Interview with C.C. Hunter
Despite her superhuman strength and enhanced senses, Della Tsang's life as a vampire certainly hasn't been easy. Especially since she was reborn and bound to the mysterious, infuriating, and gorgeous Chase Tallman.
But if there's one thing that's always kept Della going, it's her dream of being an elite paranormal investigator. Her newest case is the opportunity she's been waiting for, but as Della tries to solve the twenty year old murder and clear her father's name. She uncovers secrets about the vampire council. And about Chase.
Feeling betrayed by all the secrets he's kept hidden from her, Della is determined to keep him as far away from her heart as she can. But she'll need his help to solve the case that will lead them into the darkest and ugliest vampire gangs in town and into the scariest reaches of her heart.
1. Unspoken is the last book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. Are you leaving Shadow Falls behind, or do you still have a few more stories up your sleeve?
Don’t make me cry! Seriously, I’ve been with all these characters for over five years. The thought of leaving them forever makes my heart hurt and puts a wrinkle in my soul. That said, I’m not done yet. In February, Almost Midnight comes out. This is an anthology of all my previously published novellas. However, there’s one new one included. And I think my readers are going to be surprised whose story it is. She wasn’t a likely choice, or even a likeable character in the first four books. She was Kylie’s nemesis, Fredericka Lakota. Ahh, but even archenemies have stories. Some deserve to be redeemed. In addition to Almost Midnight, I’m working on what might be the last Shadow Falls book on the schedule, Miranda’s book. You know I’m gonna shed some tears when I type the words “the end” on that story.
2. Who is your favorite character from this series?
Seriously, this is like asking me which of my children I love the most. I love all my characters for various reasons. I worked hard to make the girls different so they would shine in their own way and their personalities would make each of them distinct. Kylie is logical, kind hearted and a peace keeper. Della is sassy, sarcastic, a fighter, and spontaneous. Miranda is flirty, a little flighty, and believes the best in people. They all share the traits of loyalty, determination, and the ability to laugh through some of life’s hardest hurdles. I will say Della’s sassy dialogue is easier to write because deep down I’m a wanna be smarta$ and maybe I might even have a little of Della in me. LOL. Then I can’t lie, I also love Burnett. I mean, who doesn’t love tall, dark, sexy and albeit a bit grumpy, vampires?
3. What do you think Della's biggest flaw is?
I’m glad you said biggest, because that girl isn’t shy of flaws. It’s actually hard to pick one, but I guess I’d have to say that Della’s smart mouth really gets her into more trouble. I mean, she is not the type of friend you ask if these jeans make my butt look big, because that girl isn’t good at sugarcoating things. She calls it the way she sees it, and she sees things a little differently than most. Take for example the time in Unspoken that Della is upset at Chase and Burnett for being a tad protective. She doesn’t say, “Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I can’t take care of myself.” Instead she says… “Oh, please. Excuse me while I go and grow a pe^^!$ so the sausage-and-meatball-toting gender will stop thinking I need a man to protect me.” Yup, it’s definitely her mouth that is her biggest flaw.
4. You've created an extraordinary super natural world. If you could be any type of super natural creature, what would you be?
I’m more of Fae than I am anything else—so maybe Holiday. But I would love to fly, so maybe I might swap up and be Della sometimes. I do love Della’s sassiness. Although, drinking blood . . . I don’t know.
5. What's your favorite scary ghost story?
When I went to camp as a kid everyone always told the Bloody Mary tale. Ghosts scare me more than just about anything, because I kind of believe in them. Haven’t we all had a spooky experience and felt we weren’t alone? I know I’ve had more than one. That’s why I added ghosts to Shadow Falls. I’d never really been afraid of a vampire, but I couldn’t say that about a ghost.