C.A. (or Chrissy, as I know her, because, you know I got it like that) and I like to tease each other, but she is loads of fun and I enjoy hanging out with her. I'm happy to have her with us today, sharing her exciting news!
|Chrissy and Dawn at the Texas Two Step Conference|
Let's get to know Chrissy!
First, tell us your great news about your upcoming release.
My first novel, Sword’s Call (Book 1 in theKing’s Riders Series) Will be published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing and will be out April 30, 2013. They have actually picked up my whole series! :)
What sources do you use for your inspiration? Books? Movies? Random people at the mall?
I get inspiration from anywhere, I think. I have been writing for so long, since I was about 14. I actually wrote my first book then. (Yes, I still have it. Interesting reading, that one. But I would soooo never show it to anyone).
I have always loved fantasy, and that is my first love as a genre, but I will read anything that looks good and often get inspiration from what I read.
You have done some very original series on your blog. Tells us about your A-Z. Also, you have a serial going on there right now. Tell us about that!
I see that everyone has hopped on the Alphabet Game train, which is really cool. I did mine from late Jan to late March.
I have an “established” fantasy world I created for a series I am working on, and I decided to use the letters as a way to have small adventures w/ the main characters from my world as well as introduce some secondary characters. I even made a few up brand new, and in turn got more ideas for future books.
It was a great exercise that got my creative juices and honestly refocused me to get back to a project (2nd book in my series) that I have been ignoring for quite some time.
The serial that I am doing involves one of those couples that I made up for the Alphabet Game. They are featured in “Y is for Yours” and “Z is for Zethan” and basically they told me they weren’t done w/ me. Getting to know them better and write their love story is fun. I am doing it weekly. Check back every Weds to see how their story is progressing!
What is your favorite part of the writing process? First draft? Revisions?
Not really sure. I am a diehard pantser, so I guess it’s just how the story develops in my head.
What do you do when you aren't writing? I hear you have quite an interesting job.
I have two jobs, actually. I work with kids at both. During the week I am the Juvenile Case Manager at a Municipal Court, and on the weekends I work at a shelter for teens.
When I am not being a work-a-holic, and am NOT writing, I watch WAY too much TV and I read. I also love to scrapbook. And I spend way too much time on Facebook and Twitter.
What has been the best part of your writing journey?
Sharing my stories with the world.
What has been the best advice you have received along the way?
What advice would you give someone starting out?
I belong to a great group of writers at NTRWA, so I am not sure I can hammer it down to any certain piece of advice. Everyone is so awesome and would do anything for a writer in need. But, what I can say is that if you want this, this dream of being published NEVER GIVE UP! It will happen if you persevere.
Also, join another group of writers. I personally wish I would have done it years ago. It’s too hard to go it alone. You might love your family and friends, but no one will understand you like another writer.
What is next for you?
Continue writing. My characters won’t leave me alone until I write them down. Kinda annoying, but just how it is. ;)
Where can we connect with you? Facebook? Twitter? Blog
Thank you for visiting with us, Chrissy!
So, what else do you want to know about her?