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!