Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Thank you, Fiona. I’m honored to be here with you.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Chariss K. Walker here and I’m ageless.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Chariss: I have lived in many places and traveled outside the US some, but I grew up in the Mississippi Delta.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
Chariss: I am the youngest of four daughters born to a Mississippi Delta famer and a Mississippi Poetry Society mother. My dad, sometimes discouraged by all the hard work it took to raise a thousand acres of soybeans without the help of any sons, was encouraged by my mother. She would tell him, “Farming is a gamble, but it’s hard to beat four queens.”
I have loved reading and writing from a very early age, but I also wanted to share what I had learned with others. In a sense, I am also a teacher. I have my bachelors in Metaphysical Sciences, a Masters in Divinity, and an honorary doctorate in Divinity. I can’t seem to stop reading and learning but my primary goal and drive is to share the concepts studied through my writing.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Chariss: I am currently working on a prequel for An Alec Winters Series. Prelude (An Alec Winters Series book) should be out in a few more months. Crescent City (An Alec Winters Series, Book 1) began when Alec retired from the army. Prelude shares the early life stories of the main characters in Crescent City. This series is a very dark, psychological paranormal thriller.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Chariss: I think it is very important for every author to write about the things he or she knows and understands. I utilize personal knowledge and other’s experiences in my books. I know about dysfunctional families and relationships and I share that reality in several of my books, specifically my name is tookie and The Journey. I know about soul-searching as can be realized in The Retreat. I have studied religion and metaphysics for over thirty-five years and share the knowledge gained in my nonfiction books, such as, Make a Joyful Noise, Chakra Basics and The Spiritual Gifts. Through life’s strange quirks, I also am very familiar with visions and dreams and other paranormal phenomena and occurrences as can be seen in The Vision Chronicles eight-book thriller series, An Alec Winters Series and Purple Kitty (A Serena McKay Novel).
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Chariss: When I use a particular city as a locale in my books, I have usually either lived there or spent a little time there. I rely on research for any details I might need.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Chariss: Patti Roberts at Paradox Book Covers designed all the covers for An AlecWinters Series. I designed the rest.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Chariss: Yes, and I believe Shakespeare said it best:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. ~~ Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio/Shakespeare
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Chariss: I see writing as a commitment to my readers and myself.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Chariss: “I love each and every one of you and hope you find the message that you seek through my books.”
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Chariss: Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Fiona: What makes you cry?
Chariss: I don’t cry often; when I do, it is in regards to the complete and utter lack of humanity and cruelty done to children and animals.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Chariss: I am very creative and must keep that going even when I’m not writing. I like to use my hands to create special items for my home, for family and friends.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Chariss: I usually watch mystery/thriller shows or documentaries. I love action/adventure films.
Fiona: Favorite foods?
Chariss: I try very hard to maintain a vegan diet. My favorite current food is potatoes prepared anyway possible.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Chariss: I have a wonderful imagination, but I simply cannot imagine that one.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Chariss-K.-Walker/e/B004QZNKRK