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…
[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.
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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!