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Recommended Reading
  • Everything written by Terry Pratchett
  • The Harry Potter series. It is the single greatest contribution to children's literature of our generation.
  • Everything written by Kurt Vonnegut. He is the master!
  • Red Planet Noir by D. B. Grady
  • The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
  • The first half of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. The second half moves into serious erotic fantasy, which is great if that's your cup o' tea.

FAQ & Writer Resources

Q: What was your inspiration for Rowan of the Wood?
C: My inspiration was a mixture of the Whedonverse of Joss Whedon, the brilliance of the Harry Potter series and how it touched the world, and the perinneal nature of the Superheros like Batman, Spiderman, and Superman which continues to capture the hearts and souls of each new generation.

Q: How long did it take you to write Rowan of the Wood?
C: It stewed in my brain for about a year before I really wrote anything down, besides my original ideas on the back of an airsick back on a plane from Texas to Oregon in December 2005. I toyed with a screenplay, but it didn't go very well. In January 2007, during downtime and breaks and boring corporate meetings while working at Dell, I started writing. Then I couldn't stop! I had a first draft in 30 days. My co-author and husband, Ethan, read the drafts and made his changes. The second draft won 2nd place in a local writing competition, so Ethan and I went on exchanging the manuscript back and forth until June. We began the arduous search for an agent and/or publisher that didn't come to fruition until January 2008. This was after we printed some preview copies and took it to a Fantasy Convention on our own. We had been planning to release the book in April 08 for Earth Day, but our new publisher couldn't effectively release it until October. A new editing process began that took another three months, making the book better and stronger than before. The book's release date is October 18, 2008 in Texas and November 1, 2008 Nationwide.

So, from concept to publication, it took nearly 3 years.

Q: What was it like working together on the novel?
E: A lot of fun and surprisingly harmonious.

C: We truly respect each other's input to the story. Ethan has such a strong background in speculative fiction and has read so much more than I have; his input was invaluable to the story. He helped me take my original idea and develop it into the novel you read today.


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