Welcome to an Interview with… Charles Culp
Author of Conterrif: A Call to Arms
A brief synopsis.
A Call to Arms follows the story of a young boy, Kanis Luthorn, lost and afraid of the dark world around him. As one of the last pure humans, he should be maintaining his secrecy from the vampires that hunt his people, but one can only hide for so long before being pushed to fight. He and many others are forced to put their differences aside for the greater good, as they battle against the ever spreading evils of the wild and enchanting land of Conterrif.
What made you decide to write this book?
It was a culmination of a lot of things really. I used to work at Subway Sandwich Shop and I had a great deal of down time. So, I started putting things together in my mind and drew a map on the back of a drive through order form. Then I went college, became just a bored (or inspired) in some of my classes and started creating characters to go with my map. I fell in love with it honestly, and it consumed my thoughts. Even if it doesn’t sell and no one else understands why I wrote it, it made me happy doing it, and that’s all that matters. I grew as a person and as a writer from the experience and pain that went with the process.
Where did the title come from?
Well the name of the land, Conterrif, is a mashing up of several words used to describe the lands of this earth; Continent, Terra, and Riff.
A Call to Arms, came from using a dual meaning. It means to grab weapons and fight, but also the vampires in my novel cut off the arms of their victims. The call to arms is also a cry to remember those who have been slain or dismembered by the vampires.
Do you always write in this genre?
Since I just started, yes, I guess. I do write poetry too and I am currently working on a young adult fiction novel that takes place in America, but I haven’t pushed myself enough to finish the book. There is nothing fantastic about it, like in the fantasy genera, just some good old Twain inspired writing.
What was your inspiration to write and when did you start?
Well, poetry was kind of the start I guess. I used to be in a band and I wrote some of the cheesiest song lyrics, but then the lyrics turned into poetry, and the poetry turned into stories. I am also a huge fan of good quality movies with realistic plots and characters. With the over use of CGI and computers these days, I start realizing how less can be so much more.
What was your destination to publishing? ie are you self published.
I’m not currently published, but I am contacting publishers and sending out queries to agents. If you are an agent reading this, then contact me and I’ll send you a query. Then you can tell me if we are a match. J
Since finding an agent and a publisher is not so easy these days Charles, I wouldn’t rule out self-publishing either as a paperback on Createspace or as an e.book on Smashwords or Kindle. Maybe even both? David.
Do you have a website to share?
Here is a link to an award I won from the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Any links to the book/books
Here is one for the book I have most recently finished: http://www.conterrif.blogspot.com/
And another for my book of poetry (available as an e-book too):
An exerpt from the book.
“My Maker, help me through this,” whispered Hanzo Cretus, as he stopped, catching his breath behind a wide tree with strangely curved branches. “Give me the strength to save this child.”
Hanzo ran up a hill into a thicket of brushwood, as three twisted figures stormed by, sitting comfortably on the saddles of their mastahorses — their furry steeds with ivory horns protruding from their snouts. The mastahorse was a beast known to roam wild in some parts of the land. It worked well for transportation, as they mashed into snow with their mighty hooves, stopping at the bare tracks near the edge of the brambles. Two riders raised their oil torches and nodded, as their leader tipped his tricorn hat, signaling them to enter the mesh of brush after Hanzo. Another endangered human was about to slip through sallow fingers.