There are three things I can promise you’ll always get with a Christie Craig/C.C. Hunter book.
Yup. I need someone to root for. Today there’re a lot of stories, in movies, television, and even in books that are about flawed people. And I get it. Every hero I write has flaws. I’m intimidated by perfect people, but to put it bluntly, I don’t like stories without a hero. I don’t want to read or go on a three-hundred-page journey with characters who have no regard for other people. People who are simply out for themselves. Yes, I do have villains in my work, but in every book I promise that you’ll always have someone you can look up to. Someone whose goals, actions and moral compass give you hope this world isn’t going to the dogs.
A Little Laughter
Don’t get me wrong, fiction should be a smorgasbord of emotions. And I know I’ve written some scenes that broke your heart. In This Heart of Mine, you may have cried a bit more than usual. I sure as heck know I cried writing it. But even during hard times, my characters live by the advice my grandmother gave me. “If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.” I personally know that even during some of my own personal dark times, I relied on humor to help me deal and cope. So in my books, even those that yank at your heart strings, I’m going to find some way to make you smile. That’s important for me.
A Happy Ending
Yeah, I’m a sucker for a happy ending. I know in real life not everything ends well. Bad crap happens. And yes, I know that fiction should emulate life. And my characters face disappointments. They have their black moments. And that is meant to make the reader question how in the world things could turn out okay. But I just can’t see taking someone on a journey that ends with heartbreak. I know of some readers who have told me that there have been books that didn’t end well. Well, I don’t want to take the surprise away, but you can count on my books not leaving you feeling depressed.
So there are three things I promise. What are some of the other things you expect out of the books you read?