I’m so happy to have a chance to interview my very first “publishing buddy”, Christy Gissendaner! She held my hand through my very first publishing experience, walking me through things like the gem she is. I’m fortunate to know her. Without her knowledgeable presence, my first journey would have been a far bumpier one! Read on to find out more about this author whose books are filled with romance, heat, and humor…
You’ve written an awesome historical series for Liquid Silver Books (The Princes). Do you see yourself writing more series? What’s the best thing about writing a series? The worst?
Why thank ya, V! Actually I keep swearing I’m never going to write a series again, but then I find myself starting new ones. The best thing is that the “world” is already there for me to use. The characters, back stories, etc are already outlined so writing the next book is a breeze. The worst is keeping everyone and everything straight in my head. Can’t tell you how many times I have to go back to my older books in the series to see how I described a particular situation!
Book 5 of that series, “The Princes Wanted”, is the end. What’s that like, letting go of an entire world you’ve created and saying goodbye to the characters with whom you’ve spent so much time?
Actually, The Princes Wanted is book 4 in the series. The last book will be The Princes Needed whenever I get around to finish writing it. I’m sure once I’ve written Wilhem’s story, I will sad and relieved at the same time. It’s exciting to be able to start something new. (V: Oops, she has so many stories going on, I can never keep them all straight, lol!)
You’ve recently gone out of your comfort zone a bit by penning the delicious, “Having Cake”. What made you decide to up the heat factor in such a way? You know I’m a ménage fan, so any ménage-type story does my heart proud!
I was being experimental…pretty much like Meg, the heroine of Having Cake! I typically write only M/F romances, but sometimes love just doesn’t work that way. One wild night leads to love for Meg in Having Cake even though she does venture away into a slight three-way. Despite the ménage aspect, it truly is a M/F romance. I wanted to do something that’s not quite so black and white.
You’re so not a plotter—a woman after my own heart, hehe. What’s your writing process like? Does an overall story idea just come to you and then you just let it flow from there?
My editors probably wish I would plot, but I just don’t like to tie myself down. I want the ending to surprise everyone, even myself! So I let the story goes where it wants to. It seems to work as most of my reviews praise my “storytelling” skills. Usually I have a general story idea, or even a book title, and I just start pecking away at my keyboard. Speaking of which…I’ve got an awesome idea on how to revamp an old WIP of mine! ; )
You’re talented enough to be a pro at different genres. How do you keep up with writing contemporaries, historicals, and paranormals? Do you have “genre moods” that strike? Kind of like a, “Hmm… I may be getting burnt out on this genre; time to switch it up” type of thing?
Despite my seeming randomness, there is a method to my madness. I write one Robin book (historical or paranormal) and then one Christy book (contemporary or paranormal). Lately I’ve been on a fantasy/paranormal kick for both pen names. It truly is my comfort zone even if it’s very very light paranormal/fantasy. The easiest genre for me to write is historical, of course, since that’s my first love.
Do you typically envision plot first or characters?
A general idea of the plot. The characters come about as I start typing the first scene they appear in. With The Princes, I had the hero/heroine of book 1 and the hero of book 2 thought out ahead of time. But everyone else came to me on the fly.
Many authors have a story that’s near and dear to their hearts for whatever reason—what’s yours and why?
At the moment, it’s The Princes Knighted. I absolutely loved writing book 3 in the series. The revelation of the rebel leader is quite a shocker, if I do say so myself. Hugh, the hero, is my favorite character I’ve ever created. I put the poor boy through hell, but he’s such a fierce, loyal soldier. I couldn’t help but love him.
Which character that you’ve created is your absolute favorite, if you could choose just one?
Oh my goodness…I answered this early!
Hugh and Sara are so sweet together in The Princes Knighted. But for pure “spark”, wait until you meet Hal and Macy in Some Kind of Trouble, coming in June from Liquid Silver Books. The ex-lovers turned co-workers are brilliant together.
Finally, tell us what you’ve got coming up. I swear, you’re one of the busiest authors I know! Which releases can we look forward to next?
Some Kind of Trouble, which I just mentioned, is coming June 17. I’ll also have a contemporary paranormal coming to Entangled sometime in the fall hopefully. As Robin, I’ll be finishing up the Princes series. I’m also thinking of revamping my Vampyre Scrolls series. Pardon the pun!
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Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Christy! Everyone, be sure to check out her books. Whether you’re a fan of historical romance, contemporary romance, or paranormal romance, this lady has something for you!
Update: Christy’s contemporary/paranormal release from Entangled will be making its way to readers this summer rather than the fall!