Interview with Christina Ann Gist

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing before I even knew how to turn letters into words. That didn't stop me from telling a story though! I remember writing stories during my free time in class. My kindergarten teacher told my parents she had never met a kid with such an imagination. I still suffer from a head full of character and plot overload!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently editing "Stowaway Heart" and plan on making it available within the next month and a half. It's a story about a girl who manages to travel through time, landing her in early 18th century London. While there, she has to deal with finding a way to get back home and fleeing from pirates.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just love writing. I think the publishing process is really complex and you have a really good chance of getting screwed over. I'd much rather be in control of my own destiny. Whether I succeed or fail, it will be on my own merit. I think a lot of good stories never make it to the mainstream, and that's sad, because they're amazing. Some of my favorite authors are indie and I am happy to join the ranks of those trailblazers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It helps me get everything out. Even though my characters aren't me, some of the situations I put them in stem from frustrations I'm personally going through. It makes me feel better, because I feel like I'm venting and it's a good way to kind of look at things from a different perspective. It's also interesting to see what effects my real life stresses have on a story and how my characters deal with it.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I have a fan... I think I'm still too new at this. But any fan I have means the world to me. It means someone out there enjoys what I'm writing.
What are you working on next?
It was purely accidental, but "Stowaway Heart" has actually spawned a sequel. I've been jotting down ideas so I can have a good starting point once I get the first story out there.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Accidentally. No really, it's the truth. A lot of times, I browse the samples and download a bunch. When I find something I like, I usually try to look for more by that author.
Published 2014-05-08.
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