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Thursday, August 25, 2011


I just adore the new authors I am meeting, and I'm thrilled to introduce you guys to Courtney Cole!
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?

  1. Because it rocks. Literally, the bloodstone is a rock. A blood red bloodstone.
  2. Because it’s different. That’s something I hear a lot—“I loved your book because it is unique.”
  3. 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.
  4. Because there are no vampires in it. (Although, to be honest, I like vampire stories just as much as the next guy…)
  5. 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


Courtney Cole said...

Thanks for having me, PJ. Soooo cool to be here!

PJ Hoover said...

So great to have you here, Courtney! And congrats on the newest book!