Author Interview: Cearuil Swords

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t but then again I’m not much good at considering myself anything other than me. Everything else is secondary, changing and probably misleading or inadequate (author rolls his eyes at what he says and wishes he had told his existentialism to wait outside with the bike).Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
A lot of my stuff is surreal which gives room for movement and expression, there isn’t really a style to conform to. There is already enough places in the world where I have to conform to certain standards, so why impose them on myself when writing? 🙂

Do you have a special time to write?
No not really but maybe that would help. I have moved about a bit in the last two years which has meant my schedule has changed. Basically I write something up pretty quick and then spend some time later trying to ignore it or work tentatively on something to promote it.

Do you work to an outline or plot sketch, or do you prefer to let a general idea guide your writing?

What’s this plot you speak of? Do I need one of those?

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Quit your day job, sell the house and come join us. Viva la revolution!

Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?

It’s a series of short stories that mix the world’s of fantasy and fairy tale with the everyday realities of life in a Western country in the 21st Century. A knight buying a car for her Queen, a student trying to cover his screaming dorm room walls, a man who buries his feeling in his parent’s backyard; you know all the usual issues that many face on a daily basis.

What is your next project?
Probably a novella called Splutter which will be out in May 2016. Here’s the blurb: Splutter was conceived in a feverish state and at a feverish pace. It’s process of construction resembled sending vowels and consonants downstream towards a waterfall and making a story out of the words formed by the letters that cling desperately to one another and to the driftwood as they fast approach the drop. The book is packed with words, most of them comprehensible and all of them ready to play a part in delivering ponder fodder.

If you like the sound of that, wait until you read what’s between the covers! (the author looks out onto a room of blank faces devoid of any enthusiasm and shuffles off the stage as someone in the back coughs)

What do you like to read in your free time?

The back of cereal books. They are the only literature that hasn’t dropped its standards. Not to mention the free toy inside. I guess other than that non-fiction which helps inform me and inspire my fiction.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?

Only one? (author returns scroll to his back pocket)
I guess advertising and PR. They are usually used to misinform, obfuscate or misdirect people and it’s hard enough to make up your mind about a practice, idea or even a product without every ad agency or spinmeister trying to confuse you into making a decision, which good or bad, is more about their client than anything else. And this is a from a guy who is trying to encourage people to read his stuff and help him make a living. Ooops!


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How can readers discover more about Cearuil and his work?
Bed Time Stories for Grown Ups | Website | Youtube Channel | Twitter | Goodreads | Patreon Page

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