Yesterday saw the release of another great charity anthology, Stardust, Always. To celebrate its release, we’ll be sharing some of its contributors’ responses to four short questions every day this week.
Today, we present Clara Ryanne Heart’s interview with Mayra Pérez González. Clara Ryanne Heart contributed “A Villain with Heart,” a true story about inspiration gained from Alan Rickman while working on her current novel, as well as some graphics.
MAYRA PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ: Why did you choose to participate?
CLARA RYANNE HEART: Because I wanted to be a part of something I knew was going to be great. I saw so many people hurting after Alan Rickman and David Bowie passed; this made the year just a little bit better. It made my friends feel just a little bit better. And I wanted to be part of that.
PÉREZ: Describe your experience contributing to “Stardust, Always.”
HEART: Haha, I’m not going to lie. I was back and forth for a while. When I first finished writing my story, I hated it. I thought it was stupid and silly and that no one would like it. I pulled it to try to write something else. I very nearly pulled out all together. But I had so many friends who were involved with this anthology, and I wanted to stay with them. And, anyway, my story made it in. And I’m very glad it did.
PÉREZ: What influence has David Bowie or Alan Rickman had in your life?
HEART: You’ll have to read my story to find out. 🙂
PÉREZ: Anything else you would like to say or add?
HEART: Working on this anthology with my friends, and watching so many of them blossom and turn out the best work of their lives, pouring their heart into this anthology, has been one of the most rewarding times of my year. I’m so very proud of everyone who got involved, from authors to editors and graphic designers. Y’all are awesome <3
Stardust, Always is now available on Amazon in paperback and ebook format.