1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I began writing at ten-years-old. It was a outlet from the home situation.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? It isn’t. I tend to write what I am feeling at the moment. For me, its more authentic to write that way.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? All the time. I just allow myself to be inspired. Over-thinking it never works for me.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story? Depends on what I am writing. If I am writing something that requires me to pull from my experiences, I tend to be a panster. If it is something that is more self-help I am a plotter.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published? Both. Little Miss Somebody is published through Gravity an imprint of Booktrope. Chakra Wellness is self-published.
6.What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? It is a lot of work. Fortunately, I have a great imprint that supported me every step of the way. My advice is be prepared to do the work. Your sales depend on your willingness to put yourself out there.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? My highlight is the ability to share my story. Too see it printed with my name on it. It also has been the people I have touched by telling my story. Its truly is a beautiful feeling.
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience? Little Miss Somebody was inspired by my childhood growing up in St. Louis. My protagonist, Nikki, is on a journey to escape her mother’s abusive ways by finding her estranged father. Little does she know there are a lot of challenges along the way. My genre is Coming of Age. The targeted market is 14+.
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.) Follow your gut. Listen to the feedback you get from your beta readers. Research your genre to see who is putting out books similar to yours. It seems like a lot, but you have to do the leg work if you want your story to be read.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book? 9 months to a year depending on the genre.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. Lori Follet designed the cover for Little Miss Somebody. She is amazing. I was very involved in the process. She did a great job of listening to my vision. Together we created a beautiful cover.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? Create. I am the owner and principal designer at Christy Lynn Designs. I love it!
Visit me at www.christylynnabram.com.
I am on twitter at @wholisticmuse.
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