DHW: What inspired you to write the "Shadow Falls" series? Do you have any habits before or after you start to write?
C.C.: I was writing romances under my real name, Christie Craig, when an editor from St. Martins Press asked me to write a young adult paranormal book. She said she even had an idea: Paranormal Camp. That’s it. That is all it took to get my imagination running overtime, and Shadow Falls Camp was born.
As for my habits when I write? Well, I usually get up and start writing in my study. Then, after I get in a few hours at the computer, I usually go for a walk with my good friend and fellow author. Then it is back to the computer for the rest of the day.
DHW: Now, are you working on a new book?
C.C.: I am working on the second book in Della’s series, Eternal, which will be out in the US on October 28, 2014. So, I am busily writing away to make my publisher’s deadline, but Della is being Della and not cooperating.
DHW: You are a writer, but why? If you could choose another job, what would you pick?
C.C.: I’m from the South of the US, and we’re sort of known as storytellers. As a child sitting around the dinner table every night, it was all about eating and story time. And I could tell a good story. However, being dyslexic, I never really considered becoming a writer. Spelling is hard, getting the right words can be hard. That didn’t stop me from dreaming up stories. I spent years thinking up characters and plots, but was too afraid to put them on paper. I remember that even as a teen, I would sit on my porch and watch the cars race by, making up stories about who was in each car. Being young, I just knew they were all good-looking boys in those cars. And I would mentally jump in that car with them and start plotting a story of romance, of mystery and intrigue. Then at age twenty-three my husband wanted me to go to college and get a teaching degree. I didn’t want to teach, so I told him my secret dream of becoming a writer. He encouraged me and almost made it a challenge. I never can turn down a challenge.
My first book was so bad. But I didn’t give up. I kept writing. I took classes, joined a critique group and writing groups. I finally sold my first book ten years later. It would still be years before I sold my second book. But when I made that second sale in 2006, I didn’t just sell one book--I sold four books.
I love writing. I’m living my dream. And I encourage everyone to hold tight to their dreams. And it doesn’t matter what kind of dreams. If you want something really badly, never give up. That said, if I wasn’t a writer, I think I’d be a comedian. I love standing up in front of people and making them laugh. As a writer, I really get to do both when I talk at a signing or teach a writing class.
DHW: What is your favourite author or book?
C.C.: Now that is a hard one! I have so many friends that are fabulous authors and I love reading their books. So, really, you can’t ask me to name names. They are all great authors and dear friends.
DHW: We are curious: what actors did you see in the roles of main characters?
C.C.: This is a good question. I get asked about a Shadow Falls movie a lot, and I get emails from fans with suggestions of actors for the various characters. I love looking at their suggestions because they seem to be much more knowledgeable about the young actors of today. And the truth is, if there is a Shadow Falls movie or TV series, I’ll probably go with suggestions from the producer, or at least hope I have final say.
DHW: What do you think about Romania? Or our blog? A message for our followers and your Romanian fans?
C.C.: I LOVE your blog! And I’d love to visit Romania one day. It sounds like a beautiful country.
Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog today. I get great emails from my Romanian fans and I’m always amazed to think that people so far away are reading my books. You are the best!
Thank you, C.C.!
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