Joel C. Flanagan-Grannemann interview
A little introduction:
My name is Joel C. Flanagan-Grannemann. I grew up in western PA, but now live in SC with my wife and editor, Jay-Jay, and two cats (number subject to change). We met at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and have been together ever since.
When did your love of books begin?
When did you start to have the wish to become an author?
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to create my own stories, like the ones I read in my favorite books.
How have you found the process for becoming an author?
What would you say to those wanting to become an author?
Tell us about your book/books:
The series is called Servants of the Moon and Sun. The first two books are Talia:Heir to the Fairy Realm and Talia: On the Shore of the Sea. They are a female-forward epic fantasy adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. I want them to do what all good fantasy and science fiction does, show the problems of the real world, but sideways. I can write about racism, sexism, and classism, but through the lens of Fairies, Humans, and half-Fairies (known as Elenites in my books). And I can have fun doing it, telling the stories I always wanted to tell. I can write about powerful women throwing things around with their magic Archers and brave soldiers, fighting to protect their sisters and their Realm from enemies, both with wings and without. And I can have quiet conversations. I can work through my own issues as my characters work through theirs. I can write about the woods, streams, and hills of my childhood and feel like I am back there, home.
What do you love about the writing/reading community?
The support and the inspiration. Seeing how other authors take an idea and mold it, make it their own. Seeing the covers and the mood boards, the pictures of sunsets, and cats sitting on books. All of it feeds my almost-bottomless need for inspiration.
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
I want you to meet these characters, who have been living so long in my head. Meet Talia, and join her on her path to discover who she really is. Marvel at the beauty and grace of Min. Be wrapped in the motherly wisdom of Flora. Enjoy the stoic dry humor of Shatterstaff and her soldiers. Curse the Three Sisters for their bigotry and hate. Wonder if Humans and Fairies can ever be at peace. Discover things you can relate to in the characters and situations. And above all, enjoy reading about the Heir to the Fairy Realm, her Ladies, and The Nine.
Where can people connect with you?