Name: J.C. Hannigan
Where are you from: Originally, Newtonville Ontario, Canada.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: I have my high school education and some college. I am married with two little boys (ages 6 and 4). I’m a stay-at-home mom and full time writer.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
J.C.: I just released Damaged Goods. It is the first book in a new series called the Damaged series. I’m releasing the third book in my Collide series November 15th, 2015, and the cover reveal will happen October 1st!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
J.C.: I’ve always loved writing, and I’ve always wanted to “write a book”. I have blogged since 2005 and I adored sharing my stories that way. In 2013, my friend and fellow author Elizabeth Barone peer pressured me to participate in NaNoWriMo with her. I had tried to do NaNoWriMo in 2009, but never quite made it to the halfway point (I had a newborn at the time and it was a little difficult to write), so I wasn’t optimistic I could do it. That’s when I penned the first 50k words of Collide (book one of the Collide series).
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
J.C.: I guess in November 2013, when I hit the 50k words required to “complete” NaNoWriMo. I had nearly finished the book, and I kept going because I’d never been so close to finishing one before. I had to push myself, and suddenly I had this finished manuscript in my hands. So, November 2013 is when I started actively writing books not just writing for the sake of writing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
J.C.: I think we all have that “one teacher”, the attractive one that everyone sort of flirts with and hits on. I know we did at my school, and I couldn’t help but wonder… what would happen if he returned a student’s feelings? It was an abstract thought that I had once, while sitting in class and watching my female peers hit on him, and then when I sat down to write Collide, it just blossomed in my mind.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
J.C.: I suppose I do. I have an emotional writing style and I love angst, so that definitely comes through in my work.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
J.C.: Collide took a lot of pondering and it was actually my cousin, Karen, who suggested it after she read it. She didn’t think the other title I had originally picked out really fit. The second book, Consumed was easier because I knew that Harlow was “consumed” by her choices in book one. Collateral – the third book in the Collide series releasing in November, was pretty easy too. It’s the last book; the sum of everything that has happened so far.
As for Damaged Goods, book one of the Damaged series…it came to me when I shaped Grayson Dixon’s character. He’s an intense, hot and cold male lead that is beautifully broken. He wants to love but, in the same breath, he’s terrified of love. He’s seen when love can do to a person, and he doesn’t ever want that kind of broken dependency. He is Damaged Goods.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
J.C.: All of my novels are centered around the same themes: human emotion is complicated. Love is complicated. It’s not black and white, and happily ever afters aren’t a for sure thing but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you have when you have it. Each relationship we form with another human being teaches us something, and those lessons are in my books.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
J.C.: Collide isn’t very realistic at all. I mean, we had a hot teacher that I totally had a crush on – but nothing like that ever, EVER happened (wouldn’t it be fun to say that it did though? LOL). However Harlow’s character and a lot of her relationships and friendships are inspired by real people.
I think if any of my books were close to being realistic, Damaged Goods would be it. I channeled my naïve 17-year-old-self to write that book.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
J.C.: Yes, especially with Damaged Goods. A lot of things that happened in it were definitely inspired by true events. Grayson’s character closely resembles someone I know and love deeply. Grayson’s reasons to fear love are inspired by true events as well. Everly was inspired by me (and I think, a lot of women) at 17. Teenage girls put themselves through hell when they think they’re in love.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
J.C.: The Harry Potter series has definitely influenced my life most. I started reading the first Harry Potter book when I was 11, and I basically “grew up” with J.K. Rowling’s world of magic. A lot of important life lessons are instilled within its pages. It teaches you to stand up for what you believe is right, to fight against oppression, to value the relationships in your life above all else and to never give up – even when things are impossible.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
J.C.: I’m reading an ARC of Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott. It’s releasing October 20th and it’s WONDERFUL. I definitely recommend anything and everything she’s ever written, especially the Harper brothers books (there is one before it called Wild Restless).
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
J.C.: Karla Sorensen. She’s relatively new and I adore her Three Little Words series. Her character development and the way she weaves a story are captivating and beautiful.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
J.C.: I’m currently working on a new series called The Rebel Series. Rebel Soul, the first novel, will release in the spring of 2016.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
J.C.: My friends; both online and in real life. They buy everything I write and cheer me on.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
J.C.: I definitely do! I adore doing it, and it lets me be readily available to my family.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
J.C.: Nope, Damaged Goods was everything I wanted and more.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
J.C.: I’ve always loved reading and I think when you really love reading, there is a part of you that would adore seeing what it’s like being on the other side – building those worlds, making people fall in love with your characters and your stories.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
J.C.: The Rebel series will follow three siblings: the Miller siblings. They live in a small town in Ontario, and they’re “from the wrong side of the tracks”. The oldest brother, Brock, has served time. In book one, Brock comes back to deal with his sick mother and his younger siblings, and ends up falling in love with Tessa Armstrong, the younger sister of his old best friend. But Tessa’s three older brothers and widower father are protective to a fault, and they don’t want Brock anywhere near her. But luckily, Tessa is as bull-headed as they come.
Book two will be Braden, the younger brother’s story, and his second chance romance with Tessa’s best friend, Elle. Book three will follow Becky, the sister, and her journey in love.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
J.C.: Just finding the time to get all of the ideas out is challenging!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
J.C.: I adore Ginger Scott. She knows how to work with human emotions and clearly, I’m a die-hard fan of that!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
J.C.: I hope to one day! I’ve done a few local signings.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
J.C. Yosbe Design (https://www.facebook.com/yosbedesign)
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
J.C.: Knowing when to quit! Sometimes you don’t want to say goodbye to certain characters, so that can be hard.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
J.C.: I learned to take my time and not rush things.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
J.C.: Just do it –get those ideas out! You can always go back and revise and change things after you complete the first draft.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
J.C.: Thank you for taking a chance and reading me! And thank you for loving my work enough to tell other people and to keep coming back!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
J.C.: I honestly can’t remember. I remember the first two series I ever read…The Babysitters Club and Goosebumps series.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
J.C.: I laugh at ridiculous things. Honestly, I have the sense of human of a 12 year old boy. Everything makes me cry – that Budwiser commercial for drinking responsibly, the one with the dog waiting for his owner? That made me cry like a baby last night. I also cried over a cute commercial of kids being able to tell their moms from just touching their faces. LOL.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
J.C.: I’d love to meet J.K. Rowling, because really – she’s J.K. Rowling! She changed my life and the life of many people with her books, and she started from the bottom. She struggled, she fought to get where she is today.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
J.C.: I really don’t know…I haven’t thought about that before. Maybe just my name and stuff, I think I’d leave the quotes to my husband or kids but I would request that they make it funny in some way.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
J.C.: I love reading, being outside, camping, and swimming.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
J.C.: Outlander, Game of Thrones, Vampire Diaries, Blindspot, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead (even if it angers me a lot).
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
J.C.: I love anything in the pasta food group or pizza. My favorite color is purple and honestly I have a billion favorite songs and to a bunch of different genres. My YouTube playlists for books sort of show that.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
J.C.: I always thought it’d be incredible to be a nurse or a vet.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Title: Collide (Collide Series Book 1)
Author: J.C. Hannigan
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Re-Release: May 11th 2015
Purchase Link: amzn.to/1JNKPgJ
Harlow Jones has a troubled past, and a questionable future. Surrounded by death, tragedy, and intrigue, she is forced to mature long before her time. Plagued by anxiety and depression, she hides her inner turmoil with spite and sarcasm. Her thick skin is impenetrable…or so she thought. Until she becomes involved with her grade twelve English teacher. In this exclusive entry into the new adult genre, with raw style that is as dark as it is poignant, Collide presents the ultimate choice: forbidden love or doing the right thing.
Title: Consumed (Collide Series Book 2)
Author: J.C. Hannigan
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Re-Release: July 1st, 2015
Purchase Link: amzn.to/1KrZAwp
Jax Walker is a hard man to resist. He’s tall, dark, and delicious. Harlow didn’t plan on falling for another, with her heart still stuck on Iain. But it’s so hard with him gone. And she’s been aching since they last touched. Two whole years of silent wondering; of desperate sleepless longing. Fate, however, may have other plans. Just as Harlow’s ready to open herself to new love, her whole world is pulled into a twisting and painful spiral. In this new adult novel, readers are consumed by the collision of past and present. Raw and dark, this emotional minefield is the perfect second book in the continuing story of Harlow Jones.
Title: Damaged Goods (Damaged Series Book 1)
Author: J.C. Hannigan
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Release Day: September 15th 2015
Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/1NaKaNA
Everly Daniels can’t seem to fall out of love with Grayson Dixon.
Five years after locking eyes with him, Everly is drawn to him like a moth to a flame. He has a pull on her that she can’t seem to break, even if she wanted to. Grayson may be the love of her life, but he doesn’t make it easy. He has built walls around himself that only Everly can breach. But Grayson knows he is not the good guy. He’s reckless and careless, and even if Everly brings a little color into his life, he worries he will destroy her, and cares too much to let that happen.
She has always been the shy wallflower who is afraid to participate. But senior year, all that is about to change.
This captivating new adult novel will take readers on a riveting journey of emotion and growth.
JC Hannigan lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. She writes contemporary romance, through which she brings to light awareness of mental health and social challenges. Like any good Canadian, she loves hiking and carbs. Collide is her first novel.
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Personal Blog: http://sarcastica.ca