Chantal Noordeloos

chanti coyote picI put up fliers for an seminar on irony, and Chantal Noordeloos happened to follow the arrows.  She was literally fit to be tied when she saw part of the seminar was on the irony in ironic songs.  Keep reading to find out why.

Why writing? What drew you to it? Why do you continue?

I’m a storyteller, I always have been (and a wacky dreamer). When I was too young to write, I used puppets, dolls, and other toys to tell my stories. I often had an audience of other kids. Then I started writing down really bad stories based on book characters (I think I was about seven at the time) and moved on to my own characters from that. But I lost the love for writing in my tweens. When I was fifteen, I got an English teacher who told me “this year, we’re doing a lot of writing.” I remember moaning and rolling my eyes at him, but he had me convinced within a week that writing was the best thing in the world. Ever since then, I wanted to be a writer.

Why do I continue? Because I’m a masochist. And because it fills this creative hole I had in me. I used to do a lot of things to try and fill that hole. I organized L.A.R.P. (live action role play) events, wrote little stories for children etc, etc. Now I work many hours a day on short stories, novellas, and novels, and I feel content. Though I fear my sanity might be slipping with each passing week *grin*

If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last? (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)

They’d find me frozen with my books clutched to my chest, lol. But if I really had to choose… Well, Neverwhere (of course, it’s my favourite) Witches Abroad, A clockwork Orange, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and I think I would keep my own first novel (Coyote: The Outlander) too. Not because it’s my favourite read, but it’s so special to me.

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?

Raising a daughter. Writing comes close second though. I quit my job and started writing fulltime. I have to admit, I was pretty naïve when I started, I still believed I just had to write a good book and send a manuscript to an agent, and ‘voila’ that would be it. I’ve learned a lot since then. But Parenting is still my number one challenge.

What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts? Why?

I hate it when people misuse ‘Literally’ and ‘Ironic.’ You want to have a laugh? Play Alanis Morrisette’s song to me. I can’t help but bitch and gripe about it.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? If so, who is it and why?

Oh boy, that’s a tough one, I like a lot of my characters (sounds more arrogant than I mean to, but I wouldn’t make them if I didn’t like them). I love Coyote, she is one of my favorites. I guess Coyote is a combination of all my fun sides, enhanced. She’s quirky, confident and fun loving. I enjoy writing about her.

Creepiest place you’ve ever been? Has it appeared in your fiction? Why or Why not?

Hmmm I’ve seen creepy basements, but I guess the creepiest place I’ve ever been was at this lone grave in the woods near my old boarding school. I haven’t used it in a story as such, but I use snippets of creepy memories in my stories a lot.

What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?

I have to admit, I’ve been quite fortunate so far, and I haven’t had a lot of rejections from publishers. I’ve had two really good rejections, that I can’t choose between. The first (also my first rejection) was that they loved my story, but that it was just too harsh for them to use (I rewrote the story and made it a little less harsh, and it got accepted somewhere else right away), and the second was that someone told me that I wrote a really clever story, and that he liked it a lot, but they were looking for a neo noir genre, and my story just wasn’t it. (I suspected as much, but I don’t know a lot about neo noir and from the description, my story could be a maybe).

How did you get that scar?

My cat nipped me (about 2 weeks ago, lol, otherwise I would have no scar to talk about). It was a love bite, but somehow, she got me pretty hard. The scar isn’t even half an inch big, so I’ll live.

What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?

That would depend on my mood really. And what I’m doing. There are so many sides to me, one song wouldn’t cover it 😉  RS – Since you didn’t choose, I thought I’d add this one.

Promote yourself and/or your writing

Oh, blimey… that’s an evil assignment. Promote my writing…. Hmmm let’s see. I’m a very versatile writer, so I’m not blended in with one genre. (Call me Slipstream Sally) This doesn’t exactly work in my advantage, but it does keep me on my toes *grin*. One of the things I like to do, is write stories with a twist. So, I like to surprise my readers.

Reading should be a journey, and I find it important to create a world that a reader can immerse in, even if I use a reality that already exists.

Not only the genres, but also the type of stories I write will vary. For example, my Coyote series is just a bit of fun. There are twists and turns in the novels, but they are light-hearted and easy to read. I also write stories with more layers, which are less fluffy and have more depth. I enjoy writing both; it depends on my
mood, really.

Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?

Which way is out? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGL! 😉

Thank you, Ms. Noordeloos.  You’ve been an amusing guest.  Great shriek, by the way.  However, if I were to tell you the route to the exit, it would be cheating.  You have to follow the music through the tunnels.  The echoes might mislead you.  Don’t worry, there are only a few wrong turns that could be dangerous.  Just use the safe word, and the creatures will ignore you.  What?  You don’t know the safe word?  Bwah ha ha ha haaaaaa…

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