Today I would like to welcome to RFTC author, Christie Craig. Christie is on tour celebrating the release of her newest book Blame It On Texas and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Before I get to the interview, let's get to know a bit about Christie.
Christie Craig, an Alabama native, is an award-winning, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, and writing teacher.. Her non-fiction articles and photography have appeared in almost three thousand national magazines. A Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in more than fifty RWA-sponsored contests, she has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing romance fiction that has both witty humor and a suspenseful, sexy tone. Published by Silhouette in the 90s, she recently broke back into fiction in a big way, making four book sales in one day. Her seventh humorous single title romance novel, published by Dorchester, will hit the stands in June 2010. Her non-fiction book, co-authored by Faye Hughes, released September 08, is The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and their second non-fiction book, a humorous self-help relationship book, Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel is scheduled to be released December 2010. Craig's latest writing adventure is the sale of a young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls Camp, that will be published by St. Martins Press in the near future.
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A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.
First, thanks so much for having me at your blog. I appreciate bloggers so much. Now, to answer your question . . .
Seriously? 140 characters or less? You do realize that I'm southern, right? I mean, we like to take our time back home, and that especially applies to talkin'. But I'll give it a try. How about . . . Sexy, suspenseful and seriously funny.
Okay, I cheated a little. That's actually the tagline at my website but I think it describes Blame it on Texas perfectly.
What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
Oh, that's a good question. I love the madcap scenes where there’s a bunch of characters and everyone is talking at once, and it starts out funny and gets funnier and funnier the longer it lasts. I also love the tender and telling scenes between the hero and heroine when they first start falling in love. I like to think of those scenes as having that ‘oh-shit’ feeling all wrapped up with awesomeness. Love is 75% wonderful and 25% scarier than hell.
If you could have dinner with any three authors (alive or dead), who would you choose and why?
Another great question! And you know what? I've already thought about this one. My book Weddings Can Be Murder was once compared to William Shakespeare, so I think I’d love to pick his brain over a good bottle of wine. My next choice would be E.B White, because he wrote my favorite story Charlotte’s Web. Now, I see Charlotte's Web a lot differently than most people. To me, it was a romance between two different species—Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the barn spider. My third choice for a dinner companion would be Debbie Macomber because of something that happened in a workshop she once gave at a conference. She'd told everyone to write down their big pie-in-the-sky goals, and she said we should allow ourselves to dream big. And I did. And you know what? I’ve since met all three of my goals, too. She’s an inspiration.
What are you favorite types of stories to read?
I love stories that have humor, heart, and just little bit of murder. I’ve always loved suspense, but I gotta have some romance in the story, and I think falling in love is fun so there has to be humor in there, too. Now, if you're thinking that this sounds suspiciously like the books I write, you'd be right. I love to read the kind of stories I write. That’s why I started writing humorous mysteries.
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Yes, I am and thanks for asking. In addition to writing my humorous romantic suspenses with heart for Grand Central/Forever as Christie Craig, I also write a young adult paranormal series called Shadow Falls for St. Martin's/Griffin as C.C. Hunter. So, at this time I’m working on Chosen at Nightfall, the fifth and final book in the Shadow Falls series. When that’s done, I’ll be working on Texas Hold ‘Em, the third and last book in the Hotter in Texas series. When I finish that, I'll be working on some new ideas.
Thanks again for inviting me here to your blog. If your readers want to know more about me and my books, they can find information at my website, www.Christie-Craig.com. For a little taste of my Hotter in Texas series, watch the video below. I hope you enjoy!
Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State's richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez.
Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients' private lives. Still, he can't deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe's crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man's target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.
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