Author Interview: RJ Craddock

RuthRJ Craddock just released book 2 in her Children of the Cain series. Get to know this author with her fun answers below!

1: Would you rather listen to the Beatles or Green Day?

Green Day! I love their drummer; he has an energy in his rhythms that over powers me.

2: How long did it take you to write your book?

The Forsaken and the Offspring were once upon a time one ridiculously big novel. At one point I released that most first novels are around 90 to 100 thousand words so I made the decision to split it into. So most of The offspring was written two years ago and I’ve taken the last year to finish the ending and polish it up for publication. So about three years.

3: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Morna of The Morning Dew. She is a fairy with a spunky personality and a fierce since of loyalty. I’ve always been fascinated by fairies above all the mythical creatures.

4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Sweets. I am a chocoholic and proud of it!

5: What authors do you look up to and why?

I admire Anne Bishop for her ability to blend a dark world with enduring characters. Cassandra Clare for her ability to take real mythology and make it her own, and her talent with adding humor and interesting characters to a dark mysterious world. My other favorite authors are Robert Jordan, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and F. Scotts Fitzgerald.

6: Which author do you think you write like the most?

I think I’m a mix between Charles Dickens and Robert Jordan. I have the Dickens themes and style with the world building and attention to details similar to Jordan.

7: What’s your favorite food?

Oh that’s a hard one. It’s a tie between chocolate and Italian food.

8: What’s your favorite movie?

Again a hard question to answer. One of my all-time favorites is Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. A fantasy classic in my book, with art direction and design by my favorite artist Brian Froud.

10: Describe your book in one sentence.

A dark coming of age story/apocalyptic tale set in an urban fantasy world with religious undertones.

11: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?

I welcome fan mail, questions, and debates on different points of the story. I can’t give away anything that might happen in future novels of coarse but I’m interested in hearing what my readers have to say.

12: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m an Introvert all the way. Growing up I used to think of being a writer as the dream job. I thought I could live in a cabin in the woods write my masterpieces and hand them over to a publisher without ever having to interact with anyone. That’s not how it works in real life. But I’m becoming more and more comfort able sharing and discussing my work with others and am less afraid of public speaking then I was as a child.

13: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Charlotte Bronte, and/or her sisters Elizabeth and Anne. Their work has really inspired me. They were before their time for sure, and dared to publish their work in a time when women weren’t taken seriously as authors. I’d love to pick their brains about their famous characters life Heathcliff. I’d love to show them how much the publishing world has changed for women. I’m actually working on a screenplay about their lives as sisters and fellow authors, called The Sisters Bronte.

OffspringcoversmFind out more about her works on RJ’s site.