Lisa Findley at Aesthetically Speaking has interviewed Black Gate website editor C.S.E. Cooney on writing, art, blogging, the role of collaboration, her artistic influences — and the power of road trips to conventions.
Road trips — especially with other writer friends — to these sorts of things are where character, plot and story are all born.
There’s something about movement, the freedom of the road, really late nights in highway darkness, that get all the good weird stuff of the soul stirred up. There’s also a great deal of history moving outside your window. The good, the bad, the pretty and the ugly all buried in that landscape with the bones. Horizons you’ve never seen. Roads you’ve never traveled. Music on your friend’s iPod you’d never listen to on your own. Really vulgar jokes. Weird roadside pranks. All of it full of story.
There’s a reason there’s a whole genre of novels called “picaresque.”
Speaking as someone who’s roadtripped with her to a convention or two, I can confirm that all that is true — especially that bit about late nights, and weird stuff of the soul. Everyone should take a road trip with C.S.E. Cooney at least once in their life. And bring a notebook.
Check out the complete interview here.