Author Interview: C.M. Sims

Book Title: The Warrens: Enemy Within

A short description of the book:

At its heart, Enemy Within is a coming of age story that’s full of magic, twists, drama, humor and tragedy. It follows sixteen-year-old sorcerer Leo Warren, who is something of an antihero, during the summer of 2008, a very turbulent time of change.

What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book?

I’ve always had this natural urge to share stories and entertain people, so that’s inspired me to put pen to paper. I love the idea of creating worlds and characters that allow people to escape from their lives.

The original idea for the book came from a dream I had when I was sixteen or fifteen. In the dream, I’d wandered into this estate home that had popped up on the outskirts of my hometown. A witch there gave me a tour of the place, as silly as that sounds.

What is the last book you read?

I haven’t read a lot for pleasure in recent years, unfortunately. I haven’t been able to find the time between work, writing and life in general. I made time recently to read the Cursed Child script, like most people in the Potter Generation. I’ve recently revisited a classic, too, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Who is your favorite author?

I appreciate anyone who writes a good, solid book. It is maddening hard work! I am most envious of Cormac McCarthy.

What is/are your favorite book(s)?

I love the classics, nothing out of the ordinary. Off the top of my head: The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Junkie by William S. Burroughs.

After all your hard work, how does it feel to be a published author?

I feel a bit hollow, honestly, like losing a friend. You put so much time and effort into your book’s world and the characters. When the book is completed, you feel kinda lost, but it feels pretty awesome to see your book completed.

Rachel Beyer

I am a full time engineer and a part time blogger/writer. I am passionate about reading, writing, biking, volleyball, and my pets.

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