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A Flash of Words 2: Author Interview - Callie Rae Sutton

Fri interview (Dec 11)

Today, I am featuring author Callie Rae Sutton, whose story, “Kings and Queens,” is included in the anthology, A Flash of Words 2, alongside my own story, “Scatter”

1) Do you write in the same genre as your reading preference, or do they differ?

I’d say I tend to stay in my comfort zone. I prefer reading fantasy, supernatural, and crime/psychological thrillers. Most of my short stories, the good ones at least, end up being more crime/psychological. The novella series that I’m editing is more fantasy and supernatural though. This isn’t to say that I haven’t found romance books that I enjoy though. And I do try to put some romance or, at the very least, lust in some of my stories, but it usually isn’t my cup of tea.

2) What are your biggest inspirations to write?

Honestly, I don’t always know how I come up with ideas. I originally started writing my nightmares and dreams down then turned them into stories. So a good chunk would be from my subconscious. I think having a theme to focus on prompts the rest of the many stories bouncing around in my head. I would say that most of my characters have bits and pieces of traits similar to people I know. There are times where I come up with a character first then create a story based on that person.

3) What are your future writing plans?

I am currently in a very long process of editing a novella series called The Descendants’ Coven. Each of the four books concentrates on one witch’s life, though they all have a very deep connection. The first one that will be released, A Witch’s Sorrow, is about a witch who was “cursed” with reincarnation. Each chapter is a different era. Probably my favorite one to write and the hardest to edit.

I also have two other projects in the oven. Both of which are collections of my short stories. Invisible Scars will make awareness to mental health. And the other collection, title to be determined, will showcase a few categories of shorts including, but not limited to: the seven deadly sins and their counterparts, karma, and what happens next.

4) Do you find the word count to be helpful or a hindrance?

Neither. I find it a challenge I wish to conquer. A super short count can make it hard to come up with a full concept and be able to execute the whole idea in a way that makes sense and flows nicely. On the other hand, when writing my novel and now going back to edit it, I have discovered that I tend to add a lot of fluff that isn’t necessary, therefore potentially boring my readers.

5) What/who is your favorite book/author?

It’s very hard to pick just one. As a child my favorite books were Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Both, I’d have to say, are still very near and dear to my heart. One of the books I had to read in high school was Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which lead to a fairly healthy obsession. Janet Evanovich’s Motor Mouth and Nora Roberts’ Sign of Seven series are still some of my favorites as well.

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