Please give a warm welcome to author C.C. Solomon
Tell us a bit about yourself…
C.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and has actively written fiction since the age of eleven. She’s an avid “chick lit” reader and urban fantasy fan. During her days, she works in Civil Rights for the federal government. In her free time, she sings karaoke, travels the globe and watches too much TV… when she’s not writing of course.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
I started writing when I was around eleven years old. I wrote a short play in my english class that my classmates put on and did some other short stories as assignments. My english teacher, Ms. Weber, told me I was good and to keep writing and I have!
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
I’m a huge anime, horror and k drama fan so they allow me to think outside of the box because of the unique, non-Western storytelling. I also am a daydreamer, people watcher and avid traveler so the combination is always giving me ideas, with new settings and scenarios popping up in my head.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently a little over mid way through my sequel to my novella, Mystic Realms, in which we again focus on my character Lisa who is forced to save an elven king from a curse or else she’ll have to repay a sinister favor to him. It’s heavy paranormal romance compared to most of my other work.
Do you have any quirks while working?
Not sure I have any quirks. I have eclectic taste in music so that really helps me get into the zone. If I’m writing a fight scene I might play old school hip hop or rock. If it’s a romance scene then I’m playing something slow and emotional. Some songs inspire scenes in my head so I have a play list of different songs that I found inspirational while writing. .
What are your hopes for the future?
Well the hope is always that you build an audience that appreciates your work. My goal is to entertain and reach readers that were underserved or just wanted new points of view.
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Keep writing. That’s the biggest thing. Especially for indie authors. A lot of our success can come from building a brand which comes from having several books published. This way you give readers something to come back to. Also writing that first draft is tough but don’t stop. Even if you know you’ll change something, just make note of it to go back to later and keep moving forward in the story. Once the first draft is done I think it gets easier and more rewarding.
Do you have anything to say to your followers?
I’d love to say, thanks so much for reading! It’s really the readers that keep me going. I get encouraged by reviews and pushed to write even better. I don’t just write for myself but for the audience and I want to ensure that the hours they spend reading or listening to my books is worth it for them. So please keep reviewing and supporting and I will do my part to bring you reading entertainment that you can enjoy!