Interview with Christy Summerland

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a house my father built around a mobile home, on a dirt road in Northwest Arkansas. I spent a lot of my time as a child running around in the woods and climbing trees, and I still love the entire rural experience. In fact, I probably would have been a lot happier in my teenage years if we'd stayed on the mountain. Then again, living in the city opened me up to a lot of different people and experiences, including music. But growing up in the country does tend to make me want to relive it a bit, so there's always at least one character in every story who comes from a small town. Not having a lot of television as a kid also helped, because when I wasn't in the woods, I was glued to my mother's typewriter.
When did you first start writing?
As a kid I would read a lot of books and then rewrite them on the typewriter. My mother would read them as if I'd come up with something original. It took me a long time once I became an adult before I could actually finish a novel though, due to a combination of lack of confidence, college and my mother's health. I'm glad I was finally able to take that step, because it's opened me up in ways I hadn't anticipated.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like creating a world I can imagine in my head, with people I understand. I get to remove myself from this world for a while, but in a way that doesn't get me lost. In fact, sometimes it helps me find something I need, even if I didn't know I needed it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Music makes the world go 'round, so when I'm not writing, I'm behind my drum kit or my piano. Otherwise I'm hanging out with my goofy dogs and my two cats or trying to catch some of the great independent musicians I've had the good fortune to come across, like Ginger Doss, Bekah Kelso, Sharon Knight, Heather Dale, SJ Tucker and Big Bad Gina.
Describe your writing space.
I was lucky to find a slightly damaged wooden roll top desk, about half the size of the one my father has. I've got my stereo on top of it with a light-up Buddha, a hydra incense burner and a desktop cannon figurine. On the walls are pictures and posters of planets, the last Challenger crew and other space fun and airplanes. Ganesh hangs out on the nightstand by my desk and a replica wrestling belt hangs on the wall to my left, with a late friend's name on the nameplate. Because there's also a futon bunk bed and a shelf with all the books I own on it, it's called the Guest Writing Library.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After I finally managed to finish my first book in 2009, it took me until 2013 to actually release it. I only did after several friends threatened to throw me in a dumpster if I didn't. Once I did, and it sold better than I'd expected, the idea for Flight to Eternity popped into my head. Now I want to write all the time.
What are you working on next?
I recently finished Bleed The Stars, and I'm currently working on about ten separate stories. I'm not ready to say much, because I'm in the process of focusing on one in particular. I do plan to release the second book in the Team Apollo series this year.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Bleed The Stars focuses on Dezi LeMarco, a sometimes delightful, fun loving serial killer. She has to be protected outside of prison when the head of her former Family escapes and threatens to wreak havoc. The cop in charge of protecting her, Rayden Glenn, learns a lot about Dezi and herself in the process.
Who are your favorite authors?
Depending on my mood I can go for Janet Evanovich, Iris Johansen, Sidney Sheldon, Mary Higgins Clark, Tess Gerritsen or Mick Foley without hesitation. I like a lot of authors in a lot of different genres, but those are the ones I'm happiest to return to.
What do your fans mean to you?
I adore them. I'm still pretty new so the group is quite small but they're wonderful people who make me laugh, sometimes make me cry and inspire me to do the best I can. And some of them have reawakened my travel bug, because I think if we find ourselves in the same town, the whole experience will be a riot. I always love coming across people who turn out to be as ornery as I am.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That the sun rose. Seriously, several bouts of depression have forced me to try and appreciate every tiny thing I see. So I don't need inspiration to get out of bed...if I could get by without sleep, I would. I'm just happy I'm granted another chance to wake up and start another day.
Published 2017-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Eternal Power: Team Apollo Book Three
Series: The Eternity Series, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,130. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Forging a new existence on a damaged planet is never easy. As the members of Team Apollo and the growing family of Fort Chaffee continue to find their way in a new world, a power from the past emerges to test the team dynamic. Will the sometimes strained coalition gain their footing in time, or will they lose everything they've worked for?
Oceanborn: Lost Oceans Book One
Series: The Eternity Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,350. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Trapped on a wounded aircraft carrier in the middle of some of the worst storms in recorded history. Shocked by explosions that may be even worse than originally believed. Lost without communications or a direction, with no way to know what’s happening in the world at large.
Eternal Games: Team Apollo Book Two
Series: The Eternity Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,130. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
The most dangerous man is the one who thinks life is truly a game... As if the destruction of most of the known world and a rash of near-death experiences weren't enough, the members of Team Apollo must now adapt to a new kind of life. All of their work and whatever safety they may feel is suddenly threatened by a man who thinks life and death is a grand game... And he lives to play.
Bleed The Stars
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,080. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
“The Cosmos Killer” Dezi LeMarco loves to have fun and watch Buffy…and sometimes strangle people to death. When Dezi is put in unexpected danger, Officer Rayden Glenn is assigned to protect her. What Rayden learns about the sometimes delightful and often dangerous psycho turns a mundane job into a fight for both their lives.
One Step From The Edge
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,280. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
It was supposed to be a simple job. Fly in, leave cargo, fly out. But from the moment Blare Casey and Bon Jacobs landed at Teratia Field, nothing could be described as simple. After meeting a mysterious woman and barely surviving disaster, they soon realized danger wasn’t limited to the isolated island they landed on.
Blood Hybrid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,720. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Something is attacking the city of Nashville, wreaking havoc in the halls of LaRoze Hospital. Expelled scientist Alexis Douglas finds herself sucked back in to pin down the cause and save the rapidly growing class of patients. An escaped inmate, an arrogant colleague, recent history and an evolving medical beast threaten the possibility of success.
Road to Eternity: Cynthia "Cropduster" Purdue
Series: The Eternity Series. Price: Free! Words: 17,470. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
It is 2042, two years before the events of Eternity, and Cynthia Purdue is living in the clubhouse of a notorious motorcycle club in North Platte, Nebraska. Two years removed from the loss of the last of her family, she is struggling to find her direction and has become rather complacent in her position as the somewhat unwanted house guest of the Red Platte Crew MC.
Flight to Eternity: Team Apollo Book One
Series: The Eternity Series, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,620. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
The US Air Force Special Space Group is forced to leave the Earth for an uncertain future aboard the USS Eternity space station. In order to survive, Team Apollo and the civilians on board must learn to deal with their surroundings, power struggles, and each other. The fate of the population of Earth is unknown... The fate of the crew and passengers of the Eternity seems less certain.
Like Dark Minds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,560. Language: American English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Kasey Laughton is in trouble in more ways than one. Losses, betrayal and confusion have combined to make her distrustful, too tough and secretly self-destructive. When she finds herself on the mind of a sadistic killer, her life is spun around drastically by old friends, quick events and the appearance of Gina Cessario, an FBI agent with secrets of her own.