July 18, 2021

Q & A Interview with American Fantasy Author C.L. Schneider

Creativity allows us to view and solve problems. It opens our minds. Especially in difficult and lonely time’s creativity is the best self-therapy and healing solution for our heart, mind, and soul. Creativity is the ability to generate, create, or discover new ideas, solutions, and possibilities. During this horrible global pandemic crisis, everyone was challenged in one or another way, which gave me the idea to feature a few creative guests in my summer blog series Corona & Creativity.

My next guest in my blog series 2021 is the lovely and talented American Author C.L. Schneider. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Her debut novel was The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price, the first book in her epic fantasy trilogy.  The Crown of Stones is a gripping account of one man's struggle to accept who and what he is. It's the journey of a flawed hero, a fallen race, and a land at war. A page-turning tale of prejudice, betrayal, secrets, and lies. 

Her new series, Nite Fire, is a gritty, action-packed, urban fantasy featuring shapeshifters,  dragons, parallel worlds, and various creatures of myth and legend.  

Welcome back Cynthia! You've been featured in my blog series back in 2017. So tell me what means creativity to you?

Creativity is the act of making something from nothing, of giving life to your dreams. It’s the unlimited expression of thought and emotion.

What is your favorite creative activity? Writing.

What is your favorite color? Red

Did you discover a creative activity or new passion during the corona Lockdown?

Unfortunately, no. My creativity took a hit during lockdown, at least the first half.  I’m the kind of person who is deeply affected by the emotions of others. There was so much pain in the world, so much loss and anger. It was hard for me to focus on channeling my own emotions into writing when the whole world was hurting. I didn’t stop writing, though. I did what I could, when I could, and eventually I pushed through it.

Do you think creative people are happier in general?

The act of creating, of letting your imagination go free, is a huge mood booster. It’s also therapeutic. I believe creative people who are free to follow their passion, without it being stifled, can glean happiness from living a truly creative life.

Would you say creativity is kind of a self-therapy?

Absolutely. It allows you to express what you’re feeling in a medium without restriction or (in that moment) judgement.

Would you say that creative people are more driven and disciplined?

I think creative people are definitely driven. Once a project gets in your head, it can be all-consuming. Hours pass and you don’t even realize it. Disciplined…? That’s a little tricker. When a creative person’s focus is locked on bringing something to life, some days nothing will pull them away. Other days, we look for every little distraction to do anything but create.

The meaning of “Creativity” is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness! Creativity is going beyond the usual, stepping outside of the box. It can be defined in many ways, such as how a person explores ideas or uses different ways to solve issues and how one experiences life. So what was your original idea or what did you create during lockdown? You can list more than one.

I managed to write and publish the first novella in a new series. It was something that had been kicking around in my head for years but kept getting pushed to the back burner. Though it takes place in the same world as another one of my series, in some respects it’s different than anything I’ve written before. It felt great to finally devote time to the idea and bring it to life. I also tinkered with some short stories. I’m not sure if I will finish/publish them or not. I’m not a short story person. I generally find them harder than a novel where I can take time to build the world and develop the characters. But when everything was in turmoil, for some reason, I found myself gravitating to the shorter creative works as an outlet.

While you may have natural creativity skills, there are also skills that can be learned and developed over time. Would you say your creative skills are natural or trained?

I think my writing skills are both. I had an early and natural talent for writing, but through years of research, reading, and crafting stories, I’ve honed my skills to what they are today. But the learning, the training never stops. Every book I write teaches me something new.

A new study from researchers has found that women are engaged in creative fields like art, music, and literature at higher rates than men and are generally more creative than men. What is your thought on that?

I know a lot of men who are creative and highly passionate about their art. But art comes from emotion and women (as a whole) tend to be more in touch with their emotions. We generally feel them more intensely and are quicker to share them. So, from that perspective, perhaps we are quicker to channel them into art?

Do you think being creative and productive is also related to season? For example are you more creative in the summer or in winter?

I’m not sure. All I can say is, personally, summer is harder for me simply because there are more distractions.

Thank you Cynthia for being my blog guest again and best of luck with all your creative activities and projects. If you like to know more about C.L. Schneider, follow her on Social media or visit her website!




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