Welcome to our first author feature: CDP Morkert, author of Collector’s Edition:
Greetings, readers! My name is CDP Morkert, and I’m the writer of Collector’s Edition in this lovely anthology. Primarily I write fantasy, or sci-fi, or futuristic… slice-of-life? I’m currently working on a comic called Don’t Kill the Messenger, and I’m not sure how to categorize it yet (is there a genre for bad-ass delivery people?).
So far my late-twenties have been going fairly well. This is the first time I’ve been published. I don’t make a living with my art, so it’s nice to have something out there people can see, and hopefully enjoy. I do have a story on Wattpad called Becoming a Poltergeist, but I’ve hit a wall with it. I hope to at least come close to finishing it this year.
Writing isn’t the only medium I use, I also draw and animate. I haven’t put together an animation since my MBA thesis though (which can be seen on cdpmorkert.tumblr.com). It was one of my most enjoyable projects, even in all its rough glory. Hopefully I can find the time to make another. Frame by frame animation is a bit time-consuming unfortunately… someday I’ll do it again.
It took someone’s outside perspective to make me realize I didn’t really follow the book’s theme of taking old tales and spinning them. I sort of took the theme of taking something new out of the old and ran with it without looking back. Collector’s Edition stemmed from a comic I was making with two rival treasure hunters, Pagos the basilisk and Hori the kamaitachi. That comic is still in production, but with Collector’s Edition fleshing out the characters the story has changed quite a bit. These two have been fighting each other for a long time, and know the other’s strengths and weaknesses intimately. With Jiang the dragon’s perspective in Collector’s Edition their dynamic was sort of shuffled around a bit. There’s still that tension of rivalry there, but also a great amount of respect for each other that has deepened to romantic curiosity. Jiang himself was extremely fun to write for. He has been around the block a few times, and has many regrets. He’s doing his best to better himself by investing in the future, and is much happier for it. And there is also my favorite character in the story to consider who is, of course, Byron. My family used to have two pomeranians that have since passed on, so Byron is an tribute to them. Rest in peace, Palmer and Misty.
There are quite a few stories I have that I wish to share with the world, but there are many obstacles that make finishing them fairly difficult for me. I am so thankful for this anthology, giving me a goal that I worked toward and completed! Now the trick is to keep that creative ball rolling.
Thank you for taking time to read this, and I hope you can take a look at our book. It has amazing stories in there! Well done to everyone who participated in this!
CDP Morkert can be found at swordofshin.tumblr.com and cdpmorkert.tumblr.com.