Hi Sarah, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today.
Let’s see, you want to know a bit about me. Hmm, my life is pretty average really. A day in my life can vary. I try and write when I can and generally when I do I devote most of my day to it. I work at a large hospital and work about 30 hours a week, all centered around the weekend. Which of course has its pros and cons, but works for us as a family right now.
I live in Michigan, in the country, with my husband, two of my 3 kids and 2 dogs and 2 cats. I enjoy reading and of course writing, but also love cooking and spending time with my family and friends. There is nothing better than all being together because it’s usually a lot of great conversation and laughs.
And besides chocolate, I have a slight addiction to social media. Truthfully, I can’t believe how much I enjoy chatting with new and old friends on facebook and twitter.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
When I was growing up I wanted to be a teacher. I remember begging my mother for a chalkboard so I could play school. I did finally get one and spent most of the day teaching my stuffed animals while my brother and sister were in “real” school. Then as I progressed through elementary school I won an essay contest, then a young authors award and from there my love of writing grew and I dreamed of becoming an author J
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
Tough question. I believe everything happens to you for a reason and everything teaches you a lesson. I’ve had some easy ones and some hard ones. I know as a woman in my twenties I was a bit impatient at times and wanted to do and try things as soon as the idea popped into my head. But several years ago, when I was helping to care for my mother who was quite ill, I learned patience. Patience with her because she wasn’t the same woman she was before her illness struck and we had to take things slow or do a lot of repetition, and also patience with how I looked at things outside of my control.
Who are your favorite authors?
In regards to romance there is no way I could pick one. There are just way too many books and authors out there I enjoy.
I do love to read true crime as well and my favorite author in that genre is Ann Rule. She knows how to tell the story with great care so as not to hurt the victim’s reputations or their families. She’s amazing.
What are you passionate about?
My family. I love to spend time with them. I love it when we are all together and can share stories and laugh. Besides that, my writing J
What would I find in your couch cushions?
Okay, I had to look! Lol I found some loose change totaling 7 cents (woohoo), some lint and a few cracker crumbs. That’d be from me because nobody is supposed to eat in the living room, but sometimes I sneak *wink*
What’s your biggest fear?
Another tough one. I really like your questions, they make me think…lol
I guess my biggest fear would be some harm or hardship coming to my kids. I want them to be continuously happy, healthy and safe. I know that’s not how life operates, but I truly wish that even with life’s challenges they don’t encounter anything to crushing.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
Unfortunately I’m either in bed or winding down watching a bit of tv before bed. I work every weekend, about 30 hours in 2 days…so Friday’s I concentrate on down time before work begins.
What sets you apart from other writers?
Each writer is so unique and so similar…if that makes sense. lol Different situations in our own lives are that one item that set us apart and make our story telling skills our own.
So, with that in mind, I’d have to say what would set me apart would be my voice. We all have a special way of putting our words together or showing our characters internal thoughts and feelings. I know I pull a lot from my own personal life experiences—thoughts and struggles at a particular time in my life—it’s a great way to add depth to your character because you can draw on your own feelings and memories. Or sometimes I ‘borrow’ some of those thoughts and feelings from friends or acquaintances who have shared.
So watch out, that saying about what you tell me might show up in my next book is correct. lol
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?
I mainly drink ice water or ice tea, or coffee…but sometimes I enjoy an ice cold beer. If I do order mixed drinks I like to try something new, so you’ll have to surprise me J
What are you currently reading?
I don’t read as quickly as I used to. Right now I’m reading 2 books. A true crime novel titled Love Hurts by Keith Elliot Greenberg (only because I’m up to date on all my Ann Rule books…lol) and I’m also reading THE GAZE by debut author Javier Robayo, who is a friend I met online. I’m enjoying his work a lot and already writing his review in my head as I go! He’s an amazing person and author.
How do you deal with rejection?
Like most people my feelings are hurt at first. And then I dwell on it (lol…sometimes a bit too much) and then I try and learn from it. I admit that’s not always easy, but hopefully any rejection comes with at least a hint of criticism so you can learn something from it to improve yourself.
Where did the idea for your novel come from?
I tend to come up with a lot of my story ideas from a title popping into my head. Usually while I’m driving. When I was driving into work one morning I was thinking about an office romance type story where the heroine—who was a twin—had to dress in disguise in order to get the job so she’d earn more money in order to help her sister. Fakin it with Farah popped into my head and was actually the working title for Two-Timing the Boss. From there the plot unfolded in my head and by the time I arrived at work about 40 minutes later, I had a rough storyline running through my head.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
I think the best piece of advice I could offer is that writing is a solitary job, but don’t let it suck you in. Writers need feedback and support and the best way to find that is through a critique group. A group can just be you and one other author or a group of five, ten…whatever works for you. You’ll have that support and you’ll also learn so much because every other writer has something to share that will make your writing stronger.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
There’s been so much. When I was first learning (and looking back I have to laugh at myself now…lol) I received the wonderful advice of staying in one character’s pov—yes, I admit it, I am a former head-hopper. The patient author who pointed this out to me read my manuscript from a contest I entered and she suggested I find a critique group. I had no clue there were such things. So, being a google-type gal I quickly typed in critique groups and WAH-LA, there were several to choose from and I took full advantage. It took awhile to find that right mix of people to critique with, but I’ve managed it and belong to a couple of small groups that are invaluable.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?
Farah Smith and I get along great because we have a lot in common. We are both hard workers and want to do the right thing. I respect the fact that she can admit to herself and others when she’s wrong or has made a mistake and I also pride myself on doing the same thing…even when it’s uncomfortable.
We’d definitely hang out together J
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie?
When I sat down to work out character sketches for Two-Timing the Boss I pictured my hero Keller Donovan as a young Robert Redford-type…only with a bit different color hair in the end. When I originally pictured him in my mind he was blond, but as I was writing the story it just wasn’t working for me so I changed his hair to a darker blond that lightened at the tips.
As for Farah, I pictured her as a young Bernadette Peters…mainly because of her hair and bow lips.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?
This might sound bad—and don’t get me wrong because I love music—but I tend to listen to it only in the car if I’m not plotting out a story. And when I do have a cd plugged in or the radio on I really don’t concentrate on who’s singing or what the name of the song is, but more on the rhythm or lyrics. So I guess I’ll have to opt out of this question J
If you’d like, provide an excerpt and/or back cover blurb:
Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery. She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed. Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt. But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.
From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants. She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery. The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.
Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less. But when he meets Farah, all bets are off. He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer. Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.
Her ankles shook with the effort of staying upright when she stepped inside the room. Damn heels. She didn’t know how women wore these all day without earning frequent flyer miles on their emergency room VIP cards.
Skin along the back of her legs tingled as her gaze traveled to the man filling the room. Her breath stilled.
God, no man had a right to be so gorgeous. More than his pictures let on. He stood several inches over six foot. Thick, wavy hair lightened as it worked its way from the roots, a soft brown to a fired copper, as if he enjoyed many hours outdoors. But what really caught her off guard was the pair of sky blue eyes that darkened as they circled closer to the black of his pupils. She released her breath when they raked over her from head to toe before his jaw hardened as if in disapproval.
Humph, as if he should disapprove of her. She lifted her chin, meeting his gaze dead on. From all she’d learned of this man, he should be the one rating looks of skepticism.
“Miss Smith?” His gravelly voice wasn’t obtrusive, quite the contrary, it had a relaxing effect. It slid over her like cool water trickling down a bed of moss covered stones. Her insides quivered. She lowered her gaze to the floor to get her equilibrium back, took in a quick breath then met him with a controlled smile. Time to be professional and ace this interview.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Donovan,” she lied, stepping forward. Her legs wobbled in the stiletto heels.
Two-Timing the Boss and my other book Some Like it in Handcuffs are both available in print and digital format at:
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
Keep reading and experimenting with new genres! There are some amazing new authors out there with some wonderful stories to share J
And as always, thank you for taking the time to read my books and I hope you have enjoyed them J
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
And you can find me at:
My blog/website: http://christine-warner.com/
Twitter under ChristinesWords: https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords
My Facebook page…stop by and give it a LIKE to stay informed of what I have in the works: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Warner/143430882396013
I love to hear from readers and other authors J
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
Okay, this isn’t a recipe that I personally enjoy, but my kids loved it when they were growing up. I don’t know if it was the name, origin or the actual recipe that they loved, but they would beg me to make this quite often.
First I’ll tell you the name of the recipe and the history and then give you the ingredients! Lol
I got this recipe from a friend whose husband was a prison guard. One of the inmates told him that he used to eat this while on the lam because it was compact and easy to make. From what he said there were times he couldn’t heat up the ingredients, but would place the can of chicken and the cheese on his dashboard so that they’d warm up. ICK!
1 can flaked chicken chunks (you can use tuna fish too)
1 jar cheese whiz
Doritos as desired
Heat up the canned chicken chunks or tuna in a saucepan with the cheese whiz. Lay out your 2 slices of bread and crumple up however many Doritos you want and top with the warm chicken/cheese mixture.
Enjoy…if you have the stomach for it. No lie, my kids and their friends would devour this.
Like I said, I’m not a fan, but kids seem to love it. lol
Thanks again for having me. I had a great time!!!
Thanks for stopping by, Christine! Best of luck with Two Timing the Boss!