Carol Cuppy is passionate about exploring the world through story.
Whether it’s getting lost in the pages of a good book, weaving a tale of her own, or talking story with new friends, she loves discovering new adventures and ideas through words.
When not writing, Carol can be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She enjoys a strong cup of tea, has a weakness for all things huckleberry, feels most at home around active volcanoes, and loves a good snuggle with her cats.
Carol is a member of Pikes Peak Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers.
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
I am passionate about getting to explore the world and all of its possibilities through story. You never know what’s around the next bend and sometimes you make discoveries, about the world and yourself, that are completely unexpected. I love bouncing ideas off of friends who are writers, and connecting with my readers.
What does your writing day look like?
It starts with a cup of Irish breakfast tea and a handful of treats for the cats to bribe them to keep their paws off my keyboard. Each day is a little different and can be a cocktail of research, outlining, writing, or editing. About halfway through the day, I’ll go for a run or hike to get the blood flowing and then it’s back to it.
What is life like when you’re not writing?
I love spending time with my husband and friends, reading, running, hiking, and exploring new places (especially if there is lava involved). And afternoon naps are not overrated, especially when you’re notorious for being a night owl.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received about writing?
There are actually two amazing pieces of advice that I cherish:
The first was from a conversation I once had with Ursula K. LeGuin. She showed me a rejection letter she had received for The Left Hand of Darkness. It was scathing. Had she let that publishing house’s opinion of her writing dictate her future, she never would have been published. Her advice to me was to never let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do, write, or be, and to keep pressing forward to make your writing a reality.
The second piece of advice was from Allen Arnold. He said that God is always inviting us to new experiences through creativity and the creations of others. He invites us to step out into the wild and see what adventures await. The key is to take the adventure with God, and let Him navigate the wild. Surrendering my writing to God and letting Him lead has been the most rewarding experience of my life.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes. I’ve known that writing was my life’s calling since I could hold a crayon. Meeting Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Knots on a Counting Rope, Barn Dance) when I was five sent me running down that path and I haven’t looked back. The fact that I get to write for a living is one of my life’s greatest blessings.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. Dreams, conversations, something unusual that happened during the day, you name it. I write to explore what truth looks like, to find hope when circumstances defy it, and to find courage against impossible odds.
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