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Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Christa is a sucker for young love and happy endings—of all varieties. Her first book, Broken, was written as a tribute to the man she met and fell in love with at the young age of sixteen. Fast forward twenty-something years, they’re still going strong and navigating through life with three children, three dogs, and a lizard. In between running her kids to sporting events, Christa sat down and answered some questions for me.
Christa, what is your current work’s title and genre?
Dream On is a Contemporary Romance.
Was there anything you ended up editing out of this book?
I recently removed 20,000 words which was intended to be “Part 1” in the book.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I don’t find it difficult to write from a male POV, in fact, I rather enjoy it.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Depends on the book. My first book, Broken, the hero is a Marine. I conducted several interviews with my cover model who served our country in the Marine Corps. My second book, Down for the Count, is told from a male POV. He’s an amateur boxer whose dream is to turn pro. I sat down with a local Golden Gloves champion who spent a few hours educating me on the world of boxing.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I read all reviews. The good, the bad and the ugly. I think all authors love reading great reviews. I don’t mind bad reviews if they’re written with constructive criticism or a reason as why they disliked the book and/or characters. No need to be nasty.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
Broken is my only book that has characters based on “real” people I know. They’re people who’ve been in my life for many years and I felt it important to bring them to life in story.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Broken is a standalone. Down for the Count was a two book series that’s been combined into one. Kitten DeVille who made a brief appearance in Down for the Count is the main character in Dream On (which can be read as a standalone).
What is your favorite childhood book and what are you currently reading?
The Giving Tree or The Spooky Old Tree would be my favorite childhood books and I’m currently reading After We Fall by Melanie Harlow.
When you aren’t writing what would you do you do for work?
I work outside of the home at a local university, as well as having a family. My writing tends to get put on the back burner due to family commitments.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Glenna Maynard and Olivia Snow have helped me tremendously. They Beta read for me and more importantly they’re not afraid to voice their opinions when something isn’t working. That’s a huge asset for an author.
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