Born and raised in New England, Christa is a married mother of three. She began writing her first book, Broken, in October 2012, as a love story to her husband, Frank. During the writing process, Christa managed to keep her book a secret from the majority of her family and friends, including her mother. She finally revealed that she had written a book on her personal Facebook page just two weeks before Broken was released.
Broken was released in February 2013, and within twenty-four hours of its release, it was on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list as well as in the Top 20 Erotica. Christa released her second novel, On the Ropes – Book One in the Down for the Count series, in February 2014. On the Ropes has also climbed the charts on Amazon, hitting the Top 10 Sports Fiction and the Top 20 Romance Sports Fiction lists. Book Two, Going the Distance, was released July 2014 and claimed the number 3 spot in the Interracial category as well being in the top 20 in Erotica on Amazon.
Christa has begun a new series titled, Can’t Stop Lovin’ You. This series will have at least four books, Dream On, What it Takes, Sweet Emotion and Hole in my Soul. Dream On is slated for a late 2014 or early 2015 release.
Website — www.christacervone.com
Twitter — @christacervone
Amazon — http://tinyurl.com/pa3hm3m
Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
My husband is my biggest supporter. He’s the one who pushes me when I feel like giving up.
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
When I was writing my first book Broken I had music constantly playing. Now, I need complete silence or get distracted.
What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?
I wish they could understand how much it takes to write a book. It really irks me when I see readers posting on authors pages complaining that it’s taking too long to release a book. It’s not like we just snap our fingers and poof a book is written. For many of us writing is a second or third job on top of having children. In addition to writing we have to plan a release scheduling blog tours, cover releases, reviews with bloggers.
If your characters could come to life and be a real human,
which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
I think I would get a long great with the majority of my characters. Most of them are created off of people I know whether it’s someone I actually like or someone I dislike immensely. I find it much easier to write a character I can relate to.
When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?
Broken was conceived by the P!nk song Just Give Me a Reason. The song really hit home with me. I just sat down one night and began writing.
Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?
Mysteries. I would give it away within the first few chapters.
Since you’ve been writing how much has the genre changed? Good, bad?
I’ve seen some good and some bad. It’s great for readers to embrace Indie authors. But now the market is flooded and many great authors get lost in the shuffle. The pressure to release multiple books is very high and to me that is not a good thing.
Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
Self-publishing definitely has its perks, but, that being said, I think it also has its downfalls. I began writing in 2012 and the “Indie” community was much smaller back then. Over the past three years, I’ve seen it grow by leaps and bounds. That community feel to me is gone, not to mention the quality of work has gone downhill with the popularity of self-publishing. I think authors are feeling the pressure to release book and book after book and their work then suffers.
How much thought do you as an author put into your cover, cover models etc. And has that changed since you started writing.
If so, have you or will you go back and re-do covers you’re no longer pleased with?
I probably put too much thought into my covers. What can I say, I’m a cover whore. I use my cover models physical attributes and sometimes even their personalities in my books. Broken’s male lead character, Garrett, was actually loosely based off of my cover model’s injuries he sustained in Afghanistan. I come up with ideas for posing, show the models to make sure they are comfortable. Then I work with the photographer to get my vision right. After that I leave it in the hands of my graphic designer, Todd. I’m a firm believer in letting the professional do what they do. I would personally never change my covers.
What is the most intense scene you have ever written? Did you find it difficult writing that scene?
It’s hard to talk about the two intense scenes I’ve written without giving away major spoilers. Let me just say this, both the scenes I’ve written brought me to tears and though I’m a self-proclaimed “Baby Bitch” it’s very rare that I cry when I read.
If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?
I can’t envision myself writing any other genre then what I write.
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
My characters always come first. A lot of my inspirations come from music. A song will come onto the radio and I will dream up an entire scene based on a song.
Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?
I read in the same genre I write. I’m a creature of habit and don’t like to stray too far.
Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?
Yes, I have. I’ve also written actual things that have happened in my life. Out of the mouth of Gossip Girl, “That’s a secret I’ll never tell.”
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events.
All of my characters have a little piece of someone I know in them. Whether it’s me, or my husband or a friend, the majority of my characters in Broken are based on real people.
How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”
I’ve had a lot of those moments and I’m a big fan of trusting your gut. I’ve gone into a chapter thinking I’m going to write this scene a certain way and then BAM something happens in my brain and it takes a totally different turn.
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Not at all. I’ve been typing since the 7th grade.
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
A lot of fucking wood.
What are you two favorite 80’s movies?
There have been so many great movies from the 80’s and find myself saying they don’t make them like they used to. I love slasher films I miss the sex, drugs and rock n roll in those types of movies. I also love crude dirty humor like Revenge of the Nerds. PG-13 movies suck ass if you ask me.
Why are man-hole covers round?
I have no fucking clue.
According to Webster’s Dictionary the definition of the word Broken is violently separated into parts. SHATTERED.Yup, that pretty much sums me up. How do I handle things? I find my answers at the bottom of a bottle of Tequila and sleep with random men.
How did I get this way? Well, four years ago I made a decision that cost me the love of my life. I can’t undo what I did to drive Garrett out of my life. I haven’t seen or heard from him in four long years. But he still haunts me in my dreams or should I call them nightmares at this point? No matter how much booze I drink and how many men I sleep with, nothing fills the void. I feel like I am existing but I’m not really living.
I’m trying to get my life back on track. Well that was until. . . . Garrett walked back into my life. His reappearance threw me into another tailspin.
How do I put the pieces of our broken hearts back together? All before he walks out of my life again… this time for good. Or am I simply destined to just be Broken?
A murderer’s child…A foster child…A troubled teen…Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has never had an easy life. Being shuffled from one foster home to another after his father murdered his mother, he found himself in and out of trouble with the law. Never giving a damn about himself, let alone anyone else, his life was spiraling out of control; fast. Until one man and one sport changed everything.Frankie Carbone taught Saint how to handle his anger and rejection; by fighting it out in the ring. On his way to stardom, Saint finds himself pushed into the spotlight and into the arms of more women than he can ever imagine; he’s completely content with one night stands and random sex.
Then Salem Harris comes walking into his life and changes his game plan. Saint finds himself wanting Salem in all the ways that scare him. She is off limits; taken. But that doesn’t stop Saint from going after what he wants, and he wants her.
Frankie showed Saint a new way of life with Boxing, but will Salem give him the one thing he’s never known – love? Will Saint find himself fighting for the one thing he thinks he doesn’t deserve or will Salem end up breaking his heart? Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has had to fight for every good thing he’s gotten in his life. Can he go the distance?
Life has been a roller coaster for Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega. From surviving a hellish childhood, to reuniting with his lost brother, only to hit the struggle of helping him battle his drug addiction. Boxing saved Gabriel’s life, and just when his career hits the fast track, he finally finds love with Salem; at least for a short time.Social differences, obligations, and misguided good intentions tore Gabriel and Salem apart before they could ever really get started.
Will Gabriel be able to save his brother from the whirlpool of addiction that threatens to drag him under? Is Salem capable of breaking away from the ropes that bind her to doing what’s expected rather than what and whom she desires? Can Gabriel convince Salem that their mutual feelings are worth fighting for, and that together, they will be able to go the distance?