My name is Courtney Cannon, writing under the name C.L. Cannon. I’m thirty-one years old going on five. I love to read and believe that nothing in this world is stronger than the imagination. Movies will never be books, and beauty is only skin deep. I love music, and I frequently sing in my car, much to the dismay of the cars surrounding me, I’m sure! 😀 I have an overwhelming love for anything and everything British! I am the mother of two precious and rotten little boys aged six and two. I am married to an amazing guy that for some reason puts up with me and has done for nearly ten years now. I edit books for publishing in my free time when I’m not working on writing my own series. I also write freelance articles and design book covers for both print and e-book release.
How did I get into writing and editing?
From the time I could read, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I always had a strong grasp of grammar and a love of literature. I wrote my first story, which was an alternate ending of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women at the age of nine. It was probably horrible in hindsight, very melodramatic for sure, but at nine with no firm grasp on the real world that seemed to make it exciting! I continued to write and to read penning plays that my little sister and I performed for our parents. In high school, I was introduced to fanfiction and the writing flame spread through me like an inferno! I also joined the school literary magazine and wrote poetry and short stories. Getting a few published in anthology volumes. I excelled in my AP English classes and thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with a good book rather than partying my teen years away.
Once I graduated, I went out into the workforce trying to make ends meet. I still was the person with her nose stuck in a book in the break room or out in her car, the one writing story ideas or lines of dialogue on the back of receipt papers and prep sheets. Eventually, I became a preschool teacher, which was one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had. I love and adore kids, to be able to make a positive influence in their lives and watch them grow into their personalities was a blessing! Unfortunately, it did not pay enough to supplement my husband’s income or support the both of us as well as our newborn son. I turned to the internet and started freelancing. I began with giving parenting and early childhood development advice. Then I did audio transcription. Finally, I got up the courage to do article writing, which I have had much success with since. I ran fan sites for years, which got me into making my own graphics, so I offered those services next. I did podcasts and noticed that voice-over skills were in demand, so I taught myself the ins and outs of that and began offering my services, which are one of the top-ordered freelance gigs that I do now! All of these things were well and good, and I taught myself many other skills like audio mixing, Kindle conversion, and online marketing, but I didn’t get to my true passion until my friend Janae decided she was going to participate in NaNoWriMo.
In between the teaching job and now I was forced to take up a more physical factory job. In October 2014 my second child was born, and after complications with the epidural, I was left unable to return to work. Since I was eleven, I have known that I have scoliosis, which is an S-shaped curve of the spine. I wore a back brace for five years to correct it, and though I did have some back pain, I was never really chronically suffering until after my second child was born. I was stuck seven times with an epidural needle, and none of them worked. I had a natural childbirth because they could not get into the epidural space to relieve the pain. This blind poking around combined with the fact that my curvatures had progressed greatly in pregnancy, caused nerve damage and sciatica. This causes me to be unable to sit, stand, or stay in one position for more than a few moments. I often go numb in my extremities, and it makes life a little difficult for me. I was out of a job and trying every work-at-home position I could think of to keep our lights on, our house out of foreclosure, and food in our bellies!
This is where we get back to Janae! She had gotten a book completed during NaNoWriMo and was needing a cover designed. She had ordered one from another freelancer, but was unhappy with the end result, so I told her I would give it a shot. I had never designed a book cover before, but I had certainly seen enough of them over the years. I designed her cover, and she loved it… and I loved it too. She then went on to beta reading and had a group of her friends help edit and beta the book. I was one of those. She liked my comments and corrections so much that she hired me as an editor for her next book. From there I began my own business, started a Facebook Page and eventually a website for my services. I started getting orders from new clients, and they all loved and recommended my services expanding my business even more! Which brings us to where I am today. A successful author, publisher, author services provider, and publicist who is plotting her own full-length novel in her free time!
What are some of my favorite books?
Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Great Gatsby, Persuasion, Wuthering Heights, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, About a Boy, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hunger Games, Great Expectations, Sense and Sensibility, Washington Square, Little Women, Atonement, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Sword of Truth, Northanger Abbey, Night, Little Dorrit, Daniel Deronda, Bleak House, North and South, Anna Karenina, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Rebecca, The Count of Monte Cristo, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Inkheart, Timeline, Peter Pan… There are really too many to list! The point is I love books!
Where do I hope to be in the next few years?
I sincerely hope to be editing and designing still and to have my own novel finished and released.