Sunday, February 1, 2015

Q & A with Cole McCade

 Cole, very graciously, took some time out of his work/life/writing schedule to answer a few of our questions. As always, his answers were interesting and thoughtful; we hope you enjoy... 

1. If you could be book character, who would you be and why?
Gerald Tarrant from C.S. Friedman’s Coldfire Trilogy. You’d have to read the books to understand, and you’d probably look at me sideways forever after and hope you were never alone in a dark alley with me. Unless you’re into that. And some people are.
2.  What's the first book you remember reading that has stayed with you and why did it have that impact?
Interstellar Pig, by William Sleator. It’s YA, but it is…that book is fucked up. And disturbing. And while I learned to love reading on much more innocent things such as collections of folklore and the Dragonbard series and all things Anne McCaffrey and C.J. Cherryh (that goblin on the cover of The Goblin Mirror was my first wet dream and it gave me a little thrill that the heroine in The Rowan was brown like me), Interstellar Pig kind of jolted me awake to the idea that there are books out there that will screw with your brain and make you question your sense of self and reality, and make you deeply uncomfortable in a way that’s somehow profound. I didn’t even know books were for that, until that point. I was young and innocent and just thought they were for escaping thinking about homework and experiencing wonderful and breathless things.
3. What inspires you to write--are you a visual person? Music? Something else?
I’m an everything person, and everything inspires me to write—but music is absolutely essential. I have mild synesthesia, so music kind of pushes me in odd ways. It has colors and tastes and physical sensations, and I link lyricism to the flow of a narrative in writing, and all of that comes together in bizarre ways coupled with all the sensory impressions I absorb throughout the day (everything from color of the smell of the neighbor’s food cooking to how the color of daylight at a particular time of day sounds inside my head) to become ideas, concepts, inspirations, feelings, experiences that I’m trying to capture in a particular set of words.
4. What's the most liberating, the most challenging, the most frustrating, and the most exciting thing(s) about writing and the writing process?
I think it’s the fact that you can do anything, to answer all of those questions with one response. You can do anything. The problem is convincing other people that there’s a market for anything. Getting them to try it out. It’s like those sample tables in the grocery store. Even if a new food looks delicious, some people are just going to shy away because it’s different and they might not like it. Knowing that can make it very frustrating to try writing something new, because even if it’s exhilarating to experiment and branch out and try to do something wholly unique and different, there’s that voice in your head saying “you can build it, but they won’t come.” It can stymie you and you’ve got to learn how to ignore it—and remember that there are no limits and you have that freedom, so use  it. Though even that has its pitfalls, because when you can do anything it’s hard to focus on just one thing.
5. If you had a crystal ball, what would your future look like in 6 years?

Solar-powered bamboo treehouse with a rooftop garden, a water catchment system, and a waterfall redirected through the supporting trunk, and every day spent on the balcony writing while surrounded by the quiet of the wind through the trees.

Thanks so much, Cole, for taking the time to answer our questions. Happy writing. 

Author bio
Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant, and his nights writing romance novels in between fending off Tybalt, his geriatric cat. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts:

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A Second Chance at Paris by Cole McCade
One week in Paris. One chance with her childhood crush. And one lie that could ruin it all.

Before she was Dr. Celeste London, Astrophysicist, she was Mary Celeste Haverford: dork, loser, the geek formerly known as Hairy Mary. But she’d left all that behind—and left Ion Blackwell behind, nothing but an unrequited crush and the memory of a high school field trip, a night in Paris, and the words Celeste had never had the courage to say. She’d never expected to see him again…until a surprise encounter on a Parisian riverboat tour brings him back into her life, and gives her the opportunity to start over as someone new. Someone Ion doesn’t recognize, transformed from a social outcast into a polished, professional woman that Ion doesn’t realize is the girl he’s been longing for since childhood, the ideal he’s dreamed of his entire life.

Suddenly this vivacious (if charmingly awkward) “new” woman is teaching him that real love is better than any dream—but Celeste is hiding more than her identity. Hiding something that makes it hard to trust her increasingly erratic behavior, and her frequent secretive phone calls. When the truth comes out, the deception could shatter them both…unless they can give each other a second chance, and take a risk on love.

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