But Chantal's "go to" genre will always be horror. "It helps being scared of everything. That gives me plenty of inspiration," she says.
Chantal is one of Smart Rhino's favorite writers, and we always enjoy talking with her. She gladly provided the following interview--which captures much of her inherent wackiness. Enjoy!
Your Coyote novels, Coyote the Outlander and Coyote: The Clockwork Dragonfly, are uniquely steampunk. Coyote is a strong and fascinating heroine. How much of Coyote is Chantal?
Ha! You caught me there. Thereís quite a lot of me in Coyote, more so than any other character Iíve written so far. I think that also has a lot to do with that sheís an old role-play character of mine, from back in the days that we played Dead Lands.
There are a great deal of differences, of course. I canít shoot a gun to save my life (in all honesty, I would more likely shoot myself than an opponent) and even if I could, I donít think Iíd have it in me to kill anyone. In a fight of flight situation Ö well, letís just say I do the worst Ö I freeze. *cringes*
So, not so much the heroic bounty hunter, more the useless cannon fodder. If the *insert scary monster here* Apocalypse should ever happen, I would be among the first to dieóand I probably wonít even die with dignity.
But at least I get to live vicariously through Coyote, right? Right? *bites lip*
Where I think weíre similar, she and I, is that Coyote has my zany outlook on life, and my sense of humor. One could argue that all characters I write have "my sense of humor" since, ehm Ö I wrote them, but thatís not exactly true. There is a difference between what I write and how I am in real lifeóthere are plenty of characters Iíve written where I thought: "Dude, wtf is wrong with you?" Not sure what that says about my own mental state, but there you have it.
Coyote reflects how I feel about subjects such as inequality. She also mirrors some of the awkwardness I felt as a young girl/woman for being a tomboy. When I write Coyote, I base her very much on the parts of my personality that are confident, yet at the same time I give her some of my own insecurities, too. I would say she is the braver version of meóone who doesnít care what anyone thinks.
Your novel Angel Manor is straight up horror. Do you think your writing will lean more toward that genre in your future work? (more…)