C A Deegan (please call me Craig!)
We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.*
Thanks for asking! I am working on Book 4 of my series; 100K and almost done. Apart from the fact that I had a new idea that means some reworking. Bah!
In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.*
I have two books released at the moment, and the third is also almost ready to go (my designer and I are just finishing up the cover for that one; planned release Quarter 1 next year). I am currently writing Book 4 which should be finished by the end of November 2021. Then the polishing, editing and beta’ing will start whilst I jump straight onto Book 5 of the series. That one is all plotted and waiting for me to complete the pantser approach on Book 4 so I can tweak the plotline before I start. The series follows the Cracklocks; a family who can see Faeries. This strand covers Jack; a boy who was glamoured at 4 years of age to hide him from the evil members of the family who want him for their own sinister ends. At 15, he has no idea or memory of what he is; he has no interest or knowledge of Faeries. In Book 1 he gets a rude awakening, following an accident that breaks the glamour on him, and plunges him into a world he knows nothing about. Book 2 picks up directly from the end of Book 1 and continues the mayhem.
As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)*
Without batting an eyelid…marketing! Its a skill I’ve had to learn through trial and error, although I think I am getting better at it every day that I do it. I try to do something everyday on this front. One day I’ll be bothering bloggers; the next seeking reviews This week I have a competition running on Facebook and Instagram for a whole bundle of Cracklock goodies. Its getting a huge response; I seem to spend most of my time adding to the list of names who want to win it!
Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?*
When a new idea pops into your head that sits oh so lovely in with your current arc. I get my best ideas at either: a) When I’m out walking the dog, with no bloody pen – thank goodness for the Dictaphone function on my cellphone. Or b) At 3.37 am in the morning, necessitating me to get my notepad and try desperately not to wake my wife. She’s very supportive of my writing, but there are limits!
If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)*
Great question! I am a massive Stephen King fan, and his weaving of detail into the story is something I’d love to be able to do better. I do try, but I’ll never emulate the master!
Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
Ha ha ha! I’d have to say Agatha, the matriarch of the evil Cracklocks. I’d do my best to try and convince her that killing off Faeries is not the best idea, given that they are essentially trying to help us. Not that she’d listen; she’d just glamour my ‘damned flapping lips shut’ and then suck the grackles out of me.
You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
It would have to be Me, Great Aunt Elsie and the head of the D.O.A, Charles Peterson. The stakes? Release of the Fae from the laboratories deep in their facility. It’s a no-win situation really, although I think that Elsie will have some witty remarks to throw out and that Peterson will lock us up anyway. The D.O.A don’t recognise the sixth amendment!
Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)*
Woah! That’s a thinker, that one!! Okay, I’d have to say don’t be the same as all the others. Create something new and exciting. There are a million variations of the same story out there, be it vampire romances, zombie apocalypse (ex-military unstoppable person etc) or magic users. Find something different that doesn’t follow the same trope. Have an angle. Don’t get me wrong; it’s fine to write in any genre and I tip my hat to all those that do, but you want the reader to finish your book and think ‘Wow; that was awesome. So different.’. If you’re creative enough to write, you’re creative enough to have a novel story. Its why they are called ‘Novels’ after all!
Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
There’s a few things…I hope that people will particularly look at the website as there’s all sorts of characters on there! Some info as follows:
Email: email@example.com – always happy to answer questions!
Website: https://www.thecracklocksaga.com [check this out for all things Cracklock!]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCracklockSaga I
Book 1: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09G9RNMMS
Book 2: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KNDM9YZ
Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59024875-fae-or-foe?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=MkRZnpwXGI&rank=1
Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59557575-book-2?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=w2jeDaQ8Jy&rank=1
Come along and join the adventure!