Welcome to the six hundred and first of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with multi-genre author Cyra McFadden. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Cyra. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Cyra: Originally from Montana and the daughter of a rodeo family, I’m a former college English teacher, freelance journalist and newspaper columnist. I now live on a houseboat in San Francisco Bay. My best guess as to why I became a writer is that it’s because I’m a voracious reader.
Morgen: Living on a houseboat sounds like fun. I’m fairly tall (5’10 / 1.78m) and thought I’d feel cramped but a former neighbour sold their house and bought one and it’s surprisingly roomy. I’ve described you in the introduction as ‘multi-genre’, what do you write?
Cyra: I’ve written both fiction and non-fiction, and flirted with film and TV writing.
Morgen: I’ve flirted with script too (for the defunct Script Frenzy in April 2010) but prefer the flow of prose. The only non-fiction I write is about writing. 🙂 What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
Cyra: Two books, “The Serial” and “Rain or Shine, A Family Memoir.” That one’s about the rodeo world and was a Pulitzer finalist. I’ve also written slews of articles and god knows how many newspaper columns. No pseudonyms, although I’m considering “JK Rowling”.
Morgen: 🙂 Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Cyra: “The Serial” is my first eBook, thanks to Apostrophe Books. I have been involved in the process, which has been great fun. As for paper vs. eBooks, I read both. Also the backs of cereal boxes and grocery lists found on the street. Nothing in print is alien to me.
Morgen: <laughs> I read anything and everything too, I always have, although my reading’s slackened in recent years so one of my New Year’s resolutions is to read every night before I go to bed, even if it’s just a short story. I love reading almost as much writing and I’m not sure why I don’t do both on a regular basis… of course grouting the bathroom is much more fun. 🙂 Do you have a favourite of your books or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
Cyra: Oh lord. I have hundreds of favourite books and characters. As for who should play characters of mine in films, I’d only suggest George Clooney as my rodeo announcer father, whose dashing looks made strong women faint.
Morgen: A great choice. Did you have any say in the titles / covers of your books?