FAE AND WITCHES AND GHOSTS - OH MY!
spotlight on buzz guest bea cannon y'all! aUTHOR OF SPACESHIPS AND MAGIC SERIES! Let's generate a buzz!
My BUZZ GUEST today is Bea Cannon author of eighteen publications!
Bea lives in Charlotte, NC.
In addition to writing science fiction and fantasy (and a smidgen of horror) she enjoys a good read, working crossword puzzles, walking, drawing, and painting.
She is a retired electronics technician and admits to having worked at a variety of other jobs during her life, including being a dishwasher, a busgirl, a house maid, a motel/hotel maid, working in a fast-food joint, a telephone operator, and a store clerk. There have been other, not-so-glamorous jobs, including picking cotton.
She also daydreams a lot. (Me too Bea! Me too! :))
Bea just finished writing the third book in her SPACESHIPS AND MAGIC series called “TURNER: UNEXPECTED CHANGE”. I don’t know about you folks but I LOVE that Bea has mixed two beloved genres into one. Being a sci-fi and fantasy fan I don’t see how a storyline that combines those two genres could be anything but exciting!
Bea has taken time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us:
1. What drew you to writing? I like making stuff up.
2. How long did it take you to create your first book? That’s kind of hard to answer. I began the book in 2006 and worked on it off and on for two or three months. I laid it down because I was still working at the time and putting in a lot of overtime on the job. I retired in 2009 but didn’t pick the book back up until 2011. I worked on it for a couple of months, got sick and didn’t begin work on it again until the following year when I realized that it was ‘way long for one book. I then split it into three parts and published the first part as “Boucher’s World: Emergent” in the latter part of 2012. So, you could say it took six years total, or if you only count the actual work, it took about ten months.
3. How long did it take you to create the last? I have yet to create my last! However, the last book finished was “Turner: Unexpected Change” and it took six months. It’s book 3 of my Spaceships and Magic series. I do have another book coming out that is pre-released for June of this year, called “First”, but it’s not exactly finished since it’s waiting for the final edit. I’ve worked on that one for four months.
4. What have you learned in between? I’ve learned that the more I write, the more I want to write.
5. Do you prefer creating short stories, or novels? I don’t have a preference. I’ll use whatever it takes to tell the story. I have eighteen publications; eight are novel-length (between 77,000 and 162,000 words), three are short novels or novellas (between 30,000 and 41,000 words), three are novelettes (more than 12,000 but less than 20,000 words), and four are short stories of less than 10,000 words. I have used five hundred words or less to tell a story (have also written some one hundred word drabbles).
6. What genre do you write and why? My current series is what I call scifantasy, which is, as the term implies, a combining of science-fiction and fantasy. I have written a few that could be classified as paranormal, and my first book is mostly science-fiction. I’ve also got a couple of very short stories that are kind of horror stories and one of my published short stories could be called black urban. As to why, well, I grew up reading fairy tales and fantasy with a good dollop of science-fiction thrown in, so I write what I enjoy reading.
7. Can you pick a favorite line from your latest work (or the work being highlighted) and tell us why this is your favorite? It’s kind of hard to choose a favorite. I’ve written a lot of lines over the years. However, here is one I enjoyed writing from “Turner: Bitter Change”. The MC, Juri is having what she thinks is a nightmare but is actually a vision:
I stood looking at a blighted, stark landscape filled with shadows, littered with the rubble of a broken realm. A cold, harsh wind mourned across the scene, blowing tendrils of smoke and pieces of debris through the bleak land.
8. What about your life influenced your drive to write? Having the time to do it. Being retired has helped a lot.
9. What is next on your current writing agenda? Well, as I stated before, I’ve pre-released a novel for June of this year which is still awaiting its final edit, but I’m also working on the first draft of book 4 of my Spaceships and Magic series which I plan to release in the fall. I’m also working on another book which I hope to have ready by the end of the year, and another that I’d like to publish by spring of next year. In addition, I’m working on a new story in my Boucher’s World series and one in my werewolf short series (Cady and Sam).
10. What kind of books do you enjoy reading? I enjoy reading fantasy and science-fiction, horror, paranormal, and anything funny.
11. What are you reading now? Right now I’m not reading anything since I find it difficult to do so while working a first draft.
12. Do you have a favorite author? Too many to list them all, but a here’s a few (and in no particular order): Andre Norton, Octavia Butler, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Douglas Adams, Jim Butler, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Zenna Henderson, Alice Walker…I could go on forever!
13. Do you have other work experience? What in? I’ve worked lots of different jobs through the years. As a child, even though I lived in a city, I had the glamorous job of picking cotton (don’t laugh - it paid for my fourth grade dictionary and bought me a pair of shoes every year until the fifth grade); as a teen I graduated to dishwasher, bus girl, maid; later I worked on an office clean-up crew, and as a cashier and store clerk. After hiring on at the telephone company (BellSouth but by the time I retired it had become AT&T), I was a telephone operator, accounting clerk, network clerk, testing technician, and I spent my final fifteen year or so as an electronics technician before retiring in 2009 (I spent thirty-seven years there - some of my other jobs ran concurrent with that one).
14. Are you a positive person, negative, or realistic? I’m kind of a positive realist.
15. What is your favorite hot beverage? Coffee, of course!
16. What hobbies do you enjoy? I like to work crossword puzzles, read, walk, draw and paint, and of course, write.
Thank you Bea. I really enjoyed your answers. I like to make stuff up and daydream too! :)
You can find Bea at:
Website -> pcannon16.wordpress.com
Twitter -> @pbeacannon
You can find Bea's other books at:
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