Author C.K. Bryant has been so gracious as to stop by and visit with me a little today and I thought everyone might like a chance to learn a little more about the author of Bound, the first book in the Crystor series.
To read the review of Bound click HERE!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have an old black and white photo of me hiding under a side table in my parent’s living room. I have a legal pad and a pencil in my hand. I was only two and had no idea what a sentence was, couldn’t even sign my own name, but I knew I liked the look of all those squiggly lines on the paper. I was a writer then. I like to think I was born with the gift in my heart. And a vivid, sometimes scary, imagination to go along with it.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
My debut novel is BOUND, a YA paranormal romance. “A heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.”
I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
“Wide Load!”ROFL!!Oh, wait!How about, “No red ink allowed within ten feet of author.”
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
Yes. My protagonist, Shandira, was loosely based on my sister-in-law, Shandra. She was a rebel growing up, always going against the grain. She was totally Goth when she was younger. Drove her parents insane and she loved it. When Shandra found out I was writing a book, she begged to be the “bad guy” so I wrote her character into the book. Unfortunately, Shandra died of a heart problem before she could read it.
How did you come up with the title?
ACK! I totally SUCK at titles. And this book has had so many, I lost count. The original one was, “Taming the Heart.” Nobody liked it, so I started playing around with others, like “Kindred Spirit” and “Cursed.” The title I loved was BLOOD BOUND, but then there were other books coming out with the same title, so my friend, Ali Cross, suggested I just go with BOUND. I think it fits.
It’s funny you mention BLOOD BOUND as that’s the name of my second book in the House Millar series, 😉 Do you have plans for a new book?Is this book part of a series?
I’m currently working on revision for BROKEN, the sequel to BOUND. This will be a four book series, so I’ll be pretty busy writing the rest of the books. I hope to have them all out by the end of 2013.
I just love your cover. Who designed the cover of your book?
This is one of the many rewards of being self-published. Not only did I have complete control over the content of my book, but I created the cover. The girl on the cover is a stock photo I purchased. She’s exactly how I envisioned Kira would look.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I actually love where I live now. This area of Idaho is so calm and the town is medium and personal.Besides, I’m an Army Brat, so spent the better part of my life living all over the place, including Germany. I like being settled.
I would, however, love to have a vacation home by the beach. Bahamas would be nice.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I love my Kindle. Take it everywhere I go. But I do have to admit that nothing compares to turning the actual pages. I also find that when I read a book on my Kindle that I absolutely love, I run right out and buy the hardback. Silly, I know.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
Proud to be an INDIE. I tried the traditional route, had a contract with a publisher and everything, but it didn’t work out. Now with the industry changes that are taking place in publishing, there’s no reason to let the big boys have complete control of my work. As long as I’m willing to do all the work, why not be an INDIE?
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Oooh, I love when I get to reveal a secret or write a twist into the plot. I also love writing action scenes.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?What has been the best complement?
Hmm. This one is hard. I have a pretty tough skin, so things tend to bounce off, but I did get a review a while back where the male adult reader (totally NOT the genre I’m writing for) said that Octavion was abusive and should be thrown in jail. The guy actually had some pretty great things to say about my writing and the actual story, but ranted on about my poor Octavion. Thing is, Octavion isn’t human and he’s constantly fighting against he curse that’s inside him, so to compare him to an abusive spouse or boyfriend was just weird. Octavion does everything he can to be good and protect both the female characters in my book. So, yeah. I guess it bugged me.
I have to agree, Octavion does the best he can with the fact he’s not human, trying to protect his little sis, and ‘cursed.’ I didn’t find him abusive as much as struggling. He’s actually very sweet and loyal.
The best complement? This one’s easy. It’s not one specific thing, though, it’s all the little emails I get from readers I don’t know. Most are teens, but there are a few college-aged girls as well. They are all very sweet and have nothing but good things to say about BOUND and about me. Mostly they want to know when BROKEN is coming out. Two are even stalking me on Twitter and I LOVE IT!!
I can’t wait for Broken either, lol. Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?
When I was preparing my book to query agents and publishers, I cut about 30,000 words so it would better fit in the YA genre. There are a couple of scenes that I regret taking out. One of them will be included in an anthology called IN HIS EYESdue out on February 14th of this year. Watch for it. You’ll see a side of both Kira and Octavion that you don’t get to see much in the book.
Cats or dogs?
Dog named Sparky. Cat named Sheba.
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Lappy, but only because my PC is fried. Hubby promises to fix it with our tax refund this year. I can’t wait. Miss it so much.
An actor you have a crush on –
Hugh Jackman for sure. He’s yummy.
Oh, he is VERY yummy
Thank you for taking time out of your writing schedule to visit! And, good luck and best wishes for everything you set out to do
YA Paranormal Romance
When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.
BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.
Twenty original short stories, all from the point of view of our favorite male characters – some are old flames from our novels and some were dreamed up especially for this anthology.
“First Kiss or First Kill” is a deleted chapter from BOUND that has been added to an anthology with a selection of short stories and excerpts from other YA novels written by the authors of INDELIBLES. The anthology, IN HIS EYES, will be released on Valentine’s Day 2012. You can read more about it HERE.
About the Author
Christine has always been a writer. Even before she could compose a single word with pen, she scribbled her version of cursive along the open page just to see what it looked like. As a teen, she swiped her dad’s old Royal typewriter so her muse could breathe life into what her vivid imagination had created.
She’s spent the last twenty-five years married to the man of her dreams and raising their two sons. After helping run the family restaurant for most of their marriage, Christine finally broken away to pursue her dream of being an author.
When she’s not with her family or tickling the computer keys, she loves camping, reading, scrapbooking, listening to all kinds of music, and making new friends.
Christine currently living in the middle of sage brush and lava rock with a spectacular view of the Snake River Canyon in South Central Idaho.