Interview with Chrissie Buhr

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to delve into the intimate details of my characters. Every character that sticks around for more than a few sentences is given a history, a personality, family and friends. I’ve created family trees and extensive backgrounds for all of the main characters, filling in their lives to create the person that appears in the book. My readers may not hear every story developed for a character, but they see the result.
The most enjoyable part of creating characters that are centuries old is being able to extend their histories back to events and times that fascinate me. I can look at a character and ask how the Civil War affected her. Did she rush to buy the first Polaroid camera available in stores? How did it feel to outlive children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren? What is most important in her life and how did that come to be? What does it take to form a passion so deep it lasts for over a hundred years?
I can sit for hours and piece together a character’s life, integrating it into the lives of other characters. I find the greatest joy in building them so vividly that they are living, breathing entities.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on Psyche Shield, Book Three in the Psyche Moon Series. I intended to take a short break after Psyche Honor, and instead I found myself too excited to stop. The next stage of the story kept bubbling out of me, so I kept writing. Sadie and Billie have a lot on their plate, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. They’ve been swept into a torrential river and can’t see where it’s taking them yet. But they’re managing the currents well. New characters are joining them, they’re growing in their relationship, and their personalities are evolving from the experiences in the books.
I’m always envisioning future events and new characters that haven’t appeared yet. Lately I’ve been daydreaming about a set of characters that are coming after Psyche Shield. They’re already making me smile. It’ll be challenging to present them the way I’d like to, but it’ll be worth it.
Describe your desk
My desk is a large comfy chair in my living room littered with throw blankets and a couple of pillows. I write with my feet up and my computer on my lap, a cup of coffee perpetually beside me. Eventually my cat gets tired of the computer getting the attention he deserves. When that happens, he plops himself on top of my arms and growls while refusing to look at me. If I continue to type, he bites my hands. Several times he’s decided to scream at the neighborhood cat through the window to the right of my comfy chair. He’s grumpy.
It’s a very interactive desk, and it frequently has teeth and claws.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sunrise!! I wake at dawn most mornings, and I love spending a few minutes outside listening to the birds and squirrels while the world wakes up around me. Some days my neighbor’s dog rushes over to say hello. At other times one of the neighborhood cats joins me. Lately the crows have blanketed my neighborhood, and I listen to them jabber.
My family is not the one I was born into, and having them in my life fills me with incredible joy every day. My nieces and nephews hold a special place in my heart. I’m looking forward to going camping and taking hikes with them now that it’s warming up. Life is good.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ooooh. Easily at the top of my favorite author list: Madeleine L’Engle and J.R.R. Tolkien. Many Sands, A Wrinkle in Time, Lord of the Rings Trilogy … I got lost in those pages. Patricia Briggs, Kate Forsythe, Marion Zimmer Bradley and J.K. Rowling all have a prominent place on my favorites list.
I’ve gone through a lot of stages in my reading interests. For a couple of years I read every autobiography I could find at the second hand book stores. Beyond Uhura by Nichele Nichols stands out among all of them. After Gone with the Wind, historical fiction held me captive. I wish I could remember the name of the one I read as a teenager. I’d love to re-read it. In my early twenties I read a great deal of philosophy, spirituality and social interest books.
No matter what else I mixed in with it, fantasy has always been there. Go figure. My earliest favorite authors were Dr. Seuss and Stephen Cosgrove. My first favorite book featured a fish who dreamed of learning how to fly.
Published 2014-03-08.
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Books by This Author

Psyche Moon Bundle: Books 1-3
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 237,220. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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Sadie can reach into your mind to discover anything she chooses. Billie can smell the neighbor's gardenias on your shoes. They soon realize neither is an ordinary woman. Wolves distrust Mages and their ability to control the mind. After centuries of conflict between the races, their relationship jeopardizes everything they hold dear. But a single prophecy, if fulfilled, means hope for every race.
Psyche Shield
Series: Psyche Moon, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,640. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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Wolves distrust Mages and their power over the mind. Sadie is Mage and mated to Billie, Beta of the local Wolf Pack. She's proven her loyalty to the Alpha, but an injured Wolf from a neighboring pack brings danger from without as others learn about the Mage living with Wolves. In the midst of it all, Sadie endeavors to fulfill a prophecy about her, one that determines the fate of every race.
Psyche Honor
Series: Psyche Moon, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,380. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Sadie loathes being a Mage with the ability to control others with her mind. She’d like nothing more than a normal life with her girlfriend, but Billie is Wolf. Centuries of conflict between the races complicate their relationship and threaten to come between Billie and her pack. An ancient Wolf asks her to stop a Mage assault, and Sadie must jeopardize everything to protect those she loves.
Psyche Moon
Series: Psyche Moon, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,030. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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Sadie can reach into your mind to discover anything she chooses. Billie can smell the neighbor's gardenias on your shoes. An unusual and passionate connection sparks, and they quickly realize neither is an ordinary woman. What could be more disturbing than discovering your girlfriend is a werewolf? Finding out you're even more fearsome ... and her pack's sworn enemy.