Interview with Christina Grant

What do you read for pleasure?
Is there any other kind of reading?
I tend to find authors then read everything they've written I can get my hands on. Margaret Atwood is my all-time favourite. I've been reading her books for over 20 years.
Last year, I read the entire Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong (sexy, action-packed, and supernatural). Alan Bradley's Flavia DeLuce mysteries (I love that girl!) were humorous and quirky. Dean Koonz's Odd Thomas was such a sad character; I wish he could just get a break and live a normal life.
I also read a lot of YA for my job (but it's not really work)! Some of my favourites are: John Green, Rick Yancey, Patrick Ness, Marcus Zusak.
If you were to ask the same question in a year, I'd probably have a completely different set of answers!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo. Definitely. I love that I can check out books from one of the 5 libraries I have cards for (is that a record?).
Describe your desk
Hmm. I'm sitting at it. I try to make it as inspirational as possible. Right now it has a very strange gift from a student sitting on it - a pair of Santa Boot salt & pepper shakers. A quote from Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" hangs at eye level, reading:
Great Creator, I will take care of the quantity You take care of the quality.
I've posted a Today's Parent letter congratulating me on my article, "The Cult of the New Parent", and another one from The Cambridge Centre for the Arts informing me that a poem I wrote was a winner of the Poem-A-Day contest. Pictures of my family. Drawings from my kids. My NaNoWriMo Winner Certificate. A fantastic poster my sister made for my last birthday has pictures from all different points of my life with friends and family. I love my writing corner!
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could put enough letters together to form words, I was writing stories and poems. I still have one of the first stories I ever wrote; I was in grade one. It was about a snowman who happened to have the same name as the boy I had a crush on. He melted. It was all very tragic.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Impatience, mainly. I didn't want to wait to have someone decide that they liked my book and that it would make them money. That's a lot of control over your own success that you're putting in someone else's hands. The publishing world has changed drastically and is continuing to change. There is so much more legitimacy now with self-publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Other people's reactions to my words. I am often just as surprised as anyone else at what comes out of my brain. On a good day, it really feels like I'm just typing and someone else is handing me the words. I sit back and reread what I've written and it surprises me (again, that's on a good day - on many other days, it feels more like chipping away at a very large stone with a nail file. Or digging up carrots with a garden hose).
What are you working on next?
I wrote a sequel to Being Human over NaNoWriMo called "Invisibles." I'll be editing it over the next several months then moving back to another story I started about a group of teenagers who are chosen for a reality-show kind of program based on the International Space Station!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am lucky enough to be surrounded by books in my day job. I love being a teacher-librarian; part of my job includes fostering a love of reading in my students. I'm always exchanging recommendations: I'm either reading books that that they've suggested to me or by recommending a book that I think an individual won't be able to put down.
When I'm not surrounded by books, I'm spending time with my friends and family doing my favourite things: going to movies and theatre (I love storytelling in every medium!), spending time on the waters of Georgian Bay (sailing, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking), and playing really dorky board games like Settlers of Catan (seriously, if you've never played, you have to check it out!)
How do you approach cover design?
When it comes to any kind of visual design, I refer to my sister, Kathy Grant, who is a professional graphic designer in Toronto. She has an amazing talent. She is a Jill-of-All-Trades when it comes to any kind of creativity.
Published 2015-04-01.
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Books by This Author

Being Human
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,220. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
How do you explain humanity to a machine? When Alek, a SimAid designed to perform domestic chores, experiences blackouts and awakens in a strange lab, he confides in his scientist owners' ten-year-old daughter, Bean. As their unlikely friendship develops, Bean helps Alek not only to understand human behaviour, but to discover the truth behind his unusual upgrades.