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C.T. Adams writes both individually and as a co-author with Cathy Clamp. They have collaborated on a number of books, including those in the ‘Blood Singer’ series. The newest installment ‘To Dance with the Devil’ came out on November 5, 2013.
For what age audience do you write?
Generally, I write for grown-ups. Although, frankly, most of the ‘Blood Singer’ books are ‘YA Friendly.’ The violence isn’t as graphic and the sex scenes are off screen. They’re even shelved as YA in Europe. I do have an idea for a future YA series, but I haven’t had the chance to write it yet.
Henry: Ah, tasteful violence and sex scenes.
Tell us about your latest book.
‘To Dance with the Devil’ is the most recent Blood Singer novel. I also have the first book of an entirely new series in with the publisher for edits. It’s ‘The Exile; Book 1 of the Fae’. I’m very excited about it as well.
In ‘To Dance with the Devil’, Celia Graves gets thrown right into the middle of a sadistic plot involving a long-standing feud between mage families and so much more.
Henry: Any title with Fae in it gets my attention. I just drafted a picture book, Queen of the Fae.
What do you hope readers will get from reading that book?
I hope they have a rollicking good time. I do try to include serious themes in my work, but the fact is, I write to entertain as well as inform.
What aspect of writing do you find most challenging?
You can’t please everybody. It’s simply not possible. For example, if the heroine chooses one man, there will always be those who think she should’ve chosen the other. And people can be very brutal in their displeasure.
Henry: My wife has developed an effective tool. If she asks me a question, and I don’t give the preferred answer, she simply asks me again. 🙂
What is a powerful lesson you’ve learned from being a writer?
Nothing gets done without a lot of hard work and a lot of patience.
Henry: True dat.
What has been a memorable experience that you never would have had if you had not been a writer?
I’ve gotten to travel to various cities, places I wouldn’t have gone otherwise. I love cons where I get to meet with fans. Being in a huge ballroom filled to bursting with avid readers and writers was amazing.
Henry: Yes, there’s an amazing energy at cons, particularly San Diego Comic-Con.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I’d quote Churchill at them: “Never give up. Never, ever, ever give up.” Or, perhaps: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
Do you have any favorite quotes?
Oh lots, including the above. “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” is a good one to bear in mind when feeling overwhelmed.
Do you have any strange rituals that you observe when you write?
Henry: Or at least none that you’ll share publicly…
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. Think of the time I could save in commuting that I could spend at the keyboard or sleeping. And hey, never late again.
Henry: No more speeding tickets. No more traffic jams. No more airport security. And teleportation is very green – no carbon emissions!
If you could have three authors over for dinner, who would it be?
I’d take them out to dinner—probably Italian. Neil Gaiman, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Jim Butcher would be a fun group.
Henry: Was that a not-so-subtle hint that you don’t like to cook? And that you like urban fantasy? I know who Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher are. For those who didn’t know, including me, Wikipedia helpfully offers:
“Laurell Hamilton is best known as the author of two series of stories. Her New York Times-bestselling ‘Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter’ series centers on Anita Blake, a professional zombie raiser, vampire executioner and supernatural consultant for the police, which includes novels, short story collections, and comic books. Her ‘Merry Gentry’ series centers on Meredith Gentry, Princess of the Unseelie court of Faerie, a private detective facing repeated assassination attempts.”
Now I have to go read Laurell Hamilton.
What is your favorite creature that exists only in literature?
I love dragons and griffons. I had a friend tell me once that if I were an animal instead of a person I’d be a griffon, that I’m just not like the other critters. (I’m hoping she meant that in a good way.)
Henry: I think we can all agree that being called griffonesque is a compliment.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I write pretty much full time and have a full-time day job. When I’m not doing either I mostly try to sleep and keep in touch with family and friends.
Henry: Yikes! Sleeping sounds like an excellent choice.
What would you like it to say on your tombstone?
She tried hard. Sometimes she even succeeded.
Where can readers find your work?
Thanks to Tor, my work gets pretty wide distribution. You can find my books in most bookstores, and online of course. Look under both C.T. Adams and Cat Adams.