Here at Chicks Rogues and Scandals I am very happy to welcome best selling Author Christy Carlyle, The lovely Christy has taken time out of her very busy schedule to take to me today, so take a seat and lets get to know a little bit about Christy. . .
“I’m happiest when I’m writing, fleshing out the stories in my head and telling my characters’ stories. I think about them all the time, my characters. Scenes from their stories pop into my head as I drift off to sleep or wander the grocery store. It’s a relief to write, but it’s also hard work and yet the most rewarding endeavor I’ve ever undertaken. I used to be a teacher, and I consider myself a lifelong learner. My prayer is to continue to grow as a writer with each story I tell.
I love the past and earned my bachelor’s degree in history. I remember being told that there was nothing I could do with a history degree, but now I get to use some of what I learned when writing stories. As with everything, I always want to know more, so when I’m not reading romance or mystery, I’m reading nonfiction history books about 19th century America and Britain. ” Christy Carlyle
Reading Chick : Hi Christy, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Christy : Thank you so much for inviting me, Frankie! Five words. Hmmm. I’d say curious, determined, independent, creative, and passionate.
Reading Chick : Lovely! If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Christy : I always say I’d go back to the late 19th century, the same period I write about in my books. However, I know the reality is I’d miss all of the gadgets and technological innovations of our modern era. I’m a bit of a tech geek, so I would miss the internet, my computer, and smartphone immensely.
Reading Chick : It seems to be a very popular era to visit doesn’t it? I have to say I would love to visit too, OK, Who was your childhood hero?
Christy : Most of the people I looked up to were literary or TV characters. I watched Little House on the Prairie habitually and wanted to travel back to the past and be Laura Ingalls, yet I also watched Buck Rogers and wanted to travel to the future. Then, once I was in school and had the itch to tell stories, I wanted to be able to evoke emotion with my writing like Edgar Allan Poe.As far as a role model in real life, I would have to say my maternal grandfather. He was one of the kindest, cleverest, and most good-hearted men I’ve ever known.
Reading Chick : Very interesting Christy! Thank you, What is your favorite time of year?
Christy : Definitely autumn. I grew up in the Midwest, and I love cool weather, fall leaves, pumpkin patches, and all the colors, scents, and flavors of the season.
Reading Chick : I love the autumn too, that time of year always seems very magical, OK a bit of a toughy, Out of all your work, who is your favorite character and why?
Christy : Actually, one of my secondary characters is a personal favorite. Rob Wellesley appeared in One Scandalous Kiss and briefly in One Tempting Proposal. I love his sense of humor and easygoing, flirtatious manner. I hope to write his happily ever after someday.
Reading Chick : Very nice, Your book’s are incredible, where doe’s your inspiration for them come from?
Christy : Aww, thank you, Frankie. Ideas for stories have been popping into my head since I was kid. I think they come from everywhere, a creative synthesis of what I’ve read or seen or heard. The characters somehow show up in my mind and keep knocking until I tell their stories. For my historicals, I’m particularly inspired by art, literature, and historical events from the 1880’s and 1890’s. It was an exciting time of social change and technological innovation, and that really appeals to me.
Reading Chick : That is so interesting Christy, What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Christy : 1. Make time to write. I look back on years when I told myself I’d get to my work in progress eventually. I wish I’d spent more time actually writing.
2. Never stop learning. Writing is a craft, and I think there’s always more to learn. Workshops and craft manuals abound, and I learn something new every time I take a class or read a book.
3. Persist. If you’re driven to write, don’t give up because of a first rejection or many more after that. Keep writing and hone your skills, and eventually you’ll achieve your goals.
Reading Chick : Oh Wow! Those are brilliant tip’s Thank you so very much for sharing those with us, If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, dead or alive)
Christy : I’d love to experience a dinner conversation with Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mary Shelley, three of my favorite authors. I’d love to ask them about their writing processes, but I’d also want to hear their opinions on the modern world, and on the changes in publishing, in particular.
Reading Chick : Now that is a dinner party I would love to attend, Can I come too? *Grin*, Thank you again Christy for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun. . .What is your all time favorite naughty but nice food?
Christy : You know those restaurant chocolate chip cookie desserts? Those ginormous chocolate chip cookies that you get served hot, right on the baking plate sometimes, with vanilla ice cream melting on top are my weakness.
Reading Chick : Mmmm!! Those sound so good, Thank you again Christy.
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