Interview with B. Christine

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to get my book in front of more people. It's great that they allow books to be free, and they even have some great promotions, that let more people take a chance on my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is that I can create people and situations that I may never come across in real life. It's always fun to have others read and, hopefully, enjoy what I have written.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a story called "Felix and the Little Room." It is a psychological suspense story about a man's obsession with his own house. It is a horror story. Hopefully it turns out scary to other people after I finish it. I hope to have it published sometime in late summer 2014.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time with my family and friends. I am a homebody mostly, but I do like to go out and have some fun sometimes, like eating out, watching movies, or having game nights.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story that I clearly remember writing, I wrote when I was in third grade. I wrote about a girl who was very hungry and she couldn't get filled. It was a long list of foods that she ate and enjoyed. I must have felt hungry at the time that I wrote it. I remember there was a lot of junk food and candy in the story.
What is your writing process?
Generally, I like to write at night. I like the quiet. I write a lot by hand in a notebook, but I also like to write on a computer. Writing on a computer is much faster, and I am starting to lean more towards that than handwritten books.
How do you approach cover design?
I look at other books in the same genre, then I try to pick out an element of my story to represent on the cover design. I do most of the work myself, but I get opinions on which cover looks the best.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read classics. I like a lot of stories from the 1800s. I like that era, it's interesting to me to read about. I like many genres, including horror, light romance that is more story driven than about the romance, and just about any other category if a story is recommended by someone.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I generally use my Kindle when I read e-books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use Facebook and Twitter, but what I have gotten the most results from is when I have offered my book for free. I think more readers are willing to take a chance on an unknown author if a book is free.
Describe your desk
My desk is fairly messy at the moment. I keep my computer and mouse area clear so I can use it at any time. But on the end of the desk, I have a lot of random stuff. I have a manicure set, some old lottery tickets, a calendar, and some gardening seeds for vegetables and flowers. I also always have a coaster available for a glass of iced tea or water.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. I'm not really sure how it has influenced my writing, but I am trying to incorporate the area more into my writing lately. I always find it interesting when I recognize a place in a book, so I would like to do that for readers of my books who are from the greater Kansas City area.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I decided that it was now or never. I have always wanted to be an author, and so I just sat down one day and decided to write my first full length book. I'm not getting any younger, and I decided that I just better do it, so I did. And self publishing is a great way to get your work out there and see what happens.
Published 2014-07-03.
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Books by This Author

Promises We Keep
Price: Free! Words: 73,250. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Cora is engaged to the love of her life, Bert. She has a close relationship with her eccentric Aunt Davina. When Cora receives a letter from Aunt Davina, with invitations to a string of social events, she is excited to accept. But to everyone's shock, the invitations are for Bert! Bert is skeptical, but accepts the invitations, and an unexpected journey full of promise begins.