I got to chat with author Christina Pritchard about her new series C.I.N… Read the interview below. Thanks Christina for chatting with me.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing...
Before I could write, I made up fantasy worlds and tried to get my friends to believe they were real. I had notebooks and would write while my teachers lectured (since about nine years old.) I didn't consider myself an author until 4th grade...
There was a poetry contest in my fourth grade class. It was nearly a tie between Maggie and me. Her poem was by a famous poet and mine was self-written. Clayton, a boy in my class, raised his hand (I was losing by one vote) and lied, telling the teacher he didn’t get to vote yet. “I pick Tina’s!” His second vote, tied us. That was the day I decided this was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.
You gotta love how childhood memories will influence us as adults, huh? How did you go from poet to novelist?
I wrote stories then too! My grandmother gave me a typewriter and I went to town on it writing mysteries for my Barbie Dolls, and chapters for my fantasy stories. I would come home from school and type up what I wrote in my notebooks during the day in class. I absolutely loved writing and typing.
Tell us a about your series C.I.N. and what genre it would fit into -
People are calling it paranormal but if anything, it is a young adult series. Book 1, C I N, is about some strange characters who live in Lynn, MA. Lisa thinks upon arriving in C I N, that she's landed in her own house of horrors but, things take a turn for the worst when she's struck by lightning.
The first 3 short stories in the C I N Series take you back in time to the 1980's and 1990's before Lisa was ever born. Back stories of her parents, her aunt and some others are revealed like, Donna and her traitorous beginning, how her parents fell in love and the ultimate sacrifice Aunt Millie's one true love would not make for her...
Book Two which was released in July, the reader learns that Alex lied to Lisa about lots of things. Like, what happens when she transforms? Her life is at stake. Will she survive and if she does, will someone else have to die?
Young adult and paranormal are popular genres these days, it seems. What age bracket would you say your books would be most appropriate for?
Many of my readers say 14+ for the C I N Series. My other books are for any age.
What about writing do you love the most and hate the most -
I love seeing the characters come to life on the printed page. I get to escape into amazing worlds and delve into the psyche of each character, wondering what they'll say and do next. It's a great adventure and since I write the worlds, I always enjoy the 'trip'!
I hate when a character no longer fits into a story. It's always disappointing to have to say good bye. (Except Frank in the C I N Series, I hate him! LOL)
ooooooooooooooooooooo characters you love to hate, and hate to love!!!! Those are the best! Do you ever get into mini battles with those characters? Who is your favorite character in the series?
Oh yes! I scream at them when I don't like what I'm writing. They can infuriate me to no end. I love all my characters except Frank. Ally is definitely a top favorite of mine. She's the kind of person you love to hate and writing her scenes always puts me in a good mood. I never know what she's going to do.
What are some points you’d give aspiring authors about the writing journey -
Don’t write what you think is popular. It should be as original as possible and reflect you. The world goes through phases. If what you write isn’t of interest now, it will be someday.
Excellent piece of advice if I do say so myself!
How can readers contact you?
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Thanks Tina for chatting with me!