I was born and raised in Kentwood Michigan. After I married and had kids of my own, my husband and I moved to a smaller town in the country. What I loved most about growing up in Kentwood was the fact that our neighborhood had lot of kids. Everyone was close to the same age and we all hung out together building forts, camping, biking, basketball…there was always something to do and someone to do it with.
- As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a school teacher for the longest time. I loved helping my teachers grade papers and doing extra chores in the classroom. But in elementary school I ended up winning an essay contest and a young author’s award and I was bitten by the writing bug. From that moment on, although helping the teachers was still fun—I knew I wanted to write.
- Tell us about your latest book.
I loved writing Two Timing the Boss. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. I’m going to share a short blurb and excerpt to give you an idea of what the story is about.
To secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery, Farah Smith will need to sacrifice her values as well as alter her appearance to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt. With a blonde wig and stilettos strapped on, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants, insuring a position within his company.
The moment Farah and Keller meet, she realizes her most daunting task isn’t the job, but fighting an attraction to a man whose ruthlessness is as legendary in the bedroom as it is in the boardroom.
Disillusioned by his parent’s disastrous marriage, Keller Donovan is determined no relationship should have more than a six-month shelf life. But after he meets Farah Smith, all bets are off. Suddenly he wants more than a personal assistant and private bed warmer. Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her, despite the stranglehold she’s put on his heart.
Can Farah and Keller find happiness and love over deceit and libido? Will the two embrace each other or hold fast to past history?
These damn shoes would be the death of her. She could read the headlines now: Penniless P.A. Falls to her Death while on Job Interview.
Almost to her destination, with no more mishaps, her confidence surfaced. Okay, maybe mastering this heel thing wouldn’t be such a big deal. Her steps became light, almost bouncy. Although she sensed Keller Donovan behind her, she didn’t let it deter her feeling of success. She stepped onto the large black and red area rug, less than ten feet from her target. The leather chairs.
“Oh!” Farah’s spiky heel caught on the edge of the expensive rug. Her legs shook and she shot her arms out from her sides, circling them like a bird about to take flight. She fought to regain balance inside the ridiculous stilts strapped to her feet. A brawl to the death. Over when she looked down to see the rug coming up to kiss her face. She threw out her hands, sucked in a breath and closed her eyes, scrunching her face as she prepared for impact.
But nothing happened. There were stars all right, and a blazing jolt of electricity shot from her toes, up her legs, through her body and exited with the small gasp which escaped her lips. Somehow Keller Donovan had grabbed her around the waist before she met the floor.
Heat burned her cheeks. He may have saved her body from bruises, but her ego, and whatever confidence she’d walked in with had shattered.
“Let’s not have an accident before your health benefits kick in.” His breath
tickled her ear from behind. Chills hugged her backbone.
His touch released an unsettling flutter in her abdomen. She sucked in her stomach from the pressure of his strong arms wrapped around her middle, afraid to breathe.
- Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
I always have something in the works! Lol I am actually working on 3 stories. Two contemporary romances and a romantic suspense. I hope to have them completed and ready for submission by the end of the year.
- Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
I’d have to say time management. It’s hard to juggle writing time, family time, a job and promoting yourself and your work into a 24 hour day. Some days I do better than others, but I try not to sweat it most of the time and just go with the flow. Most things will still be there tomorrow.
- What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Definitely find yourself a critique group or a critique partner. You might not make that connection with the first group or person you meet, but keep trying. Writing is such a solitary function that you truly need at least one other who does the same thing so you can bounce off your ideas or just talk through any issues you might be having.
- Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I really don’t believe it writer’s block. I think if you are struggling with a part of your story it’s really just a road block. Basically you’re telling yourself that you don’t quite have that part worked out the way it needs to be. Either you can write past it and backtrack when you are ready…or start another project and mull it over until it comes to you. That’s why I seem to have more than one project going right now…gotta jump around while I work out issues in the other stories on the back burner. lol
- How did you deal with rejection letters?
Rejection is never easy, but we’ve all been there—writer or not. In the case of writing, I have a rule I developed about 2 years ago. I’ll give myself 24 hours—no more—to mope and have a pity party then I pull out that rejection and read it over again. A good rejection—yes, there are good ones…lol—will teach you something. Study what it says and apply the lesson to your writing. You never stop learning and growing and you can only improve.
- What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Besides chocolate and coffee, I think Debra Dixon’s GMC—Goals, Motivation and Conflict book is a true winner. Great information for any writer.
- Don’t forget to give us links to your website etc.
Two-Timing the Boss and my other book Some Like it in Handcuffs are both available in print and digital format at:
And you can find me at:
My blog/website: http://christine-warner.com/
Twitter under ChristinesWords: https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords
My Facebook page…stop by and give it a LIKE to stay informed of what I have in the works: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Warner/143430882396013
I love to hear from readers and other authors J Thank you so much for having me here today! I had a great time and I hope you did too!!