Crazy Questions

I decided to answer some more of the questions I have had fans ask me. Some are rather odd, but some are ones I get asked a lot, so you’ll probably want to know the answers, too.

  1. Where did you come up with the idea of Kylie’s supernatural being?

Well, the great thing about being a writer is that you can make up stuff. You really aren’t bound by nature’s laws. Want a vampire in your novel? Bam, you write one in. Want a dragon? Same thing! When I was writing about Kylie, I knew she was special and I wanted the kind of paranormal she was to be special and just as unusual as she was. So, I asked myself, why does she have to be just one kind of paranormal? Why can’t she be them all? And so that’s what I made her—a chameleon!

  1. I have decided to get a tattoo of an open book & coming out of it will be emblems representing one of my favorite book series. What you think would be a good symbol to represent Shadow Falls? As the creator of Shadow Falls, what comes to mind as a good symbol to represent Shadow Falls? As the creator of Shadow Falls, what comes to mind as a good symbol to represent it?

CAMThis was a very difficult question to answer. I don’t have any tattoos, and I can’t imagine anything I could put on my body that I’d still like ten or even five years later. But I know tattoos are popular, so I answered the best I could. Maybe a chameleon or a death angel?

 

 

  1. When you write those sexy, romantic scenes, do you research them with your husband?

Heck no!  Now don’t get me wrong, my husband can be very romantic, but he’d kill me if I wrote about personal things. Actually, I just remember back to when I was a teenager and how I felt and what guys did to impress me or what things that made me go all soft and gooey inside. Turns out, I have a pretty good memory. J

  1. Is there going to be a Shadow Falls movie?

ScriptGood question—and it’s one I’ve been asked a lot lately. Actually, my best answer is that I don’t know. A while ago I sold the rights to Shadow Falls to CDS. CDS was even working on writing scripts. I was even asked to clarify some things and give my input. But then, suddenly, CDS was sold to another company. So, now I don’t know what’s going on and where the Shadow Falls movie stands. I will tell you that as soon as I hear anything at all, I’ll announce it first on my blog.

 

  1. How do you come up with your characters’ names?

I’m the worst at picking my characters’ names! I’ve tried all sorts of things, but the best I’ve found is to just go to a real (not virtual!) phone book and pick out random first names, then pair them with random last names.

So do you have any crazy or not so crazy questions for me?

 

 

 

 

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Easter Fun!

EasterI hope those of you that celebrate Easter had a nice day. We had a great time. Sometimes I make lasagna for Easter dinner, but I know a lot of people have ham.  But it’s one tough holiday for the diet with all the candy. I love chocolate with nuts—or salted caramel. Better yet, chocolate covered caramel & nuts with salt!  What’s your favorite kind of Easter candy? Do you eat the chocolate bunnies? Do you bite off the head first? Do you like Peeps? Some people say Peeps are really bad for you because it isn’t real food. Now I’m not a Peeps fan, but I know people who would kill the Easter Bunny if he didn’t bring them Peeps.

download (2)Do you hold an Easter egg hunt? Do you hide dyed eggs or the plastic kind? Sometimes we have an Easter egg hunt, but not every year. Ever wonder how Easter egg hunts got started? I did, so I went to Wikipedia to find out. According to Wiki, the specific custom of the Easter egg hunt can be traced to the Protestant Christian Reformer Martin Luther, stating “We know that Martin Luther had Easter egg hunts where the men hid the eggs for the women and children, and it probably has this connection back to this idea of eggs being the tomb [of Christ].”  Hmmm…I’d never have guessed.

Anyway, Easter is a fun time in our family for all of us to get together. I hope you had a wonderful Easter, too.

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway, a bag of CC Hunter swag. is Samantha. Congratulations! Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com and give me your mailing address.

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Kylie and Ghosts

I get a lot of questions from fans, so I’ve been answering a few over the past weeks, and I’ll probably be answering more. So her’s another one.

Why did you have Kylie be a ghost whisperer?

When St. Martins came to me and asked if I wanted to write a young adult paranormal series, I really hadn’t written a paranormal book before.  The closest I’d come was when I wrote an adult romantic suspense, and the mother of the heroine, who had recently died, was visiting her daughter in her dreams.  It was a little spooky and I felt it added a layer of intrigue to the book.

ghost-whisperer-season-5-tv-seasons-photo-u1For some reason, I’ve always loved ghost stories.  Do you remember the TV series Ghost Whisperer?  I loved that show.  Well, several months ago I found a new show, Saving Hope.  It’s a medical show like ER.  Most of the characters are doctors and nurses.  It has medical crises and life issues between the characters.  But one doctor has an amazing talent of seeing spirits.  So, it’s basically ER with ghosts.

Most of the time, he sees them when they are in that stage between life and death.  He can be operating on a patient and their spirit is at his side asking questions. It’s just creepy enough that I really like it.

While Shadow Falls is finished, you may think my ghost writing days are over.  But nope.  I’m just getting started. The book I finished writing in November is a contemporary, meaning not a paranormal.  And while there’s a lot going on, a life crisis, a mystery, a romance, friendships, there’s some woo-woo that I think you guys will love.  I know I loved, loved writing that book.  I can’t wait to be able to tell you more.  And I think I should be able to do that in the next few weeks.

But back to those woo-woo scenes.  I loved writing them so much that when I was working on the last young adult novel, another idea exploded in my mind.  It was so strong that no sooner had I finished one book, this idea dragged me back into my office, plopped my butt back in my desk chair, and screamed, “Write me now!”

So that’s exactly what I’m doing. This one doesn’t just have a little woo-woo, it’s jammed packed and busting at the scenes with woo-woo.  My poor heroine has enough on her plate being the new kid in school, but then she’s also concerned about her dad who seems to be going through something, but isn’t telling her what it is.  The dad, who worked at the same place for over fifteen years, now can’t seem to hold down a job.  But the ghosts don’t seem to care that her life is an accident waiting to happen.  The dead knocking on her door all need something, and she’s their only hope.  They aren’t about to let her off the hook.

ghostSo while trying to deal with her own life crisis, she has to deal with their crises as well.  Some of their issues are easy to solve, like finding their pet a new home.  Others, however, bring her face to face with evil, and make her realize there are scarier things than death.

I’ll be sharing more about my next two books soon. I promise.  Meanwhile, one person who tells me what they are reading, or mentions a scary book or movie they’ve read or seen, will win a bag of C.C. Hunter swag.

 

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Talk To Me

Could Kylie communicate with Socks, her cat?  Do you communicate with your pets?

armadillo-shutterstock_311685266You know Derek could talk to animals, but for some reason, I never went there with Kylie.  I think she communicated with Socks the way I communicate with my animals.  They stare me down trying to tell me something, and I know they want something, so I keep offering them things, toys, food, a good petting, and they keep looking at me as if I’m stupid until I finally get it right.

That isn’t to say that they don’t communicate better between themselves.  I honestly believe animals are a lot smarter than we think they are.  And I seriously believe that they can talk to each other.  I saw it with my cats.

CraigcatSkitter was a feral cat.  He didn’t like people that much.  Well, he loved me and tolerated my husband.  But not so much anyone else.  When he was around eight months old, I brought home Bob, another cat.  But he was big teddy bear.  Someone dropped him off at a pet store when he was three weeks old.  He had been bottle fed. At six weeks I brought this little creature home.

 

I was afraid Skitter would kill him, so I decided to keep them separated for a while.  But the next day my son left a door open and when I went upstairs Skitter had Bob on the bed. I thought he was dead, but nope.  Skitter was cleaning him.  Skitter, while a male, became a surrogate mother to Bob.  Bob, a scaredy cat, depended on Skitter for everything.  Bob was always looking to Skitter to see if f it was safe to swat at a mosquito, or if he should run from a shadow.

Well, one morning hubby, Skitter and I were still in bed.  We heard Bob come pouncing up the stairs.  He stopped in my doorway. His hair was all puffed out with fear. He looked at Skitter and said, “Meow, me…ow, meo, meo.”

It was so odd, as if the cat was talking, but then what happened next was even more amazing.  Skitter stood up on the end of mattress.  And I swear it sounded like he was asking a question.  “Meow…meo, Meo?”

Then Bob answered.  “Meo, meo!”

Skitter then leapt off the bed and they both went storming down the stairs.  Hubby and I were both dumbfounded.

We got up and went downstairs. There, in our entryway, was a snake.  I swear on my life, Bob ran up those stairs to tell Skitter.   “Hey, there’s one of those squirmy creatures down there.  A snake, yeah it’s called a snake.”

Skitter asked, “Are you sure it’s not a worm.”

Bob answered.  “Oh heck no.  It’s big, I’m scaaaaared!!

So Skitter being the feral, kick-ass cat that he was, jumped up and ran down stairs to take care of it.

15037So while I don’t actually talk to my animals, I’m convinced they talk to each other.  And I love animals.  I think they make us better humans.  In almost every story I write, there’s either a cat or a dog.  In the book that releases in February 2018, there’s a puppy that works his emotionally healing magic on my hero and heroine.  And believe me, in that story there’s a lot of emotional healing to be done.

In the story I’m working on now, there’s a cat, Pumpkin.  And let’s just say my heroine, Riley, is a little like Kylie in that she keeps getting visits from dead people.  Poor Pumpkin ends up being a ghost detector.  It’s not a job he signed up for and he’s a little like Bob, always hiding under the bed.

In an adult romance, I added a huge junkyard dog that was about as15039 sweet as honey.  Yup, I love using animals to help tell my stories.  So do tell, how does your pet communicate with you or other animals?  One person who leaves a post will win a e-copy of any one of my books. (Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my website blog to leave your comment.)

 

 

Winner!

The winner of last week’s giveaway, a Magic 8 Ball is Courtney H. Courtney, email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your mailing address. Congratulations!

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Supernaturals, Witches and ESP

I sometimes get asked crazy questions.  And I’m going to post a series of blogs answering them.  Frankly, some of the answers are as crazy as the questions.  So here we go!

Are you a supernatural?

Well, as far as I know, I’m one hundred percent human.  I do not believe in vampires and such.  But witches . . . well, that’s another story.  If you look back at my family history, you might say I have a little witch in me.

When my great-grandmother was young, back in the 1930’s, she was actually called to the hospital to “talk the burn” out of patients who had been burned.

When I was little, my grandmother would sometimes babysit me, I would go to her house and Granny (my great-grandmother), then in her late seventies, lived with her.  People would show up and I was told to stay in living room, but sometimes I would sneak out and see what they were doing that was so secret.  Granny would be reading people’s fortunes.  Using ashes and a coffee cup.  It was sort of scary, and I was totally intrigued.

While I don’t read people’s fortunes.  I do have this crazy kind of ESP.  For example, there was this one time that hubby and I were coming back from a weekend trip.  We were on some backwoods road.  I looked up and saw two planes.  There was something inside of me that said one of those planes was in trouble.  I glanced at my husband and asked, “Is there an airport anywhere around here?”

“No.  Why?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” I told him.  I didn’t want to put words to what I was thinking. Sometimes those crazy feelings scared me.

Well, about twenty minutes later, we came to dead stop.  Traffic was backed up.  Hubby said it had to be a bad accident to have caused such a traffic jam out there in the country.

At the word accident, my heart dropped, and I muttered.  “I hope it’s not a plane crash.”

He looked at me kind of crazy.  “What?”

“Nothing,” I said and looked out the window.

“No, it’s not nothing,” he insisted. “Why would you think that?  You asked if there was an airport.  Why would you ask that?”

“I just . . . I had a feeling.”  I told him about seeing the two planes and thinking one of them was in trouble.

He knows about my crazy feelings.  While he isn’t a real believer, he’s also seen me be right enough times that he doesn’t completely doubt me either.  But that day, I think he thought I was a french fry short of a Happy Meal.

About ten minutes later we came upon the accident. There, on the side of the road, was a small downed plane covered by a big tarp.  There were no survivors.

I will never forget how he looked at me and said, “You scare me.”  I didn’t blame him.  I’d scared myself that day.

Now I don’t go around trying to predict the future. I’ve never read anyone’s fortune or “talked the burn” out of anyone.  I may go months without this crazy thing happening.  And most of the time, it’s not about big things like a plane crash, but about knowing the phone is going to ring.  Or that I should take a certain road because there’s going to be too much traffic.  I can’t explain it.  And to be honest, it still kind of scares me sometimes.

So, I don’t consider myself a supernatural, and I don’t believe in witches and such one hundred percent. But I do believe that some of us have this crazy thing called ESP or what I call “woo-woo.” I’m dyslexic, and I heard once that people with dyslexia have some uncanny intuitiveness.  And yes, that was sort of where the idea of Miranda’s book, Midnight Hour, came from.

And in my next book that I’ll be announcing soon, very soon, there’s a little of this kind of woo-woo.   Look for me to announce the book in the next month or so.

So what about you?  Have you ever experienced a little ESP or woo-woo?  Do you believe?

IMG_0635Today, because we’re talking about reading fortunes, I’ll give away a Crazy 8 ball to one person who leaves a message. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my actual blog page to post your comment.)

And come back every Tuesday, I’ll be answering more crazy questions.

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On The Road Again

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

I’m planning some trips. I love traveling. I love seeing new things, new people, learning new customs.  Now, you may think just going to another state can’t translate to new customs, but it does.  Think of cities that have their own personalities?  New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles.  While the ambiance might be stronger in some cities, all those places have their own feel and are very different.

14955I was just in Washington, D.C. to teach a writing workshop to the Washington, D.C. RWA. I had a great time in our capital city. The cherry blossoms were all in bloom and I met some wonderful people. I even saw some of their famous monuments. And I had a great dinner out with friends.

 

 

 

In May, I’m heading north for the Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Conference, May 19-21st. I’ll be teaching another writer’s workshop: It’s Not Just Adding A Naked Tattooed Guy: Using Humor In Your Writing. So, if you live in the Green Bay area, I hope you’ll attend.

Rotorua-isite-visitor-info-centreBut talking about different cultures and customs, come August I’ll be going a bit further from home—all the way to New Zealand! Yes, I’ll be at the RWNZ Conference, August 18-20th at the Novotel Lakeside Hotel in Rotorua, New Zealand.  I can’t wait to explore the north island of this beautiful country.

Where have you been?  Where are planning to go?  Where would you love to go?

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CC Answers Your Questions

Okay, last week I answered some of the questions I get asked the most, and I invited you to ask me any other questions you wanted to ask me. So, here I go.

1. Do you have a writing playlist or do you prefer to write in total silence? (Leslie)

I don’t play any music when I write. I find it’s too distracting.  Don’t get me wrong, I love listening to music, but only after I’m finished for the day (preferably sipping a glass of red wine)

2. A lot of my favorite writers always wrote on their blogs that they write every single day, that they always show up for it no matter how their schedule is. Back in the time when you were not a professional writer, did you write every single day? How did you do it then? Because I always feel so exhausted after class… If I do not write everyday does that mean I will never be a writer? It just terrifies me. (Sarah)

No, I didn’t write every day before I decided I wanted to be a writer. It was only after I made that decision that I tried to write every day. Some days I didn’t write that much (I had a small daughter), and other days I wrote a lot, and there were days I didn’t write at all. But the commitment and intent was there. Sure, things happen some days and you can’t find the time, but every day is a new day, and every day you commit to write.

3. I noticed you said you studied other authors and writing when you began. Did you discover a book or author that really resonated with you or changed you for the better that you would recommend? (Courtney H.)

I read and studied some of my friends who were published: Janice Hudson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Nora Roberts. They all had a profound effect on my writing. I learned how to give the readers what they really wanted—an emotionally satisfying ending. 

4. I just wanted to know if you have weird and secret writing rituals. Like put on some warm cat socks and have a cup of hot chocolate before you start writing or something? What helps you to be “in the mood” for putting on your writing pants?  (Sarah)

I’ve said this before, but writing is my job. I go to work every day just like millions of other people. It might just be going down the hall to my study, but I arrive, coffee cup in hand, ready to go to work. I write for an hour or so, then I usually go walking with a writer friend. Then, back to work until about 5 PM, only with a quick stop for lunch. Unless I’m on a tight deadline, in which case I’ve been known to work late into the night.

5. When will we get more details on your new upcoming series? (JayCee) AND Do you have any information on your newest upcoming book? Release date, title, synopsis, etc? (Gabrielle) AND Are you going to write anymore books like Shadow Falls? (Mia)

Soon, very soon. What I can say is that I have already finished another book, and while it doesn’t involve Shadow Falls, it is like my Shadow Falls books because it is about friendships, has a little paranormal, a bit of mystery and a whole lot of heart.

6. Are you still planning on turning Shadow Falls into a movie? If so which actors do you see playing the main characters? (Selina) AND Will there be a movie? I would love to see this series come to life! (Jaden)

I would love to see a Shadow Falls movie. The truth is, I sold the rights to CDS a while ago. They were working on a script, when they were sold to another company. So, now I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but as soon as I learn anything definite, I’ll post it on this blog. So, be sure to read this every week.

kylie1As for a dream cast, well, it would kind of depend on when the movie would go into production. I could say who I’d like to see star in a Shadow Falls movie, but I don’t know when or if it will get produced, and the actors might be too old by then. So, I hesitate to say at this point. However, if you go to YouTube.com, you’ll see several videos posted by fans that show their dream casts. Who would you like to see as Kylie, Lucas, Derek, Della, Miranda, Holiday and Burnett?

 

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FAQS

I get a lot of emails. Many of them ask me certain questions over and over. So, I thought Id just answer the most frequently asked questions right here on my blog.

  1. Where did I get the idea for Shadow Falls?

Well, I was writing humorous romantic suspense novels under my real name (still do!) when an editor from St. Martin’s Press contacted me. She asked me is I’d consider writing a young adult series. She thought my humor and smart a$$ style would translate well to that genre. She even said she had an idea: a paranormal camp. That was it. That’s all she said. Now, the idea of writing in a new genre scared the beegeezus out of me, but on the other hand, I love a challenge. I started thinking about her idea, and my imagination went wild. Before I knew it, Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie, Miranda, Della and their friends were born.

2. When did I decide to become a writer and how did I get started?

I was in my early 20s when my husband suggested I go back to school and become a teacher. I thought about it, and told him I didn’t want to teach, I wanted to be a writer. He told me to do it. No arguments, no reality check, just do it. Like the Nike commercials.  You see, I grew up telling stories in Alabama. Story telling was valued in my family, and I’d learned to tell a good story from an early age. However, being dyslexic, I’d always had a hard time reading and writing. So, the idea of me becoming a writer, well, that was a long shot. But my husband believed in me, and I really wanted to give it a try. I also knew I had a lot of work to do. So, I enrolled in every writing class I could, studied my favorite authors, but most of all, I wrote and wrote and wrote. Now, it took me years to get my first book published and another 10 years to get published again. But then I sold 4 books at once!

3. How does one become a writer? How does one get started?

Well, you just read how I got started. It was a lot of hard work. Writing for a living is a tough business. It’s a job, and you need to look at it that way. You show up ready to work every day. I don’t wait for inspiration to strike, I sit my butt in my office chair every morning and I write, even if I don’t feel like it. And I don’t make excuse about things happening in my life. I’ve written while waiting in hospitals, flying on airplanes, even while on “vacation” at the beach. When I have a deadline, I have to meet it. That’s all part of being a professional writer. I’ve written entire blogs filled with more specific writing advise. You can read them all here: http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/?s=writing.

Okay, those are the most frequently asked questions I get. Do you have any other questions you’d like to ask me?

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Facebook Likes

Boy, I’m beginning to think Mark Zuckerberg is really onto something with Facebook. J Initially designed as a networking tool for Harvard students, today Facebook has more than 1.59 billion global users. That’s 22.9% of the earth’s population!

I love Facebook as a way to keep in touch with friends, stay connected with my fans, and as a business tool to promote my books. But I also love Facebook because it makes me feel good and makes me laugh. Who doesn’t love an adorable dog video? It’s so easy to “like “ pages that share your interests or pages that post uplifting content. These are a few of my favorites.

Then there are all the FB pages of my favorite authors. If you like and author, look them up on Facebook and like their page. It’s a wonderful way to keep up with their releases and book signings. Not to mention giveaways. I hope you have liked my pages. If not, here are my links.

What are some of your favorite Facebook pages you’ve liked?

See you online!

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Male Beauty

What makes a guy attractive to women? Oh, I know, our tastes vary. Some of us like muscular guys, some like slender guys, some long hair, others like their guys with short hair. Maybe you like a strong jaw or a certain color eyes, or full lips or a rugged completion. But there are certain generalities for each era that were thought to make a man generally attractive. Looking back, we only have painting and sculptures as evidence. But generally, throughout the ages, the ideal man was muscular (and a bit more muscular during the Middle Ages to be able to support the weight of a suit of armor) with classical features. In short, men were manly men. But things started to change in the 17th century when clothes became very elaborate and men sought to look fleshier in their clothes as a Mr-Darcy-matthew-macfadyen-as-mr-darcy-10471702-500-333sign of prosperity. The 18th century took that further and added faces painted white with rouged cheeks and a powdered wig. And yes, men wore heels. With the 19th century came the dandy with corsets, heeled shoes and padded calves. (And you thought women invented padding their assets!) And don’t forget those tight breeches—think Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

I found an interesting YouTube video to show the different looks thought to be attractive in the 20th century through 2010. It’s all the same guy, who is cute, but it shows the different looks.

I remember the hippie, metro sexual, and the feminization of the male. But now, we’ve gone from the man bun (does anyone like that look?), to full bearded, lumberjack look. CowboyHotAnd it doesn’t end here. Our idea of ideal beauty will continue to change and evolve. Me, I like manly men, and I love a Texas cowboy—the real thing! What do you find attractive in a male?

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