Author Interview: Christie Silvers

Author Bio

Christie Silvers is a wife, mother, and writer. She resides in north Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She is the oldest of three children born to Ricky and Lynn Grant.

At a young age, Christie would devour any and all books that she could get her hands on. She loved reading anything that was adventurous and new. She was always the girl with a book in her hands.

At the age of seventeen, she married her high school sweetheart and they began their long journey together. At the age of nineteen, they were graced with the birth of their first daughter. Christie became a stay at home mom from that moment on.

Over the years, Christie thought that she would enjoy writing a book. She started many, but never found a subject that intrigued her enough to finish. It wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that Christie decided to jump feet first into the writing world. She now has over 170 articles, one humorous parenting book, and two paranormal romance novels for your reading pleasure.

Christie looks forward to many more books in her future. Hopefully one day she’ll even have whole days to write, but she doubts that will happen until all of her children are grown. Until then, she will enjoy the short amount of time that she has with her girls and will take those peaceful moments when she can get them.

Author Interview: Christie Silvers

What compelled you to write your first book?

My first book was completely influenced by my three daughters. By being a humorous, parenting book, Toddler Logic is as far away from my beloved paranormal romance genre as on can get. But, I was compelled to write it and am extremely happy that I did.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Actually, I had always loved the art of writing, but as a child I wanted to grow up to be a lawyer or an accountant. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that the desire to write became unbearable. I felt such a pull to the written word that the only thing I could do was write.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s. What are their titles; which is your favorite if you have more than one, and briefly let us know what they are about.

I currently have three books available.

Toddler Logic: 50 Things That You Toddler Wants You to Know is a humorous, parenting book full of little anecdotes about life with a toddler. All of the “50 Things” are things that I personally experienced while raising my three daughters. It was fun to write and will incite a giggle from anyone who reads it.

Next up is the beginning of my first paranormal romance series, A Midnight Infatuation. In this book, we are introduced to Alex and Fiona. Alex is a 150 year old vampire who become instantly infatuated with the lovely Fiona when he discovers that she emits a scent that he has never experienced before. Fiona is a werewolf who is being forced into an undesirable, arranged marriage. When she refuses the marriage, she is forced to battle for her life–which she ultimately loses.

Lastly, there is my upcoming release, A Birth at Dawn. This is the second book in the Alex & Fiona series. It will be released on April 1, 2008. So stay tuned!

Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?

A Birth at Dawn is my newest release, but I am currently working on two projects. One will be the third book in the Alex & Fiona series, A Twilight Abduction, and should be out arould October 2008. The other book is about a different set of characters, but will be in the same paranormal romance genre. There is no expected release date for this book at the moment.

Have you ever won any writing awards? If so, what?

Well, I haven’t really entered any contests, but I was a winner in the 2007 NaNoWriMo contest and I finished 7th in the Preditors & Editors 2007 Readers Poll. Those were fun!

How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?

Ah, that first book. Holding that first book was almost like holding my children for the first time. I was filled with giddy excitement, joy, exhilaration, and all of those other synonyms that could possibly describe my happiness. And it doesn’t end with just that first book, I feel that same excitement from the first copy of each new book. I hope to always feel that elation with future books.

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?

Oh, I love music! If I could play an instrument, I probably would have been a musician. I have to have music blaring into my brain when I write. I listen to loud, profane, heavy-thumping music when I write. Heavy metal and rock are my faves, but there are a few alternative groups and rap that I enjoy also. As long as it’s loud and has a good beat (and isn’t country), I can writer to it!

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?

I usually do my best fiction writing late at night. Everyone is in bed, there is only one lamp on in the room, and I’m in my favorite chair with my laptop on, well, my lap. I have music on and my MP3 player is plugged into my brain. It only takes a moment to get into character before my fingers start flying across the keyboard and words begin to spew onto the screen. I love it!

Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence of inspire your writing?

Yes, I watch television. I watch a variety of dramas, comedies, science fiction, and mysteries. I enjoy shows like The Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. Who, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, Ugly Betty, Lost, and numerous others. Thank goodness for reliable DVRs.

What about movies? Same as above.

I also watch a variety of movies, but my favorites are horror movies. There’s just something about being so into a movie that it can have a physical effect on you. You jump, your heart races, and you may even scream as the monster attacks the unknowing main character. It’s a thrill!

How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?

For each of my paranormal romance novels, it took six months from idea to completion. I didn’t know how long the first one would take, so six months didn’t seem too long or too short. With the second one, I was prepared for six months. I don’t know what the future will hold, but I’ll hang in there no matter what.

Many authors have said that naming their characters is a difficult process, almost like choosing a name for their own child. How did you select the names of some of your lead characters in your book/s?

Naming my characters was definitely a process. I always make a list of names that I hear, see, read, or just like the sound of. When it comes down to naming a character I will go to that list of names and try the name out for my character. Sometimes one of those names is just the right one, but sometimes they aren’t. So then I have to hunt, hunt, and hunt for just the right one. So, yes, I suppose it is as difficult as naming your own child. This is a name that your character will have to live with forever… just like your children.

Have you ever had a character take over a story and move it in a different direction than you had originally intended? How did you handle it?

My characters always take over the story. I always go into a book with an idea of how it will flow and move from scene to scene and then how it will end. Well, that idea always goes right out the window about two chapters in a book. I always say that my characters run the show, they tell me the story that they want me to write and I’m just the person taking dictation. I’m a go-with-the-flow kind of person, so I just go with the story as it presents itself to me.

Now, use this space to tell us more about who you. Anything you want your readers to know?

I have a website at http://www.christiesilvers.com. You can read chapter excerpts, find out where you can purchase my books, enter contests, sign up for my newsletter, and numerous other things while you’re there.

I also have a blog that I update regularly at http://christiesilvers.blogspot and a MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/christiesilvers. And if all of that wasn’t enough, you can even find me at my Coffee Time Romance Author’s Forum
http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=374

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  • Cailin Yates 16785083 Arbonne International  says:

    Yay Christie!
    Good for you and I enjoyed the interview!

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