Today, we are honoured to have an interview with USA Today bestselling author CC Solomon. CC has published the urban fantasy series, The Paranormal World, and Deathly Touch. Recently, I connected with CC on Facebook and she kindly agreed to an interview.
Where do you come from and how has this place influenced your writings?
Hi there, I come from Baltimore County, MD. My family is from Jacksonville, Florida, and I’ve spent considerable time there. I can’t say that either directly influenced my writing. But since both are hometowns for me, of course, they are featured in some of my novels. Baltimore in fact gets run by powerful elves and in Jacksonville there is a man eating monster in one of the bodies of water.
Your series, The Paranormal World, is in the urban fantasy subgenre. What three things inspired you to write in this subgenre?
Well, I’ve loved this genre since I was kid. It started with horror and reading Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine books. Then, I moved to getting more into urban fantasy, watching shows and movies like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and Blade.
Also, I’m a huge anime fan and love the themes and action from some of those series. So, really, it’s a mix of outlets that really capture my interests.
This blogger: I can feel your passion for the subgenre, and I see why you have chosen urban fantasy to write books in too. (*Smiles*.)
Who is the target audience for your novels?
I mostly write for people over 18. But my latest novel, Deathly Touch, falls more on the YA side. However, overall, I write for those who love urban fantasy and dystopian novels.
You are a USA Today bestselling author. Congratulations! That is quite an achievement. Why do you think people have enjoyed reading your books so much?
Thanks! I did a limited-edition boxset with other authors and it was really popular. The theme was vampires and I really think people still love vampires. I know I’ve been a fan since the movie (Bram Stroker’s) Dracula. I just haven’t gotten tired of them yet!
Moreover, the boxset was paranormal romance and let me say, romance is a hugely popular genre. All my books have romance in them. I LOVE reading it, watching it, living it, LOL. And with romance there are so many subgenres for it so there is something for everyone.
Finally, our boxset was diverse. We had authors of various races who wrote characters with different backgrounds. In my book, Deathly Touch, the main leads are black and Asian. I think inclusion is so needed. There is an audience who wants to read about different people.
This blogger: Yeah, those sound like three terrific reasons for why you are a USA bestselling author and for why your books are so good!
Which of the characters in The Paranormal World is the most like you? And how?
Amina is definitely like me. Flaws and all. In fact, I learned a lot about myself writing her. Some of things, like her being too nice, really stuck out to me. In my books it was to her detriment and for me, that’s happened!
This bogger: A flaw that comes to bite your protagonist is what makes him/her so human. Nevertheless, I hope your kindness toward others is rewarded with loyalty more often than. You can never be too nice to those who stand by you.
On a meta-level, what do your book mean to you?
My books are really a dream realized. The Paranormal World series started as a recurring dream and then one day I finally decided to make it a reality by writing it!
In addition, I am so excited to have a book in this genre with a person of color on the cover. Growing up there were NONE. Now I’m seeing many more, especially from indie writers.
On your website, it says that you love the horror genre. Would you ever write a horror novel?
I keep tossing that idea around in my head. I incorporate horror scenes in my books, so in a way I have. However, a proper full on horror book is not out of the question down the line. I like to be scared, but we will see if I can scare others LOL.
This blogger: Well, if you ever do write a full on horror book, let me know. Like you, I like to be scared in a story. (*Smiles broadly*.)
If you could go back in time and speak with a younger CC Solomon, what advice would you give her about the writing process?
I would tell her not to give up and when she gets a no, keep going, even if it means going down the indie route.
I wished I pursued writing seriously earlier on. Even maybe as a teenager. However, it’s hard to know how to move a hobby into a side job. I’m still learning the ropes.
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Marketing. It’s time-consuming and pricey, but so necessary. This is a business. You are selling a product and building a brand. So, it’s important to have a business sense. I just want to write in my little corner LOL.
This blogger: If only it were that simple to succeed at writing just by writing in the corner lol. I think, though, you have a good grasp of what is required to succeed in the long run. It will stand you in good stead, I’m sure.
How has writing changed you as a person?
It’s definitely made me more alert when I read and brand. I pay attention to what I like when I’m reading a book (writing style, themes) for my own education. I look at people who have built their brand and see what they do to make themselves successful. And I pay more attention to my own ideas and push myself in my writing both at work and in my books.
This blogger: It sounds like writing has changed you for the better, and quite considerably too. No doubt, you are learning from all that you read and see, and these will make your brand better too.
Are you writing another book at present? If so, could you tell us a bit about it please?
Currently, I am editing the conclusion to my soul mate saga in The Paranormal World series. In addition, I’m writing the second book to one of my spin off novels (Mystic Memories) which is about the character, Francesca. I have so many characters in this world that I want to give many of them time to shine.
Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to say that you haven’t already in this interview?
Thanks for interviewing me. I just want to add that I’m very passionate about diversity in writing. I help run a book group on Facebook, called Diverse Books with Magic that really focuses on promoting fantasy and sci-fi books focusing on BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and differently abled characters. We need to see more representation in these genres because there really is an interest.
This blogger: It’s great that you are doing this, and giving others a place to showcase their books. Keep it up CC!
End of Interview
Alas, that brings our interview with USA Today bestselling author CC Solomon to a close. I would like to thank her for her time, and to say that I wish her all the best going forwards in her writings.
You can purchase CC’s books on Amazon. If you enjoy reading urban fantasy, then check out The Paranormal World series and novellas and Deathly Touch NOW!
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