MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHRISTY ANDERSON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hey! I’m Christy Anderson.
I write romance. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s a bit of dark suspense. I just write what strikes me as interesting. I really don’t think about genre.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The Hunted is a dark tale of suspense, love and blurred lines. I just sat down one day in 2014 and started writing. I had this scene in my mind of what it would feel like to be chased, knowing you will not escape. How would it feel? What would you do? It just slowly evolved from there.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love a good dark romance. It’s one of my favorites to read. I love the writing challenge it presents. It’s not easy to write characters that may not have a firm grip on their moral compass, and still make them likable/relatable to the reader.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I think I researched three things.
Obscure martial arts, how it feels to drown, and best ways to choke someone to death. I might need to clear my search history.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Killing Hours series is interconnected. Each book will focus on different couples and their journey through this crazy world of assassins, MC’s, syndicates, and cartels. I expect the characters from the past to continue to pop up throughout the series, giving us glimpses of how their lives have evolved since we last saw them.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I’m still writing book two of three, but so far, I’m looking forward to book three. I believe readers will be surprised about the turn of events.
Was it always meant to become a series?
It was originally intended to be a stand alone, but I let some friends read an early draft, and they started asking about the secondary characters. One fell in love with my intended villain. I had to rework my plot, but I knew I had to tell their stories.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I wake up, get coffee and get to it. I find I’m less distracted early in the morning. The words tend to come easier. As the day wears on, I become distracted, needing to take care of the usual things; errands, cleaning, etcetera; life. I have a hard time writing darker themes when it’s pretty outside. I can’t get into the right mindset. If that happens, I lock myself in my bedroom, which is dark and cave like, and pluck away. I don’t set daily goals. I don’t write daily. I wish I could but I can’t operate under any sort of “stress”, including deadlines. I need that freedom to get the words flowing.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do. It’s Rim Job, A Book Club Novella, Volume II. That’s a mouthful. It’s a romcom.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Yes, they are special to me. I tend to use my friends names along with, or a mix of made up names. I also give my readers in my Facebook group the opportunity to name one character per book.
Where do your ideas come from?
I get inspiration from music often. Sometimes the right lyric sparks an idea.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Yes, paranormal. It’s on my short list.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I’m not a fast writer. My life currently doesn’t allow for me to entirely dedicate myself to the craft. So, it can be hard to carry that eager momentum from the beginning to end of the book for me.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love trailers, it’s fantastic to see your book come to life. I do have a reader made trailer or two on my author page.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Rescuing cats. That brings my husband and I immense joy.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
For me, the creative process. I just love bringing my thoughts to page.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, riding motorcycles, rescuing cats and writing full time; still happy and enjoying the process.
Have you always liked to write?
I have. Even from a young age, I dabbled in short stories and poetry.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up on yourself because at some point, you will doubt everything.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d love to own an animal rescue facility.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I read all reviews. Yes, I sometimes respond.
Bad reviews, I thank them for their review. While that book may not be their cup of tea, they read it, or attempted too. I don’t take a bad review personally. It’s an opinion.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing. Period. It’s mentally exhausting for me.
What are you working on now?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
My anger and frustration with this situation begin to slowly trickle back to the surface. Then he smiles, a devilishly handsome smile. He is sin incarnate wrapped in a gorgeous posh exterior. That sexy smile is like oxygen to that little dying ember, it begins to turn into a tiny flicker of lust. For as angry as I am, I’m just as turned on. I’m definitely physically attracted to him. I doubt you could find any woman that wouldn’t be. His gorgeous angular face and full lips are highlighted by his inky dark hair and vibrant blue eyes. A nose just slightly imperfect but strong, masculine, sexy. His rock-hard body is wrapped up in the finest perfectly tailored suit I have ever seen. Seriously, he must have the best tailor in the world.
Who the hell is this man?
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I don’t think I’ll ever strictly stick to one genre. I enjoy experimenting too much.
My romcoms are my happy place in between the darker themed books. For me, it’s a needed break.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother, Jolynn. She loved to read romance. She owned hundreds and hundreds of paperbacks.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Edgar Allen Poe. I have since I was a child. As for favorite books, I’d have to say Flowers in the Attic. I took it from my mom’s collection as a child, without permission, and it blew my mind. That book will always stick with me. It was my first adult read.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Without a doubt, Glory Greystone. She’s just quirky, silly and fun. She’s a mash of my best friends, a little made up, and a sprinkling of myself.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. It’s easy to be enthusiastic at the beginning of a project, everything is new and fresh, but by the end, I start getting stressed out about releasing it to the world. Then, I type those magic words “The End” and it’s just the best feeling in the world.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Motorcycles. I will put off writing to go ride. EVERY TIME.
Books. I have to read, and maybe I read when instead I should be writing.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Both. I try to give my readers something original, but I keep what they would want or enjoy in mind. It might not always be what they think is coming though. I like to throw in a little twist to the usual.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I don’t know that there’s enough room for this. I have received so much help from so many wonderful ladies, there’s no way I could name them all here.
My “go to’s” are Gwyn McNamee, and
A.M. Johnson. They are my guru’s. Both are amazing ladies and excellent writers. They will answer all my questions, hold my hand when I need it, and sometimes drag me along, however unwillingly, to the end of my projects. My girl Ace Gray saved the day with helpful advice right before I released The Hunted. She’s a great support as well.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I Can’t Believe That Didn’t Kill Me
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer?
Before writing your first book; did you ever think you’d be an author?
Absolutely not. It wasn’t even really on my radar. It just sort of happened, and I went with it.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I love to interact with fellow readers!
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤
Thank you for having me!