- What do you write (genre, length)?
I write in as many genres as I possibly can, and particularly enjoy playing with the boundaries between poetry and prose. When in doubt, I’ll mash styles together because it’s fun. But if I had to choose a favorite genre, I’d have to choose fantasy. And while all of my public pieces right now are very short, I also have novel-length projects.
- What is/are your current project/s? Please give us some details.
Haha, I’m always working on too many things at once…
I have a series of microfiction/micropoetry books that will be released across 2020. They’ll all have different themes and tones, and will be all across the board.
There’s also an urban fantasy book series that I’ve been working on now for over a decade. It’s my passion project, and I love it so much! It’s about two teenage girls who discover they are half elf and half human, and then have to fight to stay alive when elven assassins are sent to kill them because of their mixed heritage.
I’m also in the process of writing an audiodrama about supernatural creatures working in the food service industry. And that’s been really fun so far! But if you want to hear my voice right now, I’m a producer and cast member on a podcast called “Magical BS”.
I have a daily poetry blog, where you’ll see a huge variety of stuff, from horror to haiku! And Twitter is peppered with my microfiction and micropoetry.
- Who (author or otherwise) or what book inspired you to write?
I can never point to one particular thing, since I just consumed as many stories as I possibly could when I was younger. But some big ones for me were Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings and Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series. These huge worlds where literally anything could happen, and there were both world-altering conflicts and smaller, more human ones.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Writing is hard. But whether or not you ever want to get your work published, it’s worth it to be able to express your thoughts and create something that’s undeniably yours. Don’t give up on yourself or your stories. Because both are important and deserve to exist. ❤
- What do you do for a living?
I work on a Dutch-Indonesian style food truck in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Who is/are your favorite author(s)?
Ahhh, that question is always painful for me because I love so many! But Anne McCaffrey has always been one of them. She’s one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to cross-genre fiction, since she wrote amazing stuff in pretty much every category possible.
- What is/are your favorite book(s)?
Garth Nix’s Abhorsen Chronicles series is a huge one for me. I also really like Greywalker by Kat Richardson, and The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer.
- What’s the best compliment someone can give you as an author?
That my writing made them feel something and/or think.
9. What is the strangest/most interesting/coolest/weirdest/scariest thing you’ve had to research for a book or short story?
Oh… that’s a fun question!
Hmmm… well I accidentally stumbled upon pictures of some bone fracture injuries that I’ll never be able to get out of my brain. *shudder*
But I think the most entertaining one I did on purpose was looking up how much damage can be done to someone with a shopping cart. Mostly the bludgeoning potential.
- What is the most difficult part of writing for you? Why?
The most difficult part for me is editing. The actual writing part is almost always fun enough that I completely enjoy the ride. But polishing a work is hard because I get so attached to it. It’s hard to see it from an objective point of view. That’s why editors are amazing!
11. What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
I’m always drawn to anything with fantastical elements. Give me a book that’s too realistic and I might be able to finish it, but more often than not I’ll get bored partway through. I really like stories that take place in a world different than mine, but also show that if crazy world-ending conflicts can be solved, then the ones I deal with on a regular basis can be too.
12. What are some little known facts about you? Hobbies, talents, anything?
Lets see… I’m a cosplayer, and I’m often at conventions doing martial art performances in character. The past few years I’ve done lightsaber fighting at Phoenix Comic Con, which has been a blast!
I also have a stutter, which is one of the reasons why writing is so important to me. It feels like the best way I can communicate.
Oh, and I like writing in trees. I’ll bring my notebook and water bottle up, and just chill there for a few hours at a time.
- Do you like physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks better? Why?
I’m the biggest fan of physical books, because I can focus on them more when they actually have weight in my hand. Plus the smell. I’m a sucker for the smell of books.
Find Cheyenne at the links below!
Daily Poetry Blog: https://poemafterpoem.weebly.com/
Words Are Hard
Magical BS Pod: https://magical-bs-pod.pinecast.co/