Today, I’m so pleased to welcome author C.J. Burright to the blog! She’s touring around with the lovely Kismet ladies, promoting her new novel, WONDERFULLY WICKED, and she was kind enough to answer some questions about her story as well as some (nosey) questions about her writing and gaming life (I can’t help it. I’m a journalist. We’re inherently nosey!).
1. The main character, Kaliah, is a “reluctant” dreamcaster, someone who leaks nightmares and can bring emotions to life in dreams. She also has a rich inner dialogue and a pretty big chip on her shoulder. How did she evolve into the person she is in Wonderfully Wicked?
Ah, poor Kalila! Life so far hasn’t been a skip through the tulip fields. Her mother abandoned her as a baby and Kalila wound up in the state system. Leaking nightmares doesn’t exactly make her a hot commodity for any family, so she’s been passed off. A lot. Those rejections scar and make her doubt her value as a person, and she figures her options are to either crack or toughen up. She chooses survival, and that chip on the shoulder is a great emotional shield. And a big problem when it comes time to put it down. I love that moment when she realizes she’s loved and accepted for exactly who she is, freakiness and all.
2. Why is there such enmity between the V’alkara and Dreamcasters?
The V’alkara leader is an expert at manipulation and he isn’t about to lose the leash on his men for any reason. He beats half-truths into the V’alkara at an early age so they grow up believing a dreamcaster is their greatest threat, which is partially true. If a dreamcaster knows how to manage her skills, she could go all puppet master on an unwary V’alkara. And since there aren’t dreamcasters on every street corner, proving the theory wrong isn’t much of an option. Plus, if the V’alkara knew they each had a shot at true freedom through a dreamcaster, there’d be a mutiny. No way will he let that secret out.
3. Favorite writing spot?
My dream writing spot:
My real-life writing spot:
4. Your author info on Goodreads said that a friend got you your first romance but you relegated it to the corner…at least for a bit, until you were sucked in. Why the hesitation when it came to romance?
*Hides face in shame* Growing up, I was a tomboy all the way. No dresses or tiaras for me, thank you very much. So when middle school hit and one of my friends started reading romance, I made fun of her relentlessly. Who would waste their time reading mush and gush when there were awesome magic and sword adventures out there? I didn’t get it. If it wasn’t fantasy, I refused to read it. I confess—I was a prejudiced story snob. But I’ve seen the light!
YAY!! While in high school, I hid my romance obsession for that very reason — I didn’t want anyone to make fun of me!
5. I hear you’re an Assassin’s Creed fan (awesome game!) so two quick questions: What’s your favorite edition of Assassin’s Creed? Any thoughts on the inability to play a female character or Ubisoft’s explanation as to why we can’t?
Oh no. You did NOT just bring up Assassin’s Creed!! I’ve been trying not to think about it or tick off the slow days until Unity is out. I’m telling you, nothing happens at my house in November except for gaming—no dinner, no laundry, no housecleaning. It’s a sickness, and if there’s a cure – don’t tell me! I loved playing Altaïr so much, but I liked Ezio in Brotherhood too, so I can’t choose between them. Wasn’t a big fan of Black Flag, mostly because I suck at sea battle. Give me buildings to climb and haystacks to jump out of, and I’m pretty happy. The horses are fun too. I’m not good at steering, so I end up running people over. My daughter just sighs at my lack of skills. And since you brought up AC, here’s a picture of the awesome AC-themed lamp a friend made for my birthday.
I know you’re jealous.
I suppose Ubisoft is leaning toward the belief that there are more male gamers than female, even though they claim it would be too much work to add in a female assassin. Love this quote from Mr. Ubisoft himself: “Female bone structure is just different. Are there spiders in there? We just don’t know.” Ha! But it would be awesome to have the option of playing a kick-ass, sword-wielding woman assassin.
Two (well, three) things: YES!! I’m seriously jealous of the lamp, and I can’t wait for Unity!! (We’ll have to chat…) And I hope Mr. Ubisoft himself changes his mind about those spiders because I really want the kick-ass, sword-wielding woman assassin to happen!
Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
And now, it’s time for the giveaway! Each tour stop is offering up some fun WONDERFULLY WICKED swag, and one lucky grand prize winner will receive a complete swag package along with a $50 gift card from Amazon, iTunes or B&N. Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US only.
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Series: The Wicked Series #1
Published by Swoon Books on May 13, 2014
Genres: YA Paranormal
He haunts her dreams and embodies her nightmares…
A dreamcaster with the ability to channel creatures from her nightmares, headstrong and cynical Kalila Montgomery longs for a peaceful, picket-fence life…until the man literally of her dreams kidnaps her. Survival quickly becomes her number one goal, yet a growing attraction to the man featured in her nightmares is impossible to ignore. While she fears he will kill her, other, more terrifying enemies surround her, and Kalila succumbs to his scheme to escape.
She may be his one hope for freedom…
A deadly combination of power, cunning, and cold-hearted charm, Lydon v’al Endrian fears nothing. Feels nothing. Chained to a brotherhood of men with the supernatural ability to invade dreams, he hunts dreamcasters to be harvested for their dreams and killed. His target: Kalila Montgomery. But Kalila awakens an undeniable dark desire and a longing for a freedom long-lost. To gain everything he craves, Lydon must seduce Kalila before his plot is discovered…a hopeless challenge which, if failed, will earn him a death-sentence.
Caught up in a dangerous world of secrets and obsession, doubt and betrayal, Kalila and Lydon face the nightmare of their lives, where love will either deliver them—or destroy them both.
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C. J. Burright was born and raised in Oregon and loved it so much she never left. While she has worked for years in a law office, she chooses to avoid writing legal thrillers and instead leans toward urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or—since all things medieval and magic fascinate her—fantasy romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and Secretary for the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter, C. J. also has her 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and believes stories should always include a gratuitous fight scene. In what spare time she has, she enjoys working out, reading, gardening, and rooting on the Seattle Mariners with a nice glass of wine. She shares a house with her husband, daughter, and a devoted herd of cats.
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