Interview with Christine Dzidrums

What are you working on next?
I'm currently hard at work on the third book in the SoCal series, Life Before Elmo.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anzia Yezierska, Judy Blume, Jerry Spinelli
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My three young children
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have three children. They're my life. When they go to sleep for the night, I either begin writing or chill with my husband.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse Amazon A LOT.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. It was a story about a bed of flowers who talked to each other. I think I wrote it in first grade.
What is your writing process?
I spend a few months getting to know my lead character inside and out. Then once I figure her out, I let her tell the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever checked out of my school library was Rebecca Caudill's The Best-Loved Doll. I was so touched by the story that when my mother finished reading it to me, I fought back tears and begged her to read it to me again.
How do you approach cover design?
It's not really my job. Sometimes I know how I want the cover to look like and I describe the image to my designer. Mostly, though, I keep my mouth shut. :)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Breadgivers
The Great Gatsby
Stargirl
It's Not The End of the World
The Lorax
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Any e-reader app that works with my iPad.
Describe your desk
My desk is immaculate because I barely touch it. When I'm really inspired, I get comfy on the couch and type away on my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern California. Despite living in a part of world that has beautiful weather, I spent a lot of my childhood indoors reading, reading and reading. I was a huge bookworm.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 1st grade...as soon as I could write sentences.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing a book or reading one of my books years later and thinking, 'that's not bad!"
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm always surprised and touched when anyone outside of my family shows an interest in my writing. It never gets old.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm horrible at promoting my books. I usually write a book, do a few interviews about it and move on.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was writing "Cutters Don't Cry," I wrote a chapter about my lead character's childhood friend, Kaylee. A few weeks before I finished writing "Cutters," I realized that I wanted to learn more about Kaylee and voila...my next book in the SoCal series was done.
What motivated you to become an author?
From a young age, my teachers told me that I would grow up to be an author. I don't think children like being told what they are or aren't going to be. So, for a long time, I rebelled against the idea of being an author. It wasn't until after I graduated from college that I became interested in writing again...but this time because it was my idea and not anyone else's idea.
Published 2014-03-05.
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Books by This Author

Gabby Douglas: Golden Smile, Golden Triumph
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,100. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Gymnastics
A children's biography and Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner, Gabby Douglas: Golden Smile, Golden Triumph will grab readers as they experience the thrilling path the popular gymnast from the Fierce Five took on her way to becoming Olympic Champion and America's Sweetheart.