December 15, 2012

Christine Warner Takes on Two-Timing in Stilettos 

Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I’d love to! First off thank you so much for having me on your blog today J  I live in Michigan with my husband, children, and a rowdy group of furry friends as well as one well used laptop.  I know that all authors say this (almost all…lol) but I’ve wanted to write since I can remember.  Especially after I won a young authors award, and then an essay contest.  When I’m not writing I love taking walks, cooking, reading, playing games, and people watching.  And I’m a huge chocolate and coffee addict and that seems to go hand in hand with my newest addiction…social media!  Facebook and Twitter are awesome!
Please describe your writing environment.
I have a home office, but it’s the size of a shoebox with a small cutout that’s supposed to be a window.  Not very inspiring, even though I painted it sunshine yellow.  I tend to gravitate into the living room.  I like to curl up on my chair and a half and write. Usually my dogs are snoring at my feet and my cats are curled up beside me or behind me.  I have wonderful views from the two huge windows and in the summertime I get a lovely breeze with lots of sounds from nature.  Love it!
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I plan out my characters to a certain point, but have honestly found that as I’m writing I flush out more characteristics and traits than I’d imagined.  I believe as you write your characters grow and develop, so it’d be hard to peg their personalities before I’ve gotten the chance to know them through writing.
What main genre do you write in?
I mainly write contemporary romance because that’s what I started reading and I just love it.  But, I do have a light-hearted romantic suspense out as well titled Some Like it in Handcuffs.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I’m very lucky in the fact that everyone is very supportive.  I’m also lucky that they read my books too.  LOL..okay, not so much my hubs or my boys, but they are supportive.  But my sister, daughter and my nieces, along with one favorite nephew have read them.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
This is a tough one and probably not an answer you’d expect.  I don’t have a favorite person from history or an author who has passed, but I’d love to have dinner one more time with my mother.  She passed away about 6 years ago and she had a love for trying new restaurants.  My sister, her and I spent many a night out sampling different venues.  I miss our chats and our time together J
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
My goal is to eventually write full time, but for now I work about 30 hours a week in a medical office.  I also run BUY THE BOOK TOURS, a book tour business, with a good friend of mine.  I’m loving it and between that, my family, friends, and writing I’m a pretty lucky lady J
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I don’t have a release date yet, but I do have a book coming out with Entangled Publishing from their Indulgence line. I’m very excited about it.  Bachelor’s Special is a story about a down on her luck chef who’s set up on a blind date with a billionaire businessman.  He offers her the opportunity of helping her get her catering business off the ground if she agrees to be his live in chef for eight weeks.  But he has more on his mind than a helping hand, and their attraction is more than she bargained for.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received seems to change with the wind. I think some valuable advice is to read, read, and read some more to get to know the genre you’re writing in.  I also think finding a critique partner or group is so important.  It’s amazing how having a few critique partners help you’re writing grow and improve.  Each one brings something new to the table.
The worst piece of advice…and this is just me, but I’ve heard several people recommend writing every day, even when you aren’t in the mood.  I’ve tried that and it personally doesn’t work for me.  I generally find that I end up trashing everything I wrote because I wasn’t in the mood and it just didn’t flow.  I do think that you should try and do something writer related each day if you can.  Even if that’s visiting other blogs, or writing blogs, answering interview questions, tweeting about your work or other authors work.  There’s a lot of possibilities.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I love to read contemporary romance and I also LOVE true crime novels.  I promised myself this year I’d venture into other genres and I have.  I’ve read some really good paranormal romances and a couple historicals as well.  I’m glad I’ve expanded my horizons but my true love is contemporary.
I’m going to share a short blurb and short excerpt if that’s okay J Two-Timing the Boss is a contemporary office romance and I had a great time writing it! 

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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.



Sharon Cullen said...

Aww, I love your comment about your mom. How heartwarming.

D'Ann said...

Great post, Christine! Fun learning about my friends!

christine warner said...

Thanks so much Sharon...glad you dropped in :)

Thanks for coming by D'Ann...glad you're still learning something about me! lol

Kristina Knight said...

Loved Two-Timing, Christine! Can't wait for Bachelor's Special to come out! :)

christine warner said...

OMG Kristi...I can't either :) Thank you so much for your support and so glad you like Two Timing!!

stanalei said...

Gotta be tough writing in a shoe box, but it hasn't stopped your great storytelling. Great interview, Christine.

Cait OSullivan said...

Great interview, Christine. Good luck with Two Timing the Boss, it sounds like such a great read. Nice one lady :)

Anonymous said...

Really interesting interview Christine. Here's to many sales.

christine warner said...

That's the best part of being an author stanalei...we can write anywhere, even a shoebox! lmbo...thanks for coming by :)

Thanks Cait...appreciate you coming by! xoxo

Thanks so much Ella, I appreciate the well wishes!

Calisa Rhose said...

Hmm I could swear I commented here the other day? Guess not, but I visited! :) It sounds like your mom was as special to you as mine was to me.

Ally Broadfield said...

Your writing routine sounds like mine, except I don't even have a shoebox. My smallest dog sits next to me in the chair while the others lay around or on my feet, and the cat and/or the parrot sit on my lap, hand, keyboard, etc. Looking forward to reading Bachelor's Special.

christine warner said...

Thanks for coming by Calisa! Maybe you stopped by when Lynn Cahoon was here?

And, yes, my mom was a special person and I miss her every day...but I do have some great memories of her that always make me smile.

christine warner said...

Ally, we just have to much in it. And I'm looking forward to Bachelor's Special too...can hardly wait! Thanks so much for coming by.