Felinity Interview – Christie Rampersad
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)
First of all, I’d just like to say how immensely thrilled I am to have “Nine Lives Later” appear in “Felinity”. When I’m not writing about science fiction or cats, I study medicine at the University of Manitoba. That takes up most of my time these days, but it has taught me one very important lesson about writing. Writers do what we do because we have to. Whether it’s for a few short minutes of de-stressing, or if I just have too many ideas bouncing around in my head, there’s nothing quite like putting pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be.
While my genres of choice have tended to be science fiction and fantasy, I am always open to exploring new fields. All of my stories begin with the characters. Where things go from there all depends on them, and what feels right and honest to their personalities and intentions. That being said, I do tend to gravitate to YA. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m 21 years old, or because books in that genre have just left such a strong impression on me, but those are the characters whose stories I am most compelled to tell. I’m very excited to see how my writing grows and changes in the years to come.
And one of the more fun facts, in my opinion, is that I am currently represented by Sasha Raskin of The Agency Group.
What inspired your story for Felinity?
As most of my stories start, “Nine Lives Later” was inspired by a thought flitting across an idle mind. In this case, the somewhat morbid thought was: “We all die. But what if we didn’t, at least not the first time?”
How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?
I’m very excited about having an illustration accompany my story. There are so many ways to tell a story, and I think that the illustration was really able to do exactly that: not just complementing the text, but also really carrying its own weight.
What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a few stories that are very dear to my heart, and which you will hopefully be seeing someday.
The most important question – Cats or dogs?
I like cats, but I love dogs.
- It’s the zombie apocalypse, how do you survive?
If you can’t beat them, join them.
- Who would you like to say sorry to?
I’d like to apologize to my parents and brother because I become something of a hermit when I’m really drawn into a story – whether I’m reading or writing it.
- If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell him or her?
When I was 15 years old, my family and I moved from Trinidad to Canada. So I supposed I’d tell my 15-year old self to get ready for things to change, and that there are some things that never will – all in the best ways possible.
- What is your worst character trait?
I’m a worrier. But I’m working on that, on recognizing the things beyond my control, and on letting those things go.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
- What do you think of garden gnomes?
They’re excellent travellers.
- Do you believe in magic?
- What’s your biggest regret?
My biggest regret is that I waited so long to start writing because I didn’t think I’d be good enough. It took years before I realized that it didn’t matter. Now I write because I have something to say, and not because I need to be heard. Although, it is always nice when a reader really connects with the story.