Current Release: Taken at Dusk
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Kylie Galen believes if she can uncover what she is, all the other uncertainties in her life will suddenly make sense. But finding the answers she needs only brings her more questions—and more heartache because if the Death Angels are to be believed, death is imminent for someone at Shadow Falls, and this time there’s nothing anyone, including Kylie, can do to stop it.
What is the one thing you do not want to live without?
Oh, this one is easy. It’s coffee. I need my cup of java in the morning. Now, I enjoy Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee when I’m traveling, but I really prefer my own coffee. It’s taken me a while to perfect the process and I swear by it. I use Lola Savannah coffee and I’m hooked on the Cinnamon Stick flavor. I buy the decaf and the regular and mix them so I won’t be climbing the walls while I try to write. Oh, and I take it with cream and no sweetners. Depending on my mood, I may use fat-free creamer or a vanilla-flavored creamer. Now you got me wanting a cup.
Please describe your writing environment.
That’s a great question! I have an office/study downstairs, just off the laundry room, so it’s separated from the living area. It used to be a three-car garage that we had made over into my dream office. However, my dream office stays pretty messy. I really need to get some of the stacks off my desk.
I have two French doors that lead out to the patio and my backyard. I usually spend most of my day in there, working. I follow the same routine, usually. Here’s what I do when I’m starting a new book: First, I get a new container of Super Glue and then I apply it generously to my butt, which I then place in my chair in front of the computer. That way, I have no choice but to stare at the computer screen until the story starts flowing.
Okay, so maybe I don’t use Super Glue but the rest is definitely true. I sit at my computer, staring at the screen, scribbling a line or two, then deleting them and starting over. And I keep doing that until I finally get the story flowing. Now, sometimes it happens right away. The story is like a gift from above—I just have to type it as it flows into me. Other times . . . well, let’s just say that I’d rather have dental surgery without anesthesia.
When I’m on a deadline, I generally write every day until the book is finished. That includes weekends and holidays, which can be really hard on my family. But I look at my writing as if it were any other job, and I thank my daddy for that. You see, my father was a plumber, and I never, ever recall him getting up in the morning and saying, “I can’t go to work today because I have plumber’s block.” Now, I know there were days he didn’t want to work. Days his job was pretty crappy. (Hey, that comes with the territory when you’re a plumber. LOL.) But he went to work. And like I said, I borrowed my daddy’s work ethic. That’s why I go to work every day. Now, I’ll be honest. Sometimes my output is pretty crappy, but most of the time I can save it the next day with edits. I guess my point is we all have good days and bad days, but I will work through them, like I’m sure everybody does when they have a job.
What is your favorite TV show?
Oh, this is a hard question. I have several TV shows that I always watch. I’m a huge fan of true crime stories, like the ones they do on cable TV where you hear about a case and how the detectives and forensic experts were able to solve the crime. I also enjoy scripted TV shows. One of my favorites is Castle. It has those police procedural elements but it also has a great romance in the making, and I’ll admit it—I’m a sucker for a good romance. I also enjoy Bones for the same reason.
What are you working on?
Right now, I’m working on Whispers at Moonrise, book four of my Shadow Falls series. I’m having a blast writing it, too. Kylie has grown so much from the first book, Born at Midnight. She’s still struggling with her identity and still having a difficult time choosing between Lucas and Derek. She also has a new ghost she needs to help, and this one is so different from the others that it’s probably her biggest challenge yet. You see, the ghost is someone Kylie knows is still alive. So what the heck does that mean?
Where do you want to travel?
Years ago, I used to write a lot of travel articles so I did a lot of traveling, not only in the US but overseas, as well. I’ve been to Paris and felt extremely pampered. I’ve also been to China and had lunch in some pretty strange places that served some pretty strange food. (I’ve learned that if you have to ask what the dish is, you probably won’t want to eat it. Let’s just say that toad soup taught me that lesson.) I still enjoy traveling and would love to travel with my Hubby and explore new places.
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
After I finish writing my current book, I will have two other books to write under my contracts. One of them is book five of my Shadow Falls series, and the other is book three of my Hotter in Texas trilogy of humorous romantic suspense novels for Grand Central/Forever as Christie Craig. When I’m not working on the books, I have speaking engagements and book signings, such as the one for Romance Writers of America in July in Anaheim, California. It will be a busy summer for me.
How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?
Funny you should ask me about my road to publication and if I’ve ever had to deal with rejection letters. One of my favorite talks I like to do for aspiring writers is about my path to publication. I usually end the talk by pulling out a suitcase filled with rejection slips. And believe me, I’ve got a ton of them, too.
You see, deciding to become a writer is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. Now, don’t get me wrong—I love writing. I think it’s part of being Southern, and I love telling stories. But having write those stories down on paper, and obey all of those grammar rules they taught us in junior high, well, that was the part that scared me. It still does. You see, I’m dyslexic. For me, that means I’m a terrible speller and often I get words and sentences backwards. But when I was in my early twenties and Hubby asked me what kind of a career I wanted to pursue, I told him I wanted to be a writer.
And I never regretted taking that leap of faith, either, although it was the hardest, and scariest, thing I’ve ever had to do.
You see, not only did I have to learn how to write, I had to learn how to deal with my dyslexia. There were many times I thought about giving up but I hung in there. And you know what? I think being dyslexic actually helped me become a better writer. The experts say that dyslexics are very intuitive. And I think this is what helped me understand people’s emotions, which is so important in developing characters in fiction. Plus, being dyslexic forced me to work harder, and that led to my viewing a rejection as an invitation to try harder.
What has been the best way for you to engage readers? Face to Face / Chatting Online / Twitter / Facebook / Blogging
This is a great question. I blog every week at my website, www.CCHunterBooks.com and I also have two Facebook accounts – http://facebook/CCHunterfans and https://www.facebook.com/ShadowFallsSeries. The one for the Shadow Falls series was created for me by my publisher, and it has excerpts from my books. I also am on Twitter - http://twitter.com/cchunterbooks. Connecting with me on Facebook and Twitter are the best ways to interact. I frequently run contests and post all the info at Twitter and Facebook.
I really love connecting with the readers of my books. It may take me a while to answer email, especially if I’m under a deadline, but I do try and answer every one I receive. However, I really like meeting readers at signings and events, too. I think a lot of people think writers can be stand-offish, but most of us love talk to readers. Like I’ve said before, writing is the best job in the world!
What is the best thing about being an author?
Hmm. That’s a good question. For me, the best part about being a writer is the freedom it gives me. I can do my job anywhere and believe me, I have. For example, I’ve written while flying across country and while driving, too. Of course, I was a passenger during both trips. LOL.
Writers get to use their imaginations every day. We create new worlds, new people. We send our new people off to have fantastical adventures. And best of all, I actually get paid to do it all. And to think when I was back in grade school, my teachers told me I’d never get anywhere in life by keeping my head up there in the clouds.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Oh, this is such a hard question to answer. Would the person be living or dead? Real or a character from a book? If it was a real person, I would probably choose to have dinner with my Great Grandmother Plummer Bronson. . She passed away when I was young and there are so many things I’d love to ask her. She was considered a healer and people actually came to her house to have their fortunes read. Plus, she was just one great lady.
If it’s a character from a book . . . well, I’d invite Bella from the Twilight series, mostly so I could ask her what the heck she was thinking when she chose Edward over Jacob. Okay, seriously, I get why she did it but Jacob was one hot werewolf!
I’d like to thank Night Owl for having me visit them and giving me a chance to talk about my newest baby, Taken at Dusk. I love writing about Kylie and her friends at Shadow Falls, and being able to talk about my books at Night Owl is one of the neatest things ever.