As I’ve discussed in my previous three posts, I am a proud member of #TeamOrange, a group of writers who banded together to create the anthology Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring some of those writers/editors in a #TeamOrange edition of The Questions.
My first guest is Christopher Cantley, and I don’t know him at. All. (Except that the kitten he’s holding in this picture ——> is named Tinkerbell, and she’s all grown up now. Cute, eh?) So, let’s meet him together, shall we?
The #TeamOrange Questions
a. How/why are you a member of #TeamOrange?
I joined #TeamOrange when Stephanie Fuller (AKA The Book Hipster) posted about the project on Facebook. I decided it would be fun to come up with a story and try to be part of such a terrific project.
(dSavannah note: Stephanie also has a story in the anthology, and will hopefully be answering The Questions soon.)
b. What is the title of your story? Describe it in 25 words or less.
The title of my story is My Orange Karen. It is the magical tale of an aging farmer who finds a lost child in a storm and their next few years together.
(dSavannah note: It is indeed a magical tale. Sweet, too.)
c. Karen has been called a warrior because of her fighting spirit and will to live. Who else inspires you because they fight for good?
I think the greatest fighters for good are anyone in public services: police, firefighters, soldiers. Without such brave people, there would be only chaos.
(dSavannah note: Amen, especially in light of all the tragedies our country has suffered recently.)
d. What causes/non-profits are near and dear to your heart? Why?
I would say the most meaningful non-profit to me would be the Lapeer Schools Band Boosters. I was a member of the bands for six years, and without their support and effort, school bands would no longer exist.
e. If you had enough money to name a building after Karen, what kind of building would it be?
I’d pick a hospital. The hospital is kind of obvious, given that she most likely wouldn’t be here without her awesome doctors and therapists.
f. The superhero Aquaman wears orange and green, and The Thing has an orange, rocky complexion. If you happened to be a superhero, what color would your costume be? What would be your powers? Your superhero name?
I want to be Iron Man!
<------ The Mark VI armor from the movies is my favorite, by far :).
g. What was your first reaction when you held the book in your hands?
“It really isn’t a dream…” This is my first published work. I’m still in shock!
The (Regular) Questions
2. If your phone lets you have custom ringtones, what song do you use?
Though my phone isn’t in service anymore, I created a custom ringtone using a section of “Saving New York” from The Amazing Spider-Man score. If you’ve seen the movie, it’s when he’s swinging from crane to crane to reach Oscorp. If you haven’t see the movie… refer to the previous sentence.
6. What do you want on your tombstone?
7. What was the name of your first pet and what was it?
Fritz was my first family pet. He was a black Cockapoo… Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix.
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
Lara Croft. She has no super powers. She has brains and guts and gets the job done.
(dSavannah note: My choice too!)
33. Why do you create in your medium/genre? What about it speaks to you?
I like to write for a number of reasons. For one, I can’t draw. Also, I feel that writing gives the reader a better chance to use their own imagination. I can provide a firm foundation of how the story’s world is made, but the reader gets to truly bring to life.
What I create:
When I write, it’s mostly poetry, and it’s mostly for my wife. I vowed that I wouldn’t fall into the consumerist tendencies for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries, and so far, I’ve managed a poem for each for 7 years. I also write fantasy, but have never been published until the Orange Karen anthology. I hope this is the first step in a new writing adventure. I’ve already started working on some new stories.
Christopher Cantley is a factory worker residing in Lapeer, Michigan. He is a devoted husband to JoAnn and loving father to Samantha, Tabitha and Andrew. He also has four fur-kids: Mickey, Tinkerbell (shown licking Christopher’s face, at right), Ninja and Abbie. An avid video gamer, he has played every Final Fantasy title except one. When not working or gaming, he spends time trying to get all those amazing stories in his head onto paper.
Learn more about the authors and Karen’s story:
Buy the Book:
The anthology is available in paperback for $14.95 and in ebook for $3.99.
- CreateSpace – paperback (purchasing this version gives Karen and her family the most money)
- Amazon – paperback
- Amazon – kindle
Other ways to help:
- Donate via Paypal to the Orange Karen fund (if for some reason this link doesn’t work, go to the anthology website and click the ‘Make a Donation’ button on the right side of the page)
- Write a review on Amazon or Goodreads
- Purchase Orange Karen Swag on Zazzle (items designed by Troy Aaron Ratliff)