something I could use over and over, and because I am not an artist, I was certain I would have to hire someone to draw up a cover concept for me. I am so super picky, I knew that would be a process that would just stress me out. So I started looking at avenues that would allow me to design my own cover. For my short stories and my ultimate project, I plan on using the same art- drawings from my Great-Grandfather, which are a combination of water color, pen, and pencil. I have multiple pieces hanging in my office, and they inspire me every day, and have actually helped me design my world almost about them. Now, if I branch out and away from Mythnium at any point, I will be back at square one for cover design, but I am very pleased with how this family art is able to complement my stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
My true fans can probably be counted on one hand so far because I am so new. However, each time someone reads my work, and expresses how much they liked it, or how they hoped for more, I am so deeply gratified and also deeply humbled. I think every author likes to think they are truly talented, but also fears that they really are not. I know I do. So each fan is a great delight to me.
Published 2016-08-09.
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Books by This Author

Grazina
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
An Elven Princess who never felt like she belonged, Grazina finally starts to come to terms with the expectations placed on her. But when tragedy strikes, her future becomes more uncertain than it had ever been.
Virconia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Meet Virconia, a Drow warden from Ervenhall, an outcast from her people, but also one of the few they rely on for news from other places. Her journey to the surface lays the groundwork and begins relationships with other characters who will also play an important part in the future of Mythnium.
Colna
Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Tracking an unusually large wolf through Deep Forest puts one of the most talented archers from Elmnas in a precarious position, but only afterward does she realize just how precarious when she recalls a memory and connects the memory to the experience with the wolf.
Aldrina
Price: Free! Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(3.00 from 1 review)
When a shipwrecked and orphaned child is found by a band of smugglers, it is up to them to decide how to proceed especially once they realize she is the missing princess from some war-torn islands. She is just a child after all, but the reward for her return...
Valero
Price: Free! Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(3.00 from 1 review)
The Warrior Elf from Elmnas that became a legend throughout Mythnium. Meet Valero on one of his patrols as he senses danger, and as he realizes increasing premonition of more to come.