So to start I am going to share a bit about Christine with you:
Christine has been writing seriously for the past five years. When she’s not at her full time job, playing with her kids, or spending time with her husband, you can find her in front of her computer causing problems for her characters. Christine d’Abo loves writing in the worlds of science fiction, BDSM and romance. By combining the elements of those genres into tales of adventure and love, Christine creates the types of stories she loves to read. Christine is currently published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and Berkley.
How does Christine d'Abo express herself when she is happy... she *does a snoopy dance*
and by the looks of her success in 2011 she is dancing up a storm.
FBL ♥: Christine, welcome to Forever Book Lover!
Christine: Thank you so much for the interview, Kathy!
FBL ♥. Do you write detailed character profiles before writing, or do you find the characters come to life as you write?
Christine: I tend to plot out my characters more than I do my stories. I will get an image of a person in my head and then will begin to wonder who they are, what their family is/was like. That usually leads me to thinking about who would be the perfect foil for that individual and what he/she would also be like. The story and world building usually spiral out from that point.
Ironically enough, the character's physical appearance is the last thing I consider. In my second drafts I will normally have to go in and add things like hair and eye color, physical appearance, etc.
FBL ♥: What do you like better: when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?
Christine: I love starting a book! I get so excited and tend to write flat out until I hit the mid point. That's normally when I realize I don't have a character's motivation worked out or that I need to tighten up the external conflict. For me ending the book is satisfying, but means I need to do edits. This is a slow process for me...and it hurts my head LOL!
FBL ♥: What do you like to read?
Christine: I love reading pretty much anything with a solid story. I'm big on historical romances, sci-fi (hard and romance), urban fantasy and steampunk. Right now I'm reading the Hunger Games because my daughter has been after me for months to get to it. When we saw the trailer for the movie she got the book and shoved it in my hands. Loving it so far!
Christine: Christmas Eve in our house was always a big deal. We would go to church and then come back home and eat! My mum would always cook so many nibbly foods that me and my sister would be stuffed. We'd fall asleep mostly due to carb overload!
I loved that my mum always did that and was consistent every year. I've tried to do the same thing with my family. Every year I make the same Christmas breakfast. We are at the point that if I don't do it, I think my children would disown me!FBL ♥ : What is next on your list? Do you already have a future project in mind?
Christine: Right now I'm working on edits for a futuristic novella that will be coming out with Ellora's Cave in early 2012. It is called Spectral Bonds, and takes place in my Eternal Bonds universe. I'm planning to do a new connected series set in that universe in the New Year.
Josh's story from the Long Shots series is nearly done. I've gone back to make some tweaks and hope to have it to my editor early 2012 as well. With luck, she will like it!
I also have a short story coming out in a Cleis Press anthology called She-Shifters. It will be released in July 2012.FBL ♥ : On a side note, I learned a little more about the next book in the Long Shot series. It deals with Josh, Beth (the girl who was caught having sex in book 2), and a new character Oliver. The three of them get up to lots of fun. SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER WINNER!! Thank you once again for stopping by.
"I love each and every one of you. Pulled Long hit the Amazon best seller list in Gay Fiction!! " Christine
she *does a snoopy dance*
Long Shot Series: