12 Days of Bookmas Contest

When I was an editorial assistant I helped my boss with a number of licensed books, books that were based on television shows or movies. My boss’s job was to hire writers for the projects, obviously edit, and work on the books and obtain all permissions and approvals from the licensee with regard to the books. That meant approval over who was writing the book, approval over the storyline, and approval over the final manuscript (among other things, like covers, advertising, etc.). My job was to spend a lot of time at the fax machine waiting for approvals to come through and sending material that needed approval.

During my five years at Berkley Publishing we published a series of licensed books that were so successful the show actually ended the year I started working at Berkley, but the books went strong for the entire five years I was there and, in fact, continued to be published long after I had started BookEnds. What was this series?

CC’s Clue: Go for it.

12 Days of Bookmas contest

Question: You learned in my last post that I spent my college internship at Berkley Publishing. Well, about a year later I was working at Dorchester Publishing when a Berkley editor called to tell me an editorial assistant position had opened up there. After interviewing with the two senior editors I’d be working with and writing a few reader reports they offered me the job! I would be working with Berkley’s two “boy book” editors. I learned a lot from those guys and they always kept things fun and interesting.

Soon after one of them would leave editing to become an agent and he became a great source of advice all over again when I decided to “go to the dark side” myself. The other is now an editor at a different house and he and I’ve had more opportunities to work together in an agent/editor capacity. They both have taught me a lot about publishing and I’ll always be grateful to them for giving me my first job at a big publishing house.

Who are they?

CC’s clue: 23 letters in the answer.

Crazy sentence using 14 of those letters: Going to stay late.

12 Days of Book-mas

BookEnds is holding a contest. Below is Jessica’s post for the day. To send in your answers: http://www.bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/

BookEnd’s contest:
Way back in the dark ages when I was in college (before cell phones, Google, and corporate websites), it wasn’t easy to find a publishing internship. I sifted through 1,000-page books to find companies that might be open to hiring a summer intern. I wrote to about 15 companies. I received only one positive response. Most of the other houses didn’t even have an internship program at that time. But Putnam Berkley was interested. They requested I travel from Penn State to New York City for an interview.

When I walked into the Human Resources office, I started to get really excited. The walls were adorned with blown-up covers of my two absolutely favorite authors. When I sat down with the HR director (right after my typing test — yes . . . on an honest-to-goodness typewriter), she asked me about my reading preferences. Bursting with enthusiasm, I spit out, “Well, I’m just so thrilled, because my two favorite authors are “Joe Schmo” and “Jane Doe” and I see that you publish them both!” The HR woman looked back at me grimly and just said, “Joe Schmo actually moved to another house last week.”

Oops.

Well, “Jane Doe” is still there, and with the same editor. So I was one for two, anyway.

Can you guess who “Joe Schmo” and “Jane Doe” are?

Total letters in answer: 21

Crazy sentence written with sixteen of the twenty one letters: Eat no red noon bats.

Good luck.

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