Felinity Interview – Joel Cornah
Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)
About fifteen years ago my family moved into our new house (it was new then, it’s not new now), and we discovered an old cat living in the shed around the side. The cat was gray and had one eye. The origins of this cat remain somewhat of a mystery – some say it belonged to the previous owner, others that they were a stray. Who can say?
Apparently I can say, so I did so in this little story about a one eyed cat that is old beyond reckoning, can travel through time and space, and faces the last decision of their life. In memory of my departed friend, Sammy the cat.
How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?
Illustrations can often give a subtle feeling of reality to a story. Where the words can inspire us in one way, pictures give them more substance, a sense that others have seen the characters or ideas and reacted creatively to them. This is what makes stories, especially fantastical ones, a source of great hope to me. People don’t just read them passively but react to them, live in them, and create things out of them.
What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
My first novel, The Sea-Stone Sword, is the major thing at the moment. It is set to be released on the 21st of June 2014 from a very good publisher who is totally not paying me to say nice things about them. They just happen to be excellent people who are also very skilled and probably attractive, too. The book is about a boy who wants to become a hero, but turns into a villain. It is about a quest for a magic sword, and about how dreams can turn sour. Tragedy and adventure, pirates and dinosaurs. Lots of things to draw you in.
I have a few works-in-progress, including a follow up to The Sea-Stone Sword, and another Science-fantasy called The Hollow Staff, about a girl with the magical equivalent of dyslexia.
The most important question – Cats or dogs?
Cats, always and forever. I have something of a paralysing phobia of dogs. I’ve nothing against them, just as long as they don’t get near me, otherwise I freeze up and panic like I’m about to die. I am not fun at parties where the host has dogs. Then again, I don’t think I’m much fun at parties where they have a cat, because I will spend the entire evening with the cat.
1 – On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you and why? – I’m not sure I’m a very good judge of this. There are a few quirks to my personality, I suppose, but I fear I probably fall short of the truly ‘weird’.
Having said that, this is the point at which somebody would bring up those pictures of me dressed as Saruman of Many Colours, complete with rainbow disco trousers and long, white beard.
So I’m probably about a 7.
2 – Tell us a joke – Oh god, I am terrible at jokes, as anyone who knows me will tell you. This is partly down to the fact that I think bad jokes are funnier than good jokes. Well, here goes nothing, I suppose…
I want a backpack shaped like a chess piece. A Rooksack.
3 – You’ve won the lottery. What do you buy first? A bank.
4 – What inspires you? Other people, generally. But, I am unable to spend a lot of time in social situations as I get very nervous and uncomfortable around people. However, I love reading about characters and hearing other writers talk about their processes and ideas.
5 – You’re prime minister for the day, what’s the first thing you’d do? Abolish the monarchy.
Well, to be fair, I don’t think the prime minister has this power. But I’d certainly set up a committee with several subdivisions to discuss policies and table legislation that could eventually lead towards a less monarchical power structure.
Either that or announce complete anarchy. That works, too.
6 – How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge? The hard hitting, tough questions here, yeah?
I’d ask it politely if it would like to go in the fridge, first. And if it did, we’d work out a way to do it, probably involving a complicated string and pulley system.
7 – Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses? I’m a fleer not a fighter. I’d run from both situations. Though I’d probably also be screaming in the horse-sized duck scenario.
8 – How would you explain Facebook to someone from the 19th Century? It’s like Twitter, but longer.