Six New Questions, with Answers

Several months ago, I did an interview with the folks over at Get Lost in a Story.  They sent me a lot of questions to answer and asked me to pick and choose the ones I wanted to answer.  Now, honestly, they were all such great questions, I wanted to answer them all . . . but then, the interview would have probably taken readers a week or so to read because it would have been so long.  LOL.

Anyway, here are some of the questions I didn’t answer.  If you’d like to see the original interview, here’s the link.

Hope you enjoy!


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1.          What was the first story you remember writing?

C.C.:  When I was in the third grade, I wrote a story about a little red shoe.  It was a great story – for a third grader – and it won a school competition.

2.          What’s your favorite movie of all time?

C.C.”  I can’t just choose one.  Sorry.  So . . . I’ll go with classics like While You Were Sleeping and Bird On a Wire.  Then I have to say I love Die Hard, and all the Lethal Weapon series.  I love romance, humor and suspense, all rolled into one.

3.          Be honest, when reading 1st person…do you miss the hero’s POV?

C.C.:  Yes, I do miss the hero’s POV.  But there are people who write in first person who are excellent at giving insight to what other people are thinking without ever going into that character’s POV.  So, there are authors out there who do it very well, and I am in awe of their talent and skill.  I try really hard when I write in first person to give my readers insight into the secondary characters.

4.          What do you do to unwind and relax?

C.C.:  I love to walk along the beach.  Love to sip a good glass of Cabernet.  Love to lunch with my girlfriends.  And laugh.  We are big laughers in my household.

5.          What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?

C.C.:  Hmm.  I guess I’d say that I still can’t believe I’m a writer.  To me, being a successful writer makes me feel as if I stumbled across a pot of gold.   Don’t get me wrong, I worked my tushy off.  I’m dyslexic and writing is hard, but at times this feels like a dream come true and I wonder how I got so lucky.

6.          Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

C.C.:  I do read them, and I often do a Google search to find the latest ones.  And I get yelled at by some of my critique partners for doing it, too, but I can’t seem to help myself.  I’ll admit that when I stumble across a bad review, it stings.  However, I’ve always been of the frame of mind that to become better writers, we have to be able to take the criticism, and apply it to our skills.  However, to learn from criticism, we have to be able to distinguish the difference between valid criticism and nonsense.  And then we have to accept that our stories, our writing voice, may not appeal to everyone.  Our taste for books is sort of like our love of ice cream.  Some people love chocolate mint flavor, and some only want vanilla. I know I have friends who recommend books to me because they love, love them.  And when I try to read them, they don’t appeal to me.  It isn’t because it’s a bad book, it’s because it simply didn’t appeal to me.  So I have to accept that my books aren’t going to appeal to everyone.  There is no way I’m going make every reader happy.  My goal is write the best book I can, that will resonate with the most fans possible.


2 thoughts on “Six New Questions, with Answers

  1. I love Born at Midnight i got it and like 1pm yesterday and had finished id by 12.30am. Anyway what have been some of your your favorite books? And do you recomend any? Thank you Tessa

    • Hi Tessa,

      Thank you so much. I’m thrilled you enjoyed the book. I loved Firelight and the new one is about to come out. I also really enjoyed UnEarthly.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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