MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHRISY SLOAT🦋
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Christy Sloat Genre/ Young Adult
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My current book, The Librarian is about a small-town librarian, Emmeline, who is swept up inside a book, literally. She is transported to the past, 1897, to be exact, and meets the dashing, Jack Ridgewell. They begin a very complex and difficult relationship together. They are from two different eras and on top of it all, Emme doesn’t want to be a librarian. She has plans and was only watching the library until she found the perfect replacement. Finding the set of books that allows her to travel awoke a whole new life and possibility for her. Jack only knows one thing; become the best. And meeting Emme threw him for a loop. He’s never met anyone so different than him and he wants to be with her forever.
The love story that I wrote for them is so strong and viable that I truly believe readers will fall for them both.
I came up with the story one day while visiting an old library that was turned into a book store. I thought it would be cool if librarians had the power to travel through time.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love writing YA, but hadn’t ever written anything as complex as time-travel yet. I always loved reading it, so why not write about it?
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I talked to my local librarian, who is awesome, and she gave me books on that particular era. I read books about the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. I also watched a lot of films based in that time and beyond. I wanted Jack to be just as he would be if he were real. I also watched a lot of Downton Abbey, which was such a great TV Show. Lots of inspiration. Even though it was a different era, it still helped.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I work a separate part-time job at my local school and it helps me get away from the house. I work at night, when my kids are asleep. I usually try to set aside two hours to writing and promotions. My goal is 3000 words a week, during the school year. In the summer I write more, because I don’t work. It is hard to balance all the things.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Book two in the Librarian Chronicles will follow a different Librarian, who travels to Scotland in the Middle Ages, which is the worst possible time to visit there, ever. It’s titled, The Archivist. I didn’t know this would turn into a series, but the fans demand more, so I deliver. Book three isn’t fleshed out just yet.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Very important! If I don’t connect with a name, I will change it. I’ve been known to change a name in the middle of writing. In each of my books there is a name that belongs to someone I know.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
New Adult. I’ve been wanting to write about it, but I have so many YA projects to complete first.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Managing time and making time for writing, promotions, answering emails and the like. People think it’s easy, but it’s a lot of work.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Connecting with readers all around the world. I love talking to fellow readers.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still chugging along. Hopefully with thirty books under my belt. That’s the goal.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would have probably went back to school for something in the medical field. But I don’t think I would have done anything different.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do, yes. I try not to let the bad ones bother me, but they do affect me from time to time. I never ever respond. The bad one’s I try to learn from.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing; I hate it.
Where did your love of books come from?
I think it comes from being the youngest child. I had to find something to keep me busy. Books were always in my life.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Exhaust me. Usually when I’m done writing for the night it’s time for bed. I have nothing mentally left to give.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
A good TV show like: Stranger Things, Outlander, or Supernatural
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Mad Chaos of A Curly-Haired Bookworm
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️