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Author Interview with C.C. Warrens

Welcome C.C. Warrens, author of the Holly novels!

I’ve had the pleasure of reading several of the Holly novels, and they are absolutely amazing. I’m so pleased to have Crystal here on the blog today.

About the author:

Jesus and laughter have brought C.C. Warrens through some very difficult times in life, and she weaves both into every story she writes, creating a world of breath-stealing intensity, laugh-out-loud humor, and a sparkle of hope. Writing has been a slowly blossoming dream inside her for most of her life until one day it spilled out onto the pages that would become her first published book.
If she’s not writing, she’s attempting to bake something–however catastrophic that might be–or she’s enjoying the beauty of the outdoors with her husband. One of the many things she’s learned since she started this journey is that the best way to write a book is to go on a long stroll with her husband. That is when the characters–from their backgrounds to the moments that make them laugh or bubble over with anger–come to life.

**Disclaimer from the author**
If you’re looking for a cozy mystery or romantic comedy with an ending wrapped up in a nice little bow, well . . . these books aren’t for you. My books are intended to reflect the real world–a world that is messy, terrifying, wonderful, and sprinkled with humor. My hope is that these books will touch someone who has been through something traumatic and remind them that even in our darkest moments, God is with us.


What is the inspiration behind your writing?

I’ve always loved crime fiction, and I’ve always loved the psychology of the human mind. Those two things inspired Criss Cross, my first suspense novel. But my faith in God and my history working with abused kids shaped the characters and storyline, giving it life.

Do you have a favorite author or book?

I don’t have a favorite book, but one of my favorite authors is Patricia Bradley. I love her writing style, and I hope she becomes more well known. When I was younger, my favorite author, while not Christian, was Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

How have you surprised yourself during your writing journey?

I surprised myself by completing a book! I never thought that would happen. And I always surprise myself when it comes together into something coherent and enjoyable.

What book are you currently reading for fun and are you reading anything for research?

I’ve started a lot of books lately, but none have captured my attention. I think my next read will be something Christmassy.

If you could sit down to dinner with three authors, who would they be and what would you discuss?

I would enjoy dinner with Carrie Stuart Parks, Lea Sims, and Jennifer Pierce. Carrie, I believe, used to be involved with Forensic art, which I find fascinating. Lea and I would probably have a long discussion about the ways God can heal and reshape women who have been through intense hardships. Jenn and I would delve into the deep, dark world of crime and suspense.

Can you think of anything you wish you had known before you started writing?

No, learning as I go has always worked best for me.

What’s next for you as an author?

Well, I’m hoping to finish my current work in progress, indulge in some Christmas books, then start my next novel.

Book Links:

Safety is just an illusion…
An illusion shattered by the whisper of footsteps in the darkness behind her.

Holly has drifted from one place to the next for as long as she can remember, never settling long enough to build a life. It’s the only way she knows how to survive in a world that has no place for someone like her. But when mysterious footsteps follow her home, and she finds a cryptic note taped to her door, she realizes she’s stayed too long.

The man she’s hiding from has found her. But how? 
When people start dying and old, forgotten memories begin to surface, Holly finds herself wrapped up in a terrifying mystery with God, a pushy Southern detective, and a killer with one thing on his mind: her.
When Holly’s worst nightmare steps back into her life, she has to decide whether to stand and fight or flee and survive. As the threads of her life begin to unravel around her, leaving her displaced from her home, terrified, and caught in the middle of a drug battle, she can’t help but wonder if she made the wrong choice.
He will tear her life apart one piece at a time, reveling in every flicker of fear in her eyes. He’s grown bored with the games, and he’ll get what he came for no matter how many bodies he has to step over.

How will Holly protect the people she loves when her foster brother comes to collect?
“I should have tried harder.”
Those final words are scrawled across a note that’s been pinned to a man’s remains.

Pulled to a crime scene in the middle of the night, Detective Marx struggles to unravel the mystery behind a message written by the victim. A suicide note . . . or an admission of guilt? Before he can discover the truth, what seems to be a random act of violence becomes something much darker and far more dangerous.

Another note. Another body.

With very little evidence and even less time, Detective Marx searches for the common thread between the victims before another innocent dies, but his efforts might put him directly in the killer’s path.
Note: Injustice for All is a spin-off from the Holly Novels, but it can be read as a standalone book. If you’re wondering where this book falls in relation to the Holly Novels, here’s the timeline: Criss Cross, Winter Memorial, Cross Fire, Crossed Off, Injustice for All.
Beneath the twinkling lights and neatly wrapped packages, lay bitter memories and carefully-kept secrets . . .
Three decades have passed since Marx last set foot in his family’s Georgia home. The house has faded over the years, but the haunting memories contained within its walls remain crisp and unforgettable.
If not for the girl asleep in the passenger’s seat of his car, Marx would turn his car around and head back to his life in New York City. But it’s time to face his demons.

This novella is a Seeking Justice Christmas novella that falls between “Injustice for All” and “Imperfect Justice.”

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