FAQ

Carey RavenStar Robin is an author and teacher living in Chicago, IL.

 

WHY DID YOU WRITE NAKED IN THE GARDEN OF THE SERPENT?

I wrote this story because I LOVE mythology. Though most of my mythology centers on Greek mythology, there are some references to other cultures’ mythologies and stories as well. I also like humorous books, and humorous fiction is a rarity.  I also wanted to create a story – a true fiction story – that had themes of humans being part of nature, rather than in charge of it. I feel that the current debate of “how to we save the environment” is sort of ludicrous. We are one with the environment – the earth. Ultimately, the question should be “how do we save ourselves?” because the environment is going to get rid of us if we don’t figure out how to live with it, not against it.

ARE YOUR BOOKS SPIRITUAL? RELIGIOUS?

My book is more like Christopher Moore than it is, say, a New Agey book, despite my supposedly New Agey name. I like to see the links between different cultures’ religions and mythologies. The serpent, while evil in Christianity, is actually a revered animal in many different cultures!

WHY DID YOU SELF-PUBLISH?

My novel is a bit short to be published traditionally, and I also found it difficult to fit my book into a genre. It isn’t really literary, nor is it traditional sci-fi/fantasy. I wrote a unique book and couldn’t find an agent. I wasn’t willing to rewrite it to fit a genre.

I’m writing a more traditional young adult fairy tale retelling at the moment, and I will definitely be looking for a traditional publisher.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS AND WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Authors who inspire me are Derrick Jensen and Daniel Quinn – their ideas on the state of our planet are so true. More people need to read them.

Fiction authors I love include Alice Walker and Tom Robbins.

Of course, I love so many of the classics. I taught high school English for ten years and continue to tutor English. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is my favorite “classic.”