Cristina Martin was born and raised in Miami and moved to New York City in 2001. She is currently based in Los Angeles (for now) and has written two books: The Automat (fiction) and Crazy Lurve (semi-autobiography).
Soundtrack of Our Lives (follow-up to Crazy Lurve)
A Series of Catastrophic Mistakes (Humor, short stories)
A Face for Reuben Hill (Horror, Romance)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Great Gatsby- Because I think it has the best opening line ever. It's so important to me, that I like to live by what Nick says in those opening sentences.
"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
'Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,' he told me, 'just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.'"
The rest of the story is something that I think most people can relate to on a universal basis: unrequited love, and transforming yourself into something for someone. We've all been there, and F. Scott Fitzgerald does a great job of crafting that story, while making you want to live in the 1920s.
Describe your desk
At work, my desk is littered with paperwork. Piles of it. Whenever I try to clean my desk, it takes about a week for it to get piled up with more paperwork. At home, I have a desk from the 1920s that used to belong to an Admiral in the Navy. It's made from the same wood as violins which is a very soft wood and hard to keep up. I don't do much writing at my desk, but prefer to use my laptop in my bed in the dark. So technically, my "desk" are my thighs, and I'm not going to get into detail with them.
The Automat is a story of a mild-mannered introvert named Horace Gray, who slowly descends into madness after he becomes obsessively enamored with a woman who stares at him from behind an automat wall.