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Please welcome C. C. Koen author of Unlikely Allies.
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by C.C. Koen
1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?
Unlikely Allies is my second novel. The story originated from a writing prompt posted in a critique group. I had no idea the prompt would turn into a novel. I’m so glad it did, because I absolutely love the premise of Unlikely Allies. There is nothing sweeter than a little girl who wraps a man around her finger.
What expertise did you bring to your writing?
I’m a teacher so I’ve had many opportunities to write curriculum and professional articles. Creative writing is very different though. I had to let my mind take me where it wanted to go and see what unfolded. I enjoy the challenge and the newfound creative outlet. There is a lot of heartache throughout the writing process, but the end product also provides a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
My mind is constantly in overdrive. I can’t seem to shut it off. Both my first novel, Intensity and second novel, Unlikely Allies are romances. The next two novels I have planned, Serenity and Branded, are part of The Path to Serenity Series and related to my first novel.
I’d really like to write a suspense/thriller novel along the lines of Harlan Coben. I am fascinated by his stories and those of other suspense authors like Roxanne St. Claire. I enjoy the pace and the challenge of trying to figure out who done it.
3. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?
For Unlikely Allies, the cast could be any of the following actors:
Heroine: Maggie Tyson
Karen Gillan http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2394794/
Emma Stone http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1297015/
Lindy Booth http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0095751/
Hero: Rick “Max” Stone
Maksim Chmerkovskiy http://www.theplace.ru/photos/photo.php?id=455468 or http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1311973.1365541114!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/dance10tvf-4-web.jpg
Eddie Cibrian http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004827/?ref_=nv_sr_1
4. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?
Yes. A critique group and/or beta readers provide initial impressions and can help determine holes in the plot or identify problematic issues. Sometimes, it is difficult to process the variety of opinions. If similar comments are made, I give them greater consideration.
Best: Keep writing.
Worst: Hmm…haven’t had any of that yet. I did have to learn the hard way though. As a self-published author, I didn’t have any prior experience. As many newbie authors do, I jumped forward a little too quickly. While writing my first novel, I hired an editor too soon in the process—after the first draft. BIG mistake. After spending tons of money and figuring out it was the wrong thing to do, I joined a critique group and continued to revise for another year. I’m glad I did. The story improved and so did my writing. At that point, the “best” advice kicked in—keep writing.
I’m an obsessive planner and can’t resist jotting ideas down. However, I do it mostly because I don’t want to forget an idea. I like to keep an open mind and explore where the story will go and how it will develop while typing the manuscript. I’m a true believer in instinct. The characters often take on a life of their own and it is amazing to experience the plot through their eyes. Writing is not always about where the author planned to take it. There is quite a bit of gut feeling involved. At least it is that way for me.
I have a lot of favorites and can’t choose just one. Here are a few stories I have an enjoyed over the years.
8. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
I’m currently working on Serenity, which is the sequel to my first novel, Intensity. It was impossible to resolve the story in just one book. The characters, Serena and Linc, have a lot to resolve in order to reach a HEA
9. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?
In Unlikely Allies there are several difficult moments. The blackest involves my heroine’s ex-husband. The scene originated from a song by Rihanna and relates to my own life. Therefore, it was not easy for me to write that chapter and personally impacted me. I had to get away from the manuscript for days or weeks at a time to clear my head. I’m an emotional writer and often the stories impact me in one way or another. Therefore, I have to recognize those instances and be willing to leave the story alone. Instead, I work on research and marketing.
10. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.
Series dominate the field of publishing. It wasn’t my intention to write a series, but as Intensity evolved, I realized that there would be a sequel. Then, two of the secondary characters screamed in my ear. Branded will be Mylaynee’s & Jax’s story, and the third and final novel in The Path to Serenity Series.
What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?
Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?
Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one.
Two auburn beauties stumble into his life.
One will break his heart.
The other—heal it.
Will he love or leave them?
“Cece, Cece, where are you?”
They both turned toward the door.
An adult version of the pint-sized girl appeared in the doorway. This variation, though, had hair on the cherry side of auburn with twists of milk chocolate streaming through the strands. A messy ponytail slung high on top of her head, and thick, curly waves fell over her shoulder, instead of bright, reddish-orange pigtails like Cece’s.
“Cece, come here.” The woman’s stern tone communicated there better not be any arguments. Cece marched across the room. “My daughter shouldn’t have run off. I’m sorry if she disturbed you.”
A company logo and name written in gold script in a circular pattern above her left breast caught his attention: Westlake Security Services. His best friend, Matt, owned the firm adjacent to his office. She’d have to pass his suite to get there, yet he’d never seen her before. He inspected her uniform, a gray polo shirt and black slacks. An outfit he’d seen many times before, but it never looked that good on anyone else. The fabric, tucked in at her waist, had a cut that hugged her handful-sized breasts, and slim pants accentuated her curvy hips.
He lifted his gaze and found the woman ushering Cece out the door. “Wait.”
Cece turned, beaming a huge smile at him. “I would a told ya bye.” And just as fast, her little face morphed from happy to perturbed, aimed at her mother, and with her arms crossed, Cece shook her head.
Without missing a beat, and as smooth as his mother would have, the woman redirected Cece. “Say good night to Mr.…”
“Stone, Rick Stone.”
She set a hand on Cece’s shoulder, nudging her and casting a do-what-your-mother-says stare. “I have to get back to work. Say goodbye to Mr. Stone.”
“What’s your name?” He couldn’t let her get away that fast.
“Margareta Cassidy Tyson,” Cece shouted with emphasis, a pause between each distinction. “My mama works here.” She pointed toward the hall. “She plays on a phone and ʼputer. It got lotsa buttons.” She shook her head, pigtails flinging back and forth over one shoulder then the other, followed by an overdrawn sigh. “She don’t let me push ʼem. Don’t ya think I should get to push ʼem? He let me push his.” Cece looked up at her mother and shot her arm toward him, her shrugging shoulders communicating, “See, everybody can do it. No big deal.”
Rick chuckled and then stopped when Maggie spun around, hands set on her hips. He rubbed his palm along the back of his neck and shifted from one foot to the other as an uncomfortable silence engulfed the room. “Let me explain.”
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C.C. Koen Author Bio
C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.
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