Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
My husband. Since day one, he pushed and encouraged me. I think he believes in me more than I believe in myself.
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
Complete silence. I get too distracted by music or the television.
What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?
The writing process takes time, having a family, and working full-time outside the home, I can’t whip out books every few months (I wish I could). While I understand the eagerness and excitement if there’s a cliffhanger, please remember, there’s a lot more that goes into writing books takes time than writing.
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?
Allura B. Mine. She’s from my WIP Dream On and so much fun to write. Hanging out with her would be a blast. Blaine from Down for the Count is a huge douche. A nice kick in the nuts would do him some good.
Since you’ve been writing how much has the genre changed? Good, bad? Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
I’m going to combine these two questions because I believe self-publishing has a lot to do with the changes in the industry.
The answer to first question: good and bad. When I released my first book back in early 2013 Kindles, Nooks and e-readers were just becoming mainstream and self-publishing was still a mystery to many. A lot of readers didn’t know the difference between an indie or traditionally published author.
Back then it felt more like a community, it wasn’t about making money or how many likes you could it get. It was about the love of reading and writing.
Now…not so much. Drama, jealousy, and bullying is what it’s become. Which is a total bummer.
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?
Probably too much thought. I’m very hands on when it comes to my covers, and I’m lucky to know and be friends with a wonderful local photographer. He and I have worked on five covers so far. I select the models and I’m at the photo shoots. Once the images are chosen I hand them over to the cover designer and let her work her magic.
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
Characters seem to come first for me. My characters always come first. The storylines are dictated by them.
Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?
I’m creature of habit. Always have been and always will be. I write what I love to read.
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events.
In Broken many of my characters are based on friends. I think it gives authenticity to the story.
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Nope. I’ve been typing since the late 80’s. I learned on a typewriter. Kids these days will never know the struggle of using correction tape and carbon paper.
What are your two favorite 80’s movies?
It’s hard to pick just two. Some Kind of Wonderful and The Goonies.
If you could live in another time, past or future, when would it be and why?
The past and I’m going to be greedy. I’d like to visit several time periods. The roaring 20’s, 1950’s and the free love in the sixties.
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.