Interview with CC James, Author of Demon Trackers: The Anointed and Giveaway!

 

I have a treat today!  CC James, the author of Demon Trackers: The Anointed, dropped in to answer some questions about her book, and she also offered to giveaway three copies of her eBook!  Read the interview, and then hop to the bottom of the post to learn how to enter for your chance to win a copy Demon Trackers!

[Manga Maniac Café ] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[CC James] 140 characters?

What is this? Twitter? #alrighty then

I’m a mid-western gal who dug in her toes in one of the hottest states of the union—Texas where we live near a protected gully where coyotes howl nightly at passing trains.

Hi Julie, everyone. Waving. I’m so excited to be here today.

[MMC] Hi, CC!  It’s great that you could stop in today!!  Can you tell us a little about your book, Demon Trackers: The Anointed?

[CCJ] It’s about two brothers raised by an ancient race of people (the Anointed) who are supposed to be humankind’s silent protectors against monsters of legend and paranormal creatures, mainly demons. Unfortunately the Anointed have lost sight of their original purpose and the "protecting mortals" part of their existence has lost importance.

For the teenage brothers, being half-human and half-Anointed leaves them as targets for bullying among their peers. Instead of giving in, they pick up where the Anointed have grown lax and set out to keep the unknowing human race safe from all kinds of myths.

[MMC] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[CCJ] Everything I write has some sort of paranormal element in it and with this being a series, I’ll get to explore all sorts of legends and myths and creepy crawly things and then flip the facts on their ears and make up my own slant on them.

As far as having two brothers be the heroes? There’s just something that draws me to that male bonding dynamic—that tug-of-war between men who care about each other deeply, yet get so embarrassed to show it. It’s fascinating to watch. Pretty much every movie or show I’ve been hooked on has that tough guy pairing like Bo and Luke Duke, or Han and Luke, the Hardy Boys or Starbuck and Apollo (now you know I’m not a spring chicken), and more recently Sam and Dean of Supernatural. I’ll be the first to admit my guys are younger versions inspired by all those guys—only with teenage attitude and half-Anointed abilities that help them as trackers.

[MMC] LOL!  Those are some of my favorite male characters, too!  Can you tell us what you have learned about yourself through your characters?

[CCJ] That I really enjoy harnessing my inner "guy". Writing from a teenage male’s perspective is a blast. They have these huge complex thoughts that come out in quips and sarcasm. So much more fun than always watching what you say.
Why do you think books with paranormal elements are so popular with readers? What do you enjoy most about them?
It’s that same feeling we get sitting around the campfire in the dark, listening to ghost stories while we peer into the darkness. Then the storyteller shouts and some of us flinch and scream and everybody laughs. It’s scary and fun all at the same time.

[MMC] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?

[CCJ] This is actually the most difficult question because this book was a pure indulgence for me. It wasn’t challenging at all, except maybe having to stop and take care of the demands of real life when I just wanted to get back to the adventure. Writing it was magical and easy. No writers block. It all just came. I just wrote the story I wanted to read.

[MMC] Speaking of reading, if you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[CCJ] Andre Norton’s Witchworld. It had fantasy and romance and adventure and mystery and dimensional travel as well as legends and myths changed up a bit to suit her own world. Guess she really did influence me.

[MMC] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[CCJ] This is the part where I come up with something cool like rock climbing or being a magnificent tattoo artist, right? The truth is I’m a TV and movie junkie, especially with reality shows like The Amazing Race (the only show I would ever consider going on), Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, American Idol, and The Bachelor. Oh, Ashley…

[MMC] Thanks!!

[CCJ] Thank you for having me. As this is a series and the boys will have plenty of legends to encounter, I’m interested in hearing what some of the myths your followers like most to read about.


You can find out more about CC James by visiting her websites:

http://cc-james.tumblr.com
http://ccjamesbooks.wordpress.com

You can purchase Demon Trackers: The Anointed from the Amazon widget below:

The Giveaway!

CC generously offered to giveaway three copies of her eBook!  Entering into this giveaway is really simple, too!  Just make a comment below, telling CC your favorite myth or legend.  That’s it!  Easy-peasy!

Contest runs from today until 8 PM EST Friday July 15.

Only one entry per person, and you must be at least 13 to enter.  I am not responsible for lost, misdirected,  or damaged shipments.   Good luck!

14 thoughts on “Interview with CC James, Author of Demon Trackers: The Anointed and Giveaway!

  • July 11, 2011 at 8:43 am
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    My favourite legend is the Arthurian legend. I collect books, fiction and non fiction about Arthur, Merlin and all the rest!!!

    Valerie
    in Germany

  • July 11, 2011 at 9:09 am
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    Myth? Legend? Only because I just rented the new Robin Hood, I’ve been wondering what really happened?

  • July 11, 2011 at 9:28 am
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    Valerie, Jeanne, two of my favorites! Always loved the romantic ideal of the Knights of the Round Table and of course, Robin Hood…I’ve read or watched so many versions, it’d be interesting to pinpoint the real version–if there really is such a version. I’ve heard of a few different ones even on that.

  • July 11, 2011 at 9:44 am
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    Your book looks great! And I love the cover.

    One of my favorite myths or legends would have to be shapeshifting. I like the idea of someone turning into an animal at will. It has always fascinated me.

  • July 11, 2011 at 11:12 am
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    I love the concept of your series. And all the brothers you mentioned– I enjoyed their tales. :) I guess I aged myself, tool lol Great book cover, too. Those eyes just pop out at you.

    I love legends and myths. Some of my favorites are Robin Hood– I’ll watch and read anything that has Robin Hood featured. And there’s been quite a few from historical to the paranormal where Robin Hood is a vampire.

    I also love the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and where similar creatures have been spotted in Ireland and here in the US.

    The myths surrounding the stone circles also intrigues me. Why are they here? Who put them there? Do they have any mystical powers? The possibilities for a story are endless. :)

    I enjoyed learning more about you and your books. i wish you the very best!

  • July 11, 2011 at 11:13 am
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    Thanks Jeanne M. I love the guy’s eyes on the cover. He’s exactly how I envision Jake.

    And yes, Shapeshifters are definitely on my list of what I want to write about. Awesome. It’s cool to wonder about how shifting must feel and what happens to their insides and bones while transforming and do their thought processes change to a more feral, instinctual mind?

    Lots of questions an author can have fun playing around with.

  • July 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm
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    Oh hey Karen, glad to see you stopped by. Robin Hood apparently is an all time fav. No wonder he keeps popping up in fiction and movies over and over again. Haven’t seen him as a vampire, but that sounds really cool.

    And Nessie and the stone circles definitely. I wish someone could really get a good picture of Nessie. You’d think with all the digital cameras nowadays…

  • July 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm
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    So my favorite myth, huh. I like the Greek myth’s the best. I really like all the God’s from the Percy Jackson series. And I’ve come to be very interested in Helen of Troy since I read Starcrossed.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    valerie(at)stuckinbooks.com

  • July 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm
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    Oh a second Valerie today. Great!

    Helen of Troy is a fascinating figure. And I love the Percy Jackson take on all Greek myths and how they blend and hide within the modern world. Hades was one of my favorites with his rocker persona.

  • July 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm
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    Ditto on the guy’s eyes. Awesome. I like my paranormal to deal more with ghosts. I’m intrigued with what happens to the spirit after someone’s gone. The good folks must really want to help us, don’t you think?
    And the Amazing Race? That gives me a whole other take on you, CC. Good luck with this series. Marsha

  • July 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm
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    I like the Cupid/Psyche story and beauty and the beast stories. How much do you trust?

    Your concept sounds interesting and I’m sure I will love your books!

  • July 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm
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    Thanks Marsha and Mary.
    I’m nutty about ghosts myself–the whole spirit world or “summerland” concept.

    And yeah, Cupid falling in love when it’s his job to do so for others is intriguing and we all love the beast with a gentle heart. Thanks Mary.

  • July 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm
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    Love the concept of your book. My favorite family history (um I mean legend) is about one very over protective Dad who won’t let his daughter have any fun – so what if she wants to leave the seas and hit the land, it’s all about those teen years. (Little Mermaid ain’t so little anymore).

  • July 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm
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    Renee, you’re funny. Family history. Mermaids are great. I have a warm spot in my heart for them. My sister and I used to wrap scarves around the legs of our Barbies, tying off at the feet so the two ends trailed like fins to have our very own mermaids. Took them in the pool with us and everything.

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