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Carole McDonnell Answers Eleven Cyberfunk Questions

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi there. My name is Carole McDonnell.

I’m a mom, a wife, a writer, a Christian. I try to write stories that deal with these aspects of myself and with issues such as disability and love. I also try to write short stories with characters who are my age. Thus, at age 110, I will probably have a character who is 110. Or maybe I’ll go a bit younger and make him or her 109. I generally write fantasy. Once in a while the fantasy borders on horror or has horror elements. I tend to avoid the punks in the writerly neighborhood. But every once in a while, if pushed and believed in, I attempt to deal with the punks. Be they steamy, or cyber. Not sure if I could pull of stitchpunk, though.

My stories – again, mostly fantasy-- can be found in Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction by Carole McDonnell and Turn Back O Time and other stories of the fae of Malku.

My novels, so far, are: Wind Follower, My Life as an Onion, The Constant Tower, The Daughters of Men, The Charcoal Bride.

I also write Bible studies. They include, Blogging the Psalms, A Fool’s Journey Through Proverbs, and The Christian Laws of Attraction.

I dabble in poetry but I wouldn’t call myself a poet. It just seems to me that fantastical worlds need culture and poetry as much as we do. The various poems that are in my novels can be found in my poetry book: The King’s Journal of Lost and Secret Things

2. What’s your favorite cyberpunk book/movie/anime?

Tron, SnowPiercer

3. What do you like most about Cyberpunk?

Dystopia, badlands…I am so there!

4. For you, what’s the difference between Cyberpunk and Cyberfunk?

Cyberfunk rises from black culture or is seen through an African or African-American lens.

5. What’s the title of your Cyberfunk story?


6. Give a brief synopsis. (Just a teaser)

Neighborhood Big Mama meets the super-computer.

7. What do you like/hate about your main character?

Big Mama is chill and unperturbed. She’s learned a lot in her long life, and she is hooked up with everyone in the community.

8. Are we heading for a Cyberfunk/Cyberpunk future?

Where folks are hooked into machines? I think not. Where folks depend on machines for happiness, life, comfort? Yes.

9. Would you become a cyborg?

Nope. I already have trouble controlling my emotional, spiritual, and physical selves. All I need is for my wiring to go awry.

10. Could you love an A.I.?

It would be tempting and although I am often not good at rising above temptations, I think I could resist this one.

11. How do we keep track of all things (Carole McDonnell)?

Follow my Amazon Author Page

Follow me on Instagram @carolemcdonnellauthor

On Facebook


On twitter @carolemcdonnell @twitter

Read Whosonever and 17 other amazing Cyberfunk stories in the upcoming Cyberfunk! Anthology. Preorder your book today. Release date is February 28, 2021.

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