Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so pleased to introduced to you fellow member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Rich. I love anyone whose advice for aspiring authors is, “Delight yourself in the Lord.” Christina just launched her Love Inspired Historical, The Guardian’s Promise, and she’s giving away a copy of it to one of you! So, check out the Rafflecopter below!
Welcome, Christina! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Kansas. I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, and a mother of four children. I love to read, fish, research my ancestry and write.
Tell us about your current release.
The Guardian’s Promise is about a former temple guard posing as a bond servant in order to protect his young king. He ends up falling in love with his master’s daughter when he witnesses her fierce protection of the young child.
With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down?
🙂 I often write synopses and first chapters and then file them away for later.
How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)?
I spend a lot of time praying for guidance. I also recognize that my stories won’t reach and touch everyone, but if there is one, just one person who gains something from the words written… well, that keeps me going.
Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush?
Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?
Not usually. Most of the time I see an image of a character or hear a snippet of conversation in my head, which begins the story. The Guardian’s Promise began with a simple question, what if a bond servant fell in love with his master’s daughter, what if he wasn’t really a bond servant but the former commander of the temple guard?
Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book?
Yes. Even though I really dislike numbers, when it comes to writing I’m a numbers gal. I decide on the length and then break it up into section so I can figure out where major plot points should occur.
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Of course, you may find that as you do, the desires of your heart will be the Lord. 🙂 Seriously though, this writing gig is difficult and at times, disappointing, but I’ve found that trusting God’s timing is vital for sanity. I’ve also found that praising Him, even in the midst of disappointment, is just as important.
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