CoyoteSeven is the Renderosity members choice for Artist of the Month for October, 2016. A member of the Writers Forum at Renderosity, CoyoteSeven's fantasy series "Cailin's Journey" is up to part 15 in his artists gallery. He has created a number of digital illustrations for the story (see below). You can start with Part 1 of the series here. CoyoteSeven's main gallery is here.
Congratulations to CoyoteSeven for being voted Artist of the Month!
Interview with Artist of the Month for October, 2016 - CoyoteSeven
CoyoteSeven: Thank you for this honor! To tell the truth, I never really considered myself a writer and I started my story "Cailin's Journey" with the idea of telling a story I've had rolling around in my head since I was in High School over 40 years ago after reading Tolkien's novels.
Writing at a site that is focused primarily on computer graphics must be a daunting commitment. What keeps you coming to Renderosity to share your writing?
CoyoteSeven: The basis of the story, Cailin's Journey, has been in my head for over 40 years when I read Tolkien's Middle Earth based novels, including the scenes I wanted to portray, though I never really had a title for it. As a pen and pencil artist, my skills are dismal at best.
I discovered Renderosity, by accident actually, back in 2004 after a Google search for 'fantasy female warriors'. I lurked around for about 8 years, enjoying others work until I found out about DAZ Studio. The price was right (free ... ... ... I'm a poor boy, Poser is way out of my budget) so I decided to give it a try and posted my first render in 2012, became hooked on the spot.
Then one day, I just decided to tell the story that's been sitting in the attic of my mind and since I now had the artistic tools, the perfect model/name of my main character (DAZ produced the character Cailin for V7, it was 'love' at first sight) and the venue... I told myself, "GO FER IT!"
The writer's forum has been very receptive to my story and even some of the people who followed me before writing are now enjoying my work. Daunting, yes... but rewarding. My story seems to gain new readers with each chapter... I love it!
As a writer, what are you trying to accomplish with your work?
CoyoteSeven: Just to entertain and hopefully bring others like me who have waited so long, to finally say to themselves, " you know, I have this idea for a story. I'M GONNA GO FER IT!!!"
Can you share a little background of your development as a writer?
CoyoteSeven: Other than short stories I did in English Lit. back in High School all those years ago, I have no experience as a writer. As I write, people here have given me hints, critiques and advise on how to improve my meager skills... which are always appreciated. Other than that, I write what I'm thinking and feeling. "Cailin's Journey" has been an ever evolving/changing story since the day it first came into my mind.
Who are some of the writers that have influenced you and why?
CoyoteSeven: There are so many in the realms of fantasy and science fiction that I love: Tolkien, Bradbury, Burroughs, the list is endless. Also it's not only writers that have influenced me but also other media and games... Star Trek, Star Wars, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, Diablo 1/2/3, again the list seems endless. All these things call upon the imagination to work... I may be getting older, but in my mind, I am that child that still finds magic, wonder and miracles in this world. I pray I NEVER lose that part of me.
What is your writing process like?
CoyoteSeven: Best way to describe it is undisciplined and freestyle. I write to please me first, the fact that others like my style is a blessing.
If you had any advice for writers who are just starting out what would it be?
Geographics: The Writers Forum is a great place to start, the people here are kind and friendly. Many are more than happy to share their wisdom and insights. Take all critiques graciously, there's nothing saying you have to follow them, but consider each one and be open enough to say if it might just work. But most important, write what's in YOUR heart
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