Chris Cervini joined the Writers’ League in September and is registered for the 2015 Agents & Editors Conference. He lives in Austin.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
Chris Cervini: I try to spread the wealth, and have written everything from coming-of-age romance to thriller/suspense to time travel to space opera. I don’t ever want to be pinned down.
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee or a beer with and which beverage?
CC: I would love to have a dark winter ale with Neil Gaiman — but only on a dreary day and only in a cramped and creaky haunted pub.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
CC: Either A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick or the Boy Scout Handbook. The Boy Scout Handbook is probably more useful on a deserted island.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
CC: You get what you put into it. WLT offers an awful lot of programming for working on your craft. I just need to get off my butt and take advantage of it.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
CC: I just like to tell stories and have plenty of them rattling around my head. I’d like to be able to get them all out before my mind falters. If some can get published and enjoyed by more people then that’s the cherry on top.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
CC: I’m very high on the concept and execution of my new book: Tenochtitlan Unbroken: The Adventures of New World Dave. It’s a time-travel yarn and thriller set in an unconquered Aztec Empire. There are brutish Jaguar agents, scheming bureaucratic priests and a hapless hero who doesn’t know he’s living in a world created by an eccentric billionaire. It’s weird. It’s fun. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before — and that’s why I love it so.