Please join me in welcoming my fellow North Dakota Author, Justin Cancelliere, whom I met at October’s ND Library Association Meeting. Justin, Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. As far back as I can remember I’ve always loved writing and had a passion for the arts. In 2017 I took the plunge and self-published my first book, “The Legendary Creature Project: The Gryphon.” In Feb. of 2019, I decided to create the BisMan Writer’s Guild in an attempt to bring together local writers to uplift them and be helpful to them and their work.
How do you make time to write?
In between working full time, helping my wife with her business, and podcasting it can be difficult to make time for writing. But I try my best to make at least an hour in the day, it usually ends up being an hour a week but…
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I do, especially when you can’t get behind a story.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write and why you love it.
I write in science fiction, for the most part. But I love science fiction because it delves into the horror that can come from the advances in science and technology.
How are you publishing your recent book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
As of now, Indie. I love Indie publishing because there are no deadlines except for the ones you set for yourself.
Are you an Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
Believe it or not I’m kind of a combination, but for the most part introvert. I’m not quite sure how it has affected my work.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
I really don’t have one.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Whatever you do, never stop writing. It’s very easy to fall into the mentality of “my writing isn’t going to go anywhere, so why bother.” But I beg to differ, if you’ve reached one person with your writing, then that’s one more person that has read your work.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share with us?
From “The Legendary Creature Project: The Wyrm”:
It had been a week since he had injected Steven with a new DNA sequence. It wasn’t too soon after that Steven began to develop scales and large, razor-sharp claws which now protruded out of his fingers. His face had also begun to transform, taking on reptilian-like traits. All of his hair, nails, and teeth had fallen off and laid at the bottom of the tank.