Interview: CC Hunter, author of YA Paranormal, THE MORTICIAN’S DAUGHTER

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I didn’t actually choose the young adult genre. I started my writing career by writing romantic suspense novels. I was contacted by an editor at St. Martin’s Press in 2010, She’d read several of my romances and thought my voice and snarky sense of humor would translate well to the young adult genre. So, she asked me if I’d like to try my hand at a YA series. She even said she had an idea: paranormal camp. That was it, that was all she said, but I went home and thought about it. The thought of changing genres scared the bejeezus out of me. But I love a challenge, and before I knew it, my imagination took over and Shadow Falls Camp was born.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I grew up in Alabama, and the South has a strong tradition of storytelling. When we sat down to dinner, we were encouraged to talk about things going on in our lives. And if that meant exaggerating a story to make it more interesting, well, all the better. Also, being dyslexic, I wasn’t a good reader in school, but I made up tales in my head. I’d go off into the woods, lie down in the grass, and tell myself stories. Sometimes those stories continued for days, and those characters became my friends. I’m still talking to characters in my head, but now I know I’m not crazy, I’m just a writer.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I think there are three things.  Friendships.  In every book I write, there isn’t just a romance, I have friendships.  In The Mortician’s Daughter, Riley meets Kelsey.  The bond they find is inspiring. I also think all my books have both humor and heart.  I love to laugh and I create characters who love to laugh.  So while the characters in my books have difficult challenges to overcome, I also have them healing through laughter.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I read across all genres.  I just read Everything, Everything.  I love Susan E. Phillips romances.  I recently read,  The Dogs Purpose.

What projects are you working on at the present?

Well, I’m in “finish the book mode.” I’m trying to get my next Christie Craig book to my publisher, so that’s meant early mornings and late nights. But it’s been fun to write. I’ve also got a CC Hunter YA coming out the end of October called The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave. It’s the first in a series of 3, and I’m really eager for its release. I’m hoping all my devoted Shadow Falls fans will read it, because it has a lot of the same elements in it. On Feb. 27th, I’m very excited to have my first hard cover book releasing. Again, it’s a CC Hunter book and this one is very close to my heart. It’s about a teenage girl that gets a heart transplant. I know something about transplants as my hubby got a liver transplant a year ago. It was an emotional book to write, very cathartic.


Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I write while in my hot tub.  That’s where I do my brainstorming.  When things are flowing, I’m usually all wrinkled from sitting too long in the hot tub.

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

I have eaten two, but I regretted it.

Say there’s like a whole box of your favorite snack in a room all by themselves. Say I left them there and told you not to eat any until I got back. How long would it take you to disobey my wishes?

Depends on my mood and how hungry I am.  And the reasoning behind why you said I couldn’t eat them until you got back.  If you were just testing me, I’d probably eat them right away.  I hate tests.  LOL.  

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

Take a deep breath, then cover your ears and nose and drink a big, long sip of water.  You need someone to hold the glass to your lips.

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?  

I love to scribble.  I always draw a cartoon cat.  And I draw a lot of hearts.  

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?  

Peanut butter.

How many times does it take for you to listen to a song that you love before you actually hate it instead?  

A lot.  If I love a song, I listen to it so much that it drives my hubby crazy.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?  

Controlling the world.  

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Both since I have both

Tea or Coffee? Coffee with cream

Winter or Summer? I live in SE Texas, and summer here is HOT! But the trade off is the pleasant winters, so definitely winter.

TexMex or Italian? Tough one, but I’d have to say TexMex.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate all the way!


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C.C. Hunter, an Alabama native, is a New York Times Best-Selling author of more than 30 books. Her paranormal Shadow Falls series gained phenomenal critical success. She is looking forward to the October 31,2017 release of the first book in The Mortician’s Daughter series, One Foot in the Grave. She is also excited about the Feb. 27, 2018 release of her first hard cover, contemporary young adult novel, This Heart of Mine. She currently resides in Texas.

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The first exciting novel in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter!

Her dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him.

Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.

But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?



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Praise for C. C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls series:

“C. C. Hunter has an amazing talent to make you laugh, cry, and laugh again all in the same chapter!” —Crossroad Review

“Jam-packed with action and romance . . . Hunter’s lifelike characters and paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till the very end. A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance.” —Romantic Times on Taken at Dusk


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