Author Cornelia Grey Vlog/Interview and $20.00 Gift Card Contest!

Devil at the Crossroads by Cornelia GreyPlease join me in welcoming author Cornelia Grey for her vlog interview, and as she chats in the comments with you about her latest release Devil at the Crossroads.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh1Lp-Xpa2I


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Author Cornelia Grey

Learn more about Cornelia Grey below:

Author Bio:
“Cornelia Grey is a creative writing student fresh out of university, with a penchant for fine arts and the blues. Born and raised in the hills of Northern Italy, where she collected her share of poetry and narrative prizes, she is now based in London, and she is thoroughly enjoying the cultural melting pot that is the City.

Her interests vary from painting to photography, from sewing to acting; when writing, she favors curious, surreal poems and short stories involving handsome young men seducing each other. She loves collecting people’s stories and re-discovering lost tales that deserve to be told.

After graduating with top grades, she is now busy with internships – literary agencies, publishing houses, and creative departments handling book series, among others. She also works as a freelance translator.

Her days are full and hectic: she reads, goes to flea markets, galleries, and the theater, and of course spends most of her time writing. When she’s at home, she likes to curl up with a book and the classic cup of tea and leaves chestnuts in the garden for the squirrel that comes around from time to time.”

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48 comments

  1. Hi everyone – thank you so much for stopping by!

    I hope you enjoy the vid, it was my very first video interview… :)

    I’ll be around all day to answer questions and respond to comments!

    • Hey Cornelia!

      Thank you so much for being here today with us at Bitten by Books! :)

      My question is have you ever been in trouble with the law? LOL

      And what languages do you speak other than Italian and English?

      Rachel

      • Hi Rachel :)!

        Well, no, I’m afraid I’ve never been in trouble… but I did have a fun encounter with the London police one time! I had built a scarecrow and placed it in Trafalgar Square for a performance art class, then hid with a camera to record people’s reactions. Two policemen arrived to check it out, looking quite perplexed, so I ran up to them to explain what was going on. They ended up hanging out with me in my hiding spot for a bit and one of them told me he would give me his hat to put on the scarecrow if it wouldn’t get him in trouble! We had a good laugh :D

        As for the languages, I can read French (but I can’t write it and I have a hard time understanding it spoken, I can only have very basic conversations). I can also read Spanish and understand it when spoken, but I don’t always know how to reply! My conversational skills have improved a bit after having so many Spanish and Colombian flatmates. I’d really like to spend a few months in Spain to learn it properly, I think it’s easy for people who already speak Italian – just like Italian is easy for people who speak Spanish :)!

  2. Very nice video interview. It seems like you’re going to be taking on all different genres. What is your favorite genre to read and do you have a favorite for a mood lifter? Thank you.

    • Hi Viki – thanks for stopping by!

      For the past few years, my favourite genre has been steampunk – I’m actually doing my PhD about that! I really like the strange technology, which at least I can kind of understand, unlike with cyberpunk – all the cyber stuff goes right over my head there! But I do like to try a bit of everything – I was just noticing the other day that not two of my books so far have been in the same genre… :)

      As for mood lifters, I really like books that don’t take themselves too seriously and play with genre conventions. Terry Pratchett is definitely one of my favorites, he makes me laugh but also gives me this hopeful feeling… I actually need to hunt down his latest book next time I’m in London!

      What about you – what’s your favourite genre? Any mood lifter you’d recommend (there’s never enough of those!)?

  3. What book or movie coming out in 2014 (other than your own) are you most excited about and why?

    • Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for the great question :)

      Actually just yesterday I read about an upcoming anthology I’m very intrigued by. It’s called ‘Long Hidden’, edited by the same folks from Crossed Genres magazine, and it’s speculative fiction focused on cultures and countries that aren’t often portrayed in speculative fiction stories. Looks really interesting! It should be out next May.

      I was kinda hoping to see a story about Italy as well – I don’t think I’ve ever read any sci-fi set in Italy… maybe I should just write it myself ;) Although first I’d like to write Italian steampunk, maybe set in Florence at the time of Leonardo da Vinci. He could be a crazy steampunk inventor, right? :))

  4. Is there anything that you would sell your soul for?
    Definitely, my husband or kids continued good health

  5. Answer this question from Cornelia: Farfarello isn’t the usual devil, evil for evil’s sake: his intentions are more complicated than that. Is he your kind of devil?
    Sometimes bad things must be down for good reasons

  6. The opening sentence of a book is the very last thing that I write. Did the opening sentence of Devil at the Crossroads work for you?

    Oh yes. It gives a quick snapshot of him and what his life has been like or at least what HE thinks his life was about

  7. Very nice interview – i have to say that i’m terribly curious about the octopus-man (with monocle and top hat) that we’ll see in the Circus!

    Question: if you were a “something”-woman, what would be such “something”?

    • I just LOVE Mr. Humphreys to bits :)! He’s so elegant and charmin, a real gentleman. (Gentlepus?) And he’s an amazing juggler!

      Oooh, what an interesting question! I’ve never thought about it. Surely something with wings, I would love to be able to fly. Maybe nice red wings like a cardinal (could there be such a thing as a cardinal-woman?) or a swan-woman perhaps…

      Although it might be nice to be a sort of centaur woman but with the body of a deer instead of a horse. I think it would look very nice!

  8. Weather wise – What do you prefer: Cold, warm, snowy, or rainy.

    • Ooooh, warm all the way :) I’m a bona fide lizard! Anything below 30 degrees (celsius – should be around 85 farenheit?) already requires a cardigan for me…

      I got that from my grandma. We live in Northern Italy so it’s not very warm here, in fact right about this time of the year we’re usually snowed in… so we take advantage of July and August to just lounge on the balcony and take long walks roasting in the sunshine. I keep promising myself that someday I will move to a place where it’s warm and dry all year long!

      In the end though I would probably miss autumn and winter a little. I like it when it gets misty and rainy here on the hills in November, with the bonfires and the roasting chestnuts, and I also love snow. But… only for a little bit!

  9. Answer this question from Cornelia: Logan sold his soul to the devil for fame and glory. Is there anything that you would sell your soul for?
    –>Yes, I would willing sell my soul for my three sons’ sakes.

    • That’s wonderful, Raonaid. I don’t have any children yet, but it must be so amazing to love someone so completely. I look forward to the day I finally learn what it feels like.

  10. Is there anything that you would sell your soul for?

    I have to go right along with the sentiments that of my fellow readers and you! My son would be it for me and than my husband. The happiness of both would be totally worth it. My parents have passed but if they were here – then maybe them too.

    I LOVE the Steampunk genre and to place it in Italy with LDV – what a fabulous and interesting idea!

    Circus of the Damned sounds great as well I think I read a book with that same title once by Laurell Hamilton. I live by the sea and spend a great deal of time on the shore with my dog and some books and the idea of an octopus in a top hat and monocle is so terrific – and clever. There are so many things that I see at the beach that have unusual shapes and are unlike anything on land.

    My father was a musician too and he had stories about being on the road. Especially from his travels in the South. I like the idea of mixing music and the paranormal as a storyline.

    Do you have an eReader or do you just read regular books? How do you feel about eReader tablets? Do you think the age if electronics has hurt or helped the book industry?

    • Hi Paula! Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Oh, I’d love to live by the sea as well, it’s so beautiful. I just love to be able to hear the sound of waves all the time, so relaxing. And it looks fricking amazing during storms, too!

      I always wanted to write something involving mermaids, too, and the strange things lost at the bottom of the sea. (Steampunk mermaids?!) I’ve got too many projects, it’s always so hard to pick which one to work on… :)

      My father never really got to be a professional musician, in Italy blues and rock are unfortunately not as popular… I would LOVE to hear some stories of life on the road!

      I have a Kindle, and for me e-readers are incredibly useful. Since I have to travel a lot and I need many books for my research, it’s just so much easier to bring an e-reader with me than to ship a crate of books from Italy to England and back again every few months :). I think it’s a common problem for all students, who may live away from home or even abroad, and who always have to move house a lot… e-readers are just so helpful for that!

      I also think ebooks have helped a lot. For example, so far I’ve only published novellas and short stories, and those would never have been published if it hadn’t been for ebooks. Also, thanks to the lower costs for publishers, they can afford to give a chance to many more writers – you can afford to have 100 writers who sell 1 instead of needing 1 who sells 100. Which is awesome!

      If publishing is more accessible, rather than remaining an elite thing, you can give a voice to people and stories that would never be picked by the big companies because they’re not ‘commercial’ enough. I just love how the internet in general, and e-publishing specifically, are giving people more outlets for their creative enterprises!

      I still love having books in print, and in fact I’m a little packrat when it comes to those, but I am very grateful to ebooks :)

  11. I saw that you liked going to flea markets. What have been some of your best finds?

    • What an interesting question, thank you Susan!

      Just before Christmas I found a great little book of early 1900s pictures from a little town near mine. It’s so cool – this is a rural Italian valley, the towns were basically sleeping quarters for the factory workers, so there is very little historical evidence around. I had never seen pictures so old, there’s women in long black dresses, laundresses in the river, a man with an actual top hat! I am still ridiculously excited about that :)

      I also got a nice little chiselled chalice for a friend. It was all oxydized and blackened but after a good polish it was shiny like a mirror… I think he really liked t!

      I have been on the hunt for a nice teapot for a while, but so far, no luck. They’re all cracked or just too ugly! I suppose I might have better luck in England looking for that particular item… ;)

      • I’ve always kind of thought of flea markets as a dying southern tradition–hummm guess not. Did you secretly hold your breath when cleaning the chalice hoping a genie would appear?

        • I gotta say, though, they aren’t very interesting around here. It’s mostly overpriced coins and lots of rubbish. But digging occasionally something nice pops up :)!

          And I was indeed holding my breath for a genie. Sadly, no luck!

  12. What is your favorite Paranormal Movie or TV Show?

    • Hi Stacey! Thanks for stopping by :)

      I really like “Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny”, with Jack Black, because it’s a movie that puts together rock music and the devil in a super-original way. It’s also absolutely hilarious, and among the actors there are Ronnie James Dio, Dave Grohl playing Satan and Ben Stiller masquerading as Slash. AWESOME :)

      For a more serious take on the topic, I used to really like the Supernatural tv series. The first three seasons were really interesting, presenting various creatures, lore and legends (including an nice take on the deal with the devil trope). In later seasons, though, they moved away from the gritty obscure lore and monsters plot in favor of different storylines, so I lost interest…

      Is there any series or movies you would recommend?

  13. Logan sold his soul to the devil for fame and glory. Is there anything that you would sell your soul for?
    I Would have to say no!

  14. If you could be anywhere in the world to write where would that place be? Does your muse have a name and if you described it is it male or female and what does it look like. What type of music do you listen to when you write. Oops more than one question. And thank you for the giveaway

    • Hi Rebecca, thank you so much for stopping by!

      My secret dream would be to be able to travel around a bit, mostly staying in warm places. For example, I’d love to spend a few months on the Japanese coast, perhaps Okinawa (I visited Japan in April and I just loved it. And Oh. My. God. The food is amazing!). Then a few months in southern Sicily… then perhaps Andalusia, Spain… (of course I might end up spending more time eating then writing. Occupational hazard? ;)

      But if I dream really, really big, then I see myself on a beautiful warm island somewhere in the Caribbeans, just writing in my little bungalow and enjoying the sunshine. Can you tell I LOVE warm climates? ;)

      As for a muse, I’m afraid I don’t really have one! My cat, who sadly passed away last year, used to sit on my desk (and possibly on my books and papers) while I was working. I used to joke that he was my ‘muso’ for inspiration (muso in Italian means the face of an animal)!

      As for the music! Well, in the video I babbled a bit about what I was listening to while writing Devil at the Crossroads… now that I’m working on the Circus of the Damned novel, I’m listening a lot to ‘Promise’, by Slash and Chris Cornell, then ‘Blinding’ by Florence and the Machine, and ‘Man in a Box’ by Alice in Chains. I usually listen to just a few songs as I work on a project, because having them on loop helps me remain in the ‘mood’ for the piece I’m working on :)

  15. Only for my children and grans would I sell my soul

  16. Yes to the devil question. And opening worked

  17. The Tenacious D movie is always a great choice (though the Satan sequence gave me nightmares, I admit). I also liked the short-lived show REAPER…the pilot was particularly brilliant. (Using a Dirt Devil to capture wayward souls was an inspired touch.)

    • Oooh, I’ve never heard of this ‘Reaper’… I will definitely check it out, thank you Trix!

      I love the Tenacious D. I think they played in Milan last year, but I was obviously abroad so I couldn’t go… would have loved it!

  18. If you could do a crossover with any book, film, or show, what would it be and why?

    • Hmmm, what an interesting question! I suppose an interesting crossover might be… Jurassic Park and something steampunk, maybe Wild Wild West. How awesome it would be to have dinosaurs battling the giant steampunk machines? :D

  19. I’d like to think I wouldn’t sell my soul, but true love would be tempting…

  20. A complicated devil is the most compelling kind–pure evil just isn’t interesting!

    • I completely agree. I mean, it’s much more interesting to have a bad guy that you can empathize with on some level… makes everything a lot more conflicted, and I just LOVE conflict!

  21. The opening sentence is very evocative, definitely creates a strong mood!

  22. Are there any other genres you are interested in writing in?

    Michelle B. aka koshkalady

    • My secret dream is to write historicals set in Italy. About Renaissance in Tuscany… about Medieval Genoa… but even more than that, about the partisans during World War II. My grandmother was one of them and their stories are sadly neglected… but I get really worried about writing historicals, I always feel like I don’t know enough details, like I’ll get something wrong. Hopefully someday!

  23. Do you have a favourite genre to read?

    • Hi Cheryl!

      At the moment I’m really into steampunk – also probably because I spend every available moment reading about it for my PhD :). I also really like fantasy and urban fantasy… but in general I like them all to have an ironic take on the genre, Terry Pratchett style!

      My guilty pleasure are historical non-fiction books about weird stuff… for example, I just ordered one about all the crazy medical practices going on in England during the Victorian Time. Can’t wait :)!

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