Author Interview: Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter (plus giveaway)

Welcome back to Author C.C. Hunter

Christie Craig (aka CC 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 rescue cats, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is not a frog.

Over three thousand pieces of her freelance non-fiction have appeared in national magazines.  After selling four novels in one day in 2006, she has gained a reputation for writing romance fiction that has both witty humor and a suspenseful, sexy tone.  Then, at the suggestion of her editor, she expanded into Young Adult fiction with her wildly popular NYT best-selling Shadow Falls series.  Born at Midnight, Awake at Dawn, and Taken at Dusk are the first three books in her series. Whispers at Moonrise will be available October 2 from St. Martin’s Press.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My Kindle, so I could continue to read.  My toothbrush because yuck if I don’t have it.  And my family and friends, because I need them to be happy.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Perseverance. I think it’s one of the best tools any person can have to accomplish amazing goals and to reach dreams that seem almost impossible.

One food you would never eat?
I know a lot of people love this, but not me, Sushi. I think since the cavemen worked so hard to discovered fire, we should not insult them by eating meat raw.  LOL.

Pet Peeves?
Bullies, people who think that only their opinion matters, lemon seeds in my drinks and shoes that hurt my feet.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Right now I’m finishing up Chosen at Nightfall, the last book in the Shadow Falls series.  Man, is it hard to say good bye!!  Next on my plate is writing the last book in my Hotter in Texas series, a humorous romantic suspense novel, which is written under my real name Christie Craig.  So I will be saying good bye soon to two series.  However, my next project after that is to start working on my brand new Young Adult paranormal series.  I think my readers will find all the things they love about Shadow Falls in the new series: a unique paranormal world, characters you can easily fall in love with, a book about friendships and family, hot guys, lots of emotion, and tons of laughter.  I’m going to have a blast writing it.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Years ago, I was attending a luncheon with Debbie Macomber.  She handed out little green note cards and told us to write down three goals.  I’ve always been a big believer in having goals, so I did it.  I wrote I wanted to write and sell a how-to writing book.  I wanted to receive a three book contract and I wanted to hit one of the big lists:  the New York Times or the USA Today.  I have since accomplished all those goals and I have to tell you, each and every one them brought me such a feeling of accomplishment.   There is something about having goals and meeting them that brings a powerful feeling of having some control in your life.  Like Debbie Macomber, I recommend everyone write down their goals and start working toward them.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. There is actually a video that perfecting describes my Shadow Falls series as well as Kylie, my main character.  I actually posted it on my blog.  Check it out.

What is your favorite Quote?
Well, since I just went over to my blog to listen to Natasha Bedingfield’s song, I will use a couple of quotes from her song.  “Live with your arms wide open.  Today is where your book begins.  The rest is still unwritten.”

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Each of the characters in Shadow Falls has a little bit of me inside them, which makes them so relatable to me.  Della is my rebellious side and don’t we all have one of those sides?  However, Miranda is dyslexic, which means she gets her spells wrong sometimes.  And I relate to her because I’m dyslexic, too.  But of all the characters, I think I relate to Kylie the most.  I based a lot of her back story on things that happened to me when I was a teenager.  I had a family member die when I was around her age, and my parents got a divorce, too.  That was so hard for me.  Plus, I had girl friends making some bad decisions where boys were concerned, just like Kylie’s friend Sara did.  I used all of the emotions I felt, all of the insecurities and uncertainties I experienced as a teenager when I molded Kylie’s character, and I think it helped bring her to life.  I guess you could say I plagiarized my life to create Kylie.  However, Kylie is a lot cooler than I ever was.

What do you do in your free time?
Am I really supposed to have some of that?  Seriously, I do spend most of my time writing.  I try to walk each day.  Spend some time with family and sit in the hot tub, where I do a lot of plotting.

Horror or Romance?
Romance!!!  But with a touch of danger to keep me on my toes.

Sweet or Salty?

Summer or Winter?
Neither.  Spring and Fall is what I’d choose.

Cats or Dog?

Truth or Dare?
Both.  Or how about…Dare to tell the truth?

Whispers at Moonrise

Shadow Falls Camp is back in session with the most explosive installment yet.  A shocking new threat will rock Shadow Falls—changing it forever and altering Kylie’s journey in ways she never imagined.

Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t…a werewolf.  With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible.

As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante.  Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead…not yet anyway.  Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever.   In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure.  Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

Whispers at Moonrise will be released on October 2, 2012.

Ten Things You’ll Learn from Whispers at Moonrise

1. Kicking your boyfriend’s father’s butt might not be good for the relationship.
2. Sometimes following your heart means breaking some rules.
3. Getting trapped in a grave with three dead girls is not a walk in the park.
4. Your parents breaking up sucks. Your mom having a boyfriend, and kissing him in front of you, sucks BIG TIME.
5. When your boyfriend says one thing, but does another, what do you believe? His actions or his words?
6. You can’t always protect the ones you love. Sometimes the only way to protect them is to tell them the truth—even if it hurts.
7. When you are in love, you usually want to talk a lot more about your boyfriend than your girlfriends care to hear.
8. You shouldn’t mess with magic if you don’t know what you’re doing. Especially when someone could end up sterile.
9. Sometimes it is the little choices we make, and not the big ones, that define who we are.
10. Be careful what you wish for or you might end up turning a bright shade of red in the boys’ bathroom.

Giveaway Details:
A Shadow Falls t-shirt and a copy of Born at Midnight (paperback or ebook), the first book in her Shadow Falls series (If you already have all the books, then C.C. will ship a paperback copy of Whispers at Moonrise).
Open to US only
Ends 10/16/12

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