MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR C.C. WOOD♥️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m C.C. Wood and I write paranormal and contemporary romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Most of my story ideas are inspired by “what if” questions. And also people I know. So, what usually happens is one of my friends or acquaintances will say or does something (or a lot of somethings) to inspire a character. Then a day or two, or even a few weeks, later, the “what if” question comes to mind and BOOM, I have a book or series idea.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been a voracious reader of all genres since I was very young. Then, as I got older, contemporary and paranormal romances became my focus. I still read mysteries and other genres, just not as often.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Oh! I have several series out right now and a couple more planned. I have two paranormal romance series—the Bitten series, which is complete and a set of five books. They’re interconnected standalones, featuring five girlfriends who discover that vampires, shifters, witches, and many of supernatural creatures, are actually real. Then there’s the Blood & Bone series, which is a spin-off of Bitten. There were several secondary characters in the Bitten series deserved their own happy ending. The Blood & Bone books are also standalones.
I also have a paranormal cozy mystery series called the Wraith Files. The series features Zoe Thorne, a woman who can see and hear spirits. She lives in a haunted house with a ghost name Teri. Teri is the ghost of an exotic dancer who was murdered thirty years ago. She’s foul-mouthed, perpetually horny, and constantly getting into mischief. When Zoe meets Malachi Flemming, she becomes involved in a paranormal investigation TV show and that’s when the fun really starts.
I also have several contemporary romance series out. The Girl Next Door collection is a set of 3 novellas about 3 women who find their soul mates where they least expect it—right next door. And then there’s the Not Safe for Work (NSFW) series. As suggested by the series title, these are office romances. Five girlfriends discover that all work and no play can lead to love.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I don’t necessarily have a favorite book, but I do have a favorite series. The Wraith Files books are my favorite. I love the entire cast of characters, especially Teri (who is loosely based on a woman I know in real life). They make me laugh when I’m writing and wish they were real so we could be friends.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Mostly from real life. Even my paranormal books are inspired a great deal by the people I meet or situations I encounter. As I said in an earlier answer, “what if” questions are a huge basis for my book ideas. What if this character was put in this or that situation? What if vampires were real? Questions like that.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
On a typical day, I get up, have breakfast with my daughter, and then write for a little while, 2 or 3 hours. I’ll spend another hour or so answering emails, working on marketing or social media posts, etc. before I have lunch with my family. If my husband is home, then I’ll write for another hour or two. If not, I’ll spend the afternoon and evening with my daughter. That’s pretty much it. I’m a hermit and rarely leave my house, so I’m kinda boring.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! I’m trying to do NaNoWriMo this year and I’m writing the third book in the Blood & Bone series. It features two characters from a novella I released last year titled, Destined by Blood.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
A lot of my character names (again) come from people I know, since they inspire so many of heroes and heroines.
Where do your ideas come from?
*See above. LOL
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Writing even on the days when I’m not feeling inspired. Since it is my full-time job, there are days I have to write, even when I don’t feel like it. While it is a passion and something I enjoy doing, it’s also a business. If you don’t put time into a business on a daily basis, it’s going to fail.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Every time I finish a book, every time I write the words “The End”, it’s my best accomplishment. Seeing a story through to the end and not giving up, even when it’s hard or my bitchy inner voice is telling that every word sucks, is always an amazing feeling when it’s done.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to work in pajamas.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In my pajamas. Still writing books.
Have you always liked to write?
Definitely. I started penning stories as soon as I was able to write. In middle school and high school, I focused more on poetry and song lyrics. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I began to write stories again and finally finished my first book.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read a lot and try to write something everyday, even if it’s just a few lines of a story, a journal entry, a poem, or even a couple of random thoughts about future books or characters.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Teach piano lessons and probably finish my Master’s degree, maybe even a doctorate, so I could teach classes at a college. It was a fun job and I truly enjoyed it.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Writing a blurb and/or a synopsis for a book. It’s difficult to include pertinent, attention-getting information in less than 200 or 300 words when the book is over 60 or 70 thousand words. But not too much information. It’s such a delicate balance.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
It’s early days yet so I don’t really have anything to share from Blood & Bone #3. But if you want a sneak peek at the characters, you could pick up Destined by Blood and Souls Unchained (Blood & Bone, #2). I won’t tell you who they are, but you’ll meet them in both of those books.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write the genres that I read the most—paranormal romance/urban fantasy and contemporary romance. I tend to write more PNR than any other genre, but I do try to publish at least one contemporary romance per year.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother. She read voraciously and I inherited the habit.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
That’s like asking me if I have a favorite finger…okay, bad analogy. But, really, I love several and sometimes they change based on a new book I’ve read that year. However, Penny Reid, Kristen Ashley, and Sarah J. Maas are three authors that are guaranteed reads for me.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I think the entire Wraith Files ensemble is my favorite. I can’t choose just one because they all work so well together. Stoney and Blaine crack me up with their bickering, as do Zoe, Jonelle, and Teri. Mal is swoonworthy. He’s a genuinely good guy, something I find extremely attractive…and now I’m talking about them like they’re real.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Oh! Good question! I try to post regularly in my Facebook group, CC’s Sinners. I also post sneak peeks of my works in progress, teasers, and covers. Subscribing to my monthly newsletter will also keep you in the know. My Facebook page is a good place to learn more also. I also have Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts, but I’m not so great. LOL
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both, depending on how the story is going. If the characters are cooperating and it’s flowing well, then I’m brimming with energy and excitement. If I’m getting stuck or moving slowly, then I tend to get tired quickly.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I Didn’t Mean to Say That
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m everywhere! Well, maybe not literally, but I’m working on it.
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/CCsSinners/
Monthly Newsletter: http://www.ccwood.net/newsletter
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/authorccwood
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview♥️