Interview with Christine Benjamin

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first set of stories I ever read were of Enid Blyton. He showed me the meaning of 'hooked on a book.' He made me love reading.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't approach Cover Design. Hahhahaaa, we should all allocate the appropriate skills to those who are gifted with them. My gift is writing, I understand and appreciate what I am meant to do. The cover designer must eat too. (smile)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are from Sydney Sheldon. All his books are my favorite. He is indeed Master of the game, however what disappoints me about his writing, is that they are set in a time without internet or cell phones. (smile)
What do you read for pleasure?
Pleasure reading would be short and funny nonsensical lines and paragraphs and phrases from random people on facebook.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I especially like Samsung devices because their is an invisible touch sensor on the layer of the screen. I like that about their devices.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Honestly, I am still exploring the marketing aspects of books.
Describe your desk
there is a laptop, right next to an all in one canon printer... an extra screen at the back of the desk...my tea and plate, I sometimes eat at my desk. Also there is a blue tooth keyboard, which I am using to type all of this because I do not like the flattened feel of a laptop keyboard. On the wall adjoining my desk are chapters outline taped onto the wall. Do you need a picture? (smile)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a 280 square mile island in the west indies. I always wanted to be a writer. I never thought that one day it would have materialized. My writing was influence by my illiterate grandmother. She had the most captivating bedtime stories. I dreamed of putting them into literature.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at Porterville College in California. My courses were science based but my professors always looked forward to reading my essays, they would say, "you write so well Christine, you should do mass communication. You are definitely in the wrong class."
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is my shocking trip to India. Everything portrayed on Google is filtered information. I have never experienced trickery on so many levels before. It would be unfair to keep this urgent warning to myself. People who are travelling to India, needs to know what to expect.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My pride and independence motivated me. We should all do what we do best and not wait for accolades.
Published 2015-10-15.
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Books by This Author

Delhi, Maneuvering through the city's Traps and Pitfalls
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 24,950. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Deism
The book on Delhi is a raw sabotage of the filter google available to the public. Learn how to ignore language and class barriers, tactically extricate oneself from bribery, police corruption and cannibalism. The Author cut wounds into the reader with tragedies in a climate where the author re-heals the agony with humor.