Interview with Christine Redlin

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm still growing up (ha) -- it was actually in and around Chicago, IL. It was natural for me to write, I love creative writing and the good use of the internet to write social media posts on my current debut eBook topic cost savings and inspiration!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book is a whimsical and inspirational handbook on my life as a single woman, which offers helpful, cost-saving tips and ideas, for a healthy and wealthy mindset for anyone to use, wherever you live.

Many individuals and families are feeling a lot of stress and struggle during these challenged economic times, and are making adjustments to just put food on the table and gas in the car!
In financial survival mode, we all do what we have to do to get through, as long as it’s not criminal, unethical, or immoral and doesn’t harm yourself or others.

In this fun handbook, I present my life and challenges, living on a shoestring spending plan, to stretch the dollar, while having a happy and upbeat attitude with my spiritual faith, that it all will work out. I’m sharing my experience to help others, so take what you want and leave the rest!

I am kind to others and live life to the fullest each day, even if I have one dollar in my bank account between paydays! I use humor and empowerment to help people feel and think better each day.

In the spirit of giving, I will donate a portion of proceeds from this book, to some non-profit organizations that are dear to my heart, as I feel it's always important to give back.
I'm honored that my book Foreword was written by my long time friend Louise Fletcher, Academy Award winner, Best Actress, 1975 "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest."

I work in "Camp Hollywood", as I call it these past 25 years - I am pursuing my creative goals and dreams, working part-time and full-time on film, music, television, theatre and commercial projects, which help to make a difference and carry humanitarian messages. Most work is on a project-to-project basis, and often these projects do not happen one after the other, so you have to learn to stretch your dollars. Some projects pay low wages, so that, too, has kept me on a shoestring spending plan. However, the impact of what messages a heartfelt project, can bring to the audience worldwide is worth the time, even at a lower wage. To endure this shoestring mindset, one must have a realistic, yet optimistic, never give up attitude with a shield of strength and confidence.

I have an 8x10 frame in my kitchen placed where I can see it each day. On the paper inside I have typed:

Put God First Each Day And All Will Be Handled

This is how I get through each day -- knowing 'all' will be handled personally and professionally as I stay in faith.

Think of these challenged times as an exercise in forward movement to be a better person living in gratitude for the very basics you have, hopefully decent health, shelter, food, clothes, phone and a car to get around or money to take public transportation.

In my opinion, having a shoestring mindset, doesn’t mean that you are a cheap person, it means that you are careful and practical, with your spending, savings and investing. Also, as you may have heard before: Money doesn’t buy class. It is the richness, generosity and character of one’s soul that gives them the class.

I’m just sharing my experience from my heart with you, the reader, in hopes that it will bring some helpful information and add levity to your day! I only want to suggest and not preach nor advise. We all work at life each day, whether we are paid or not. Sometimes we are teachers, and sometimes we are students. If readers can take away some ideas from my book to help them feel and think better, I would be extremely happy!

Another thought to remember during a challenged economy is …”This too shall pass.” Meaning, that nothing is forever and all we can do is live life one day at a time. It could be awhile before our economy and lifestyles are better and more people will be earning, saving and investing, so we need to be in acceptance of that possible time frame.

You are as healthy and wealthy as you make up your mind to be, no matter where you are living, even if that might be Life On A Shoestring … in Beverly Hills?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoy working on creative projects in all media, to help people feel and think better, by using humor and empowerment, this is another format to get my message out.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is a platform that rolls out my eBook to all online retailers as a one stop process and I am grateful. It also continues to provide Authors with resources to market their eBooks and be aware of new advancements in the digital publishing arena.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Again to help people to feel and think better, to inspire and share with others to make the world a better place.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean so much I will share a spiritual example from a fan...

I met a gal a couple weeks ago early August 2013, at CVS Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, she was a staff person that had to approve my coupon scan etc. I said something like "I love my CVS savings and I wrote about CVS in my fun debut eBook on cost savings and inspiration!" She assisted me further and I told her I have mom's extra expenses on my shoulders all these 6 1/2 years, since daddy passed and I stretch my shoestring dollars and pennies most days, and I'm working weekends too trying to get caught up to supplement etc. I was there getting moms padded underwear, nutrition shakes etc.

She said she was single and relocated here from VA, and she honored my coupons even though expired 3 days, to help give me more savings and said CVS will help customers that way from time to time -- so that for me was a huge savings as I needed that $4 which gets me 10 miles of gas in my old Dodge. I in turn, I gave her a flyer to get a free download of my book, as a gesture of thanks and because she said she was single, new to LA.

I stopped in the store a week or so later with coupons :) (naturally) - ha-, as I really needed to offset expense of mom's items and because after 2 recent $480 car expenses.

She stopped to say "Hi"and I said "Did you get a chance to read my book?" She got a few tears in her eyes and said, something like -- Yes I did, I loved it and thank you so much , because I lost God and you helped me find him again!!

She continued to say she had moved here from VA where her family and 26 year old son is, she came with her boyfriend and she miscarried their baby and was mourning the loss of that and the fella did not stay and she's been single, in a dark place, and she realized, because my book spoke of God and faith in the beginning she thought she should stick with reading it -- what a miracle that she did!

She said she is so happy and feels such relief knowing she was the one that lost him, he never lost her!!

This is so important to me to have touched someone's life in this inspiring way. I have faith I will continue to be able to do this work and I always say: "If you got God -- God's got you!"
What are you working on next?
I have a fun book on the modern world of dating, a book on suggestions on caring for a parent evolving into their golden years as I have the joy to do that full time for my mom who is 89 and doing fine this year 2013! Also a couple of children's books that have adult life lessons for children to learn early on and a few others about life and my experiences.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have faith that God is good and I always put him first in my life. I believe we are all responsible with a healthy and happy purpose to be students and teachers of life every day in a good way -- I feel in a spiritual sense, that I work at life each day for God , so he's my ultimate boss and guide, so as I'm alive I am in service to do his will each day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a devoted civic supporter in my beautiful, safe and legendary city of Beverly Hills, CA I call home these 27 years. I also work with my significant other boyfriend, Mark Castaldo who is a film producer and founder of www.destinypictures.biz. We seek investors for various projects in stages of development. We also meet with writers to create inspiring and entertaining film projects.

A recent 10-time award winning film documentary we produced was MY RUN - the Terry Hitchcock story, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. MY RUN is the inspiring story of Terry a single father, that did the impossible, driven by his calling in life and faith -- he ran 75 consecutive marathons, in 75 days to bring awareness to the needs of single parents and in memory of his wife who passed of breast cancer.

See the film trailer of his story at www.myrunmovie.com we are working on the feature film version of Terry's empowering story too.
What is your writing process?
I write a bit each day and have my books on a word doc, I feel best with fresh ideas in the mornings after sleep, although I am energized all day and night, so I can also write at night.

I prefer quiet and hear the wind chimes and birds singing. I sometimes listen to non vocal music such as, jazz and classical.
How do you approach cover design?
I think of what the book's message is, then I create a design from there and find it or have a graphic artist friend create it.

In my debut eBook "Life On A Shoestring .. .In Beverly Hills?" I thought it is about cost savings and inspiration with day-to-day living for wherever you love and it's the upside down and opposite image of what people have, of folks that live in our lavish 5-star legendary city.

Shoestring doesn't mean cheap or poor, it just means a small sum of money that one may have at time is in life for various reasons.

Most people automatically think everyone has diamonds and furs and fancy cars, yet the city has a 'main street' a lower, middle and upper class. I am a main street resident having had a lower to middle income, yet I lead a healthy and wealthy life with great richness of my soul - for now :) If I'm blessed with financial wealth I look forward to helping many causes and dear friends that need it.

So my cover design with this debut eBook, shows a red upside down gym shoe, with an upside down dollar bill tied in its shoestring lace -- again, showing the opposite, as many do not think one has to stretch their dollars when living in this high profile city. So a designer pump with a 100 dollar bill, may be what folks would equate with the city's wealth.

The title also has a question mark at the end, because I make it sound as if it exists or is possible to live on a shoestring spending plan in this high profile city and it is!
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Life On A Shoestring ... In Beverly Hills?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,720. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
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A whimsical and inspirational handbook on my life as a single woman, which offers helpful, cost-saving tips and ideas, for a healthy and wealthy mindset for anyone to use, wherever you live! In the spirit of giving, I will donate a portion of proceeds from this book, to some non-profit organizations that are dear to my heart, as I feel it's always important to give back.