How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I was 27 when I knew I wanted to be an author. I wrote poetry from the time I was about 16 until I was about 20. I never took my writing that serious until one day I was talking with a parent of a little boy that was in my “Learn-to-Play” roller hockey class. He told me how he thought a lot of the books out today were very bland and he wanted something more for his son to read. That’s when I decided I would give it a shot.
Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)
My favorite author by far is Dr. Seuss. I know that a lot of people might say that but I really did love reading his books. I did look to his books when I first started writing. His books were just in a league of their own with creativity and story. Another favorite author would be Eric Carle. I loved how simple but different his books were. The types of books that you could just look at and immediately know he was the illustrator. I try to take a lot of inspiration from them when I write.
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
I take my inspiration from several different sources. I, of course, take inspiration from my life and all the difficulties I’ve gone through. I take inspiration from the children that were in my “Learn-to-Play” roller hockey class, and I take inspiration from issues I hear about through social media or friends. I like to figure out issues or lessons I feel are affecting children today and then twist them into a fun, cute world that kids would love to read and understand the message.
What genre(s) do you write?
I write fiction children’s picture books which have all been rhyming. I do have ideas in the works for my first and second non-rhyming books, but those are sitting on a shelf for now (literally and figuratively). I’m also currently working on a collaboration children’s chapter book which is in the works right now. I don’t have any plans to stray much more from rhyming children’s picture books though.
Do you have any current or future projects?
I have a couple current projects and multiple future projects. Currently, I’m illustrating a book called “Tony’s Butterflies” which is a book for one of my late idols, Tony Sly. My friend, Shanilee, is illustrating a book for the Colorado Veterans Project which is where both of us live. Last, I have the collaboration book I’m working on, “The Golden Quills” that was mentioned previously. On future projects, I don’t even know where to start because I have about 5 to 6 projects sitting off to the side that are written, or strong story idea I’m waiting to have time to write. I have plenty of work to keep me busy for a long time, even if people stop reading my books.
Do you have an author website?
I do, my author website is C. Fulsty Books. I try to keep it as up to date as possible with books that are out, books coming out, extra info on books that are out, additional info on myself, and even an acknowledgement page. It’s worth peeking into and if there’s anything more you want to know about me, you can send any questions to me from my website.
Do you have any blogs?
I do have one blog. It’s on my website and I don’t write in it very often, but I try to write things that are more personal, that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. For instance, I have one blog post where I talked about how depression affects my life as an author. I do have a disclaimer at the beginning that the story may not be for children, but I also don’t use any language or words that children shouldn’t see.
Where can people find your work? (to purchase or just to read)
My books are on Kindle, Barnes & Noble online, Amazon, and many other online bookstores. You can also request to have a book shipped to your closest Barnes & Noble and with enough interest they will begin to carry my books.
If you could feature just one title, what would it be?
I would like to feature “Blake and the Turtles.” It’s one of my favorites, I feel it has a great story with two great lessons to be learned, and Shanilee did a great job illustrating it. “Blake and the Turtles” is also my bestselling book currently.
Do you have any pseudonyms?
My only pseudonym right now, and the name I’m going by, is C. Fulsty. The “C.” is the initial of my first name, and I’ve always joked to myself that all the best authors have initials or a title like Dr. Seuss. “Fulsty” is for the name I was called by some of my teammates when I played hockey in high school, and I’m a very big hockey fan.
Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?
My other main hobby would be hockey, watching and playing. I’m also a big movie buff, but besides that I don’t really have any additional hobbies that I can think of.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Something interesting about me would be that I never broke a bone for 27 years. Then I broke my fibula and my ankle was so far out of place I had to get surgery to fix it. I now have a plate and 7 screws in my leg and may have it for the rest of my life or until I’m in my 60’s.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d also like to share that I am a native to Colorado.