Charles A. Cornell

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I write speculative fiction ranging from the mysterious to the macabre; often blending science fiction, fantasy, alternative history and horror. I’m a regular contributor to podcasts, seminars and conferences, and conducts webinars and workshops on my specialty, retro-punk fiction (Steampunk, Dieselpunk).

I hold degrees in metallurgy and business. After working in materials engineering, quality management and purchasing for a big name Fortune 500 company, I escaped corporate life and retired to my writing den in Florida.

My first published novel, Tiger Paw, won the 2012 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Thriller from the Florida Writers Association.

My dieselpunk work, DragonFly, a retro-futuristic collision of science fiction and fantasy, w
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Charles A. Cornell Hi Laura!
Most of the 'retrographs' are original WW2 photos whose copyright has expired and are now in the public domain. They can be found on various…more
Hi Laura!
Most of the 'retrographs' are original WW2 photos whose copyright has expired and are now in the public domain. They can be found on various websites but I use Wikipedia's WikiCommons because the copyright restrictions are well researched and I make sure I have the freedom to use them.

I post additional commissioned illustrations on the website, www.DragonFly-Novels.com and also on the Facebook fan page, www.Facebook.com/DragonflySquadron. Some of these are exclusive to each site (ie found only there and not in the books). So check them out!

Additional illustrations including exclusive renderings of the Blutskrieger can be found in the short companion fiction 'Die Fabrik/The Factory' (there is a warning that this is a horror story and may not be suitable for all readers).

I plan to continue including illustrations (budget permitting) in further work in the DragonFly series. I plan to offer something visually unique and value-added in each piece of fiction whether it is a full-length novel, novella or short story.(less)
Charles A. Cornell I think an aspiring author needs two things. First is an overriding passion to communicate something of meaning beyond your usual boundaries and to…moreI think an aspiring author needs two things. First is an overriding passion to communicate something of meaning beyond your usual boundaries and to people beyond your immediate circle. Why are you writing? What is the purpose? Second is an appreciation that authorship is a craft and an art form, and that an apprenticeship needs to be served. To master creative writing you need to make a commitment to continuous improvement. There are no short cuts. I’ve been writing seriously for over ten years. I’ve written entire novels that I now classify as my ‘practice’ novels even though I didn’t know they were at the time. Even after ten years, I’m learning new things daily about the craft and about the publishing business. And what I’ve also learned, after taking a few unplanned sabbaticals, is that I simply must write. I cannot stop writing. Something would be missing in my life if I did.(less)
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Tiger Paw has won the 2012 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Thriller from the Florida Writers Association!


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message 10: by Ivan

Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard Thank you for the add, my new friend! Nice profile, site, quotes! Will be glad to exchange some recommendations, tips, etc. Best wishes and good luck! LET THE WONDERFUL NOISE OF THE SEA ALWAYS SOUNDS IN YOUR EARS! (a greeting of the water dragons' hunters - my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).


message 9: by Harsh

Harsh Gopal you're welcome Charles :) :)


message 8: by Dyuti

Dyuti Charles wrote: "Dyuti wrote: "Thanks for the invite! :)
So what, according to you is the biggest quirk that a writer should posses in order to be successful?"

Quirky? I guess that eliminates the required characte..."


That was a really good answer! I admire anyone who succeeds in finishing a story because i guess he has to really stick to his work no matter what happens... And at times it can get lonely and frustrating! So great that you've crossed that hurdle... Good luck for ur book!


Charles Cornell Dyuti wrote: "Thanks for the invite! :)
So what, according to you is the biggest quirk that a writer should posses in order to be successful?"


Quirky? I guess that eliminates the required characteristics of perseverance, craftsmanship and integrity? So I guess you have to be a little bit eccentric... like a cross between a sage and a fool; having a dash of insanity mixed with sanity, and having a lust for exploring life in all its crazy forms! Because that's where great writing comes from!

Thanks for the question!


message 6: by Dyuti

Dyuti Thanks for the invite! :)
So what, according to you is the biggest quirk that a writer should posses in order to be successful?


Charles Cornell Freda wrote: "Great to meet you Charles!"

Thanks for the friendship Freda! Go Ticats!


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Freda Mans-Labianca Great to meet you Charles!


Brandi Salazar Hi Charles! Just stopping by to say thanks for the friend invite :)


Charles Cornell Sherry wrote: "Hi Charles,
Just wanted to stop by and say WOW. Thanks for the gift. I started it right away. I'm almost a quarter of the way through. Loving it. So pertinent. Thanks again.Tiger Paw by Charles A. Cornell"


Thanks Sherry... Charles


Sherry Fundin Hi Charles,
Just wanted to stop by and say WOW. Thanks for the gift. I started it right away. I'm almost a quarter of the way through. Loving it. So pertinent. Thanks again. Tiger Paw by Charles A. Cornell


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