Christine Barfknecht


Christine Barfknecht has a passion for weaving the darkest bits of the human psyche into page-turning fiction. She’s been crafting stories since before she printed her first word and credits her overactive imagination to a lifelong love of reading. She seeks out books that keep her hiding beneath the covers at night or turning pages long after her eyes begin to cross, and strives for those qualities in her own writing.

Christine lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, children, and pets where she is also a virtual bookkeeping entrepreneur. In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys gardening, crafts, time with family, and traveling.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Do I ever! I was 9 years old and an avid reader. I'd just finished a book that I enjoyed so much, I couldn't let it go. It was constantly on my mind and I wanted to stay in the fiction. I thought, what if I re-wrote it my own way? I sat down at the electronic typewriter (I'm really dating myself here...) in my dad's home office and pounded out an eight page "book." I remember making a cover out of red construction paper and securing the pages with pink yarn tied into bows. After it was finished, I was so proud of it and gave it to my dad to read. He was forever writing poetry, so he seemed the logical choice. He praised my work, telling me that we should submit it to a magazine. As I wrote, I learned that I loved to write, but in that moment when my dad's eyes lit up and he seemed as proud of my story as I was, I thought just maybe this was something I could do.
What is your writing process?
My process varies greatly from project to project. Sometimes, I will outline in full detail, put pictures together so I have visuals, title the book, and think through every aspect possible before I type the first word of the manuscript. Other times, I have a solid idea of what I want to write about and I just start writing. There have also been times when I had a single idea for the opening, wrote it, and then backtracked to outline the rest of the story.

I've tried to set a standard process for myself because it feels more organized and I'm obsessive like that, but I've found that overthinking the process takes away from the actual story. I've learned to just go with whatever strikes me as the best way to approach each individual project.
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Where to find Christine Barfknecht online


The Man I Knew
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,780. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Gunfire explodes through the mall, leaving Lia Drake a widow. When police suggest that her husband, John, had been their target, details emerge, putting Lia in danger and forcing her to question if she really knew John at all.
Throw the Key
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,420. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
An evening phone call from Jenna Bradley's husband, Eric, rattles her to the core. "I'm coming to get you and the kids. We have to go away for a while." He offers no explanation, just a few panic-laced orders. "Lock the doors and windows. Don't talk to anyone. Keep the kids with you." Her fears are quickly validated when gunmen storm into her home, taking Jenna and her children hostage.
Apple of My Eye
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,400. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When school teacher, Laurie Brandon’s, infant daughter vanishes from the town festival, Laurie’s recent history of psychosis coupled with claims of her dead husband’s guilt hinders efforts to find out what really happened to Emily.