Okay, here is my favorite thing about Courtney. SHE LOVES SMURFS. And I don't think she's one of these new "movie" Smurf fans. I think she is a die-hard vintage Smurf lover like me. This puts her into the "worth checking out" category if you ask me.
Thank you so much for being here, Courtney!
PJH: I love the story idea of The Bloodstone Saga! The books sound like a must-read! What made you decide to indie-publish?
CC: Thanks, PJ. I wasn’t thinking of doing the indie thing in the beginning, I’ll admit. But only because I didn’t really know it existed- at least not in the way that it truly is now. In my head, I had poo-poo’ed the idea of self-publishing, because of the stigma. But my good friend, Wren Emerson, changed my mind. I was querying agents and Wren was like…"Why are you doing that? Being an indie rocks- take your own future in your hands". And of course, that last phrase pushed my buttons, because I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I loved the idea of being in control of my own destiny. Maybe I’m a bit of a control freak…
PJH: What has been the funnest thing about having your books out in the world?
CC: Oh, definitely having people read it and then take the time to email me and tell me how much they loved it- or that they were up reading it all night because they couldn’t put it down. Music. To. My. Ears!
PJH: How about the most challenging? Or has it all been sunshine and lollipops?
CC: Um, I went into it with my eyes open. I had done my research (because I’m a researcher by nature) so I knew how much work it was. Because I was aware of that, I’ve never felt overwhelmed. I love a good challenge!
PJH: What's the funnest part of marketing for you? Least fun?
CC: My background is in business/marketing, so it’s fairly second nature to me. I love interacting with my audience—and that’s pretty much marketing in a nutshell. Finding ways to get in front of your audience. And I’m from Kansas—I ‘m a born-talker.
PJH: If you had to give five reasons why someone should read The Bloodstone Saga books, what would they be?
- Because it rocks. Literally, the bloodstone is a rock. A blood red bloodstone.
- Because it’s different. That’s something I hear a lot—“I loved your book because it is unique.”
- Because I like to write twists. I like to keep readers guessing and thinking that they are on one path and then shaking it up and putting them on a different path altogether.
- Because there are no vampires in it. (Although, to be honest, I like vampire stories just as much as the next guy…)
- Because my books contain fun elements of mythology and history--- I take real events or myths and twist them for my purposes. It’s pretty fun.
PJH: Okay, for fun...
PJH: Favorite myth?
CC: The story of Andromeda and Perseus… because I’m a sucker for happy endings.
PJH: Favorite wonder of the world (ancient wonders count, too)?
CC: When I was researching for Every Last Kiss, I was elbow deep in research for ancient Alexandria. The lighthouse there, the Pharos, was an ancient wonder of the world. I would say that that is my new favorite, based on the incredible descriptions of it—I am constantly astounded at how advanced the ancient Egyptians were in so many things.
PJH: Fantasy Island or Love Boat?
CC: Oh, Fantasy Island for sure. Anything could happen there.
PJH: Scooby Doo character you are most like?
CC: Well… I’d love to say Daphne because she is so glamorous and beautiful. But, I’m probably more like Velma. Except I’m 5’10. So, I’m a tall Velma- because I’m a planner. If I were in the gang, I’d be the one on the computer researching our next step. But I wouldn’t wear the orange sweater.
CC: Thanks for having me, PJ. It’s been fun!!
PJH: Thank you for being here, Courtney!
Courtney Cole is a 30-something YA novelist who loves thunderstorms, Harry Potter movies and double-chocolate ice cream. And coffee—lots of coffee. Although she has written a contemporary YA novel, Princess, she tends to hang out in paranormal worlds as evidenced by her Bloodstone Saga. To learn more about Courtney, visit her at www.courtneycolewrites.com