A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. My style is more gritty than sweet and I look forward to writing many more stories with strong heroines and imperfect but determined characters. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time outside and finding ways to avoid cooking. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog.
BEVERLEY: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? And why?CHRISTINA: I prefer writing paranormal romance with a major suspense element. I like the paranormal genre because I can bend reality to create a strange, extraordinary version of reality. I add a dose of suspense to everything I write because I have always loved to read stories that keep me wondering what will happen next.
BEVERLEY: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
CHRISTINA: When I was a kid, I loved writing down short stories and poems just for fun. My grandmother Marie and my great aunt Margaret used to give me beautiful blank journals. They would tell me to write whatever I wanted inside and encouraged me to keep filling up my notebooks. It wasn’t until much later in life that I thought about sharing any of the stories and poems I wrote. Sometimes, when I’m stuck on a chapter and can’t think of what should come next, I think about those notebooks I had as a kid and how at first, I didn’t want to put anything inside on the pages because I didn’t want to ruin the pretty notebooks. Eventually, I filled the notebooks with some stories I thought were good, some that I never finished, and some that were pretty awful. But nothing happens when the pages get left blank. Only stillness and frustration.
BEVERLEY: What gets your creative juices flowing?
CHRISTINA: I often listen to music while I write. Every now and then, a song hits me in just the right way and I find myself writing page after page. I even include references to a few particular songs in my stories. In Wolf’s Challenge, I named a nightclub Midnight Blue after the Lou Gramm song of the same name. In Bear’s Edge, I always imaged the hero, Grant, working out to a playlist of Rush, Korn, Social Distortion, and Ozzy Osbourne.
BEVERLEY: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
CHRISTINA: Jerry, the mouse from Tom and Jerry. Though he was smaller than Tom, the cat, Jerry managed to stay alive, not by cowering in the corner and waiting for Tom to be gone, but by being clever. Tom made the best of the situation of having a cat in the house by going on the offensive and terrorizing Tom, even if that meant a little danger and risk.
BEVERLEY: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
CHRISTINA: I honestly don’t know. Many of my heroes and childhood favorites have proven to be less than stellar human beings. I think I’d rather just assume the few people that I do still admire are decent and avoid a one on one conversation that could possibly destroy that illusion.
BEVERLEY: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
CHRISTINA: I would grab a few of my friends that I don’t get to see as often as I would like and we would head to the beach to spend the day swimming, shopping, and trying different restaurants.
BEVERLEY: What are you working on now?
CHRISTINA: I’m working on book 3 in the Stranger Creatures series. In book 3, Detective Nikki Jackson isn’t looking for love. She has a great job and some other side work that keeps her busy. When a strong, quiet, dark-eyed man arrives in Great Oaks to assist Nikki on a case, she’s determined to keep things professional. So is he. And yet…
Things aren't always as they appear in the town of Great Oaks, Virginia. Derrick isn’t the ladies’ man Sydney thinks he is, but he does have a few secrets, such as his ability to transform into a powerful wolf at will.
Can Derrick convince Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive maybe? More importantly, should he? He's still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he's pretty sure not having her in his life would be just as bad.
A troubled woman running from her guilty conscience has Sydney and Derrick in her crosshairs, and she’ll do whatever it takes to win her game. Will Sydney and Derrick survive long enough to be together?
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