Interview with Christina Hale

When did you first start writing?
I first started to write when I was around ten years old, and it was on a forum roleplay. I grew to love writing, and especially roleplay, and I've been doing both for many years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
For my first book, "Captured", which is the first book in the "Captured" series, a young woman named Nephele gets taken prisoner by a herd of centaurs. She learns that her captor, Vralius, is actually quite kind. She begins to develop feelings for him, and he, for her.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy has to be writing something interesting, something that people enjoy reading. For me, if I can't find myself interested in my work, then it won't be interesting to anyone else.
What are you working on next?
The second book to the "Captured" series, "Exchanged". In this book, Nephele gets traded to a couple of other centaurs, not long after Vralius, the one she has feelings for, begins to grow distant.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing is a pretty draining exercise, mentally, and so once I finish for the day, I like to veg out and watch Criminal Minds, House, or Dexter. That, or do housework, since it requires minimal thought.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I'm not sure how old I was, but I do recall it being about a group of human-looking aliens. The story never got very far, but the plot was that they were going to go on some great trek, while trying to find out who they were and what they wanted out of life.
What is your writing process?
First, I think about what the upcoming scenes are going to be about. I write when it's quiet, and I try to average 2-3000 words daily. I listen to music when my muse is low, and once I've got the ideas going in my head, I just write them. The most important part, for me, is that no matter what the plot is, the characters and the story need to write themselves.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really love fantasy books, especially ones that involve magic or vampires. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is my number one favorite, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is a close second.
Describe your desk
It's a corner desk, so there's not much space! I've got a nice headset, a wireless laser mouse (the light is blue!), a desk lamp for writing at night (a recent purchase...), a set of speakers... I've also got screen/lens cleaning cloths, my wallet, a glass heart-shaped bowl filled with glass "pebbles", the decorative kind that go in gardens, and on top of the heart bowl are the ashes of my late 17 year old cat. Behind my laptop I have a tiny plastic trash can.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love a lot of books... but my all-time favorite authors are:
J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series,
Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series,
David Clement-Davies, author of many books, my favorite being Firebringer, The Sight, and Fell.
Edith Pattou, author of East,
Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the VERY first story I ever read... but the story that got me into reading was definitely Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling.
Published 2015-03-21.
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