Winner Announced – Interview: C.C. Hunter, New York Times Bestselling Young Adult author + $25 EGC Giveaway
Thanks for joining C.C. and I today! C.C. is giving away a $25 Amazon card to anyone who answers the question: What piece of advice would you give your teen self? Answer below and a winner will be randomly chosen – good luck!
****Our Winner is . . .pamwright2913 — she has been contacted to claim her prize – thanks all for blogging!!
Me: I’ve heard you were asked to write a young adult series and you weren’t actually writing or reading in that genre at the time. How did you pull it off?
CC: It was like cramming for finals. In about three weeks, I read twenty YA books. Then, I took a long trip down memory lane to remember what it was like to be sixteen. It wasn’t an easy trip. That’s when I knew I was going to plagiarize from my own life. The insecurities, the heartaches, my parents’ divorce, the loss of a loved one, the struggles of figuring out who I was—all of it was going to make me a better young adult writer. Who knew old pain pays off?
Me: I read somewhere that the audience for your C.C. Hunter books is about 70% adults. Is this true, and if so, why do you think this is?
CC: I joke that if you want a woman to tell you her age, write a young adult book. Half of my emails start with, “I’m forty-two . . .” or “I’m sixty-three . . .” Honestly, I set out to write a book that would cross age barriers. When doing that crash course, I set aside the books that appealed to me as an adult. They all had one common element: the character’s problems weren’t just things we dealt with as teens, but something that even an adult could relate to. In Shadow Falls, the main theme is that of an identity crisis, and I find myself trying to figure out who I am as I move into different stages of my life. In Shadow Falls: After Dark, my spin off series, it’s about accepting change. I know I still struggle with this in my life. Then I think it’s important that the book reminds the readers of the teen lessons we might have learned and forgotten: the thrill of passion and first love, the value of girlfriends, the ageless lesson that the heart might get broken, but it can, and will mend.
Me: If you could go back and give your ‘teen self’ advice, what would it be?
CC: You know that boy that you are certain is going to break up with you because you don’t want to do the deed, and you feel you’ll just die when he dumps you? Well, you’re wrong—not that he won’t dump you. He will. And it’ll hurt, but you won’t die. You’re making the right decision. And soon, after smooching on a few more toads, you’ll even find a prince.
* Negative body image is a real b with an itch. You wanted to be tall and leggy. Being petite, the one thing you felt successful at was gymnastics. Then you got boobs before everyone else, and you were too embarrassed to do flips in front of people because they jiggled. Guess what? They’re going to jiggle a lot more when you’re older. But don’t worry, gymnastics doesn’t turn out to be your passion. And the truth is, if you’d learn to love the body you have, you’d be a lot happier. Because believe it or not, there’s something very appealing about someone who is comfortable in their own skin.
* Being dyslexic, I know you never felt as if you fit in. Even saying “here” when the teacher calls your name makes you cringe. But don’t worry, once you find your real passion in life, those insecurities will fade away. You’ll deal with dyslexia. Someday, you’ll talk in front of people. You’ll make them laugh; you’ll encourage them to believe in themselves like you have learned to do.
* You’re going to make mistakes. Getting married so young, that wasn’t smart. But you know what? All those mistakes you make mold and shape you into the person you are today. So don’t worry so much about the mistakes, just learn from them. Because making a mistake isn’t so bad, it’s repeating them that makes us failures.
Thanks for joining us today — here’s a little information about C.C.’s new release REBORN:
Enter Shadow Falls: After Dark and meet a vampire named Della, who’s about to discover what her own story is meant to be. . . .
Della had the perfect life—the family, a boyfriend, and a bright future—until she was turned, and abandoned by everyone she loves. She takes refuge at Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with paranormal powers. It’s where she and her best friends, Kylie and Miranda, heal their heartbreak with laughter, and where Della is training to be a paranormal investigator—and she refuses to be distracted. That means there’s no time for romance with Steve, a gorgeous shapeshifter whose kisses melt her heart.
When a new vampire named Chase shows up at camp, Della’s world is thrown into even more chaos. Arrogant and annoyingly sexy, Chase is a mystery . . . and the only mystery Della likes is one she can solve. She can’t solve Chase, at least not while she’s dealing with ghostly hauntings, vampire gangs and a web of family secrets. Can she prove herself as an investigator and keep her life—and her heart—intact?
Read the first chapter of REBORN
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C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.