Interview with Christina G. Gaudet

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was about twelve, I wrote a "novel" (it was about 50 pages) that was a cross between Narnia and Bridge to Terabethia. I was convinced it was original work. I had no idea I had created fan fiction or what fan fiction even was. Oh, it also starred my dog.
What is your writing process?
My process changes with every book, though a few things remain the same. I dont write out an outline, but I do know how it starts, a few important parts in the middle and usually a rough idea of the ending. This tends to mean my first draft is a bit of a mess and requires major rewrites, including changes to the plot and main character.

As for the nitty details of my process, I try to write every day, but there are months at a time when I can't bring myself to touch a story. Lately I've been writing by hand, and even finished an entire first draft this way. Of course it all ends up typed on the computer eventually.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My parents read to me a lot, and so reading was always a part of my life. I have no idea what the first book I read was, but it was probably Dr. Seuss. However, the first book I read that made me consciously think, "I want to creates books like this" was Tamora Pierce's, Alana the First Adventure.
How do you approach cover design?
I am a graphic designer, so I've spent a lot of time thinking about cover designs both for my own books and other authors. I spend a lot of time on goodreads and similar sites to see what people are saying about other designs in the genre, what works for them and what doesn't. It's important to be conscious of trends so that readers will know in a glance what type of book they'd be picking up, but you also want to be original enough to stand out. It's a tough balance and hard to accomplish.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to read what I write, so mostly young adult paranormal and romance. When I choose to read a book, I'm doing so to escape the real world, so I'm not looking for anything too dark or disturbing. Humor in novels is a huge sale for me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was very resistant of becoming an indie writer. I'd spent my entire life dreaming about having one of the big publishers chose my books to put out into the world, and believed self publishing would destroy that dream. However, when I started sending out Magic High to editors and agents, it became clear that was not going to happen, at least not with that book. However, I'd gotten a lot of positive responces, and I didn't want the book to sit on my computer where no one could read it.

I have never once regretted self publishing and look forward to being an indie author for a long time. The control over your work is wonderful, and while my fans may be few, they are all awesome and I love them all. Plus, with the way the publishing business works now, I might yet get a book or two published with a big company. It doesn't have to be one versus the other. It's such an exciting time!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on so many things! My series, The Box has a few more books to go. I've just finished writing the first draft of a YA fantasy romance, and I have two others that are at various stages of their first draft. I'm hoping late 2015/early 2016 will be full of new releases. I'm super excited to show everyone what's next!
Who are your favorite authors?
In no particular order, Tamora Pierce, Marissa Meyer, Sarah J. Mass, and Meg Cabot. I love interesting and fun female characters, what can I say?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, so I spend quite a bit of time doing that. I also have recently started hand sewing custom plushies. I design my own patterns and sell them at comic conventions and on etsy. You can see what I'm working on lately either on my website, christinaggaudet.com or visit my store at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ChristinaGGaudet
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kobo reader, which I like quite a bit, but I find my iPad more convenient since I'm more likely to remember to take it with me wherever I go. It also let's me read from many different stores, which is super useful.
Published 2015-07-11.
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Books by This Author

The Return of the Wizard (The Box book 5.5)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,600. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Old enemies never die. After being sent back in time by Lou, Aldric finds himself thrust in a younger version of his own body. He knows he needs to prevent the wizards from destroying the worlds, but before he can, he must first deal with the enemies of his past.
The Box Series Bundle 1 (The Man in the Box, The Note in the Journal, The Magic of the Sword)
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 152,210. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
SAVE WITH THIS BUNDLE EDITION! Includes the first three books of The Box series, The Man in the Box, The Note in the Journal, and The Magic of the Sword. Lou regrets opening the box her gran left after she died. Not because it holds a spider as she thought, or toenails as she feared. Inside is a person, an impossible miniature man, and her life will never be the same.
The End of Worlds (The Box book 5)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,300. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Apocalypse? Nah. Lou's pretty good at running from griffins and harpies. She even managed to survive the cataclysm when wizards drained her magic to combine the two worlds. But, Lou and her friends have run out of places to hide. The wizards have taken control and they want Lou dead. If she can't find a way to separate the worlds of magic and technology once and for all, her life isn't the only on
The Witch and the University (The Box book 4)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,500. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Tristan is the first female student to ever be trained at the University. The wizards just don’t know it yet. Four years before the events of The Sword, Tristan enrolls at the University under a disguise. Her goal is to seek out weaknesses within the system and find a way to destroy the Sword. She soon discovers the wizards she’s hated her whole life are not all the evil beings she expected...
The Magic of the Sword (The Box book 3)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,740. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The wizards are coming. Nearly two years have passed since Lou first opened the magic box her Gran left her. She’s become comfortable with her magic and has even learned to wield a sword. But nothing could prepare her for this. Al, her wizard friend turned enemy, is back in her life. And he’s not alone. More of his kind are showing up all over town and they’re coming after Lou. This time they do
The Note in the Journal (The Box book 2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,240. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Sin's taken over her gran's house, but things aren't exactly as she dreamed. Cleaning, bills and a part time job aren't the thrilling adventures she hoped for when moving into a house full of magic. When she discovers a map left by her gran showing where her sister’s remaining pouches of magic are hidden, Sin finally has an adventure she can sink her teeth into...
The Man in the Box (The Box book 1)
You set the price! Words: 64,400. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
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Some gifts should be left unopened. When her gran passes away, the only item left to Lou is a small wooden box. Although it’s not the car that her sister, Cindy, receives, Lou knows it could have been worse. She could have gotten Gran’s collection of toenails. When Lou opens the box and a guy the size of a stick of gum falls out; she changes her mind – the nail clippings would have been better.