At Christine's blog, Christine's Journey, she'll tell you that,
"I am a wife,stay at home mom, interior designer and aspiring author. Most of my time is spent chasing monsters around my house that for some reason call me 'mom'. The rest of my time is spent writing. I'm currently working on two novels, one is in revisions, the other is in the outlining stage. I write young adult science fiction/paranormal romances and I'm loving every minute of it."
Awesome right? I think so. We all know Mom's make great writers :)
So, Christine, how long have you been writing?
Well, let’s see. I used to make up characters when I was a kid. I started writing in journals 10 years ago. A friend of mine told me to get over my insecurity and write all my crazy ideas. I made up stories and added characters to TV shows (for fun) for about 3 years. I took a hiatus to have my kiddos. In 2009, characters flooded my brain again, but this time I decided to take it to the next level. Life’s too short to say I should have.
And, what made you want to write?
Too many voices in my head (I thought I was crazy.) Writing releases my tension (believe it or not.) I love creating other worlds and living in them.
(You are NOT crazy. If you are than I am too. I hear voices all the time :) I totally agree about writing releasing tension. A break from everyday life is a must-have. And what better way than to spend that time creating a place for the voices in our heads? :))
Do you have any pet peeves while writing?
Interruptions, self doubt, and blanking out. I love my kids, but there are times when I need to write, to get it out, those are the times my kids need me the most. I try to quickly get the idea down and come back to it later, which is so hard to do. This can lead to blanking out. When I finally get the time to write, my fingers sometimes stop and my brain decides to take a vacation. Nothing comes out. So frustrating. Then self doubt creeps in. Why am I doing this? You know how it is. It’s all part of the cycle.
(You described the cycle perfectly. I get that way all the time, but I've never pinpointed the different steps. I hate it when I can't remember a thought and then my self doubt starts to whisper that maybe I was never meant to do this at all. That's one voice I wish I could push out forever!)
What are your favorite genre's to write?
Young adult. I usually have romance with a sprinkle of paranormal or science fiction, because normal life can be boring.
(And who doesn't need a little more romance, right? It has to be there. Even just a fluttery stomach or a small kiss stolen by the hot side-kick.)
If you could sit down and reread any book, which would it be?
Seriously, I have a stack of rereads and need to reads. So hard. That’s like choosing one adorable kitten out of a litter. It depends on my mood. Today, I’m feeling like The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Desires of the Dead is out so I like to reread the original before the sequel.
(I need to read the first and then get to the second. It's been on my list for quite some time!)
Let's say you only had enough time to visit just one or two writing blogs a day, which would they be?
Wow. Tough questions. Hmmm. Frankie Writes (Frankie Diane Mallis), Constant Revision (Simon Larter), Kelly’s Compositions (Kelly Lyman), and Some things I think (KM Walton.) Because they are awesome. Yeah, I know more than two. I want to name more, but I’d really be breaking the rules.
If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would you choose?
Ohh that’s a toughy. Way too many. Edgar Allen Poe. I know I’m strange with this answer, but I love his work. It would probably be a strange meeting. I would also love to meet Bram Stoker. Dracula changed my life. Oh and Suzanne Collins because she’s brilliant. I know that’s more than one. Can you tell I have a tough time making decisions?
(And just for fun, I'll call that author, Edbramanne Pokerlin :))
And last, but not least, do you prefer fruity candy or chocolate?
Chocolate all the way. I can’t live without it.
(You can have my chocolate and I'll take your fruity candy! Yummy!)
Here are a few fun facts about Christine:
-Music is my biggest inspiration for any story. Certain songs trigger certain characters to be born. I have a soundtrack to every story I’ve written.
-I lived in Munich, Germany for a month last summer with my family. I loved it, and parts of this beautiful city are in another novel I’m writing.
-My favorite place to be is a warm, sunny beach.
(Music, beautiful city, and warm beaches? Awesome. I love that you have a song for every story. I'm inspired by music and also by writing, but I can't mix the two together.)
Thanks so much Christine! If you haven't visited her blog before (or even if you have), you should head over there now and follow her on her journey!
Have a great weekend!