Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
C.J. is a west coast native who has lived on both coasts and now lives near the middle, in Colorado! Coming from a family of writers and editors, she feels writing is in her blood and hopes people will lose themselves for a little while in the fantasy and fun of her stories. She also loves sweet red wine, the SF 49ers, and unlike most authors, doesn’t have any cats (allergies!). When she’s not writing, she can be found chasing around her kids or working at her day job, which she totally feels interferes with life, but it also gives her inspiration for her books, since reality is sometimes way more interesting than fiction.
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I released my first book 2012. I wrote a lot of short stories as a child, and recently my mom found a book I’d written at age 10 – ha! Bless her for saving it. It had pictures and everything 🙂
How do you find inspiration?
Music is a big one. I also still have a day job and let’s just say I work around a lot of interesting characters.
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
Oh no, I’m a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer. They call us “pantsers”. I don’t really stick to a schedule, and only announce my release dates until the book is about 80% done. And I only write at night. There’s something about the dark that makes me come alive. I may very well be part vampire.
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
Oh gosh, I read a lot of stuff. I really love paranormal books too. I’m an admitted Twi-hard. I love Anne Rice’s stuff. Even Patricia Cornwell’s forensic books. And of course Stephen King’s works – even if they do scare the shit out of me.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on book of the Rebel Riders series, called Soul Redemption This will be a 3-book series. It’s paranormal romance.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Immortality. That’s a super power right?
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
Yes, definitely. I find silence deafening. What I listen to depends on what I’m writing. I listened to a lot of angsty Country music when I wrote my military romance series. For my paranormal books, I liked instrumental movie scores, like Twilight and Harry Potter, and some alternative angry type music.
Who is your favorite villain?
Oh gosh, probably Lestat. I loved to hate him!
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
I’d definitely go for the million. My house needs some serious upgrades. So does my body for that matter.
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?
How am I supposed to choose? Brad Pitt? Channing Tatum? Dwayne the Rock Johnson? Luke Bryan? Is my inner perv coming out?