Christina Leigh Pritchard was born and raised in South Florida. Her first stories were written at the age of nine in spiral notebooks and in the various diaries she kept. Stories she wrote from age nine to twelve fill about four storage boxes!
Since she’s upgraded to a computer, she’s completed over fifty books and still going strong. Her genre’s include science fiction, dark fantasy, young adult, drama, suspense, historical romance, multicultural, comedy, poetry and many more.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? It was during a 4th grade contest. We were asked to write or pick a poem to perform and my original poem “I’m Hungry” tied with a published poem performed by another girl in my class. When we tied, it wasn’t legitimate; a boy named Clayton lied, claiming he hadn’t voted yet. It was in that moment that I desired for nothing else but to be a writer.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I move around a lot. After work, I’ll usually have my laptop in the trunk, and go to Tijuana Flats, get some nachos and a sangria, then write until my battery gets low. Then, I will go home, write some more, picking a different spot each day. Some days I choose Panera or Starbucks but for some reason, the loud music and sangria of Tijuana is what fuels me to write best.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I go for a walk to the beach or to the park near my house. If no one is around, then I’ll swing on the swings. Then, when I’m not dying of exhaustion from all that, I leave the house and write in a different place. Sometimes I have to change book projects altogether in order to eliminate writer’s block.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story? Plotter with a little pantser here and there to confuse you…kidding…maybe.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published? Both
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? Don’t get upset at your negative reviews. It could stumble your progress and that will only hurt you in the long run. Just remember, if they took the time to write it, then clearly, your work is memorable and caused some emotion in them. Try to take the critism as a chance to grow.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? The emails from people who have read my books. I love it when I can talk about my characters as if they’re real people!
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience?Signed with Limitless Publishing, S.H.A.Y. is the first book in the ALMOST Series, available 8/16! It is a NA futuristic/sci-fi novella with some light romance. Here’s a small excerpt:
S.H.A.Y. argues with the E.R.I.C.
“Well then, I’m not going to get in the water.” I bent over, grabbing my clothes. He helped me, handing me my shirt.
I snatched it from him. “I’ll just wait up here for you to get back.”
He laughed, poking me in the stomach. “Look, creampuff, I’m not going in without you.”
“Oh yes you will, or I’ll—”
“You’ll what? Talk to yourself some more?”
I narrowed my eyes at him, stumbling as I tugged my pants on.
“You’re the one who needs my help, remember?”
“You make me sick.” My shirt slipped down over my head and I struggled with the buttons.
He smiled. “Take your clothes off.”
“Don’t tell me what to do.”
Amie groaned. She stood beside me, rolling her eyes. “You’re just creating more and more sexual tension with the E.R.I.C. Soon, you’ll forget all about your Darla and I’ll have no human mother for S.H.A.Y. 319.”
“I won’t!” I unzipped my pants again. “I’ll do whatever it takes to save them both.”
Eric backed away. “Whoa, there, I was just teasing you.”
“I’m not talking to you.”
He rolled his eyes. “Right, I forgot, you have others here with you.”
“I’m not doing this for you, you’re the enemy. I’m trying to save my, my—”
“You’re trying to save your ‘what’ exactly?”
“It doesn’t concern you. Just follow me into the water. That way, we can get started.”
“Are you hitting on me?” His eyes widened. “I enjoy a little banter and all, but—”
I shoved him. “Like I’d ever flirt with you.”
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) Don’t spam people and groups. It’s not very personal and the few times I’ve tried it, (following the advice of blog posts) it didn’t gain me readers or any new associates. People are what you should be interested in. They are what inspire you to write in the first place—not a sale. Write your heart out and market respectfully. Imagine if you were in their shoes. Which marketing tricks would annoy you vs. what would appeal to you. Ask yourself that and I think you’ll make great choices and gain lots of friendships along your journey.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? It can take less than a month to years depending on what it is.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. For self-published: always have a hand in it. For C I N’s cover, I was on deviantart and came across the cover photo, contacted the artist and wah – la! It was as if the model really was Lisa, my character. I’m still in love with the cover.
For traditional: my first book, I picked the cover and it was approved, for my new series, ALMOST, the publishing house chooses the cover designs and it looks awesome!
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Collect elephants, web-design, draw terribly, watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix with my Mom, stare at the housing market on realtor.com, and dream about getting a new puppy someday since mine of 14 years passed away.
Website: http://www.christinaleighpritchard.com/ **for a limited time, all subscribers receive an e-book copy of C I N**