Three Questions

Hello,

Welcome to my very first C.C. Hunter blog.  I’m so excited about the upcoming release of Born at Midnight that it feels like it’s a dream.  If it is, please don’t wake me up.  I’m enjoying this too much.

For my first blog, I thought I’d answer three questions that I’m getting asked a lot. 

 Q:  How are you like your main character Kylie?

 A:  Well, Kylie’s taller than I am, and I don’t think I’m supernatural.  If I am, I’m a very late bloomer.  But in all seriousness, when a writer creates a character, we can’t help but put bits and pieces of ourselves into the character.  Growing up, I was very analytical.  I think that curiosity and a need to understand why things happen, is a requirement for a writer. 

So I gave Kylie the trait of thinking things through that plagued me as a teen.   I also wasn’t the popular kid in school.  I was the wallflower, the quiet one.   When I had to stand up for myself, I did, but it wasn’t something I did on a regular basis.  So, all of my teen issues sort of moved over into Kylie’s life.

Another similarity:  like Kylie my parents got a divorce when I was sixteen.  I still remember feeling as if the foundation of my life was being destroyed.   I used those feeling to build Kylie’s character. 

Q: Where did you get the idea for the Shadow Falls series and the secondary characters?

 A:   I wish I could tell you that it was all my idea.  That I’m just that brilliant.  But honestly, an editor had planted the seed of an idea in my mind.  Two words:  “paranormal camp.”  Now, that’s all she said.  I asked, “What kind of paranormals?”  She answered, “That’s up to you.”  I asked, “Who is the main character?”  She answered, “That’s up to you.”  I asked, “Is the main character a paranormal?”  She answered, “That’s up to you.”  I asked, “You are going to pay me lots and lots of money, right?  ‘Cause if it’s ’up to me,’ I’m all for it.”   She didn’t fall for it.  But I took those two words, “paranormal camp,” and went to work. 

I’d always loved ghost stories, even had a few of what I call woo-woo encounters, where I actually believe there was a spirit around.  So I knew I was going to have some ghosts in my series.  I also wanted some of your average, everyday paranormals that we all love.  Don’t we all love vampires and werewolves? 

Because I loved the challenge of writing about someone who is coming to accept and care about people/characters who are completely different from themselves, I wanted to write about a character who didn’t know these paranormal creatures existed.   Then it hit me, what if my heroine didn’t know what she was?  What if, along with discovering that other-worldly characters exist, she discovers she might be one of them?   Because I think we all deal with some kind of identity crisis, I decided to run with that premise.

Then, because I love writing every day characters, I wanted all my secondary characters to have the same characteristics, problems, and flaws normal kids have.  Things like, trying to fit in, and even disabilities.   Being dyslexic, and having a dyslexic son, I decided one of my characters would deal with the difficulties that my son and I face.  

Then I started writing.  It always takes a week or two before I get into the story, but once I do, it’s like the story takes a life of its own.  I just have to type really fast and sometimes have a long talk with my internal storyteller about things my internal editor doesn’t think will work.  My internal storyteller and editor have a lot of long talks.

 Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  This one is a really hard question.  I read in various genres.  But below is a list of YA books/series I’ve recently read and thoroughly enjoyed:

Firelight by Sophie Jordan 

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynne Childs

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

13 to Life by Shannon Delany

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

The House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast 

Now, here’s what I would like to hear from you.  What books have you read and enjoyed?  Tell me about your favorite book here on my blog and then join my newsletter and I’ll enter you into my very first contest.  One person will win a signed copy of an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Born at Midnight.  I’ll be drawing a name December 1st.   So make sure you come back then and see if your name is listed on the blog as the winner.

 Thanks again for dropping by my website and reading my first blog!

 CC

34 thoughts on “Three Questions

  1. Hello! I’m so HAPPY to be able to enter in your contest . I just found your book “Born at Midnight” not too long ago, and oh my gosh I thank God that I had come here onto your blog just in time before December. I’ve been browsing around your site, reading your blog, and reading about your thoughts on Born at Midnight, and the book sounds SO good and interesting! I just joined your newsletter right now, too. It’s actually the very first newsletter I’ve ever joined of an authors’.

    So onto my favorite book: Immortal Beloved (the first in what’s currently a trilogy), which is a young adult book that just came out this year. I really really love that book because it speaks to who I am and what I’ve just gone through recently. The main character in there is named Nastasya, and what made me relate so well to her was that she was such a lost and broken girl that it broke my heart and hit close to home for me, just because I was once just as lost and broken as she was not that long ago, although our situations aren’t exactly alike. Like her, I grew up neglecting who I was, ignoring my own heart’s yearnings, and never really knowing how to love myself until now. I was always going out with friends to escape my own reality, and in order to numb my own pain and misery, I’d immerse myself in the outside world of partying, being someone I wasn’t, and always trying to find love from others (because I didn’t love myself so I was always looking for acceptance from others). I never found love from others though, but I have finally found self-love, and as sappy or cliché as that may sound, it’s true. But unlike the main character in that book who found a safe haven where she found good people who were supportive, understanding, and willing to help her, I didn’t find a safe haven but I did find one person (who was around my age) who made me realize so much about myself and what I had to do to make my life better. That friend of mine shared her own life experiences with me and it gave me the permission to truly be myself and know that it’s OK to be myself, it’s okay to love and accept myself for the beautiful and giving person I am even if others don’t accept me or don’t like me for being me. In Nastasya’s life, she lost her family (the only ones who truly cared for her) very early on in her life, so after that she was alone, moving from place to place, closed herself off from her own self and her emotions, and had lost herself in life, but at the end of the story she finally realizes what it is that she truly wants and that is to reclaim her identity (of who she was before her life fell apart and all her loved ones were taken away), and be who she’s always been on the inside no matter how jaded or rough around the edges she became from different walks of life. Of course one of the other best things about the book is that it has a bit of romance in it. Nastasya finds not only self-love at the safe haven but it looks like she also finds love with an extraordinarily good-looking and great guy. And he’s really great, he’s my type of guy. I love him and Nastasya, they’re both very much suited for each other.

    Okay, well that’s about it! I’ll surely come back to check this blog. Thanks for taking your time reading.

    • Hi Tee,

      Thanks so much for your blog comment. I love hearing from readers about the books they love. And I’m thrilled you’ve found a good friend. Friends are so important. When I read your post I can hear the thrill you get from reading and I can so relate. I hope my book and series will thrill you as well. Immortal Beloved sounds wonderful. I know right now that my reading list is going to get very long.

      Good luck on continuing down a good path with your life. Hold you head up high, make wise decisions, and keep reading.

      And thanks for sharing.

      CC

  2. Hello C.C! I’m super excited to enter your contest! My favorite book would have to be The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. It’s special to me because there’s lots of adventure and action in it and my life is terribly boring. That book actually inspired me to write my own story and now it’s my favorite thing in the world to do (other than read). The characters are smart, funny, and are of pure awesomeness.
    I’m excited to read your book and I hope it will inspire me to write more too!
    -Danna

    • Hi Danna,

      Thanks so much for being my very first blog post here. I think most of us have boring lives compared to books. I think that need for drama, but the need to be able to control the outcome is a big part of what makes writers…write. I’ll have to check out City of Bones. And girl, good luck with your own writing. Writing is the most blissful escape. I write for the same reason others read, to escape into another world.

  3. Can’t wait to read your book! Love paranormal, and your book sounds really interesting, especially the characters. 🙂

    My favorite book is “Jellicoe Road” by Melina Marchetta. It’s an Australian, contemporary YA novel about a girl named Taylor Markham, who was abandoned by her mother years ago on the Jellicoe Road. Now 17-years-old, Taylor is trying to find out about her past in order to figure out who she is and the connections she has with a group of kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago.
    Melina Marchetta has amazing characters, and the story is just mind-blowing. It’s like a puzzle. Readers are just as lost as Taylor in the beginning, but once the pieces start to come together, it’ll leave you in awe. I love this book so much! (And Jonah Griggs! <3)

    • Alexa T.

      That book sounds great. I love stories about characters who are trying to find a missing part of their past. I love books that take a character on a journey of self-discovery. Thanks so much for stopping in.

      CC

  4. Thank you so much for hosting this contest! I am super excited to read Born at Midnight and I was really glad when I read that you were giving away an ARC of it. The cover is gorgeous and from reading the synopsis it seems like it would be the perfect read.

    The book I have most enjoyed would have to be ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton.

    This has been my all time favorite book so far because it is about one of the things I most love which is Angels. Angelfire also had a super take-charge female, hot angels, romance and non-stop action! I mean what more could you ask for? Angelfire takes place around Ellie, a normal seventeen year old girl who wonders why she keeps having strange dreams about horrible creatures called reapers. She is also having to balance her school-life and friends on top of all of that and it doesn’t help when a super hot guy named Will shows up. However, Will is much more than some “guy”, he turns out to be her guardian. With Will in the picture she is finally able to figure out those questions she has been wondering about those dreams she’s been having. She gets her questions answered, however, and maybe a little more, when she finds out the truth: That she is half-angel, has been reincarnated, and that it is her destiny to defeat reapers.

    I absolutely loved this book and it is my favorite I have read by far.
    It blows my mind how Courtney (the author) thought of this amazing plot
    and I am so thankful that she was so generous as to recommend me to netgalley to read this book. (since the book debuts in February 2011) I am thrilled and more than anticipating to read the sequel and I recommend this to anyone and everyone. Thank you again so much for hosting this, I would love to win this and I wish everyone luck who enters this contest aswell. 🙂

    • Hi Alexis Salcido,
      I love when I read excitement in someone’s email about a book. Like you, I love books. I love them with the same passion as I love writing. Thank you for sharing your favorite book. Angelfire sounds like a great read that I need to check out.

      I appreciate you posting and entering the contest. I hope you have a great thanksgiving.

      CC

  5. It’s always nice to find another blog and author that I enjoy hearing about. I just signed up for your newsletter and thanks for the contest. I see you mentioned YA book favorites and I have to say (other than Twilight), I just completed reading the Hunger Games series (Cathing Fire and Mokingjay are the 2nd and 3rd books) by Suzanne Collins and thought it was wonderful. I really recommend it to all. I am looking forward to your new series – it sounds fascinating and I love the cover!

    • Hi Catslady,

      So good to see you here. I’ve got all the books you mentioned on my to-be read pile. That pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

      Thanks so much for stopping in.

      CC

  6. Contest Entry

    Hi there, CC! Can’t wait for the new book to come out.

    My favorite book? It’s so hard to choose. It depends on my mood generally. Some days I might say Jurassic Park is my favorite because it’s the one I’ve reread the most. Other days it might be Jane Eyre because it’s dark and creepy, but also romantic. King gets a nod quite a bit. I love most of his work so I’d consider a lot of them favorites. Duma Key being the latest since it was a complete surprise from beginning to end. Such a tough question. How’s a junkie to choose just one?

  7. Contest entry. Thanks for hosting this contest! Your book sounds great and I LOVE, love, love the cover. 😀 As far as my favorite book, I’m with you. It’s impossible to choose just one! But, if I had to pick one, I’d have to say it’s the HUNGER GAMES trilogy. I’m very much into dystopians lately and I absolutely adore all these books. They have a certain innocence to them despite their gory innards (LOL) and Katniss is the perfect heroine. She’s tough, not to mention she’s not afraid to kick your @$$ if you need it. But she’s loving and vulnerable. You feel for her from the get go. And the romance in it is very nice. Though I’m not sure Suzanne Collins meant for it to be a romance. 😀

    Thanks again for the contest.

    • Jessica,

      Thanks so much for stopping in. Hunger Games is so hot right now. I haven’t picked it up yet, but I’m going to have to get them.

      Thanks again.

      CC

  8. Hi Christie!

    What books have I read and enjoyed? I don’t think I have enough room to list them all. Of course, I enjoyed Rowlings’ Harry Potter, but my favourite has to be CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. I go back and re-read them every couple of years. The BBC also did a terrific radio drama of each of the books. And I recently read Mary Norton’s Bedknob and Broomstick, which is waaaay different from the Disney movie. Ditto with P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins. I don’t know why that surprised me, considering what Disney did to all those fairy tales, but it did :-).

    Congratulations on the new site and upcoming release. I’m really looking forward to reading Born at Midnight!

    • Hi Zita,

      It’s good to see you here. You sound like me that you read in lots of different genres. I just want a good story with a happy ending. Thanks so much for dropping in. I’m very excited about this series. I’m getting ready to start the third book and I love these characters.

      CC

  9. Hi, your book sounds like its going to be great. You have a couple of books listed there that are on my favorites too. I would also have to add the Mortal Instruments series and Vampire Academy.

    Congrats on the new release!!

    • Donna,

      Thanks for stopping in. I’m having so much fun with this series. All the characters in the book just came to life for me. While the book is written from Kylie’s point of view, the secondary characters are a big part of Kylie’s life and each character has a their own story and this helps move the plot forward.

      I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

      CC

  10. My favourite book would probably be Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, but it’s really hard to choose!

    I’m excited for this contest, your new book looks so cool!

    • Hi Anastasia,

      Hmm, Going Postal. I love that title. Thanks for stopping in. And I’m tickled with my cover. I can’t wait to see it out at the book stores.

      CC

  11. I’ve been trying to win this book on both LibraryThing and Goodreads. I’ve read all your books, and I love paranormal so I’ve been dying for this one.

    My favorite is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a mix of fantasy, historical fiction, romance, etc. It gives me all my favorites in one.

    • Hi Kristi,

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog here. I was thrilled when I found out that St. Martins were giving away Born at Midnight at both Library Thing and Goodreads. I love paranormals, too. I love writing the characters. It gives you so much depth to work with.

      I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

      CC

  12. Contest Entry: Christie, I’ve read your adult books, so I can’t wait to read your YA. I devour YA books, more than adult romance the last year or so, which had always been my staple read over the years… I have so many favorites but if I have to pick one its Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I love the world she created. It’s paranormal, but it’s not paranormal. I suppose it would be termed fantasy. Anyway, I love Katsa and cheered for her every page of the book. My favorite paranormal YA is hand’s down Firelight by Sophie Jordan. See…I just couldn’t keep it to one. Oh well…

    • Hi Becky,

      Thanks so much for popping in. I’m thrilled my readers are crossing over. I loved Firelight as well.

      When I fall in love with a book, it’s always the characters that gets me. A book can have an amazing plot, and I love a great plot, but for me it’s the characters that really draw me into a book.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

      CC

  13. Those were some great answers! I am so excited for your book and can’t wait for it to come out. You certainly have some books listed that I really enjoyed as well. I absolutely love YA books. My absolute favorite would have to be Siren by Tricia Rayburn. “After her sister’s sudden death, seventeen-year-old Vanessa investigates a series of inexplicable drownings off the coast of Winter Harbor, Maine, and uncovers an unimaginable secret that changes everything.” Congratulations on your new release! I’m excited for this contest and I can’t wait to see the results.

    • Hi Jayla,

      Siren sounds great. I love a good mystery. In every book I write there’s always an element of suspense or mystery. For me, it makes more fun to write. Most of the times, I don’t always know what’s going to happen until I write it.

      Thanks for dropping in.

      CC

  14. Hey C.C. Please enter me in your contest.
    One of my most favorite books is “Shut Up and Kiss Me” by a little Texas gal called Christie Craig. I love her books.
    Another favorite book series my son and I have read together was the Percy Jackson Lighting Thief by Rick Riodon.
    I can’t wait to read your new book!
    Take Care,
    Laurie

  15. Contest Entry: My favorite book of all time has to be Beach Music by Pat Conroy. Oh my, it’s got everything in it, but most of all it just pulls me right in and I feel like I’m living it as I’m reading it. That’s what makes a great book for me. Love it.
    signing up for the newsletter now, so please pick me.

  16. Contest Entry:

    *One* of my favourite books? Hmm, tricky. I can more than safely say Nalini Singh’s BRANDED BY FIRE hit me bad on the scale of addiction – paranormal romance revolving around shifters and emotionless beings. Mind you, the whole Psy-Changeling series is on my auto-buy list. *g*

    BBF resonated with me due to the complex emotions that rebound against will, the struggle against evolving priorities, and the dynamic fluctuation of a budding romance between dominants paired with vast worldbuilding.

    Now, I’m off to sign up for your newsletter. 😉

  17. My favorite book of all times has to be Pride & Prejudice is so well written and It will pass beyond the years, no matter what.
    But I think Harry Potter are the best book of this generation, so this are my two favorite books off all times.

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  19. i love the forgive my fins series, have you read the other 2? Fins are forever and Just for Fins? they’re prety awesome. and another good one by Terra lynn Childs is Oh. My. Gods. its like the best book i read in 6th grade. but i am now entering 8th grade and my favorite books, other than the shadow falls series which holds the number one spot, my favorite is the Gone series by michael grant. it has a lot of of gruesomeness and a bit of maturity in the newest book. but i have always been a sucker for dystopias…i love them. i started shadow falls when i was obbsessed with paranormals. but my third favorite series is called dark life by kat falls…another dystopia there are only 2 books in this series and i have read each too many times to count. they’re pretty awesome

    • I absolutely love the Oh. My. Gods. Books, Shadow Falls, Percy Jackson, Divergent, Infernal Devices series’. But my favorite book of all time is Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports from the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson.

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