Friday, March 4, 2011

Come learn more about Christine Danek and her Journey

My Photo 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! 


  1. Thanks Michelle. This was so much fun. Have a great weekend!

  2. Thanks to Christine (and Michelle). It's so cool to get to know fellow writers on a more intimate level!

  3. Great interview. Glad I'm not the only one chasing monsters around my house. Interruptions are a permanent part of life it seems. Happy writing and have a nice weekend.

  4. That was a fun interview. It's nice to meet you Christine! I'm with you on the monsters and the chocolate!

  5. Great interview. You ask the truly good questions :)

  6. Great interview--it was nice to learn more about Christine!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Awesome interview, I liked getting to know Christine better! I look forward to seeing your next interview!

  8. I'm glad you all enjoyed the interview! Thanks for coming by :)

  9. Christine and Michelle - thanks for the interview. I enjoyed getting to know you better, and while I'm on the fruity candy side of the aisle, I can certainly appreciate music being an inspiration. I have a soundtrack for my book too. :)

  10. ...loved it!

    Christine's a Bloggerland favorite of mine, and to see her receiving such wonderful treatment is a perfect way to start the day:)

    Well done,

  11. Christine, I'm and Edgar Allen Poe fan too. I paid tribute to him and JK Rowling in my YA Paranormal. I couldn't help it. :)

    Great interview!

  12. Yay for Suzanne Collins - she truly is brilliant!

  13. Awesome interview! I love learning more about my new writer peeps!

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