Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Chris Cannon!
Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? I was always an avid reader, so I decided to try writing.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I love YA because the possibilities seem endless. That’s when people are trying to figure out who they want to be. It’s awkward and exciting and emotional and slightly scarring. I still have dreams that I’m late to class, or I can’t find my locker, or I missed a final. [Being late for a final is my constant recurring dream.]
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I researched poisons for my Going Down In Flames series.
What are you currently working on? I’m working on Boomerang Boyfriend, which is the third book in the Boyfriend Chronicles (YA contemporary romantic comedies) and I’m also working on the 5th book in the Going Down In Flames series.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? My most recent release was Fanning the Flames, the 4th book in the Going Down In Flames series. I wanted to write a kick-ass chick who didn’t take crap from anyone. I knew I wanted to write shifters and I’ve always loved dragons.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I’d never killed off a well-known and well-loved character before Fanning the Flames. It was hard to write but necessary for the plot. My mom threatened to put me up for adoption after she read the book. [LOL!]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I’m a pantser. I know the beginning and some main plot points. I start with a fun opening scene and then I keep writing until I hit the end. I plotted out an entire book once, and then I couldn’t write it because I already knew what happened.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Bryn McKenna, from Going Down In Flames because she says the things I think but never say out loud.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Apparently, I’m obsessed with food. One of the perks of being a shape-shifting dragon is a super fast metabolism, which allows Bryn to eat whatever she wants. And she eats a lot in book one. I toned it down in the rest of the books because my editor asked me to, and some readers told me the books made them hungry. [LOL!]
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I like to have two projects going at the same time. If my brain doesn’t want to play with dragons I shift over to the Boyfriend Chronicles books. If that doesn’t work, I read. Reading always refuels my creativity. [Good plan.]
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Currently, I write YA contemporary romantic comedies and YA urban fantasy. I wouldn’t mind trying some YA Science Fiction because there are so many possibilities. You can make up entire worlds.
Which authors inspire you? I love Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series and anything written by Jennifer Crusie but my biggest inspiration is probably JK Rowling. In the Harry Potter series, she took world building to a level I’d never seen before.
What novel would you read multiple times? I’ve read the Harry Potter books multiple times. I’ve also re-read The Mortal Instruments, The Vampire Academy series, and The Morganville Vampires.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) JK Rowling…or maybe Johnnie Depp.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Favorite real animal: Dogs. I love how they live life. Food is good. Naps are good. Cuddles are good. Plus I can come home to my dogs and their happy little furry dances of joy wash away the stress of the day.
And of course, Dragons.
What is your favorite color? Blue
When you’re not writing… I’m a speech language therapist. I work for a local school district, but I pretend I’m a full time writer during the summer.
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