January 15, 2019

#Interview with @CCHunterBooks

Today we have our Featured Author for the #BooksAreLife Facebook group Click Here
C. C. Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series.
C.C. Hunter has been one of our favorite authors since we read the Born at Midnight Series!! 

C. C. Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her contemporary young adult and hardcover debut, This Heart of Mine. And the first book of her new paranormal young adult series, The Mortician's Daughter: One Foot in the Grave was released on October 31st 2017. C. C. currently resides in Texas with her husband, junkyard dog, Lady, and whatever wild creatures that meander out from woods surrounding home.

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

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply. cc@cchunterbooks.com

Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
YES! It took me ten years to get my first book published. But during those ten years, I devoted myself to learning my craft. You see, I have to work a little harder since I’m dyslexic and, I never even thought I could be a writer. Reading and writing was very difficult for me in school, but I was never diagnosed then. So, it was a big step when I decided to put the stories I made up in my head onto paper. After ten years, I finally published, but it took another twelve years to sell my second book to a publisher. But when I did, they requested four of them at once!

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Two Feet Under is the second book in my Mortician’s Daughter series. Riley’s dad is a mortician, and his dead clients keep following him home expecting Riley to help them.

Which of your books were easier/harder to write than the others?
This Heart of Mine released last Feb. It was my most personal book yet, and so was difficult to write. Leah is a seventeen-year-old who gets a heart transplant. Then she helps her donor’s brother find out what really happened to his twin. The reason it was so difficult to write was that my husband had a kidney transplant a few years ago, and writing about a character getting a transplant dredged up all of those feelings I experienced when we were going through it with my husband. Needless to say, I cried a lot while writing that book.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Two Feet Under is the second book in my Mortician’s Daughter series. I have to say, this book dumps Riley right in the middle of a sticky situation. Her whole world shifts at the end, so of course I’m writing a third book, Three Heart Beats Away, to finish her story.  Then I have another release coming out March 26th, In Another Life.  It’s about a young girl who thought she was legally adopted all her life.  That is until she sees an age progression photo of girl who was kidnapped at age three and that girl looks just like her.

Have you ever suffered from a "writer's block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
I don’t really believe in writer’s block. If I sat back and waited for inspiration to strike every time before I started writing, I wouldn’t have many books out. Writing is a profession, and like every profession, you show up every day ready to work. My dad was a plumber and I never knew him to stay home because he had “plumber’s block.” (No pun intended.) So, I go into my study, put my butt in the chair and write—almost every day. I get words on paper (or on my computer screen), because even if it isn’t my best writing, I can fix that later. But you can’t fix a blank page.

What do you think about book trailers?
I like book trailers and I often have them made for my books. I think it gets my readers involved and excited about a book. I have a trailer for ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, book 1 my Mortician’s Daughter series: https://youtu.be/H9Oddhvw3GI.

The Mortician’s Daughter series is about a girl who sees ghosts.  Kylie in the Shadow Falls series also say ghost. Is there a reason you include ghosts?
Yes.  I love ghost stores.  You could say I kind of believe in ghosts. I’ve had too many things happen that felt like close encounters with spirits to not entertain the idea of them really existing.  I think every writer pulls from their own experiences and this is something from my past.

You write a lot about family secrets.  Is this something that comes from your own experience?
I think every family has secrets.  And my family is no exception.  I was about twelve when I found out I had a half sibling.  In spite of looking, I have yet to find my half-brother.  So yes, while I do pull from my own family’s secrets a little, I also think uncovering secrets just makes for a great plot.  It’s instant mystery.

What’s next for you?  
Right now, I’m between revisions, so I took a few weeks to work on a new proposal.  It’s what you’d call speculative fiction.  It’s a story about a sole survivor of an airplane crash and what, if anything, she can do to bring her family back. 

You are famous for leaving readers with big hooks. And Two Feet Under, the second book in the Mortician’s Daughter Series, is a big one. When will that third book release?I know, I’ve gotten emails from readers complaining.  And I do actually feel a little bad.  However, the truth is that most books in a series end on a hook.  Each book has a complete story that involves a ghost.  The overarching story of Hayden and Riley’s romance and of her family drama will be resolved in book three.  Because I write for two publishers as well as write independent books, I’m pretty busy.  But I’m seriously trying to have Three Heartbeats Away release in late May or June.

Thanks so much for having me as your guest today.

You can find C.C. Hunter at her blog: http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCHunterFans/, on Twitter: @CCHunterBooks, and at Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/christiecraig/my-cc-hunter-books/.

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