Name CK Webb
Where are you from?
Way Down South
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
CK Webb was born and raised in Mississippi, and dreamed of writing like the greats; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe, and Stephen King, to name a few. CK joined the US Navy and traveled the world, but eventually returned to settle down in the tiny town of Millport, Alabama. A self-proclaimed ‘reformed bad girl’, this forty-something writer now shares her life with her husband and two beautiful children.
Although CK delights in preying on the fears of others and enjoys killing people…thankfully she does it the legal way; in her novels. She has just completed the first two novels in the ‘Innocents’ series which she co-wrote with her best-friend and mother, DJ Weaver. CK writes in a variety of other genres and also writes articles and for Suspense Magazine as well as hosting the Internet radio program, WebbWeaver Books on Blogtalk Radio.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
The news is ALWAYS the same here…Write, edit, radio show, and write some more!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote plays, shorts and poetry as a kid, but quickly got sidetracked by the ‘night-life’ and stayed sidetracked for about 20 years until FINALLY growing up a bit and realizing that literature and writing had never left…It was simply waiting for me to get it together. I did, and in 2011 we released our first novel, Cruelty To Innocents.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I got the first copy of our first book. That would have to be it… unbelievable feeling to hold it in your hands.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Absolute loathing of ‘the same old stuff’ that was being put out in movie theaters. Originally, I came up with the series concept as a film, it quickly evolved and thankfully, we stuck in there.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I write with a very ‘in-your-face’ narrative kind of style, though we will often times, write chapters in first person narrative so the reader can get inside the characters thought process I like to toy with people’s emotions a bit and I ABSOLUTELY believe that my writing is the stuff of nightmares.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
A lot of trial and error… The title was actually one of the last things we did. Originally, we had planned for a different title, but it was REALLY, REALLY bad once the story was finished.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Oh, definitely! In every novel we mention multiple times, the Centers for Missing and Exploited children. We do this to raise awareness and to open parent’s eyes a bit to the complacency that each of us, as parents, eventually have. What makes the books so scary are the fact that THIS REALLY COULD HAPPEN and does happen every, single day! Mind your children and never let them out of your site… THAT is the message!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Actually, every stitch of this book is rooted in one way or another in absolute truth, though the modus operandi may be different.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I take little truths from EVERY aspect of my life as well as the lives of others, however, I do twist, tug, pull and manipulate the story until it suits us.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
There are so many, but I’d have to say… To Kill a Mocking Bird, Wuthering Heights & Poe’s The Pit & the Pendulum
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Dark and Broken Things by John Mulhall
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m really paying attention to Amy Lignor and John Mulhall… there are so many, I wish I had time to name them all!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
We are currently writing the third & final installment of the 911 series, Avenging Innocents and of course we are always hosting an author or two for live book readings on WebbWeaver Books.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Our latest book? No. Don’t ask that about our first.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My mom was a reader, so I always had access to books, but she also had friends who would get books for me also. Of course those were a bit more ‘grown-up’ than I needed, but that’s okay!! ;-D
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
We are currently working on the third and final installment of the Innocents Series. We also have a horror series that we are well into that readers may get to read sooner than they think!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding time in an already hectic schedule.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I would have to say Edgar Allen Poe because he covered every human emotion known to us, all the while scaring the crap out of us and making us beg for more!! Now THAT’S a writer!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet, but I’m hopeful.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Our original cover for Cruelty to Innocents was done by Shannon Raab at Suspense Magazine. DJ was the sketch artist for book 2, Collecting Innocents, however, those covers will all be changed once the series is re-launched.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
It is a very difficult and sometimes extremely emotional subject to tackle.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
How much time do we have? I learned so much that I do not recognize that ‘beginner’ me too much anymore.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Edit, Edit, Edit.
Did I happen to mention editing?
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
What a journey, guys!!! You have hung in there with us since 09’… GREAT things come to those who wait and I PROMISE YOU ALL… this one will blow your mind!!!
In all seriousness…Thank you, guys, for everything…best fans in the world!!!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
First one I read on my own was To Kill a Mocking Bird…
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
General people watching can usually garner a good laugh for me, but if that doesn’t work, I pop in Kevin Hart or Bill Burr or Eddie Griffith or Adam Ferrara and get my laugh on…
DJ makes me laugh too… she has an entire arsenal of words that have never even been invented!!!
Cry? That’s a bit tougher as I am not much of a crier. I would have to say these days, I am moved when I see others helping to ease someone else’s suffering and I always shed tears for my brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces and law enforcement who don’t make it back home.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would want one more opportunity to sit down with Harper Lee…
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Wasn’t really planning to do the headstone bit, planning to be cremated and planted as a tree… Yes!!! Now the comments on that should be interesting…
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
HUGE football fan (NCAA & NFL) as well as an NBA fan, NASCAR fan and absolute lover of music and film.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I am usually partial to thriller or suspense and horror
My latest recommendations on that front are, A Walk Among the Tombstones… great thriller… Oculus and Dark Skies for you horror lovers.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food~ Steak, Cordon Bleu and Chicken Kiev
Color~ Can’t tell… they’ll pull my BAMA card.
Band~ Chevelle, Seether, and Bush
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Stand-up comedy, though I suspect I probably am not that funny.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?