MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JIM CHRISTINA
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Jim Christina and my genre would be westerns, realistic westerns if there were such a genre with which to be associated
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Jonah Blue tells the story of a 10 year old that runs from his family farm in Ohio to be a mountain man. So, you follow Jonah from 10 to his 35th year and from mountain man to scout to rancher in Montana.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I was a history major in college and was studying to be a history teacher. However, I found I didn’t do well with high schoolers and decided that’s not where I wanted to be. But, the love of the west has always been alive since the 1950’s with Roy Rogers, Wyatt Earp, etc.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I spoke with mountain man re-enactors, dug into the history of the Rocky Mountain Free Trappers and pretty much read everything I could get.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
The story of ‘Jonah Blue’ came in a dream.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a small publishing business and a radio show to prepare for weekly so my writing is catch as catch can most of the time, whereas I don’t set a daily goal, I try to finish a chapter a week.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My new project is tentatively titled, ‘Jefferson’s Chance’.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Character’s names are very important because they help the story flow, especially names from the old west. ‘Bob Turner’ would not be a cold name for a bad guy, but, ‘Snake Rodriguez’ would be.
Where do your ideas come from?
Ideas usually flow while I am writing another story, sometimes situations arise and whereas I may not be able to use them in the current story, doesn’t mean I can’t save them and use them in another.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
‘Jonah Blue’ and ‘Still Waters’ are two of my very best.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
No one can argue with my story, it’s my story.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Tell your story. It doesn’t matter initially if it’s good or bad, tell your story, let the editors work out the kinks.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
What are you working on now?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
“They have my daughter, Caleb.
“I know, Estevez, but still,” Caleb paused. “Still yer only one man. Now, even with Jeff and me, that’s only three…hardly what we need, unless we’re really lucky.” Clearing his throat, Caleb hocked and spat. “It ain’t like we can sneak up on ‘em neither, seeing as how ya left that Comanch dead in the rocks back there…shit, that’s the most I said in a number a years.”
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother encouraged us to read as often as possible.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Larry McMurtry, John Sanford, Richard Paolinelli, oh hell, the list is endless.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Jonah Blue and Jeff Stryker. Jonah because I got to watch him grow up while I wrote, and Jeff Stryker because I got to watch him transition into a forceful, yet compassionate lawman.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Makes me want a martini
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
My answer would be, both.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
“If you get stuck: Bring in a man with a gun.”
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Where do your characters and their names come from? From necessity for story flow usually.
The names I go back to names of the 19th century. There are a ton of them and remembering, most outlaws or nefarious men used handles, not their real names.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️