Author name: Cage Dunn
Genre: Adult, contemporary, suspense, scary, thrilling, urban fantasy, and even allegory – but don’t tell anyone.
Herja, Devastation, Poetry & Prose, co-authored
Diaballein, Suspense, Horror
Seeking, Short stories
The Old Woman & the Mad Horse … Thriller, espionage
Not On The Cards Urban Fantasy, Arcane
Purpose – a Journey of Short Stories
Who Will Rule Magic? Kraken, Dragon, Cat vs. Kangaroo, Cockatoo, Crocodile Fantasy Allegory
What’s your story and how did you become a writer?
I knew I was a storyteller …
When I was a very young child,
my siblings were afraid of the dark, or liked to listen to the dreams of far away
All wanted to make the darkness into light, or the monsters be friendly
To give them dreams for tomorrow
Where they’d be wise, or wealthy, or famous
I told the stories, made them up
Took the stories of others,
Made them our own
Whispered quietly, spoken loudly, sung badly
I didn’t write these stories down, but they will tell you the story
Of their own word-weaver.
How do you balance your work with other demands? I’m a full-time unemployed writer and leave the demands of real-life to the dog.
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: Seeing the parrots get drunk on flowering guava.
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? I always think of myself as a planner until the whole world turns upside down and then I just run with the bulls. Maybe a planner with a fear of taking time away from the momentum of what’s happening?
Could you write in a café with people around? I can read at a concert. If the book’s good enough to make that fade into the background, it’s a keeper; if I can write under the same circumstances and get lost in the story, it stands the chance of being good.
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? Yes; it’s easier to create new math solutions to overcome gravity on a Hydrogen-based planet.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? It’s different every year, but I have a few I return to regularly, depending on how I want to feel.
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? eReader; I can take hundreds of books wherever I go, use it to edit my drafts, and make notes without scribbling in the margins (*grimace* – I am speaking to a librarian, so need to watch for that whip hidden under the desk).
Do you think print books will always be around? Yes.
Would you ever read a book on your phone? If desperate enough, if it’s good enough, I’d do anything.
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? Words. As long as they’re good enough to create the picture, make my heart pound, my legs tremble.
How long could you go without checking your phone? I’d have to find it first.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? No. I can create a story while I’m doing other things, but listening to a story should distract me, compel me to take notice.
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? No, I don’t like it, and often feel like an intruder. But some of the readers said, ‘let people decide,’ so I occasionally put a mention on the pages. A newbie on Twitter, learning what funny # thingies do.
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