Interview with C. Roussell

When did you first start writing?
In the late 90's. My English professor gave me some very good and useful feedback, and so I suppose I have her to thank for helping "plant the seed."
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was a gift for Mother's Day. I believe I was 8 years old. It was about a boy who, literally, lost his voice. He spent days trying to find it and inexplicably recovered it when he bumped into a stranger. I wish all plots were that easy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants." It is a short story that I read / deconstructed in college for a research paper. I loved his descriptions of the characters' surroundings and his use of metaphors. I would consider that a pivotal moment in my wanting to write.
What is your writing process?
I try not to overthink anything when I begin writing. And I try not to "latch" on to a particular theme. I let my mind jump from one environment to the next and see which one best fits the "mood" of the character(s). The rest unfolds in a way that I can't quite explain.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To know someone out there, even if it's only one person, is able to identify with a particular character, place, or emotion. If the audience can find themselves somewhere in a sentence I've written, especially if it brings some sort of consolation, then that would please me.
Describe your desk
Clean and organized. It needs to be. My thoughts are all over the place when I write so I need some semblance of order around me during the process.
How do you approach cover design?
First of all, I am not tech-savvy. I'm probably the complete opposite. But I knew what kind of cover I wanted. One that would be symbolic of the books content. Mood is important to me, be it a written or visual medium.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The autonomous nature of it inspired me. To produce a book at face value, without outside parties questioning what they think would make the author's work marketable. Don't get me wrong, I think it is beneficial for any writer to employ a "fresh set of eyes" for his or her work--it's how you grow. But I simply think there exists (some) influences designed to steer you away from what "feels" right in your gut and that can potentially undermine the creative process. Who knows, I may prove myself wrong.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ernest Hemingway and Elmore Leonard.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. Being mindful of what I have and embracing those things. And knowing I'll, hopefully, be that much wiser when I wake up the next day.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would feel honored in knowing that any aspect of my work left an impression on someone, that he or she might be able to somehow "share" in the experience of a thought or a sentence. Knowing that would be worth it to me.
Published 2015-11-08.
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Books by This Author

A Day in the Mind of a Flight Attendant
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,250. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Ever wonder what's beyond the smile of the person who hands you a half-full bag of stale pretzels? Well, sit back, relax and find out when a working stiff takes you on a pleasure trip packed full of playful and reflective insights into the various people he stumbles upon...and serves up plenty of revelations about himself along the way! Come spend 'A Day in the Mind of a Flight Attendant.'