Featured Interview With C.C. Warrens
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
The imagination is as boundless as the universe, and as a reader and a writer, it’s always exciting to delve into that world of creativity. For me, writing feels like another connection to God. When I look back at my life, I see the places where He stepped in to guide me or protect me, and I love weaving that part of Him into the stories I write.
I also enjoy weaving parts of my own life into my stories, little things that only my friends and family would be able to point at and say “Hey, I remember that”. When I was a child, I had a gray cat named Jordan that I loved to pieces, and in my first published book, the main character has a gray cat named Jordan. The best pets deserve a moment of spotlight…
Currently, my husband and I have three cats: Mia, Grace, and Pepper. All of our cats are rescues. Mia was on anxiety medication when we took her in; Pepper was on death row, so-to-speak, at the humane society; and Grace, well . . . Grace has a long story. But I will tell you that we decided to name her Grace, because it’s by the grace of God that she’s alive.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started creating school books when I was in elementary school (of course I was the teacher and the student), but it wasn’t until junior high that I truly started writing. I didn’t know much about books at the time, and I wrote each chapter like a TV show episode. And I was apparently allergic to punctuation at the time too. Some things have certainly changed for the better!
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Christian suspense is my favorite genre to read, because it pulls together the reality of a fallen world and a gracious God. Christy Barritt’s Squeaky Clean Mysteries were my first introduction to Christian fiction, and she will always be one of my favorite authors. I stayed up way too late reading her books.
Lynette Eason’s books are always exciting. I love the Elite Guardian series.
I enjoy Terri Blackstock’s books, because she doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. Some people express discomfort toward some of the hardships she discusses in her books, but I’ve worked with kids who have been through some of those hard situations, and they are very much a reality, and I think she portrays them tastefully.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
“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?
Holly’s foster brother has been haunting her for over ten years, forcing her to run and hide in order to survive. Crossed off, the third installment in the Holly Novel series, will be coming out this April, and readers will see what happens when Holly’s past and present finally collide.
Crossed off took me the longest to write. Typically, a book takes about three months to write, and then I begin the self-editing phase. I finished writing Crossed Off over a year ago, but I have torn it apart and reassembled it more than any other book I’ve written. Now its story is ready to be told…
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