Q & A with Christina Moore

And the next victim up is the lovely Christina Moore! Please give her a warm welcome!

What would your bio say?

The one I have on Amazon talks about how I’ve lived in Ohio all my life but dream of moving to a more temperate climate. It talks about how I love it when characters in books and movies are from Ohio and the stories are set in Ohio, and how I like inserting characters of Irish descent into my stories because of my own Irish roots. Oh, and I got my start in fan fiction, it mentions that as well.

When did you start writing and why?

I’ve been writing since I was a teenager—the first fanfic I recall writing I started (but never finished) when I was 14. Wrote my first teleplay when I was 19 (never submitted), and started a novel I never finished (but definitely want to; hopefully I can track down the notebook I was writing it in) when I was about 21. I write because it is something I enjoy doing, something I can be pretty passionate about. And because all the characters in my head are demanding that their voices be heard.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

My only children right now have four legs and fur.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I have several, including (but not limited to) Erica Spindler, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Michael Connelly. I like their books because they’re all exceptionally gifted writers. Their stories grab hold of you fast, suck you in, and keep you enthralled throughout.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

My hope is to write stories people enjoy reading. Stories they’ll not only want to read again, but will also recommend to their friends.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

Right now I am self-publishing. I tried the “traditional” route with no success, so decided to give self-publishing a try as I’d heard a lot of good things about it.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.

I did some research about traditional publishing and learned all about querying agents and publishing houses (most of which won’t even look at your manuscript unless it is represented by an agent). I queried a number of agents and a publisher, and they all turned me down. Though I thought I had steeled myself against rejection, which I knew was a distinct possibility, it really depressed me. For a while I considered giving up on the dream. Then I learned about self-publishing through Amazon and Smashwords and thought I would give it a try, see what happened. I’ve sold a number of books—not a great many, but enough to keep me going. Plus, positive reviews from friends and fellow authors I’ve met through Facebook have been really encouraging.

Tell us about your book (s):

Chasing Shadows is the first book in the Shadow Chronicles series. It’s about a vampire-human hybrid who has all but given up her vampire heritage because she learned her father never loved the woman who gave birth to her. In this story, she meets her soulmate and has to deal with the fact that his own special nature is going to inevitably draw her back into the world she left behind. I’m currently working on the second book in the series, From the Shadows.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

My main inspiration is simply the fact that I love to read paranormal romances. I’m intrigued by the nature of the relationships paranormals have with each other and with humans, and I wanted to explore that from my own perspective.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

I think something that readers will like about Saphrona is that she starts out strong and stays strong. While there are moments in the story where her spirits are low, she nevertheless rallies and keeps on going.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

I didn’t for the first book while I was writing it, though I have been trying to compile one. There’s definitely a moment toward the end which makes me think of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”. I’m also putting together a soundtrack for the second book. I think I’ll do that for all my books from now on!

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Thanks so much for your time Christina! If you want to follow Christina you can catch up with her on Facebook or her Blog. Her book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords!

 

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