Monday, June 21, 2010

C.G. Royale Writes Because She Wanted to be a Rock Star

Today, New Orleans scribe and editor, C.G. Royale clues us in on her plan for world domination...and how and why she settled for writing instead.

Why I Write
By C. G. Royale

I came up with several answers to the question why I write. My first night pondering the topic over margaritas at the corner bar resulted
in a list of about five reasons -- mostly tongue-in-cheek -- including
the fact that I'd always wanted to be a rock star, but no one would
play with me, so I figured writing was the next best thing.

But when I think about it seriously, I write because I have always
written. I can't remember a time when I didn't throw myself
whole-heartedly into any writing assignment given to me, particularly when it was fiction. If a teacher gave a short-story assignment, I turned in a novella. When I was a behavior issue in the fourth grade, the teacher's solution was to allow me to write so I wouldn't disrupt the rest of the class.

My propensity for the written word probably resulted from being an
only child, growing up in a household that had no cable television,
and having parents who were both avid readers. They made books with me when I was a toddler, co-authoring the text, drawing the illustrations, and covering the finished products in fabric bindings. I still have some of these. When I was school-age, if I finished
reading a book in the evening and had nothing else to read, my parents would take me out then and there to buy something new from the local bookshop. One of my favorite memories from my childhood is one of those trips in search of more titles by L. Frank Baum right after I'd finished The Lost Princess of Oz.

Writing also gives me as much escapism as reading does for others. I
see the settings vividly in my mind, and I experience them first-hand as I craft a scene. Through writing, I am able to visit times and worlds I wouldn't otherwise be able to. Sometimes, for me, it's as good as watching a movie. William Blake is said to have had the same capability, but I'm sure his was on a whole other level from what I experience.

If all things go according to plan, I don't foresee a time when I'll ever stop writing. I'm fortunate enough that I get to share my passion with others, and that readers have received at least some of my work enthusiastically. I have a wonderfully supportive husband who -- as Richard Ford recommends -- thinks it's a good idea that I am a writer. My husband is my best critic and loves me enough to tell me the truth about my writing. I couldn't ask for more.

G.G. Royale has written erotica for over ten years. Recently, she earned her MFA in creative writing. Her work appears on Web pages and in anthologies, and her first novella, The Lovely Kittengirls of Mew Orleans, released with Loose Id February 16, 2010. Two more books have been contracted as well. Check out C.G.'s website and her blog.

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