Interview with Cas Erchamion

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, on the shores of Lake Ontario. It's a quiet town with picturesque Victorian homes and a rich history. Many artists and like minded professionals call Port Hope home, including the celebrated writer Farley Mowat and the artist David Blackwood. I had the privilege of knowing them both while growing up and each inspired me to write and paint. Mr. Blackwood in particular inspired me to study at the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU), his alma mater.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing ever since I could sharpen a pencil. In grade school and up through university, writing has always been a passion, rarely matched by any other of my creative endeavors.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is an attempt to create a genesis myth surrounding a popular folk icon. While the protagonist is a character everyone knows well, few can answer the reason why he has such peculiar characteristics. For example, while milk and cookies are a typical snack that beckons to the child in each of us, regardless of our nationality, it is special nourishment to my protagonist with significant meaning and history. Such things are explored in the story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Time and location. I'm an independent, Canadian artist currently living in Asia and teaching at university. While publishing with a larger company is something I'm ready to explore in the near future, indie publishing allows me to provide ample and convenient material for my students, whether they prefer digital or hard copies.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows my students and fans around the globe to access my work, hassle-free, on any format. I can't think of a more convenient way to offer my work to the public. With Smashwords I've been able to provide for my students for easy pre-semester purchases in addition to public sales.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When 12 hours goes by in the blink of an eye because I've been living inside my characters as I write their respective paths through a story - THAT is an amazing feeling. To experience the roller-coaster ride of emotions through a variety of characters that I've created is an incomparable and immeasurable joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are brethren, of a sort. I feel a camaraderie with my fans which allows me to experience the fruits of my literary labors being enjoyed by a variety of people. Without fans, I'm writing into the darkness.
What are you working on next?
A continuation of the original genesis myth weaved around the life of a popular folklore icon. Book 2, 3, 4, and 5 are planned over the next few years. In addition, I'm still developing yearly updates and new educational titles for my students.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ernest Hemingway, Bill Bryson... whether I'm driving my motorcycle or car, I have them all looping on audio book when I can't sit down with hard copies or flip through an e-reader. Can't get enough of Terry Pratchett, which may be evidenced by my own writing style.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me to get out of bed each day is the prospect of GETTING out of bed. As Poe once said: "Sleep - those little slices of death. How I loath them." While I don't have such a dark disposition to sleeping, I love life and all that I experience each day. Therefore, I can't wait to get out of bed and continue having fun. Going to bed has always been an annoyance but a necessary one.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting and teaching. I love the solace of my studio and the charged atmosphere of my classroom at the university. Sometime they merge and everyone learns something. When neither are necessary, I'm on a motorcycle cruising through mountain roads in South Korea.
Published 2013-08-24.
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Books by This Author

A Pilgrim and the Greyman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 117,370. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
Raised in a remote sanctum far from civilization, Nicholas is forced into exile and pursued around the ancient world by a misanthropic entity. Nicholas' exile quickly becomes an impromptu adventure that reveals certain truths about his future and humanity's past. Despite his fears, Nicholas is drawn inexorably towards a confrontation he has little chance of surviving.
Just Conversations
You set the price! Words: 18,780. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Language experience approach, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy
(5.00 from 1 review)
100+ Easy English dialogues for teachers and students. As the title implies, this book is just about conversations. There are a loads of idioms, phrasal verbs and colloquial expressions for a wide variety of situations and topics.