Today, I’m delighted to have author C.J. Bahr on the blog. Welcome! Grab that mic. Drumroll You’re on…
Tell me three words that describe you starting with A, B, and C.
Amusing, Bookish, Creative
Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?
I write paranormal romance, supernatural suspense, and fantasy. Personally, I love to escape when reading, so I, too, try and tell stories that hopefully sweep my readers out of their lives and into something magical, sometimes dark and dangerous, yet they will find a happily ever after at the end.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Music. Music plays such an integral part of my life, first as a musician and second as my career as a music editor for film and television. So like a composer writing music for the screen, I listen to instrumental TV/Film scores to get the creative words going. So if I’m writing an action scene, I’ll put listen to “The Italian Job” or “Transformers”, anything that will have a great rhythm.
Who would you love most to meet ‘in person’ and why?
Maybe George R. R. Martin and we could commiserate on our slow writing. Or, wait! I probably should pick a fast, productive author and pick their brains.
Do you have a favorite snack that you like to munch on while writing?
Does wine count? I’m not much of a snacker, but I will have glasses of water and cups of tea surrounding me. Of course when it gets “five-o’clock somewhere” there just might be a glass of wine from a local winery nearby…
Do you have a hobby?
I use to own horses and compete in the sport of Eventing, but sadly had to let them go. I do quilt and crochet. Plus, I’m a voracious reader.
Do you read your reviews on your books? Do they influence your story at all?
I absolutely do read all the review that I find. First, it’s an honor a reader took the time to leave one, whether good or bad, so I believe it’s only fair I take the time to read them. I do take to heart the criticisms, it’s a great way to learn and improve my writing. Even knowing what is great and working helps as well.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m not sure it this counts as a quirk, but I’ll throw it out there anyway. I’m a slow writing, so when I get stuck staring at a blinking cursor, I’ll go all old-fashion and grab a pen and paper to get unstuck.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
As mentioned above, I’m a music editor for TV/Film. I work closely with composers and producers to get the soundtrack into the show/movie. The pandemic was hard on the industry, shutting everything down, but it’s slowly opening back up.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Hmmm, this is a tough one. So many choices. I sent one of my heroines to 18th century England and found out women didn’t have a lot of choices. Maybe I’d go to Regency England, and make sure I land myself a forward thinking Duke.
What’s the one thing you would do if you could be your character for a day?
Casi Thomas, my latest heroine, lives in New Orleans, a city I’ve always wanted to visit. In fact, I had the hotel and flight booked for June 2021, and then the pandemic hit. Tried and rescheduled for June of 2020, but then Delta variant reared its head. So if I was Casi, I’d take in the sites of the city, listen to great music, take the city’s ghost tour and maybe a riverboat casino.
What was the inspiration for this latest book?
New Orleans. I knew music would play a pivotal roll, so what better city to pick?
Will there be more books in your series, or can you tell us about any previous books?
The Fire Chronicles is a potential seven book standalone series. Each novel has one of seven Archangels. Book 1, “Walking Through Fire” is a contemporary Scotish ghost romance set in the Highlands with Uriel presiding over events. Book 2, “Forged In Fire”, is set in 18th Century England. A time travel story, with the help of Archangel Remiel, where I send a contemporary women into the past where she meets the hero, a very flawed, handsome, roguish, Highwayman. And now, “Redeemed By Fire” is set in contemporary New Orleans, with the Archangel Gabriel and a supernatural serial killer hunting in the French Quarter.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My hero, Detective Lucas Avery. I think I have a crush on my Cajun hottie and created my very own book boyfriend!
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a new urban fantasy/sci-fi series starring a kick-ass, tough as nails, snarky female time cop. Plus, I’m plotting the next fire book, current working title, “Baptized By Fire”.
See below for Bio, buy links, social links, blurb & excerpt.
First published in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “Sword & Sorceress” anthology, C J was bitten by the writer’s bug and hasn’t stopped since. The Wild Rose Press published her award-winning first novel, “Walking Through Fire”— a Scottish ghost romance. She is currently working on the fourth book in the interconnected standalone series, The Fire Chronicles, as well as a new Urban Fantasy starring a kick-ass Time Enforcer.
When her pen isn’t scribing, you can find her busily cutting and tracking music for film and television. With over thirty years of music editing experience, her credits range from “Northern Exposure” and “The Muppets Christmas Carol”, to “The Kill Point”, “The Following”, and ABC’s hit comedy, “The Middle”.
In her downtime, you’ll find her curled up with a cup of tea, her cats and a great book in Tarzana, California.
Social Media Links:
Twitter: @cjbahr https://twitter.com/cjbahr
Amazon Author: https://tinyurl.com/y7jmpqdg
Universal Buy Links: https://www.cjbahr.com/books/
Redeemed By Fire Specific Buy Links:
Cassanne Thomas returns to New Orleans to start her life over and becomes the target of a supernatural serial killer. Escaping her close call with death, Casi is the only witness to the crime and finds herself placed in protected custody by a handsome Cajun detective. But with her dark, troubled past, trusting the police is the last thing she wants to do.
Detective Lucas Avery, the top homicide detective in NOLA, is unaware of the supernatural world surrounding him. With the killer stalking the streets, he vows to shield the beautiful, enigmatic, Casi with his life while fighting his growing attraction to her. He’s been burned before.
Danger chases Lucas and Casi from the streets of the French Quarter to the wilds of the bayou. Will they be able to stop a monster, straight out of a nightmare or become victims themselves?
Casi screamed and covered her ears, though too late. The loud boom made her ears ring. Who was shooting at them? She tried to see, but Luc’s weight had her effectively pinned. Squealing tires along with a string of Cajun curses from Luc, had Casi guessing the shooter had fled.
Luc holstered his weapon when Casi spotted the blood dripping off his arm.
“Oh my God!” She pushed at him. “Let me up. You’re hurt. You’re bleeding!”
Luc rolled off her and did as she asked, while gripping his thigh with both hands. Her gaze left his arm drawn to the blood oozing out between his fingers. The thigh wound appeared much more serious. She tugged her phone out and quickly dialed 911. But before it connected, Luc’s bloody fingers grabbed her phone and disconnected the call.
“We can’t call this in.” Luc exhaled harshly and gritted his teeth as once again, he applied pressure to his leg.
“You’re shot. You’re bleeding from multiple places. We need an ambulance!”
He shook his head. “Can’t. We need to leave. Now.”