Interview with Christine Rice

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called "Articles for the Mind." It is a collection of most of the articles I wrote as a freelance writer in 2011. There are 58 articles in total. They are relatively short (400-800 words each) but packed full of helpful information, and they are easy to read but well articulated. There is a wide assortment of different topics that the articles fall under, so they are helpful at improving multiple facets of your life and gaining knowledge on various subjects. Some of the article topics are: health, beauty, careers, education, personal finance, money, family, pets, holidays, self-help, values, psychology, and writing. The article titles fall under these topics and they are specific in aim. The purpose of the articles is to inform people about topics that are not well-known or to clarify what some people have been misled about. Most of the articles also explain how to do certain things. All of the information in the articles I have experienced or I've researched, so it is solid information and advice. Most people will benefit from reading the articles and applying what they learn to their life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In the beginning, I just wanted all of my poetry to be organized in a nicely formatted print copy that I could keep for myself. So I published "Poetry for the Heart" as a print-on-demand book. Shortly after I received my print book in the mail, I decided I would make it available to the public. Then I published it as an ebook. Then I published more books, and now I'm up to five books in total. I also have three books that I'm working on that will all be published by the end of 2014. I am very happy to be an indie author and I wouldn't have it any other way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is so much fun! It's an art to me, and I've always enjoyed art. Writing allows me to communicate more effectively than speaking, and I like communicating my thoughts correctly, so writing is very rewarding. I love that I can publish my words online. I have so many opportunities because of the internet: blogging, researching, publishing, networking, and running my online business. And I'm able to do all of those things well, because I'm a writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am so grateful for my Facebook fans, Twitter followers, Goodreads fans, blog followers, Pinterest followers, book reviewers, and readers. They mean the world to me. I feel so honored to have people that are interested in me and my books. It is because of them that I so much enjoy my career.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on "Chronicles of a Troubled Girl," "Freedom from Fat," and "Adolescent Angst." "Chronicles" is a memoir that is a collection of my journal entries from when I was a preteen to a thirty-year-old that shows my struggles with growing up and everything that goes along with it. "Freedom" is a memoir that is a compilation of journal entries and blog posts about my weight loss journey from 2010 onward. I'm still writing it, because I'm still working on my weight loss goals, but I anticipate that I will reach my goals in 2014, so that is when the book will be finished and published. I'm looking forward to both! "Adolescent" is a collection of my teenage poetry. The poetry was written over the course of a few years when I first started reaching for my independence and was denied, so grief and frustration is communicated in some of the poems, but they are well-articulated and creative and not depressing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not working on my books, I'm running my publishing services business. When I'm not doing either, I'm shopping, going out to dinner and to cafes, going to the movies, spending time at home with my husband, reading, and blogging. My days are completely full!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks I read are given to me by authors to review, free ebooks that I find in Amazon's Best Seller's List, and occasionally I'll buy ebooks online. I read so much that I prefer reading free ebooks if I can. I support authors in other ways, such as writing reviews for their books, promoting them and their books on my blog, and sharing their book links on my social media pages. I love to read and help other authors!
How do you approach cover design?
I really enjoy art: the placement of images, the use of colors and patterns, and the use of size, shape, and style to enhance a design and communicate a message. I think I have good taste in art and a talent for creating attractive designs. I also understand graphic design principles and how to make an image portray what the artist wants the viewer to see. When I create a book cover, I first look for an image that accurately reflects the main importance, message, or theme of the book. It could be an image with one subject or multiple subjects; it depends on what is needed to accurately portray the book. Then I format the image to be the right size and shape for the book cover. Then I add text on top of the image, or above and below it, depending on the size and shape of the image. Then I format the text to be attractive and enticing, and to best represent the book. Then I add details to the cover to make it look polished and crafty. Then I save the image as a JPG file and adjust the pixel size (if necessary) to adhere to the publisher's guidelines. And then it's ready to be published. I greatly enjoy working with images, text, and styles to create a work of art that is a book's first impression.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lately, I've been reading nonfiction only. I've been mostly a nonfiction reader for most of my life. I only write nonfiction too. Lately, I've been reading books on health that are about fitness and diet, and marketing books about email marketing, networking, etc. I really enjoy learning about topics that I'm interested in at the time. I can't get enough knowledge!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Definitely a Kindle. I have a Kindle Touch and I love it. It is the only e-reader I've owned, but I'm very happy with it. It is lightweight, easy to use, convenient, and fun to use. I love how I can keep multiple books on it, and switch between books in one sitting. I can't wait until Kindle comes out with another e-reader that is like the Paperwhite but better.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire. I lived far in the woods on a dirt road with just a few houses. It was a quiet road with a brook behind the house. It was three miles away from town, so I did a lot of walking and bike riding. However, as a teen I was grounded a lot and spent a lot of time in my room. That was when I did a lot of journal writing. I enjoyed keeping a journal. I also wrote stories in school that my teachers liked. It gave me the confidence that I could write well. If it wasn't for those things, I don't know if I would have become an author.
Published 2013-09-10.
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Books by This Author

Adolescent Angst: Poems Written in My Teen Years
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
If you are a teenager and wish to connect with someone who is going through the same tough times that you are, this is the book for you. I wrote the poetry in this book in my teen years, when I was a teen struggling to live with strict rules. Poems such as: The Chamber, Expression, Authority, and My “Other” Side, reveal my inner-workings as an independence-driven, identity-seeking adolescent.
Articles for the Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,130. Language: American English. Published: August 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
"Articles for the Mind" is a compilation of 58 articles on a variety of topics that provide expert advice and objective knowledge to educate you and help you to improve your life. Article topics include: health, careers, personal finance, writing, education, relationships, self-help, and more.
Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year as a Freelance Writer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,490. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Careers, Nonfiction » Reference » Personal & Practical Guides
(4.80 from 10 reviews)
"Freelance Writing Guide" is a helpful career guide that will inform you of the experiences the author had, and what she learned, during her first year as a freelance writer. The purpose of the book is to educate you on what you can expect in the beginning of your freelance writing career, so that there are no questions or fear of the unknown.
Poetry for the Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
(3.60 from 5 reviews)
"Poetry for the Heart" is a collection of twenty-two free-verse poems that reflect emotions and share experience about writing, creativity, careers, childhood, home, dreams, animals, and more. The poems are honest and uplifting, and written with a modern style that is simplistic.
My Not-So-Ordinary Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,030. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
"My Not-So-Ordinary Life" is a memoir that tells the author’s life story up to age 28. The book reminisces about her innocent times in childhood, reveals the difficult experiences she faced in adolescence, and shows how she persevered and changed her life as an adult. The message of the book is: Life has its ups and downs but, ultimately, you will be okay, and maybe even good, in the end.
Essays for the Soul: Thirteen Creative Writings
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
"Essays for the Soul" is a collection of thirteen essays about writing, student life, healthy eating, careers, personal finance, education, and more. These essays are creatively written, and based on thoughtful opinion and life experience. Some of the essays are introspective, while others are informational.