Name Chrysta Mane
Age 60+ and retired
Where are you from
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am currently working on book 2 & book 3 of Mystery of Keyser Ridge series. Then hope to get back to a historical, my first love.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As far back as I can remember, I have been reading whatever I could get my hands on. My first foray into writing was poetry in college.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when my 1st historical made it into the semi-finals of the RWA Golden Heart contest. I attained author status when my 1st book was published by Vinvatar Publishing (my current publisher).
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The characters started talking to me shortly after I finished reading Lori King’s Gray Pack series. The idea of people who could transform into other species really intrigued.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I am mainly a pantser, writing from start to finish without deviation…as long as the characters talk to me. My current story is not following the same plan, so apparently my style is open to different interpretation at times.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
This is an interesting question. The right title can be as hard to come up with as writing a synopsis and/or blurb, which can be the bane of my existence at times. Most times I simply wait for inspiration to hit. When that fails, I’ll ask for import from my beta reader.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always be true to yourself & never change to be liked and/or loved.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Although the story is fiction, I’ve tried to make it as realistic as possible. Nothing personal infused in this one, but that is not to say personal things may not work their way into future stories.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I have always read more for pleasure than to seek something which would impact my life. I was brought up to believe facts mattered most when making decisions which may influence one’s life.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There are several contemporary authors I love, among them Clair de Lune & Lori King. My all-time favorite is Constance O’Day Flannery and her Timeless Passion, totally intrigued by the idea of time travel.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My best new friend & most ardent supporter is the lovely & talented writer Clair de Lune.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Upon retiring from a computer specialist career, writing became my new career & I am fully embracing it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I am my own worst critic so I could probably find things to change, but I think it turned out terrific. I hope those who buy it find it as wonderful a story as I do.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My favorite author at the time, Kathleen Woodiwiss, took 4 years to write and publish each book. Unwilling to wait that long, I decided to try my hand at writing to fill the time while waiting for another book by Ms. Woodiwiss.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am currently working on Mystery of Keyser Ridge Book 2, the story of Doctor Andrew Prentiss [Braxton Taggett’s best friend] who is stunned to discover his mate is the region’s new Park Range. Kendall Abigail Humphrey, a cinnamon bear shifter from Wyoming, thoroughly distrusts the mating process after witnessing what it did to her parents. However, her budding attraction to the ruggedly handsome rural doctor proves increasingly more difficult, especially when he makes his intentions quite clear,
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The only challenge is when my characters go quiet for one reason or another.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
So far travel is not involved, though I do hope to one day attend book signings.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publisher employs excellent cover artists.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing those two words “the end”. Hard to say goodbye to characters you’d grown to love.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That I could write one others might actually want to read.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
Never gave the idea any thought.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read a lot and not only in your chosen genre, write what gives you pleasure, do not be afraid to ask for honest critiques of your work.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Only that I hope they get as much enjoyment reading my stories as I get writing them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
In the Beginning: Highland Wolves 1 by Flora McGregor
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The exact title escapes, but I clearly recall reading every book in the elementary school library.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I can cry at the drop of a hat. My emotions tend to reside near the surface. Love a good joke or comedy show.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d love to meet one of 2 romance writers who I have admired for years…Victoria Alexander or Stephanie Laurens.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
“It took a long time, but she finally found inner courage & stopped being a doormat”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Crocheting and drawing
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
PBS/MPT, reruns of old shows such as Columbo, Perry Mason, Diagnosis Murder, Star Wars
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Color: Purple Music: Anything except hillbilly Food: Chinese/Korean/Japanese
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Create artistic masterpieces
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
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