Hey gang! Glad you're back for more interview of some amazing authors! Today's interview is of Adelise M. Cullens, the author of Dead Bunnies Make All Eight of Me Cry - and more! She's amazing and dealt with me and my unusual circumstance. I had to be at another location that day and ended up using my iPad and iPhone to video our Skype!
It was frustrating because the camera kept moving on me and once uploaded to Youtube, it cut some of my opening picture off! What a bummer, but I couldn't go back and readjust because it too me from 8pm to 1:41 am just to get it uploaded... I kid you not! So I hope you don't get seasick. Below is our initial interview. (Click on Read More)
Dead Bunnies Make All Eight of Me Cry
*Please fell free to share anything about yourself and your awesome book!
1. What did you have to go through to create such a book? An experience of yours or someone else’s maybe?
I had the seed of the idea for Dead Bunnies when I first had children. I would always be sitting there and my mind would be thinking one thing (look at them walking and having fun!) and then another thought would pop in my head (what if they impale themselves on the coffee table leg!) and then another thought and the cycle would just go on and on. It just sparked the idea of this character that could see all the sides of her personality. Then it developed from there, becoming more about mental illness and the struggle of life in general.
2. Why the number eight (8)?
At the time I was going through a difficult time and I was constantly on the verge of a mental breakdown. I had recently moved into my mother's garage with my husband and two young children. And my mother lived in a rural area where there was roadkill every few meters on the road. One morning I was driving to work and I saw this dead bunny on the road and I just burst into tears. That is when the title just came to me. I don't actually know why it had to be eight. It just always was. I kind of wish it had some sort of significance, but it doesn't
3. Tell me about your cover? Feel free to share your designer & info as well.
Argh! The Dead Bunnies cover was just a nightmare! I went through about seventeen covers before I settled on the one currently in print.
I like to do all my own cover art. There have been a few exceptions, but most of them are my own. I like to do arty things and covers are an art form. I don't care what people say, books are judged by their covers and the cover art is very important.
I have actually thought of doing a limited edition short run paperback of Dead Bunnies with an alternate cover that fans can choose themselves. But that is a project for the future!
4. I’ve seen storyboards as large as two bedroom/office room walls. How did you keep so many inner-characters in line?
I'm not a big plotter. I find it very difficult to plot and often I have to force myself to do so. I didn't plot Dead Bunnies at all. Once I had finished the seventh draft (I think, lol) I decided to story board with cards on the floor, but that was only to get the order of the chapters right. My mind is either super organised (when it comes to writing) or it is a terrifying, beautiful mess ... there is no in between!
For the novel I am currently writing, I am forcing myself to storyboard. I don't like it, but I'm doing it. I have stuck cards with notes on the glass back door of the house we are currently renting. I look at it and jot stuff down every now and then. But I still have to force myself.
5. I met you on Instagram, but don’t recall your office space. What’s your writing environment like? Silence? Do you snack or listen to music?
My old office space was the garage that my wonderful husband had converted to a library/gym/office. It had shelves all over the walls, a huge desk and black walls ... It was beautiful! Now, because we have been hotel hoping for the past seven months, it is were ever I can fit my computer!
My space is generally a mess. I like to have everything I need right there with me, but in no order. I work much better among the chaos! My soundtrack for writing can range from silence to classical piano to Slipknot - it really depends on the story I am writing. Currently, I am listening to creepy doll or music box instrumentals on Youtube.
6. In your Amazon bio, you make a ‘Men At Work’ reference. I love the 80’s! Where did you fit in the 80’s? Were you big hair with rock? Alternative? Or maybe you were in a league of your own?
I was born in 84, but I had two older brothers that were pretty influential. I kinda slot myself into 80s rock and metal, mixed with a bit of 90s goth girl. I still have the black hair and clothes. I still wear combat boots everyday. I used to wear fishnets and FMBs to school. I have always been just a weirdo. I'll just stick with that. I am weird.
7. You’ve written so many books! Which is your absolute favorite and why?
This is a hard question! I have a special place in my heart for the Searching for the Silent Lady series. It is short, and fun to write. And I love being able to just give them away for free. There is something about being able to share art with anyone, even if they can't afford to pay for it. Plus I love the main character. She is confused and lost, but strong and confident and stands up for her beliefs and kicks the arses of bad guys. There is pirates and zombie mermaids, flesh eating faeries and shape-shifting tattooed raven men ... how can you go wrong!?
8. What is your absolute favorite movie and how did it impact your life?
Jim Henson's Labyrinth. Hands down. I bloody love that movie! It really took hold of my imagination and probably has some sort of effect on every story I have ever come up with. Plus, it has a kick arse soundtrack which I still listen to.
9. Have you ever met a famous actor/actress or author who’s made a mega-difference in your life? Who and what was the experience like?
This one is easy! I got the opportunity to interview Holly Black in 2015. She is one of my all time favourite authors. Interviewing her was just amazing. I still listen to the interview every now and then. She was just so lovely and down to earth and funny and quirky. I just loved her! And you can't beat having a chat with another author, talking about the craft is so much fun, and to chat with someone like her was just inspiring.
A close second is Neil Gaimen. I, almost literally, ran into him backstage at a talk with Amanda Palmer (his wife) and I was face to face with him, both of us looking as stunned as the other. I just shakily handed him a notebook and said "I'm a writer" and he nodded and smiled politely and then signed my notebook "WRITE!"
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