Interview with Christina Welles

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story of an elephant who was left behind while she was napping. She wandered the jungle looking for her family and met all kinds of animals. I think there were penguins in the jungle, too. I was about 6 years old. I guess the moral of the story was that friends keep you from being lonely.
What is your writing process?
I never try to force a story. Sometimes they flow for several hours. Sometimes, I go play in the sun instead of sitting at my computer. I keep my household expenses low in order to work the amount that I want. I do not do well when working for money, I have to enjoy my work.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I still have the book that I learned to read with. The story was not all that interesting to me, even then, but the time sitting with my baby sitter was what I enjoyed. My older brothers were loud as boys will be and they received the majority of the attention at home. Having one person concentrating some attention on me felt good.
Describe your desk
I like space. Room to move. I bought a piece of plywood to stain and polish because I couldn't find a large desk within the amount I wanted to spend. I have random notes pinned to a bulletin board by my side to help me remember details or inspire ideas. I have magazine pages framed on my walls to motivate me with island pictures or relaxing rooms. It's a very eclectic space.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My mother was always seeking greener grass. I had to make new friends every few years. No matter where I went, I had myself. I developed my own personality because I had no peer pressure. I was able to be comfortable being a lesbian, even if I didn't tell others. I knew that if I was not accepted by this group, I would be moving soon, therefore, their opinion didn't matter in the big picture. I wrote about what I knew I would someday be able to be when I had more control in my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on a novel about a woman who married her best friend (a man) in order to become famous. She meets a woman through a random event and falls in love for the first time. It's a coming out story, touching on the struggle of leaving behind the life you live to journey into unknown territory.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write for enjoyment. I didn't want my books torn apart by editors and other opinions. For every publishing company rejection, there might be someone that loves the story the way it is. I'll let my readers judge for themselves.
What do your fans mean to you?
I appreciate details in life. I have had brief interactions that I remember for years. I smile when a book sells because I am happy that I have been able to touch someone in that moment. I hope that a small piece, maybe a specific sentence, will be worth remembering.
Published 2013-12-02.
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Books by This Author

The Search For Beaver Lake
Price: $4.59 USD. Words: 39,220. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
How long can a star shine brightly before it burns out? Jessica ponders that question as she sits by the pool waiting for the world to go away. When a chance meeting with a beautiful stranger turns her world upside down, she struggles with the decision: Which is more important, love or money? She's surprised to discover the answer is something she had never even dreamed of.
Fingertips
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Sex and health, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Dating and relationships
Hints from the life of lesbian erotica author Christina Welles on how to please your wife, lover, girlfriend, partner.
Tuck U In
Price: $4.59 USD. Words: 37,450. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
From butch to femme, from tender to SM, this collection of lesbian short story erotica written by Christina Welles has something for everyone - even the first time curious.
The Project
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
They say that true love goes beyond physical lust, but can it bridge the gap when over 100 years have passed? Find out in this latest short story of lesbian fiction by Christina Welles.