|September 6, 2011|
She took time out of her busy writing schedule to answer a few questions.
When did you start writing fiction? After college, I dabbled with a chapter or two here or there, but never finished anything. Then, after leaving a career I no longer enjoyed, I challenged myself to finish an entire manuscript. I think that was around Spring 2001.
Why did you join RWA? When I finished my first manuscript, I realized I had no idea what to do with it. My family read and liked it but I wanted others to read it too. I can't remember how I first learned about RWA, but I joined as soon as I could. Becoming a member was one of the best decisions I could have done for my career.
What was the most important thing you learned from being in a RWA chapter? That writers are some of the most giving and kind people in the world. That if you ask questions, there's a wealth of knowledge they'll share. And that they honestly are happy for your success.
Who influenced you the most? In my life? My mom. In writing? Many of the romances I read when I was younger helped to create my love of romance--Kathleen Woodiwiss, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rogers, Johanna Lindsey, Grace Livingston Hill, Emily Loring.
|October 4, 2011|
What reference book or website can you not live without? Ask.com. Amazing what you can find out when you ask something. And of course Facebook!
If you were to give advice to a newbie romance writer, what would be the most important thing? Write what's in your heart to write, not what the market is doing. Don't give up on your dreams. Learn as much as you can about the craft of writing and the business side of being a published author. Knowledge is power.
The least? Ignore the people who tell you not to pursue your dreams. If this is truly what you want to do, don't let others deter you. Reach for the stars and never give up.
If you had anything you could do over, pertaining to writing romance, what would it be? I would worry less about what people thought and write and write and then write some more.
|December 27, 2011|
Now for the most important question - what do you believe makes a man sexy? Physically, it would have to be his smile. It can tell you so much about his confidence level and who he is inside. As a characteristic, it would be his sense of humor. A man who can make you laugh, will never bore you and that is very sexy!
If you would like to meet Christy, come to our Romance Readers Luncheon on November 5 at the Harbert Center in Birmingham, Alabama. For tickets and more information, go to www.southernmagic.org and click on luncheon.
Thank you, Christy!