Book Spotlight: Corvidae (+Author Q&A)

About The Book:


unnamedTitle: Corvidae

Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: World Weaver Press

Associated with life and death, disease and luck, corvids have long captured mankind’s attention, showing up in mythology as the companions or manifestations of deities, and starring in stories from Aesop to Poe and beyond.

In Corvidae birds are born of blood and pain, trickster ravens live up to their names, magpies take human form, blue jays battle evil forces, and choughs become prisoners of war. These stories will take you to the Great War, research facilities, frozen mountaintops, steam-powered worlds, remote forest homes, and deep into fairy tales. One thing is for certain, after reading this anthology, you’ll never look the same way at the corvid outside your window.

Featuring works by Jane Yolen, Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, M.L.D. Curelas, Tim Deal, Megan Engelhardt, Megan Fennell, Adria Laycraft, Kat Otis, Michael S. Pack, Sara Puls, Michael M. Rader, Mark Rapacz, Angela Slatter, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, and Leslie Van Zwol

Corvidae is available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Kobo.com, WorldWeaverPress.com, and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram. You can also find Corvidae on Goodreads.

interview

 

claire-ocean1Author Name: C. S. E. Cooney
Website Address: csecooney.com
Social Media Links:
Twitter: csecooney
Facebook: Claire Suzanne Elizabeth Cooney
Other: csecooney.livejournal.com

What is it about corvids that inspired you to write about them?
Oh, I like birds. I don’t like them as pets. I like them as dinosaurs. They’re bright-eyed and frightening. I like people who behave like predator birds. But I only like them sometimes. Poets are good at this; poets often behave like predator birds, and that makes me want to write poetry about them. Dominik Parisien is one such poet, and this poem was for him.

Was there one corvid characteristic you wanted to highlight more than others?
Curiosity and a trickster nature.

If you were a covid, what would you build your nest out of?
Ribbons and stolen curls, tarnished rings, feathers stolen from the fletching of fallen arrows.

What’s your favourite ‘shiny’ thing?
Most recently? A mask made all of rhinestones.

 

 

_C49Q7G8Author Name: Mark Rapacz
Social Media Links:
Twitter: @mark_rapacz
Facebook: Mark Rapacz

What is it about corvids that inspired you to write about them?
Corvids have shown up in my work now and again.  They show up in a lot of writer’s work, actually.  Symbolism of death or something.  Writers seem to like that.  I do, of course.  I’m not even sure where the symbolism comes from.  Perhaps Norse mythology of Huginn and Muninn, but I feel like no matter one’s cultural background folks are drawn to these birds.  They show up so often, too.  It might be their scavenger nature and we draw the connection that with these birds comes some kind of end.  I don’t know really.  If I catch a gander of them on some electrical wires or in the trees, I always pay attention to them.  Who doesn’t?  They appear and you hear them caw and you just sort of scratch your head wondering why they decided to flock to your doorstep and you feel each individual one as they just set there cackling among themselves.  They always leave you with this unsettling feeling, but once they fly away, you always wish they would come back.

Was there one corvid characteristic you wanted to highlight more than others?
Definitely their furtive movement.  It’s hard to capture how a bird moves in writing.  It’s so odd and unpredictable.  Nothing quite like it.  They’re so visual, so when you do what you can with the blunt tools of letter on page, you’re always left a little unsatisfied.  Probably why they return in my stories again and again.  There to remind me I’m never getting them quite right.

Do you think you were successful?
Eh.  I think my corvid ended up monstrous because the movement of a monster is easier to capture than that of a bird … or anything real for that matter.  Monsters live better on the page.  Corvids live better everywhere else.

If you were a covid, what would you build your nest out of?
The very last twig in existence.  Then I’d take a rest.

What’s your favourite ‘shiny’ thing?
Hollywood.

 

11102659_10155375546825587_446914389211310536_nAuthor Name: Megan Fennell
Social Media Links:
Twitter: @FennellFiction
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.fennell.355


What is it about corvids that inspired you to write about them?
Since I was young, I’ve always loved the brash, clever nature of corvids. They tend to be far more ‘chatty’ than most other birds with a far less musical song, to many peoples’ annoyance. I adore that most individual species of corvids have such rich mythological backgrounds as well; folks have been fascinated by these noisy, ballsy critters long before the likes of us!

Was there one corvid characteristic you wanted to highlight more than others?
Their trickster nature. In most mythology, it seems like corvid-characters tend to lie and laugh their way through life at the expense of all those around them. They have a touch of Loki about them, and I adore that.

Do you think you were successful?
I hope so! The main corvid I have in play is, after all, a bard.

If you were a corvid, what would you build your nest out of?
Something nice and cozy. I’m a comfort-driven creature. I’ve seen magpies swoop in to steal dog fur for their nests when somebody’s outside getting brushed – seems like a good strategy to me!

What’s your favourite ‘shiny’ thing?
Hoo-boy, I adore shiny things! I have far too many sequined things in my closet and have had glittery makeup forcibly removed from my possession for my own good. The phrase ‘That might be a little too sparkly’ has yet to pass my lips!

 Happy reading until next time!

Lucy