Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, CC.
I’m from New Jersey, so I can navigate a jug handle, but I can’t pump gas. (Seriously, I wouldn’t know how to even begin!) I’m a big baseball fan. I try to work references to baseball into all of my books.
What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
I really love the color purple. I have shirts, water bottles, notebooks, all in purple. I’ve even painted a room in my house purple. Every computer desktop ends up purple too! I love all shades, too, though I’m partial to lavender.
When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
I started writing bad poetry in fifth grade. I can still remember that first poem, since my fifth grade teacher read it out loud to the class. But it opened my world. I could write and someone wanted to read what I’d written! The atrocious poetry was followed by a few clichéd novels in high school. It wasn’t until after college that I started to seriously write for publication.
Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
In some ways, it’s harder than I had imagined. But the most amazing thing is hearing from my readers. It’s humbling and astounding at the same time.
How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
I literally danced around the room when I got my first contract offer. It was so incredibly exciting.
What's your favorite part of writing a book?
My favorite part of writing is when I’m surprised by my characters. I’ll think I have everything all planned out and then I start writing and my plans go poof.
Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
I try, but it’s not always easy! I read in a variety of genres – romance, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and non-fiction.
Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
I’m really interested in fantasy right now. I think I’d like to try that!
Please tell us a little about your most recent release.
The Division is a really fun book. It’s about superheroes, after all. But somehow, it became more than that. It’s about being true to yourself, and not giving up on friendship. Plus, robots with laser beams.
What can we look forward to in the future from you?
The next book in the 'Heaven Corp' series, Exiles, will be out in the spring. I’m incredibly excited about it, since it has been in the making since Angel 1089 came out in 2010.
Anything you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I’m honored that you’ve chosen to read my books and that you find my worlds as fascinating as I do.
CC Bridges's recent releases:
Opening a portal to love.
Socket and Valor have been best friends—and part time superheroes—for years. When an invasion force threatens the Earth, they form a team of heroes to face the threat.
Closeted media darling Valor has no idea that Socket has been nursing a crush on him since their high school days. When a buffer, grittier version of Socket emerges from one of the alien portals, Valor discovers his own attraction, but his refusal to out himself gets in the way of his and Socket’s budding intimacy.
The alternate Socket has his own agenda, however. One that doesn't include attachments or a team of do-gooders getting in his way.
Excerpt from The Division:
Drones surrounded Valor on all sides. The blinking red lights of their eyes stared him down. It was at times like this that he wished one of his powers included a way to blast a whole bunch of these metal tin cans out of orbit. He cracked his knuckles and made a “come on” gesture. Fists were just as good, especially when amplified by his super strength.
Of course, this time he didn’t have to take them all down by himself.
The hair on the back of his neck rose just before a bolt of lightning crackled through a row of the bots, blasting them out of his way and sending bits of charred metal skittering onto the tarmac. An invisible force tore through the sky, knocking down the ones left behind. There were only two people Valor knew capable of that.
“Hey, leave some for me!” Valor twisted in the air, feeling the currents shift like water around his body. He grinned at his new teammates, pleased with the backup.
“Relax, Muscles, the portal is still open. Plenty more where those came from.” Doc Lightning clenched her hands, powering up another blast. Sparks jutted out from between her fingers.
Beside her stood Mace and Jester, all in their matching black and gray costumes. Tiana protected their rear, sweeping away any drones that got close with her giant metal staff.
Dash sped onto the scene, so fast Valor didn’t even see which direction she came from.
“I pulled all the civilians to safety.”
“Good work, Dash!” Valor flashed his trademarked “V” salute at her.
They’d lucked out this time. The portal had opened up on the middle of an empty tarmac, and the only humans around had been the air traffic controllers. Valor always wanted to play with one of those light-up directional wands. Maybe later.
“Are you getting this, Socket?” Valor pressed his fingers against the tiny headset fitted into his ear. He didn’t need to—it automatically transmitted and received—but Valor just felt better when he did it. Unlike Socket, he wasn’t comfortable with technology.
“Loud and clear. Uniform cameras are working like a charm too. I got visuals on everything.” Socket was back at headquarters, directing from his computers. His powers didn’t lend themselves to battle. It was part of the reason he and Valor had decided they needed a team of superheroes to tackle the latest threat to the planet. “Are we ready to try the pulse beacon?”
That was another of Socket’s inventions. If it worked, it would close the interdimensional portal that had spat out these egg-shaped robots. In the six months since the attacks had begun, nothing short of time had been able to shut down the portals. If they actually succeeded in closing one, that would change the entire game.
“As good a time as any,” Valor decided. “Let’s do this. Come on guys, clear the area. We need a straight shot at the portal!”
It hovered in the sky—a red swirling mass of something that distorted the air around it. Drones shot out of it five at a time, spiraling out and attacking anything that moved. All of them were coming straight for Valor and his team.
It was time to put The Division to the test.