My first source is always my friends. My core group of friends are avid readers and we constantly share the newest and most interesting books we've read. Second is goodreads.com. I love this website. I connect with other readers, see what they are reading and see what books are gaining great support. If you're not already a member of goodreads, I suggest you check it out. You can also find my authors page there and ask me questions. Dana Christy
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh sure. It was actually a really scary story. A true Horror story about a mysterious killer that was murdering children in a small town. I started writing it my senior year of high school and never finished. I am a BIG BIG fan of Stephen King so that story was greatly influenced by him. The next story I wrote was a children's book. I was teaching special education kindergarten at the time and I would write fun little kid stories that they found very entertaining. I never had them published but I still hold on to them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1.Stephen King Carrie... this book was his best! 2.Stephen King Salem's Lot. I really love his books(read almost all), but Salem's Lot and Carrie are by far his best. well at least to me! 3.Dean Koontz Intensity. I could not put that book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I had to finish it. 4.The Thoughtless Series By S.C. Stephens. Amazing romance series. Totally fell in love with Kellen Kyle. 5. Ruthless. (Can't remember the author) but this book was another edge of your seat thriller about a girl's ordeal with a serial killer. If you read my book, A Heart's Salvation, you will easily see my love of thrillers and mysteries. Although it is ultimately a romance, the story is a great suspense.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything!!! I love romance novels, Horror, mysteries, Supernatural, conspiracy theories, and of course edge of your seat thrillers. My favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, John Grisham, Just to name a few. They are the kings of horror, mystery and suspense. Then of course I read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series; loved True Blood. More Recently I just finished reading Diana Gabaldon Outlander....AWESOME!! My romance reads fall under, S.C.Stephens, Collin Hoover, Kylie Scott. Totally my idles. There are a lot I could list, since I truly love to read, but I think this is a pretty solid list.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now I still use my color nook, but I've been dancing with the idea of upgrading to either a nook HD or a kindle fire. I am such a creature of habit it may be hard for me to give up my nook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook. Absolutely Facebook. I am trying to get a handle on using twitter and gaining followers but for me facebook has been the best. I also did a giveway on goodreads.com which helped me gain some momentum.
Describe your desk
I have a small antique table that I sit at with my laptop. It has an adorable little lamp and I just sit and type out all my stories. I posted a picture on my facebook page, danachristy, check it out!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Staten Island NY, which I never left and love dearly. Well since my first book is loosely based on a personal experience of mine, I would have to say that it influenced me greatly. Now as I think up new stories to write I picture many of my characters in the people I meet throughout New York.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind A Heart's Salvation came from the experience of dealing with an abusive boyfriend as a young girl. It changed the way I viewed relationships and how I dealt with men. Thankful that my husband of 14 years was willing to deal with all of my baggage, I found what true love is. Knowing I am not the only person to ever deal with abusive relationships, I wrote this story hoping to reach people. Love is worth fighting for! It's unfortunate that some people have to travel hard roads to find it, but it's there for the taking. Of course my book is complete exaggerated fiction but it came from my nightmares, my dreams, and my experience of being a young girl, from a good loving family, that was easily manipulated by someone I thought loved me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's my escape. Writing takes me to another place, lets me live in my characters and just lets me be me. I really enjoy being creative. I think I have always had that voice in my head that completely rewrites every situation or conversation I have ever had. Since I am more of an introvert, writing gives me a way to let the real me out.
What do your fans mean to you?
I adore my little group of fans. I am hoping that my fan base grows because I really love to know what people like and don't like about my stories. Right now I am over the moon excited that my fans are loving my first novel and can't wait for the sequel (Which is written, just needs to be published). Some of my fans have even chosen the actors they see playing Madison and Jackson in my movie. (I wish...keeping my fingers crossed)
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to A Heart's Salvation. Madison and Jackson's story is far from over. They have a lot they need to overcome and the sequel is going to be intense. In the sequel more secrets are revealed and readers will get to see the other side of Jackson Hunter's personality. This story may even turn into a trilogy since I can already see what is to come of their future.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am the mother of four energetic young children. They keep me busy running from sport to sport, play dates, and game nights. As a family we love to go to the movies, we are totally Star Wars and Disney obsessed, and we love to travel. Besides being a very busy mother, I am also a special education teacher. So yes, my days and weekends are filled with kids, kids, and more kids, but my quiet nights are filled with binge watching TV with the hubby or writing down my latest entry to my next book.
How do you approach cover design?
I worked with a small publishing house based out of NYC and I gave their design team my idea for the cover. Since I'm not really artistic in that way, I think they translated my idea nicely.
When did you first start writing?
I think I was always writing little stories here and there since I was young but never pursued publishing. I was much more into music and spent most of my free time playing the piano. Once I had children my hobby needed to be more quiet, so I started writing my story in a notebook. Every so often I added to it. As time went by, I got busy with other things and never really sat down to finish my novel until about 2 years ago. Once it was done, I figured let me try and publish and was really pleased that it was fit to publish. Now I constantly have ideas and the sequel to my first book flowed and was completed in no time at all.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just started using Smashwords. I am reading through the marketing tips and I really hope this helps me get my name and novel out there. My first book, A Heart's Salvation, was published with a small publishing house in NYC but I think I will do better with the sequel if I self publish. Smashwords seems to be very helpful with the self publishing process. I am hoping for a successful run.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing supportive husband. It took a lot of my free time to write and publish my book and he was more than pleased to see how happy it made me. Also my four young children keep me on my toes, and make everyday a new adventure.
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