21 Aug 2014

The Mission by CC Solomon

Rule #6: Be mysterious, but always approachable…keep him wanting more!
Rule #11: Always remember, no sex in the beginning. Make him wait!
Rule #19: You’ve got to give a little to get a little. Be giving of yourself, and it will make a lasting impression to keep your Mr. Right.
Sheila and Denise are successful, funny and attractive, but very single women. Not that being single is horrible; but when Denise is hassled to have a date to an old friend’s wedding-of-the-century, and Shelia needs an escort to an industry banquet where everyone who’s anyone will be in attendance, being single loses its perks. To add to the dilemma, Sheila tells a little white lie to her workplace nemesis about dating a successful music producer, which explodes into a career-threatening rumor. Under extreme pressure from family, friends and coworkers, they resort to making a pact. Their Mission: Get A Man in Three Months. They will use “proven” rules to finding their Mr. Rights. Rules that worked for a friend of a friend …how hard could it be?
Join them in their hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking adventures as chapter by chapter they follow a new rule, and delve into the treacherous world of Washington, D.C. dating. The gal pals suffer through speed dating (Sam Needs-a-Bath). They allow themselves to be set up on blind dates (Bitter Crying Kevin). They try a dating service (Apron-Strings Adrian). They try the bar scene (Smoky the Bear who smokes more than cigars). They even meet men in the beauty salon (Javier Not Quite Straight). And there’s more, much more. Surrounded by family drama, workplace stressors and their own hang-ups about love, will the rules actually help them find their Mr. Rights in time for their events?

Do dreams ever inspire your writing? What did you last dream about? 
I actually haven’t gotten inspired by my dreams to write and I am horrible at recalling dreams. However I am a huge day dreamer, always have been, gotten in trouble a few times because of it in school. My day dreams totally inspire my writing. I usually keep a pen and some type of paper near me to capture whatever I zone out about.

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published? 
I've been writing since I was 11. My sixth grade English teacher gave us a writing project and really encouraged me to write after reading the story I turned in. I have countless short stories since that time. It's always fun to go back and see how far I've come as a writer. To see what 13 year old me liked to write about compared to the me now. My first published piece was a short story in 2012 published in the quarterly magazine Pen In Hand but this is the first novel I published which first came out in March of this year.

What is it about 'chick lit' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres? 
I am a chick lit girl all the way. It’s not your typical romance novel which I find a bit sappy, there’s some quirkiness to them and comedy that I love. And many of them have romance as a side part of it but it might not be the sole purpose of the novel which is nice too.
I've been reading some form of chicklit since I was little, be it Sweet Valley or Baby Sitter's Club. I am also a huge horror and urban fantasy reader as well. Steven King to Ilona Andrews. Love it. I'm very much into character development and anything dealing with the supernatural.

Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
The Mission is about two gal pals who follow what are considered “the rules” in finding Mr. Right. Sheila is very pro following the rules and Denise is reluctantly going along. Each chapter is a different rule narrated by either Sheila or Denise. We see how following common rules given to women in dating in our society may not be a one size fits all type of thing.

What inspired you to write it? 
Conversations with my friends about dating. When we were out for drinks dishing, we always ended up talking about dating and guys. Some of my own dating experiences were inspiration although I’m not telling stories from actual experience more so exaggerations of events or jut sparks from an aspect of a date. I also love Sex and the City but I wanted to write something from a more diverse perspective in a town not like NY with characters that were more relatable to my environment. My novel is set in DC which has its own culture with dating which is higher amount of women and a very transitory population. New people are always coming here and from all over the world. It makes it a very interesting and sometimes difficult place to date.

Have you ever spotted anyone reading your books anywhere? 
Outside of my family and friends not yet but then again my novel is an ebook so who knows what someone I past might be reading on their e-reader!

Who designs your covers? 
This time I used a company called Book Baby.

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast? 
Sheila would be Megan Goode or Tika Sumpter and Denise might be Kandyse McClure or Nichole Beharie. Although new faces would be something I’d be really interested in.

What's your favourite Chick Lit book that made it to the big screen? 
I did enjoy The Devil Wears Prada (I actually liked the book more than the movie although Meryl Streep was awesome).

What were the last two books you read? 
The Night Circus and The Strain, totally different equally awesome.

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known. 
There are a ton of urban fantasy writers I wish would have their work turn into something, maybe a TV series. Illona Andrews Kate Daniel’s series is outstanding. Her character is the anti Twilight/True Blood heroine and the vampires are very different in this series.

Where do you write? 
Anywhere, during lunch, on vacation, in travel, at home on my bed- although TV can be a distraction.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And did you follow the dream? 
I always wanted to be either a teacher or a lawyer. I am a non practicing attorney now doing civil rights work. I still plan to teach, maybe college level, one day.

In the movie of your life, who would play you? 
photo credit: nick step via photopin cc
I’ve been told I look like Gabrielle Union (wish I had her figure though) so maybe her?!

Speed Round...
Top drink to make you tipsy?
Long island ice tea, scary stuff
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Shopaholic- doesn’t even have to be for me
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Closer to the ground, I’d wear slippers all day if I could
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? Not huge on romance novels or erotic fiction so can I say neither? But if I had to choose I guess Jilly Cooper
Cry baby or tough cookie? I cry at cartoons (I mean have you seen Up?) so…
Exotic beach or enchanted forest? Beach, an enchanted forest sounds creepy to me, unless I have powers too

C.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and has actively written fiction since the age of eleven. She is an avid “chick lit” reader and urban fantasy fan. In 2012, she participated as a writer and actress in the 48 hour film project. In her other life, she works in Equal Employment and Civil Rights for the Federal Government. Before becoming a public servant, C.C. briefly practiced law after graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law. C.C. currently resides in the Washington D.C. area and is an active blogger. The Mission is C.C.’s first novel and she is working on her next novel in the genre of urban fantasy.
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