Ask Me Anything (AMA) – A chat with Christina
Jodi Raynes – How long have you been writing?
My whole life! As soon as I was old enough to hold a crayon I used to draw stories, and as I got older I would tell stories to my little sisters. One of the first stories I remember telling them was about three girls who were very poor but they found out they all had gold hair—real gold hair—so they cut their hair and sold it and kept themselves loaded with chocolate and sweets until eternity. 🙂
Debbie Buckner Bellows – I Loved The Night Olivia Fell – are you working on another book yet?
Yes, I am! My next book is called All That Is Broken and it’s about a woman who wakes in the hospital after being struck by lighting. She’s told her mom has been murdered and she was found right down the road from her mom’s house—but she can’t remember if she killed her or not. Here’s the full synopsis—https://christina-mcdonald.com/all-that-is-broken/
Pua Chong Tim – Who or what inspired you to become a writer? Who was your biggest supporter throughout your writing career?
I’m not sure what initially inspired me, as I’ve always loved writing. It’s how I express my thoughts, how I make sense of the world, and how I communicate best. But I can tell you my biggest supporter has been my husband, Richard. I think it’s important to have somebody by your side who believes in your dreams even more than you do, and he’s been that person to me. The amount of times I would just disappear to write, and he would be like ‘ok, I guess I’m making the kids dinner tonight,’ and he’d just do it! He’s the only one I’ve let read my first draft, and my biggest fan and cheerleader.
Denise Birt – What is furthest destination you’ve traveled for the purpose of researching an upcoming story/novel?
I wanted to set my second book on Whidbey Island, so I purposely planned a trip to Seattle to visit my family and took a long weekend to go explore. I used to go camping there and visit a lot as a kid, so it was an amazing experience to go back and see it again with fresh eyes.
Sandy West – Are you planning a book tour?
I would love to do a book tour, but sadly my publisher doesn’t pay for this and I don’t make enough to subsidize it, as I’m still a new author. Hopefully one day, though! 🙂
Ashley Houser – What is your favorite atmosphere for writing? Do you generally need silence or do you enjoy some background noise?
I listen to hard core dance music while I’m writing. I like a hard beat and no lyrics. It motivates me and I don’t get distracted. It’s weird, I know! lol
Ashley Houser – What is your favorite bookstore and why?
I think my favourite bookstore is any random, unexpected bookstore I stumble across in any given day. The other day I went for a walk and found a hidden secondhand bookstore tucked away in the corner of the park, and it made me so deliciously happy!
Cheang Wai Kuen – How or where did you get the ideas/plots of your book?
The idea for The Night Olivia Fell came one day when I was rocking my newborn baby to sleep reading the news on my phone. I stumbled across a story about a teenager called Jahi McMath, who had gone in for a routine tonsillectomy, suffered massive blood loss, and ended up brain dead. I looked at my baby utterly horrified, thinking about Jahi’s mother and how devastating it would be to lose your child.
I starting thing ‘what if’? What if she was a teenager, what if she were pregnant, what if she had bruises on her wrists and her mother thought she’d been murdered? From there the seeds of The Night Olivia Fell were born.
Jennie Opheim – Do you have a specific time of day/night to write? I feel like I would end up writing late at night when it’s peaceful?
I definitely write best first thing in the morning when my head is uncluttered and fresh. I do a lot of my marketing and promotion stuff in the evenings, but creative things like writing and editing I need a fresh mind!
Brandi Christopherson-Hausman – Who’s your favorite author?
So many favorite authors! Mary Kubica, Heather Gudenkauf, Kimberly Bell, David Bell, Riley Sager, Gilly Macmillan, Alice Feeney, Lucy Atkins. Amber Cowie and Jennifer Hillier are new favorites and I adore Jodi Picoult’s issues-based books.
De Ann Ziegler Acosta – do you read reader & critic’s reviews of your book?
I try to only keep an eye on the overall star rating rather than actual reviews. In general I know that each person has their own opinion, but some reviews can get very personal, which is naturally upsetting, so I stay away. All I can do is write to my best ability and keep improving and do my best!
Carmel Breffit – Who do you love to read?
My favorite books are usually in the suspense and thriller genre. Authors I love include Mary Kubica, Heather Gudenkauf, Kimberly Bell, David Bell, Riley Sager, Gilly Macmillan, Alice Feeney, Lucy Atkins. Amber Cowie and Jennifer Hillier are new favorites and I adore Jodi Picoult’s issues-based books.
Dawnmars – Who was your favorite author as a child, and your favorite book?
I read anything I could get my hands on as a child. I spent so much time at the library and used to go home with stacks (literally, stacks!) of books to read. Some of my favorites include Charlotte’s Web, The Betsy, Tacy series, Little House on the Prairie and Sweet Valley High Twins.
Josephine Green Sanchez – I loved The Night Olivia Fell. I am wondering about your next adult novel (basic plot summary and publication date) please and thank you!
Thank you, Josephine! My next book is called All That Is Broken and it’s about a woman who wakes in the hospital after being struck by lighting. She’s told her mom has been murdered and she was found right down the road from her mom’s house—but she can’t remember if she killed her or not. It is currently schedule to be out next Feb 2020. Here’s the full synopsis—https://christina-mcdonald.com/all-that-is-broken/