Interview with Christine McMahon

What motivated you to become an indie author?
After sending my manuscript to various agents, I found they wanted to slot it into a particular genre which was romance, always a hot seller. The novel is not a romance, nor did I want to turn it into one. Self-publishing was just taking hold (2003), so I decided to learn as much as I could about the possibilities and move ahead. Ebooks weren't on the scene yet so I worked with self-publishing soft covered books. As ebooks became more a norm with the various small screen devices, I researched ebooking and decided on Smashwords for epublishing my series.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As I have recently published the series, I haven't seen much in sales, but I realize it takes time to infiltrate the markets so I am continuing to find ways to bring my books to the attention of readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love building the characters and seeing how they develop. Each one brings their own lives into the story. The resolution of their conflicts and lessons tucked into the storyline have a way of moving the story ahead.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a new story about a young man struggling with dyslexia. I am just learning about my character and am anxious to bring his story to life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Along with working a full time job, I show a Rhodesian Ridgeback in Conformation Shows (like Westminster) and have proudly brought him to his AKC Championship at the young age of 15 months and his Grand Championship by 20 months! When needing some down time, I spin my own yarn and weave.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, my series is the first story I ever wrote. Though I imagined many stories, I never put them to paper until I wrote the series.
What is your writing process?
After finding/deciding on the plot/conflict, I keep thinking about the possibilities and twists that can move a character forward. As this is working out, I find my character who then works their own complexities into the storyline. Character, conflict, resolution. Before I start writing, I have to know my character, their quirks, insights, joys, sorrows, as though they are a living person, then I set them on the path of the plot. When I begin a book, I know the ending I want. Between the beginning and end, the story becomes a living thing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Funny as it sounds, the stories of Dick, Jane, Spot, and Puffy, which were my first books in school. I couldn't wait to turn the pages to see what happened and then I'd imagine more stories for them.
How do you approach cover design?
My character in my Choices Made series is an artist, Jamy MacGregor. In order to have him describe artistic aspects during the story, I needed to use the proper terminology so took an oil painting class. I had never had an art class before, but found it couldn't answer the questions that would bring my character to life. I took more classes and then created and painted my own covers. Considering I've only had 32 hours of classes, I'm very proud of the artwork for the covers. Originals - Oil on Canvas.
What do you read for pleasure?
Actually, I read a lot of technical articles on spinning and weaving. They are relaxing. For fiction, I will read light romances. Funny, as I don't write romance. I do like a lot of the classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, etc.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book, 4th in the series, is of resolutions to the conflicts my character, Jamy MacGregor, encountered through his life with family, friends, and mostly himself. Through self reflection, he finds that forgiveness is the key to a peaceful fulfilling life. I bring Jamy through his youth into manhood and growing him into a 'good' man with a loving family - what he has always dreamt of.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have been excited to see sales and love hearing from my readers. I hope they will continue to look for my books.
Published 2014-12-26.
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Books by This Author

Choices Made: Always
Series: Choices Made, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 187,060. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Coming of age
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Book 4 - Final in Series: Juxton holds a family that has torn him apart, but can Jamy live the lesson of forgiveness "The Heart of MacGregor" has taught him?
Choices Made: Missouri or Misery
Series: Choices Made, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 132,030. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Coming of age
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Choices Made: Missouri or Misery is the third book in the Choices Made Series chronicling the life of Jamy MacGregor, aka: Lord Chance. Join Jamy as he travels from his life on the streets to the villas of Paris while following his dream of becoming a famous artist - can he make it or will his past bring him down?
Choices Made: Fathers and Sons
Series: Choices Made, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 125,310. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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(Book 2) After three years on the streets, Jamy MacGregor-aka: Lord Chance, tries to break free of his past to find a relationship with his biological father whom he has never met. Ideological dreams of family presses him toward a man who sees him as 'white trash'. Facing trauma, betrayal, and grave disappointment, Jamy wades through his ideas of family to make a demanding choice. Should he stay?
Choices Made: The Street Years
Series: Choices Made, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 119,880. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(Book 1) Introducing - Jamy MacGregor: Drug Enforcement Agent’s son, talented artist, best friend, poor boy; a.k.a. Lord Chance: heroin addict, gang leader, teen father, BNDD Narc, rich boy; which future is his?