Welcome to the laboratory, C.M. I’m happy to have you here as my guest! Why don’t we start by telling the folks a little about you?
Of course! As long as we don’t delve into that whole “vampire hunter thing”. I mean, yes, I hunted the little buggers, but I mean, who hasn’t experimented with career searching in their youth? Hmm. I’m sorry, but I cannot be blamed for a few missing blood suckers. Ahem. Anyway, I grew up in a little coastal California town called Eureka, migrated to another coastal town called Santa Cruz, and then ended up traveling the Oregon Trail (don’t know how historically accurate this reference is) to Eugene, Oregon where I have now settled into my career as hermit. I mean writer. I said writer, right?
*Laughter* Now, I know it’s a standard question that you’ve probably answered a million times, but let’s be honest it has to be asked. When and why did you start writing?
This question always gets me! See, I can’t seem to remember a time where I wasn’t writing. Seriously, I just packed up a closet full of old stuff and came across an entire box’s worth of old papers and notebooks filled with terrible stories titled such things as “The Pet Olympics” wherein two Labrador retrievers face off with a cat and a ferret to win the ultimate prize. Writing is just in my DNA, I think, something I’ve always done and always will do.
I used to write stories like that too! I’d rather they be shredded, but my mom is very sentimental, so I know they are in her closet somewhere lol. Who is your favorite author and why?
Another toughie! Well, I often like to credit the lovely Laurell K. Hamilton as one of my inspirations, but then I’d be nowhere without watching and admiring other greats like Anne Bishop or Garth Nix or PC Cast or Edgar Allan Poe (love that man). If I can cop out here and say that all authors hold a special place in my heart and whether I love a book or hate it, I’m always learning something new, I sure would like to do that.
You know, I’m very surprised at the number of authors who say that Edgar was a big inspiration to them. I mean, I know he’s brilliant, but still. Do you feel that Laurell K. Hamilton inspired your writing? Do you feel that your writing is modeled after her?
I do! Of course, I think that every writer influences me and that somehow, all books end up becoming models in a way. However, I did read Miss Hamilton’s work at a very critical age – somewhere between here and there – and I hold a special place in my heart for those first few ‘Anita Blake’ books. Without them, I’m not really sure where I’d be.
I haven’t read her books, but I feel the same way about Nancy Drew books. As a matter of fact, I’m thinking about toying with a Nancy Drew-esk book. But, enough about me. What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I want to tell stories that entertain but that underneath, have an element that makes you think. Or teaches you something. Or helps you discover something about yourself. Innocuous stories wrapped up in half-truths and undiscovered feelings that burst out at the most inopportune moment and leave you gasping. That’s what I hope to accomplish.
Well, I’m pleased to inform you that that is what you accomplished with Losing Me, Finding You. At least, in my opinion. I was gasping in more ways than one 😉 Traditional or self publishing and why?
Self publishing, of course! I like to call it Indie publishing, but maybe that’s just me. And it all boils down to one thing – freedom. Freedom to choose my cover, my editor, to set my own release dates, to make up my own titles, to know that whatever it is that I write, it can see the world. There’s no fear that working on a book for years, infusing it with heart and soul, will lead to nothing. In self pubbing, whether it’s successful or not, there’s always something to be learned.
My most recent book is “Losing Me, Finding You” which is about an innocent preacher’s daughter (who’s kind of slutty at heart and reads romance novels by the truckload) who gets swept off her feet by naughty biker boy Austin Sparks. I should certainly hope that you would love Amy because she has a character of spirit that’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. She’s innocent, but not naïve, and she’s willing to take risks and put herself out there to discover something new. And Austin, well, he’s a hottie and a half, so I should certainly hope you’d like him, too! There are some characters in the book poised to be hated, but I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out more! 😉
Yes, but there is also that one character that is borderline love AND hate; I couldn’t get Beck out of my head! If your book had a soundtrack, what is the first 5 songs you would include?
“Burn it to the Ground” by Nickelback
“S.E.X.” by Nickelback
“Take it to the Limit” by Hinder
“Me and My Girl” by Theory of a Deadman
“Goin’ Down” by Three Days Grace
Aside from writing or reading, what is your favorite pastime?
Real estate. Sounds kind of weird, huh? But it’s true. I like to look at houses online, drive by for sale houses and amass flyers, and watch HGTV like a mad woman. If I ever got the chance, I’d love to flip old houses – especially Queen Anne Victorians and Craftsmen. Anything to do with property, I’m a sucker for.
*Smile* You and my mom would get along like besties at a barn dance! What is the one thing you want to do, or the one place you want to go, that you would put at #1 on your bucket list?
In referencing the above question, the #1 thing on my bucket list would be to own a home free and clear and get the chance to remodel it from top to bottom. It’s all about carving out a bit of my own space in the world, somewhere I can truly feel like I belong. I think that’s a pretty common dream, but it manifests in different ways. For me, I think it was shaped by my strange obsession with the property market.
There’s no such thing as a strange obsession… Wait, maybe there is. At any rate, I can assure you that yours is not one of them. Finally, what else would you like readers to know?
That I love them. That I can’t thank them enough. That my words come to life in their heads and my characters get more and more real each time their eyes flicker across the page in anticipation of that next sentence … that next chapter … until they’ve finished, and they’re sitting there with a million questions in their heads. Thank You. Truly.
No, we thank you. As your readers we are able to delve into some pretty amazing stories, settings, and make friends with some pretty amazing characters. Of course, that’s no surprise since these amazing characters come from such an amazing woman. Thank you, again, for being my guest today! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better. Shall we move out to the deck for some coffee?
Readers, if you’d like to connect with C.M, here are the links.
Official Webpage: http://cmstunich.com
Facebook Friend Page: https://www.facebook.com/cmstunich
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/cmstunichauthor
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/c.m.-stunich