Real You: Author Interview! Meet Christine Cunningham

Christine and I met on the WoMen's Literary Cafe and have been social media buddies ever since. It's my pleasure to welcome her here!

What is your favorite season? Why?

I love all of the seasons! I love Spring because it’s the true beginning of the year for me. Flowers are blooming and I get the itch in my fingers to play I the dirt and garden. I love Summer because it’s so warm and friendly. There are fruits and vegetables straight from the garden that are superb and I can write outside again. I love Fall because I feel all snuggly and cuddly. It’s the time when I see my family the most. With four sisters and two brothers that’s no mean feat. I love Winter because that’s when I do a lot of soul searching and goal setting. I feel even more inclined to be giving and creative in how I do so.

If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?

I would like to live under the ocean near a fissure in the Earth’s crust where the water is warm. I love the story 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I would love to live amongst all the sea life that has remained undiscovered to this day.

 Tell us about your writing:

I have been seriously writing since February 2011. Writing found me when I was too sick to work. I have now let it become my occupation. I write when I feel inspired. If I write just for the sake of upping my word count I find I usually end up deleting what I wrote.  When it’s warm I love to go to area parks and write. The outdoors are a constant inspiration to me. It’s cold now so I usually brew a wonderful pot of tea and dance my fingers across the keyboard.

Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?

It depends on what I’m writing about. With Eternal Beginning I wrote it in a journal at area parks that were mostly deserted save a few children and mothers/care takers. When I wrote First Snow I constantly listened to Christmas music to make sure the right mood was set. I find now that I prefer no background music most of the time because it’s easy for my curious mind to get distracted and neglect the task at hand.

Tell us about your book:

I’ve always liked homey, small-town stories. Maybe it’s because I lived in one until I was eight years old. I read a series by Robin Gunn when I was in my early twenties and thought to myself I can do that. So, I have taken my experiences with love (with some artistic license) and plopped them right down in the middle of Willow Reed. First Snow took me about 1 month to agonize over and 3 months to complete. It’s about Nell. She’s so confident that she wants a family, but she hasn’t met the right man. When Hasan enters her life bells and whistles go off. Then, right before Christmas, Hasan tells Nell that he doesn’t want children. What will Nell do?

I have published Eternal Beginning this past June and will be releasing a companion workbook within the next couple of months. I donated a children’s story to Equipe http://equipeglobal.org/ that will be released this Spring called, Fluffy. I will also be releasing the next book in the Willow Reed series, Spring Argyle.

I love connecting with readers! Here are a few ways we can make that happen:

Facebook- http://on.fb.me/rod2p5

Twitter- http://bit.ly/otU535

Blog- http://bit.ly/o41IIO

Shelfari- http://www.shelfari.com/E_B_ChristineC

Goodreads- http://bit.ly/sg8nPX

Youtube- http://bit.ly/s3e7eH

 

Where can we buy your books?

Eternal Beginning:

 Amazon http://amzn.to/pkBzEC

Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/sW8OHd

Signed copy http://bit.ly/o41IIO

First Snow:

Amazon http://amzn.to/v6GmaF