Today's Darklight On... is with C.T. Green. Welcome, C.T.!
How did you come to write speculative fiction? What attracted you to the genre? I love the freedom that speculative fiction allows. World building, characters and story are only limited by your imagination. Much more fun - if I want someone to back flip off a wall while firing a crossbow and looking hot and sexy at the same time, I darn well can!
Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in-between?
I plotted my last ms up the wazoo (a place you don’t want to go) and it didn’t work as well as I’d hoped – the pace was very slow. The ms I’m currently working on I’ve pantsered (without a parachute – gosh I hate heights). I guess that means I’m in-between. But, as everyone knows I do like to do a bit of ‘research’ every now and then.
Do have a favourite of your characters?
Hmmm, I have to be rather unexciting and say ‘no’. I love all my characters, particularly the heroes, whom I thoroughly enjoy tormenting with strong, sassy heroines who don’t take any rot. Poor guys. *vbg*
What are you currently working on?
The ms I’m currently wrestling with (working on) is about angels who are not at all angelic. They drink, swear and have tattoos and piercings in lots of, ah, interesting places. They’re very naughty, but big softies underneath it all and are trying to stop a demonic incursion from hell (literally).
What is your favourite part of the process of writing?
Telling the story and bringing the characters I see in my head to life. I’ve always loved storytelling as a reader/listener and it seemed a natural progression to want to tell stories of my own. And ah I do enjoy the research side too. Seriously though, I hated it at university but now I love discovering new things that spark my imagination. When it’s interspersed with ‘character research’ *wink* then it’s particularly enjoyable.
What can we expect from C.T. Green in the future?
That I get my work published? (Hopeful look). I’d really love to continue a series with the two ms’ I have at the moment. But I’ve got to agent hunt/get the first books published before that happens.
Who are your favourite authors?
JR Ward, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Terry Pratchett. As for the extremely talented authors on our paranormal loop – I haven’t got round to reading everyone, but I love Mel Teshco and Denise Rosetti and I’m hanging out to read Christina Phillips.
I’ve only named three, but I think we’re very lucky to have so many brilliant writers on the loop who are willing to give of their time and advice. It also means I’m actually getting a TBR pile!
What are you currently reading?
I just finished Denise Rosetti’s ‘Phoenix’ series. Through my CPing I also get to read some fantastic work by published and unpublished authors. Like I said – major talent on our loop!
Do you have a favourite spec fiction movie or tv series?
I loved Moonlight (the TV series). My favourite movie would be a close run thing between V for Vendetta and Star Wars (which is my sentimental favourite).
Do you have advice for emerging writers?
Everyone has to start somewhere – even the great writers. Don’t give up. If you have a good CP, listen to their advice. Better the hard word from them and a sympathetic cyber hug, than a standard rejection from an agent and no idea what you did wrong.