Thursday, June 6, 2013

Interview with C.C. Humphreys

Last month I fell madly in love with Jack Absolute -- the book and the man. I'm thrilled to share an interview with C.C. Humphreys, the author, so read on to learn more about him, his writing, and his fabulous novel.  Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end!

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

Very first? Like in childhood? Hmm, ancient history of course. I believe I tried to adapt the Battle of Hastings into a short play for my fellow ten year old’s at my English prep school. I think it was a little … epic for the confined space.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

Oh yes, must have some order to the chaos. I let the cat out, eat cereal, make coffee… then walk the twenty paces to my ‘hut’ – a cedar octagon. Give cat his treats, turn on computer… and I’m off! Very important to have boiled sweets at hand. Mint humbugs my favorite.

Was Jack Absolute the original title of your book?

Yes, never thought of any other. I think it’s a great title because it’s exactly what the book is – his story.

As you were writing Jack Absolute, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

John Burgoyne kept surprising me. Playwright, soldier, lover, the best dressed man on two continents… couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed writing him. He just leapt off the page – and made me certain if they ever make the movie, I am reserving him for myself!

In addition to being an author, you're an accomplished actor. What do you do to get into character when you write, and is it anything like what you do when you've got a new role?
C.C. Humphreys as Jack Absolute

They are similar processes. Though as an actor you have to be aware of so many technical things – either the audience in a theater or a camera before you. It’s always a little artificial no matter how much you believe in it. With writing, you can immerse yourself, especially as you have all the time you need to craft the portrait, go back, add more, subtract some. Its probably more akin to painting, in a way. Though being an actor definitely helps with exploring emotional reactions – and dialogue, which I love and love to use to move the action forward.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Uh, think about writing? No, I love spending time with my family. We have a nine year old son and he loves games, as do we. Prefer board games to screens. Also I like to keep fit especially swimming. I live on an island in British Columbia and in the Summer I spend a lot of time in its lakes.

Read any good books recently?

I tend to read completely outside my genre, the rare times I get to read other than research. Read Michael Frayn’s ‘Skios’ – actually couldn’t put it down on a Transatlantic flight, read the whole thing. Hilarious!

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My thanks to Mr. Humphreys for his time. You can learn more about him and his work at his website.


I'm thrilled to offer a copy of Jack Absolute to one lucky reader! To enter, fill out this brief form. Open to US readers only, ends 6/14.


  1. Great interview! I reviewed the book myself last month and discovered that Mr Humphreys also has a book about Constantinople! That one's at the top of my wishlist :-)

  2. I loved Jack Absolute, so I really enjoyed the interview. Burgoyne definitely was an interesting character in the book, though I know little about the real man.