Interview with Christina O'Neil

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is putting down on paper (or keyboard) what these characters are telling me to. Is it okay to hear voices if you don't talk back? Often? I hope so. Often, feel like when I go to sleep or get busy, they are sitting there in that position, very angry that I have left them. Also, I have been writing 'books' since I was 5, I love to escape into different worlds with books, and I hope that I give that amazing experience to others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. It's why I'm putting my work out there. I love to hear feedback, good and bad. I love when people tell my Connor or Catie are pissing them off, or how could this happen? It's so rewarding when people are emotionally invested in this book, and I hope that it will do the same for everyone who reads it.
What are you working on next?
I am almost done with the sequel, Dark Hearts, Ian McDuff's story (Connor's son) who is older now, and just as sexy as his dad, if not more. He is fun loving, rich, partying, shallow, at first, but you see the softer side of him, and the depth of his intelligence and heart as he grows and meets someone very important. It also has Catie, Connor and a few characters in small parts, so you see them seven years later,m but it is mainly about Ian, who of course will save the day a few times. Also, I'm in the works on Elizabeth and Michael's very crazy stories, Michael's a prequel, Elizabeth's a novella sequel. They will be more of a dark humor.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sandra Brown, Catherine Coulter, Annette Blair, Amanda Quick, Nora Roberts, Karen Robards, and of course Margaret Mitchell, even if it was only one book. Some other authors I enjoy are Kathleen Brooks, Catherine Gayle, Marie Hall, and I am a sucker for the Twilight series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My amazing children, three year old Caelin, two year old Bella, and six month old Olivia. I usually have no choice gettin gout of bed, with two kids jumping on me and yanking me, or the baby crying, but it's a lovely way to wake up, having these amazing ladies who I am so lucky to be a mom to.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a full time college student, five classes a semester, so a lot of studying, quizzes, projects. I am also a full time mom, and allday I take care of the three girls by myself, which keeps me so busy it's hard sometimes to study or write, but I manage just fine. I am going to school to be a Science teacher, and I work with my kids on science, math, shapes, and of course reading. I've been reading to each of them almost every day since they've been born and they love it. Besides that, I like to just relax, listen to music, dance while doing dishes, watch netflix with the hubby or go walk a couple miles for a little workout.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The suggestions are very helpful. I love historical romances, and romantic suspense mostly. I also enjoy some paranormal stories. I really like a story to have characters I like, and can get into, not just all the love scenes in the first twenty pages. Not that those aren't great, just not my preference. I like a lot of conflict and of course a little danger thrown in.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I wrote a book about the 1980's, about a modern day (well, 80s time) Scarlett O'Hara if you will. Three guys after her and she is so self absorbed she loses them all, and of course there are kidnappings, murders, and jumping out of a plane to land on a ship. Yes, very silly, but I was only thirteen.
What is your writing process?
I read what I wrote the day before, get a coffee and decide where I'm going. I don't really do outlines, I try to write down the general ideas, but they forever change as the characters tell me what to do. You can't make them do anything that's not organic to who they are. usually I get ten to twenty pages done, and I take lots of breaks be cause the kiddos. I try to do it before they wake up and after they go to sleep, and when they nap, after school work is done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first stories I read was Black Beauty, I think I was four or five. It blew me away, it was so touching, and I loved escaping into the book. It got me on the reading kick, and I would read a book every day. I still do, if I can.
How do you approach cover design?
I went through so many ideas, but I went with classic romance. Although my book is contemporary, (actually it's kind of set a few years ago, 2006 but still contemporary) it is about a pirate and forbidden love, which goes back to a more historical theme, just with Lambos and cell phones.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gone with the Wind, it is the best book ever, period. It is so epic. Nicholas Nickelby, because I love the rags to riches tales,and Dickens, Wuthering Heights, because it is such a dark tale before it's time. Slow Heat in Heaven, by Sandra Brown, is so addicting, I can read it in one night easily. And finally, a book by Catherine Coulter called The Wyndham Legacy, I've read that book so many times the spine of it looks a hundred years old.
Published 2014-01-22.
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Books by This Author

Dark Pirate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,380. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Connor McDuff, a modern day pirate, is plundering on dry land these days. His mission? To take a rich man’s daughter for ransom, Catie O’Halloran. She challenges the very few morals Connor didn't know he possessed. There is danger, and a sinister presence hidden in a world of deception, where nothing is as it seems, and forces tear them apart. In the end, can Connor save Catie from imminent peril?