Author Interview – Christopher Cloud
Q: What literary character is most like you?
A: I’d have to say I’m most like the 19-year-old protagonist Diego Santiago in my young adult time-travel novel Adelita’s Secret . I patterned this character after myself. An idealist, Diego is vulnerable, fair-minded, and willing to make personal sacrifices for the betterment of his friends and farmers-turned-soldiers comrades.
Q: What secret talent do you have?
A: I don’t know if you’d consider this a talent, but over the years I have developed an exit strategy for every major project—whether business or personal—I’ve undertaken. I don’t like painting myself in the corner. To date, Plan B has worked most of the time.
Q: If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose and why?
A: Definitely British. It embodies sophistication. Think Masterpiece Theatre.
Q: Characters are often written into situations they aren’t sure they can get out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
A: My first reaction to this question is simple for me—unfinished novels. I have four or five novels that hit a roadblock after 20,000 or so words. I assign them to a back burner and go on to the next story.
Q: If you have a superpower, what would it be? Would you use it for good or evil?
A: I’d like to be a superpowered brain surgeon. I’d spend my day surgically transforming the political far-right to my more progressive state of mind. From my viewpoint, that would be good for society.
Q: What do you want to accomplish with your stories?
A: I write mostly young-adult and middle-grade novels for one simple reason: To expose young, impressionable minds to other points of view.
Q: If you were an animal, which one would you be? Why?
A: I’d be a peregrine falcon. Fast and stealthy, the falcon is at the top of the food chain.
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits or superstitions?
A: I carry around a small note pad that I use when I see something that triggers a better-write-that-down experience, regardless of where I’m at.
Q: What is your favorite reader fan experience?
A: One of the first books I read was titled We Killed A Bear, the story of three kids who are squirrel hunting but encounter a bear. I was in the third grade when I read this book.
Q: What’s the best way for a reader to stay in touch with you? Ex; links to blogs, website, social media?
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Length: 361 pages
5 (1 review)
Genre: YA Romance
Lost in a superficial world of materialism and social status—and ashamed of her Latino heritage—seventeen-year-old Adelita Noé is loved by two men, two men separated by a hundred years and vastly different stations in life. One man owns little more than the shirt on his back. The other, a poet at heart, is heir to a vast fortune. Their love for Adelita serves as the backdrop for the Latino girl’s quest to better understand herself and her Mexican roots.
About Christopher Cloud
Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. Voices of the Locusts is his fourth novel. A multi-genre author, Chris Cloud’s choice of novels to write is determined not by genre, but by the weight of the story. Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a Fortune 100 company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. Cloud attended high school in Japan, and much of his Voices of the Locusts is based on personal experience. Cloud lives in Joplin, Missouri.