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Sylvia  | 17307 comments Mod
Ok members this is our 9th and final Indie Author Interview for this month. Christina Smith, Author of Fated Dreams (Book One In The Affinity Series) by Christina Smith Delusions (Book Two In The Affinity Series) by Christina Smith has been interviewed. This is our 19th Author Interview and it is conducted by one of our moderators. Please read this interview and we hope you will be able to pick up lessons about her experience. If there are any questions you would like to ask Christina Smith please post any comments you wish. Thank you!!

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
About three years ago, I had no idea I had the ability. I was watching Stephanie Myers on Oprah the year New Moon was coming out, and Stephanie said that she didn't know that it wasn't normal to make up stories in your mind; she thought every one did it. Oprah told her that no, it's not normal. When I heard that, I glanced at my husband and said, "It's not?"

Like Stephanie, I had told myself stories all my life, and thought everyone else did too. And when I heard this, I started to think about all the stories I had created. Only two stood out. Fated Dreams was one of them.

2. How long does it take you to write a book? 
All together, I would guess six months. But I haven't worked on one solely yet. I wrote the first draft of Fated Dreams in a few weeks, and it was terrible. Then I took a novel writing course at Winghill Writing School, polished it up and thought it was done. It wasn't. I don't know how many revisions I've made on it, but it's been at least twenty over the last three years. But since then, I am able to write a book with a lot less. Delusions, was the fourth book I wrote, and I think I did four revisions and I estimate it took about four months all together.

3. What do you think makes a great story?
Personally I love a story in the first person; I feel the reader connects more to the main character. 

Mystery, and suspense, you have to keep the reader interested. 

And of course romance. I'm married and have been with my husband for sixteen years. I will never feel the joy of falling in love for the first time again…unless I pick up a book.

4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing? 
When I first realized I could write, I wrote all the time. Finding my passion was new to me and I couldn't stop myself. But I've mellowed a bit since then. I still I don’t really have a schedule. I wish I did, but I'm a really good procrastinator, so I write when inspiration hits. 

5. How do you balance family and writing?
I haven't really figured that out yet. If I had more of a set schedule I could write during the day while the kids are at school and my husband is at work, but it hasn't quite worked out that way.

6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? 
Different places. The first (Fated Dreams) was from another book by LJ Smith. It was the first time I read about soul mates, and fell in love with the concept.

Delusions came about because I couldn't get Logan out of my head. There wasn't meant to be a sequel to Fated Dreams.

The others I really don't remember; they just popped into my head. I have one idea that I have on the back burner that I dreamed of. At first I thought nothing of it. The plot is something I never thought I would write about, but then I remembered that Twilight started from a dream, so I wrote the idea down.

7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? 
That I could actually write. I have always loved to read but didn't know I could write, actually I never thought to try.

8. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite? 
I have written four books but I have separated one into a prequel, so I guess five.

And it's hard to pick a favorite. When I try, I feel guilty about the other ones. Just like with my children, and in some ways I guess they are. I did create them.

9. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Yes and no. The girl on the cover of Fated Dreams is my niece Courtney, but I asked her because she was handy and had brown hair. I wrote Sarah during my obsession with the TV series, The Vampire Diaries, so I guess Sarah is based on Nina Dobrev.

The main character in the book I'm working on now is named Megan after my daughter. But they only share the same hair color, that’s where the similarities end. 

The only character based on someone I know, is Lisa's sister Olivia, in Delusions. I developed her from my two year old niece Summer.

10. Do you have a favourite place you love to write?
Yes, in my room on my bed. My husband calls it my cave.

11. How hard is it to get published?
Extremely, since I'm not. I self-published.

I sent in most of my books to many agents in Canada and the US, and no one was interested. I think I sent them before they were ready, but since they don't want the same books sent twice, I'll never know. I won't give up though; I have one more to send out.

12. What do your family and friends think about your books?
They were surprised as I was when I wrote them, but they love my novels. Most of my family has read them all, but now that I self published, my mother is re-reading them.

13. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Read, spend time with my family.

14. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they? 
Write when inspiration hits, keep a notebook. Read lots of books on the genre of their choice. And if it's young adult books their interested in writing, watch teen shows and movies. It's difficult to write about a teen when your not one, so study them. 

I took an online course at WingHill writing school, and that really helped me.

15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? 
Doesn't every little girl want to be a princess? But as I grew up I figured that wouldn't work out, so I decided on an Architect, even though I'm horrible at math. And then I remember I wanted to sell houses.

But I really didn't know what I wanted to be. I took a semester in college for early childhood education just because my friend was taking it. It didn't work out. I hated that I didn't have something I was passionate about. I was really thankful when I found it.

16. What are your favourite books and which authors inspire you?
I have so many, but the ones that have lasted are Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice.

Young Adult books would have to be, The Twilight Series, If I Stay, Where She Went, and The Iron Fey Series, and so many others that I can't choose. 

Stephanie Myers, Gale Forman, Julie Kagawa

17. What's it like to be self published?? How did you do it?? 
I've only been self-published for about a few months and so far, I find it challenging to get the word out about my books. Thankfully I found goodreads, it's been so helpful.

I really didn't know that you could self-publish until I read about Amanda Hocking, and then it took awhile to find out how to do it. But cruising through other self-published books gave me the information. I started at Smashwords.com and they are great, they send out your book to lots of ebook stores, and now I just recently published on amazon as well.

18. What are you working on now?
A new series called A Moon's Glow. I'm just touching up the prequel, called Riley's Curse, and the first in the series called Riley's Secret. They will be out in the next week or two.


message 2: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia  | 17307 comments Mod
It's really great Christina that you finally found your passion in writing and it's very helpful to know that publishers will not accept revised manuscripts of the same book.
Thank you for participating in the interview for our group and it's been great getting to know you through this interview :)


Adriana (adrinori) | 4201 comments Mod
Hi Christina

Thanks again for a great interview , I've read both your books and love them both and I can't wait to see what you come up with next cus I know I'll love them too :)


Adriana (adrinori) | 4201 comments Mod
Btw I love that you have an obsession with vampire diaries just like the rest of us lol


message 5: by Christina (new)

Christina Smith | 21 comments Thanks for having me. And thanks Adriana for you words about my books. My next two will be coming out hopefully next week.


message 6: by Christina (new)

Christina Smith | 21 comments I'm not sure about publishers accepting revised manuscrits. It was agents for me.


message 7: by Christina (new)

Christina Smith | 21 comments And yes Adriana I loved Vampire Diaries when it first came out. That's when I wrote Fated Dreams. Even though the stories are different, the show inspired me.


message 8: by Julie (new)

Julie Reece Thanks for the fun interview and introducing us to all these great new authors. I enjoyed getting to know Ms. Smith a bit more and now I'll have to go look at her books! :)


message 9: by Christina (new)

Christina Smith | 21 comments Thanks Julie.


message 10: by Tracy (new)

Tracy | 1 comments Love this interview... Thank you!
Fated Dreams is now on my TBR list :-)


message 11: by Christina (new)

Christina Smith | 21 comments That's great Tracy. I hope you like it!


message 12: by Tina (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tina (frogluv3r) | 301 comments I like what you said about romance, reading a book is a way to experience first love again. I feel the same way. I look forward to checking out your books.


message 13: by Christina (new)

Christina Smith | 21 comments Thanks Tina. I hope you like them.


message 14: by Deonna (new)

Deonna | 32 comments Tina wrote: "I like what you said about romance, reading a book is a way to experience first love again. I feel the same way. I look forward to checking out your books."

I also really love this idea of experiencing first love again through a great novel!


message 15: by Christina (new)

Christina Smith | 21 comments Thanks Deonna!


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Great interview :)


message 17: by Christina (new)

Christina Smith | 21 comments Thanks Amanda


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