Sunday, March 27, 2011

with C. J. Darlington

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, C. J.!
What started you on your writing journey?

My love of reading. I’ve always loved books, and writing was a natural extension of that. When I read Piercing the Darkness as a teenager it sparked something in me. I wanted to tell stories of hurting people on their journeys to God like Peretti did.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The internet is a huge distraction. It’s why I’m really glad I don’t have wireless in my house. Otherwise I’d probably find myself fooling around when I’m supposed to be writing. That happens enough as it is! LOL. The whole social media revolution is a wonderful thing for writers, but it’s something we need to be careful with too as it’s too easy to feel like you’re writing when in fact you’re not.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love character-driven suspense! One of my favorite authors is Sibella Giorello, and I recommend all of her novels! She’s recently re-released her first one, The Stones Cry Out, exclusively for Kindle (only $2.99!) with lots of revision and previously deleted scenes. It’s the first in her Raleigh Harmon series. The second, The Rivers Run Dry, is probably my favorite in the series, but they’re all good! Also, if you enjoy YA books, I heartily recommend the novel Rodeo Dreams by Catherine Madera.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I loved my main character Roxi Gold as I was writing her. She’s young and vulnerable, but she has an inner strength that has kept her from becoming jaded. But she’s wounded and in desperate need of love and acceptance. She touched my heart as I wrote her, and I hope she touches the hearts of those who read her story in Bound by Guilt.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Oh, dear. I guess some sort of movie soundtrack---that can be whatever you want it to be! Soundtracks tell a story, really, and all our lives are stories.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
My sister and I camped out on the back deck to watch the Leonids meteor shower. This was a couple years ago when the shower was spectacular. There were meteors literally raining down. We counted 80 before it got cloudy and we tried to drift off to sleep in our sleeping bags. Storms like that happen rarely for this shower, so it was really cool to have caught it.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Let’s see… doing the dishes, vacuuming, clipping dog toenails… pretty much anything that has to do with cleaning I put off! Little known fact about C.J.: She is a slob. Not that I want to be! I like it when things are clean and neat. But I am also a very good procrastinator (I will refrain from using the word lazy) LOL.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
My Mom’s macaroni and cheese is a family favorite. What makes it different is that you don’t have to cook the macaroni ahead of time. We dump everything into the same dish---8 or 10 ounces of cheese, 4 or 5 eggs, 2-3 cups of milk, and macaroni. Put in 350 degree oven for about an hour, stirring once or twice if you want. Makes for a tasty dinner!

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love writing about hurting people discovering how much God loves them. The theme of redemption is so important to me. It’s really something that I hope flows through everything I write. This doesn’t mean preaching to readers. It’s important for me to share stories that illustrate this quality of God without beating it over people’s heads. In my latest novel Bound by Guilt, I try to do that by having characters who show us what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ by their actions.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
My favorite Scripture is Romans 5:6-8 which says, “You see, at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this---while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

I find that last line amazing. While we were still messing up, while we were still cursing His name, while we were far away from Him, God sent His son to die in our place. Wow.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My second novel Bound by Guilt has just released, and I am very excited about it! The novel is the story of a teen girl named Roxi Gold who’s been in and out of foster care for most of her life. She longs for a family and will do anything to fit in---even if it’s against the law. Soon she finds herself traveling the country stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores. Abby Dawson is a cop who’s seen the worst of society, but not just at work. One fateful night, both their lives are changed forever. One searches for justice, the other finds herself on the run.

Currently I’m writing a third novel. All I can say about that so far is that if you enjoyed Thicker than Blood and Bound by Guilt, I think you’ll enjoy this one too.




You can purchase Bound by Guilt from Amazon.

C. J. is giving away a copy of Bound by Guilt. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really want to win this book!
Sunny

cjajsmommy said...

Thanks for the peak into who CJ Darlington is. I can relate to so much of what she says, right on down to the Leonids (I only stayed out for a few hours, came home and slept in my bed). Please enter me for a copy of her new book.

Jo said...

This book sounds so good and I would really love to win it.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

diana said...

What a powerful trailer. This book would probably make a very good movie. I'll let you know after I read it:) Thanks for the opportunity!

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lgm52 said...

Great interview..sounds like an interesting book, tool.
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Joanne Sher said...

Sounds good! Please enter me :)

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a great book!

Thanks for the chance to win.

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Charity said...

Been hoping to win this book:) Please enter me. Thanks!

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Courtney said...

Sounds like a great book, I would really really love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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noseinanovel said...

Would love to read this! The cover is gorgeous and the story sounds intriguing. How does one end up in the line of stealing rare books? Hmmm..

Please enter me :)
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apple blossom said...

Please add me to the drawing thanks

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windycindy said...

I have ready many good things about
C.J.'s book.
Thanks, Cindi
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Amy said...

Please enter me in this drawing.

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