It's Day Three for me 'cause I missed a few days ... I will have my review up tomorrow. But in the meantime check out this great interview with Thicker Than Blood author C.J. Darlington:
C.J. Darlington's first novel, Thicker Than Blood, was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest. She is the co-founder of TitleTrakk.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania. When she's not writing, she's reading. Her hobbies include book and art collecting, fly fishing, painting and drawing. Visit her Web site at www.cjdarlington.com.
We asked some of our faithful reviewers as well as several published authors to pose a question to C.J. They came up with some great ones! Read on...
Deena Peterson: What sorts of things or places get you in the mood to write? Do you have a special spot in your home or community? Special writing instruments?
If I get out and do things completely unrelated to writing I’m often inspired to write when I get back. Traveling is like that for me. I will see things while driving down the highway that spark ideas. Sometimes it’s just a flash, like seeing a cop on the corner stop a car, or watching a woman sitting on the sidewalk with a sad look on her face.
I don’t have any special place where I write—most of my writing is done on a laptop wherever I can find space. Sometimes at a foldable desk in my bedroom. Right now I’m at the dining room table with headphones and music blaring. Sometimes if I get stuck I’ll pull out my notebook and write notes in longhand.
Vickie McDonough: Where did you get your idea for the story [of Thicker than Blood]?
The germ of an idea came from games my sister, me, and a friend of ours would play as children. We created imaginary characters and made up stories for them which we acted out. One of the characters was named Christy and would often go visit her sister May. I thought it would be neat to write their story. I also loved the concept of one of the sisters being a believer, the other still searching.
Eric Wilson: A number of your characters wrestle with deep issues. Was there a moment while writing when you experienced a catharsis of your own?
Even though I write about deep issues in Thicker than Blood (alcoholism, abuse, abortion, etc.), I have not personally experienced them. I’m thankful for this. However, both of my parents grew up as children of alcoholics, so I was able to ask them questions about that aspect of the story. I’ve always been moved by hearing stories of hurting people discovering the Lord. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to writing about these types of characters...