Welcome to Faerie: CT Adams on Writing Solo (and Giveaway)

Wecome to a very special guest on the site today. You probably know C.T. Adams as half of the writing duo, along with author Cathy Clamp, of the Cat Adams writing duo. Their Sazi and Kate Reilly/Thrall books were popular UF/PNR titles, as well as Cat Adams standalones and anthology contributions. Cie Adams, back in 2011, was kind enough to read an advance copy of a debut author and write a blurb for her first book. Well, that would be my first book, ROYAL STREET, and I’ve never forgotten the awe of having her read and like my book, and her kindness in doing so.

Now, C.T. Adams has written her first solo novel, THE EXILE, and for the past few days, I’ve been immersed in a fascinating new version of Faerie as we go on a fast ride with heroine Brianna Hai and her father, the High King of Faerie, her murderous siblings, and a sex human cop. This was one of those books that has short chapters, a fast pace, a fascinating cast of secondary characters, and well-executed multiple points of view that let us see things happening simultaneously in different places or from shifts in perspective. After spending the past two months reading contest entries that, too often, made my eyes roll back in my head, it was great to read a novel for pleasure–and find that it was a real pleasure to read. You’ll want to check this one out!

As I’m embarking on a joint writing project with another author for the first time (more to come on that), I was curious as to how Cie found the experience of writing solo different after writing as part of a team for such a long time. Here are some of her thoughts:

I’ve written as part of a partnership, and now solo. In some ways it’s very much the same.c.t. adams The biggest difference isn’t about getting the words onto the computer, or creating the worlds and the characters. Nope.

The biggest difference is on the business side of things. Because now, I have to do it all. There’s no splitting of responsibilities (or costs either, darn it). No taking turns (“You do the edits. I’ll do the copy edits.”) The deadlines were always there, but now they feel a little more ominous. (Picture a looming figure in a black hooded cloak with a calendar in one hand and scythe in the other.)

And of course, there’s more doubt. Because when there are two of you, you can reassure each other that “THIS IS SO AWESOME” and tell each other when you’re doing a great job. Alone, you think you’re doing okay, and you’re pretty sure this works. But it’s not the same.

I enjoyed working in a partnership. I enjoy writing alone. Both are great. And the end result is the same. But the process, on the business side, is very, very different.

And here’s some official info on The Exile. Thanks to Tor Books, I’m able to offer two copies for giveaways. Please leave a comment to enter–tell me what you do or don’t like about faeries, or your favorite faery, or just say, “Gimme the book”! I’m easy. If you’d like to learn more about C.T. Adams, visit her website.

The Exile Cover ImageABOUT THE EXILE: Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists—and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna’s apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds. A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Angelo, a police detective who doesn’t believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne. A suspenseful urban fantasy with a hint of romance, The Exile is the first solo novel by C. T. Adams, who is half of USA Today bestselling author Cat Adams. Like the Cat Adams Blood Singer novels, The Exile is set in a world where magic is real and contains Adams’s trademark blend of suspense, action, humor, and strongly emotional writing.

writing alone. Both are great. And the end result is the same. But the process, on the business side, is very, very different.

If you would like to be entered for your chance to win a copy of The Exile, then leave a comment and perhaps good ol’ random.org will smile on you. Winners will be announced on next Sunday’s blog.

P.S. Looking for our weekly giveaway winners? I’ll be announcing them on Tuesday’s blog.

28 thoughts on “Welcome to Faerie: CT Adams on Writing Solo (and Giveaway)

  1. Can’t wait to read The Exile. I really enjoyed your other books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. i want the book!! ^^
    for once it was a easy choice in the new release choice when it was released and it has tempted me since then so winning it would be more than great. What i like in faeries? i love the diversity we can see teh same kind of fae in two book and have two completely different creatures when we look at teh abilities and such. now i’m quite on edge with faeries because they are mostly unkind it seems but i ‘m loving to read about them more and more ( cait sidhe are my favourite kind so far^^ yes TYBALT!^^;;)

    thank you a lot for the giveaways and teh presentation ( i did not know she wrote in tandem as well^^;; so we learn each day)

  3. I have “The Exile” so if I were to win I would send it to Miki. I also have the Thrall series 3 books, The Blood Singer series 4 of the books, Tales of the Sazi series 4 of the books, and 3 short stories. Enjoyed the blog today, thanks.

    • thank you Roger! you will have to tell me what you think of those other series you have me curious now

  4. Ohh, I’d love to give the book a read 🙂 What I like about faeries is the fact that they’re not like what you would think faeries are like 🙂

  5. This one sounds really good. I like realistic fairies, not the candy-colored little girl fairies.

  6. I really did enjoy this book–just finished it, in fact, and am already antsy for the next one! I was particularly interested in her portrayal of the Fae and of Faerie since late last fall, I finally took my Sentinels series into Faerie for the first time. Utterly different from this version and that’s why I like faeries and elves–the mythology is so broad, it leave authors a lot of room to maneuver their own characters and build fresh worlds.

  7. What a great looking book. I’ve been a fan of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream since I first saw the play. This sounds like quite a different crowd than Peaseblossom, Mustardseed, and the gang though. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  8. I think The Exile sounds like a fantastic story, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  9. Lots of nice likes for the cover – thought I’d mention it’s by Gene Mollica who has many nice covers in the urban fantasy arena.

  10. I love the fae; the fae are my favorite! (In my head that sentence was in Buddy the Elf’s voice and he is as jazzed about the fae as he is about smiling.)

  11. congrats to CT on the new release! Love that cover and the blurb definitely caught my attention 🙂 Ummm… I really enjoyed the Half-Light City series by MJ Scott. Her Fae were beautiful and deadly and her world included so many different “types” of creatures and magic. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Congratulations to C.T. on the release of her first solo novel! The Exile sounds fascinating and I have added it to my wishlist. My favorite series about the fae is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. i love the book’s blurb and the cover !!!
    thx u so much for the chance of win…

    chiko_jubilee at yahoo dot com

  14. I really like faerie fantasy…I don’t what what I prefer about it exactly, but I definitely tend to gravitate toward it. Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series and Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series are 2 of my all-time favorites, across any genre.

  15. This caught my eye on release week and I’m very interested in reading it. Any paranormals featuring the Fae usually catch my attention. I love that there is so much mythology around Faerie and so many different creatures, so there’s room for every author to have a different take on it and have it feel fresh.

  16. This looks like a great urban fantasy, I think that I would really enjoy reading it:)