At fifteen most guys only have to worry about the style of their shoes, or mustering up the courage to talk to the pretty girl sitting across the room. Gabe Perkins isn’t most guys. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, he begins to make friends with a girl so ethereal that he starts to question his own sanity.
“Look at those fish,” she said, diverting her attention towards the creek.
“What about them?” I asked her.
“They’re just swimming along. Living. Breathing. I wonder,” she said as she nudged her shoulder against mine, “If they know what purpose they serve.”
“Well, they probably don’t.”
“Because, they’re fish?”
“Don’t think so low of the marine species.”
“Zippy, they’re little minnows. They’re so little they probably only live a few months. Why worry about their place in life.”
“I don’t know. Something of the simplicity of them is nice though, you must admit.” She gleamed ear to ear, “Imagine, if you were a little minnow, swimming down the creek.”
“I have no clue. Do you really think there’s something out there that really cares about this little fish. Or even, you know, something out there that is looking down at us, talking about us like we’re little fish. Just tiny little minnows swimming down a stream, unsure of what fate lies ahead of us?”
It is my pleasure to welcome C.B. Burdette, author of Following Zippy, to Room With Books.
C.B., what do you do when you are not writing?
I work in film and television. Though I adore acting, I much prefer the laptop and a cozy blanket.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Just one? Well…I can’t give just one. But I will say that C.S. Lewis has given me great insight as to how I should look at life and the world around me.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Learning that I needed to go the self-publishing route was the hardest challenge. I’d had a few publishers interested, but they were smaller and while small can be good, it just wasn’t a match. After a lot of debating I realized that I needed to go the non-traditional route. It’s given me much more creative freedom, and while it means that all of the marketing and editing and creating of the book lands on my own two shoulders, I feel it’s much more rewarding.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power to fly. How amazing would it be to have the ability to take off from wherever you are. Imagine it, you could just take off for a day trip to Germany, or Hawaii! Think of how much money you’d save on airfare!
What was your first job?
My grandmother raised birds and had a huge bird aviary. When I was 16 I would go over to her house and feed and water all of the birds.
What types of books do you write and who is your main audience?
Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Books. While I don’t market the Children’s Books as much as my YA novels, I sell a lot of them at craft fairs. They’re super fun to write as well.
My audience is those looking for a beautiful story to take them on an escape that will leave them with a better sense of the world around them.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
I know it’s going to sound silly, but I think Gabe is my favorite in Following Zippy. Of course he’s the main character and the story is told from his perspective, but I truly enjoyed writing about him. I felt as though my fingers were a way to get his story out. I loved how angst-y, yet sweet, he was. That in addition to his character development is why I have to say he’s my favorite.
What does your writing schedule look like?
Like an obsessive sporadic schedule. When I sit down to write….I really sit down to write, but it’s all a matter of me sitting down to write.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
While I don’t use any experiences I’ve outright had myself, I think there is a part of every author that somewhat leaks out through their writing.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Fairly. Originally it was going to be ‘She Fell’, but Following Zippy was far more suitable to the nature of the book and Gabe’s following of her.
If you could pick one profession besides author, which would you choose?
Safari Woman. No joke. I just adore animals (vegetarian of 9 years, what, what?!) and think it would be amazing to work one on one with them….maybe even in the wild 😉
What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on the three part book series told from three of the character’s perspectives. That and of course children’s books, I’m constantly popping those out.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Mmmm Butter Pecan Praline Night owl, or early bird? Early Bird….gets the worm Red, or white wine? Best of both worlds….a sweet red. Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Roller coasters Ocean or a pool? Pool. I have a mutual agreement with sharks. They stay in the ocean…and I stay on land. Walking or fitness club? Crossfit! Any last words? Carpe Diem!
Thank you, C.B., for chatting with us, and especially for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C.B. Burdette grew up a gypsy at her parents hands. With a dad in the Air Force, she was able to experience life on the road, soaking up culture. After spending 6 years working as a model, she realized that the industry wasn’t much of what she was looking for in life. More often than not, C.B. felt like Jo Stockton in Funny Face and escaped into the world of film, where work is based on something more than beauty, something she could truly emote through. Between spending 12 hour days on set, and tending to her daughter and cat, C.B. escapes real life through writing fiction.