Interview with C.L. Anderson

Who are your favorite authors?
I really don't have a favorite author. I will read almost anything that I can get my hands on (shampoo bottles included) and I rarely stick to one genre.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children inspire me to live. Watching them learn about the world around them, helping them discover the answers to life's questions, and seeing the world from a different perspective makes it all worthwhile.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, reading, reading! I have always thought that a person who claims to be a writer but does not read is fooling themselves.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! It was called "A Tale of Two Kittens" and I wrote it in the first grade. Despite my lack of talent as an artist, I illustrated and bound it myself.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is organic. For the most part, if I have an idea I will simply sit down (either at the computer or with a pad of paper) and write. Sometimes, I'm pleased with the result and move on to shining it up. Sometimes I am not pleased at all but I do keep it around just in case. I also tend to go back through drafts that I have written and pull ideas from them.
What do you read for pleasure?
Any and everything possible!
When did you first start writing?
I first began to write the moment I could hold a crayon. When I was 7, I read Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" and it changed the way I looked at everything. I knew right then and there that my one wish would be to become a published author because I wanted to change the life of just one person, the way Harper Lee changed mine.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is, without a doubt, creating a world and its inhabitants from scratch.
What are you working on next?
I am currently neck deep in edits and rewrites for the second book in the Dahlia Van Camp series.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I honestly hate to pick favorites (I don't want the other books getting jealous) but if pressed, I would say (in no particular order):

*Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Because who doesn't want their own Mr. Darcy?

*To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It blew my mind that a book could so perfectly describe not only a place but the social climate of a certain time, as well.

*The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
To me, this book is as close to perfect historical fiction as possible. The character development and story line combined made for one of the most life-changing moments in my life.

*The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The lessons taught in this book can be applied to every aspect of life and I do apply them daily.

*Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson
The man was off his rocker, stoned out of his gourd, and still managed to pioneer a form of journalism that is copied to this day. I enjoyed the madness and the sadness of his life.
Published 2014-07-30.
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Books by This Author

Dead(ish) Girl Walking
Series: Dahlia Van Camp. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,740. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Dahlia Van Camp is no ordinary zombie. As one of the few remaining Cognizant zombies left in the world, she has to walk the slippery slope of striving to regain her humanity while defending herself from other beings that are only found in nightmares.