About C.B. Cook:
Often referred to as a master of the cliffhanger, C.B. Cook is just a girl trying to find out where her King is guiding her, while writing the stories of the people she creates, the worlds she wants to live in, and the adventures she dreams about. Also known as a mysterious creature called an “author”. She’s a Christian and a home school graduate dedicated to changing others’ lives through the power of the written word. She enjoys Tae Kwon Do and learning languages in her spare time.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write by the books I read! Sometimes a certain character or a plot twist while inspire my own stories, and other times it’ll be something as small as a news story or a name that I really love. I often get my stories by asking a “what if” question. What if twins really had telepathy? What if a dark, murderous assassin liked to bake cookies? What if you could read any book just by touching it?
Tell us about your writing process.
For me, it’s different for each project. For some stories, I just start writing, and the plot develops as I go along. For others, I outline. I love outlining because it helps me write faster, since I know what I’m going to write ahead of time, and it’s easier to drop in some subtle foreshadowing. I tend to know a bit about my characters ahead of time either way, but I get to know them better as I write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t have conversations with my characters… I tend to just explore them and then put myself in their position. That’s one of the things I love about writing in first person. You get to go inside of the character’s head and know them better.
What advice would you give other writers?
Always keep writing! If you stop writing, you stop being a writer. And get other people to help you out with your stories. It’s impossible to do it on your own.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I wanted control over my own books. It’s also teaching me quite a bit, everything from formatting ebooks and print books to advertising and marketing. It’s been a great experience, and I plan to continue doing it. If I get an offer from a traditional publisher, maybe I would switch… but we’ll see.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe book publishing is going to find a balance of self-published authors and traditional publishing. So many people are turning to self-publishing, for many reasons, but I know several authors who continue to use traditional publishers because of the convenience. However, as self-publishing gets easier, it’s becoming more of a negative word, since people just throw out their books with little or no editing and terrible covers. I’m hoping that somehow standards will be created in self-publishing that keep the bad books out.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Superhero, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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