Monday, March 28, 2011

Author Spotlight: C.C Hunter and a giveaway!

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to welcome C.C. Hunter, author of the upcoming book that releases tomorrow, Born at Midnight!

First off, Thank you so much for stopping by The Crazy Bookworm!


C.C.: And thank you for having me visit you and talk about my new book. I’m so excited to be here. Nothing makes me happier than talking about writing and my characters. In so many ways, they are like my children. I’m so proud of them.


What inspired you to write Born at Midnight and to make it into a series?

C.C.: Good question. I can’t speak for all writers but for me, I get my inspiration from either life experiences or the world around me – articles I’ve read, conversations I’ve overheard in restaurants (yes, I’ve been known to eavesdrop LOL) even a particularly beautiful sunset. But that’s not really how Born at Midnight and the Shadow Falls series were born.


I had written a humorous paranormal novel before I sold my funny romantic suspense novels to Dorchester. While my paranormal novel didn’t sell, it captured the attention of several editors. One of them was Rose Hilliard at St. Martin’s Press. After my fifth novel was published, she contacted my agent, asking if I would consider writing a Young Adult paranormal series. When I said I’d love to give it a shot, she planted the seed of an idea in my mind with two words: “paranormal camp.” Now, that’s all she said but it was enough. I took those two words, “paranormal camp,” and went to work. I created my own supernatural world, my own characters, and my own plot. And I’ve had a blast doing it, too.


Tell us a little about Born at Midnight/Shadow Falls road to publication

C.C.: Well, after I got those two words “paranormal camp,” I got busy reading and studying every Young Adult paranormal novel I could get my hands on. The YA market is vast and there are so many different types and tones of novels, especially in paranormal. I wanted to figure out what made some of these novel big hits with readers. And I wanted to make sure that the story I plotted would suit the genre, as well as my writing voice. My light romantic suspense novels written under my real name Christie Craig are filled with humor, but can be very suspenseful, even serious in places, and have likeable characters with heart. Anyway, I came up a plot and a varied cast of characters who would fit into my new supernatural world, and would best suit my writing voice. While my YA Shadow Falls series is a bit darker than my adult romance novels, my humor and character depth both play a big part in penning these books.


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner (alive or dead, real or fiction) who would you invite?

C.C.: Okay, this is a hard one. The first person I’d like to invite to dinner is my Great Grandmother Plummer Bronson. . She passed away when I was young and there are so many things I’d love to ask her. She was considered a healer and people actually came to her house to have their fortunes read. Plus, she was just one great lady.


Next, I’d invite Oprah Winfrey. And I bet I’m not the only one, either. Oprah is such an inspiration to women everywhere. She came from humble beginnings but just look at all she’s accomplished. I really admire her. You know, I almost appeared on her show several years ago. I had written one of the lead essays in the Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul 2, and I was on the list to appear, but got bumped when someone else more famous showed up. And, yep, I might just ask her if she remembered bumping me during our dinner party. LOL.

My third and fourth are fictional characters. I’d invite Bella from the Twilight series, mostly so I could ask her what the heck she was thinking when she chose Edward over Jacob. LOL. Okay, seriously, I get why she did it but Jacob was one hot werewolf!

Then, I’d choose Holiday, the camp leader at Shadow Falls. I like Holiday and I know she has some secrets she’s not sharing with me. Maybe I could loosen her tongue over dinner.

And finally, I’d invite Andrew W. Marlowe. He’s the creator of Castle, one of my favorite TV shows. I’m inviting him for purely selfish reasons – I want to know when Beckett and Castle are getting together. LOL.


Where is your favourite writing place and do you have any must haves?(music, snacks, etc)

C.C.: I have an office, which is really more of a study. I have floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with my favorite books, a comfy sofa and a couple of arm chairs, in addition to my desk and chair. I have French doors that lead outside to the patio and backyard, so when I find myself at a loss for inspiration, I can usually find it by taking a peak out those doors.


As for my “must haves” for writing, I’d say peace and quiet. When I get pulled into a story, I block out the rest of the world and usually lose all track of time. (Just ask my son and husband about their overcooked dinners. LOL.) Normally, I don’t listen to music when I write. It’s not that I don’t enjoy music – I do. But when I’m writing, I can’t listen to music with lyrics because it’s just too distracting for me.


If you could be a supernatural creature, what would you be?

C.C.: You know, I get asked this one a lot but no matter how many times I’m asked it, it’s still hard for me to answer. I’ve made some changes to the mythology for many of my supernaturals in the Shadow Falls series. Some of them, like vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves, can be scary but once you get to know them as characters, they all have some good qualities, which is what makes it so hard for me to choose. Kylie told Holiday once that if she had a choice, she would be either a witch or Fae. I think I might have to agree with her. Drinking blood doesn’t appeal, and morphing into a werewolf isn’t something that I’m totally up to doing.


Are you working on anything now? If so, can you share a little something about it?

C.C.: Well, I’m working on Taken at Dusk, Book 3 of the Shadow Falls series. I can’t give away too many details but the book picks up where Book 2, Awake at Dawn, leaves off. Kylie’s journey of self-discovery continues; she’s learning a lot about herself and the two guys who are vying for her attention. A new spirit is haunting her and it’s just as puzzling as the last two. However, Kylie will blown away when discovers who this ghosts is. Kylie also finds out she’s not the only one who’s dying to uncover her secrets. The danger is ratcheted up, and Kylie may be forced to face the death of someone she has grown to care about. I really hate killing people. I mean I’m from the Deep South, and by nature, we’re just polite people, but killing is part of my job as a writer. In Book Two, I knocked off a few people, but I didn’t like them too much, so it wasn’t that hard. LOL. Okay, seriously, they were minor characters and I hadn't bonded with them yet. This one, if it happens the way I foresee it, will have me sobbing for weeks.


Thank you so much, C.C! It was a pleasure having you here!

C.C.: Thank you for having me. Stop by my website and blog often. I also just wanted to remind your readers that on March 15, Turned At Dark, a short story introducing the Shadow Falls series, will be available at http://us.macmillan.com/bornatmidnight. On March 29, the same release day as Born at Midnight, my short story Turned At Dark will be released as an ebook on all sites, such as BN, Borders, Sony, Googlebooks, IBookstore

 

C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.


C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central. http://www.christie-craig.com/

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C.C.Hunter has been kind enough to giveaway a copy of Born at Midnight to one lucky winner. Open internationally. She will also giveaway a swag package to one lucky U.S Winner. Just fill out this FORM and a winner will be chosen using random.org. on April 4th, 2011. Good luck!



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2 comments:

  1. OMG I get to meet her tomorrow because she's visiting my school! Yaaay. :D

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  2. Great interview with C.C.! I love to learn more about authors and I loved Born at Midnight. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of it in December. I had no idea how big of a hit it would be, but it is a great story and I really can't wait to read the next two. I wish they were already out!

    Heather

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