Welcome to Calliope's Coffee House the proprietor of this establishment is Jacquie Reaville better known as The Book Imp.

When I started this place it was primarily for book reviews and thoughts on all things literary. Well the book reviews are still here, but somehow it's grown into a place for me and others to practice short fictional writing and of course a place where I can give my thoughts and opinions on virtually any subject that might take my fancy.

Hope you enjoy your visit.

Just to add that I welcome comments, the more the merrier. They don't even have to be related to books or writing just go wild (not too wild though).

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Author Interview: C A Milson

I was lucky enough to have a copy of C A Milson's debut novel "The Chosen" wind up in my email inbox at the beginning of the new year. After my reading and reviewing of it, here's the added bonus of an interview on his take on being a writer. This is a series of questions that Chris kindly agreed to answer via email. There are more questions I'd like to ask after reading his answers but I guess I can't have everything...

Where are you from originally?

I am originally from Australia. I grew up in Kedron which is a suburb of Brisbane.

Give me a little background on your debut novel "The Chosen".

In 1989, I was living in Melbourne and the idea for the original story came from a hobbytex picture my mother had on her wall. The picture was of a yellow moon behind a rustic shack. I remember that I was sat at the table staring at the picture and got the whole idea for Shack of Evil from that picture. That first short story was a 9 page story based on the character Jamiesonn. Even though it was my first "real" story, I still thought that I could do better. What can I say? I'm a perfectionist! Shack of Evil had always been the basis for The Chosen. Now a lot had been cut out, and it took so many rewrites until I was satisfied with the finished product.

I know you’re writing another book, a sequel to "The Chosen" what’s in the pipeline after that?

Once Bloodline of Darkness is complete, I will write the final book in the series, Prophecy's End. After that, then I guess it's back to my roots and rewrite the other 25 short stories. I have one project that I have on the back-burner, which is a sci-fi story, so I may try my hand at making a film.

Did you know you wanted to be a writer as a child or did it just sneak up on you as you got older?

Well, writing has been in my family for generations. My grandmother was a gifted writer. She used to write jingles for tv and radio in Australia, many of which are still used today. So maybe a part of her influenced my writing, but then again... It wasn't until I lived in a small town near Torquay that the real inspiration kicked off.

If you had to choose, which writers would you consider most significant to you?

H.P.Lovecraft. The man was a genius.

Do you have to travel much, and how do you fit that in with your normal life as well as your writing schedule?

I travel mostly for pleasure. Last year I was fortunate to travel some 70,000km. I went from New Zealand to Russia to China to New Zealand then to Australia then to Japan and back to Russia. (Whew!!) When on the road I always take the laptop with me to kill some time during the long hauls, but I do get ideas from places I have been. I try and maintain a balance in there somewhere to work and write and do everything else that is otherwise my hectic life.

Do you ever imagine something so "out there" that you leave yourself wondering "where did that come from!?"

Sometimes I do. Sometimes I will be staring somewhere and an alternate version of reality will pop into my mind ... and there I go again.. :-)

Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?

There are times when I have no idea where to take the plot, and that frustrates me, and that can last for days or weeks at a time. So I try and think of something else and wait for inspiration. But, in this latest book, Alex is in an elevator, and to take a spin on reality, I decided to make an alternate reality, where everything going on is an illusion...

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?

I hope to be writing for many years to come. After all, I am happiest when I write, so I intend to release many more novels in the future.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being an author?

For those who have the dream of being a writer, I would say do not give up. If it is your passion, keep on going. It may sound cliched, but it is true. It took me a long time to get published, and once that happens, you will never look back. If you have the talent, use it. Wasted talent is a wasted life.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday Thingers: Common Knowledge

Thanks to Wendi at Wendi's Book Corner for this week's question.


A few weeks ago, someone told me about the Common Knowledge feature of Library Thing. The statistics and basic information can be found through a link at the bottom of any page. Currently there are over 869,540 facts that have been entered. How do they get there? We add them!

It took me a while to figure out that you enter them from the book or author page. When you have a book or author page pulled up, if you look at the left hand side, there are a bunch of links you can choose from. One of them is Common Knowledge. If you click the link, it will bring up a section where you can add facts.

Have you ever looked at the Common Knowledge page, or viewed the history of changes/additions? If you were aware of this section, have you added any information? Do you find this information useful or interesting?


I love Common Knowledge, I've been adding details for months on and off. Mostly I add series information, dates of publication and if I really get into the swing of it I add characters and locations. I find the whole thing extremely interesting.

However, there's always an however with me, the thing that annoys is people will come along and add something without looking at what others have added previously, so you can get conflicting info. I think some LTrs don't realise that Common Knowledge is site wide rather than being just for their personal library.

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My name is Jac, Jacquie, Jacquelynn, TheBookImp or just Imp. I live in the UK. I love to read as is probably obvious. I also like to write. Anything else you would like to know just ask.

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