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.