Interviewing Author Christina Lynn Lambert
Q1. Tell me about your self what are your favorite books to read?
A. When I’m not writing, I enjoy swimming, hiking, bike riding, horror movies, and carbs. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog.
My three absolute favorite books are The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I read The Outsiders in seventh grade and I loved that the characters were flawed and rough but also exhibited such empathy and loyalty towards one another. My favorite genres to read are romance, science fiction, horror, and fantasy.
Q2. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. I worked in sales for a while then worked with adults with developmental disabilities. After that, I became a personal trainer and running coach. I started writing a story when I got extremely bored while studying a training manual for a fitness training certification. I had this story pop up in my head and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I finally started writing it down.
Q3. How did you come up with the name of your books?
A. I started each book I wrote without knowing what the title would be or what would happen in each chapter. As the stories progressed, I thought about what challenges and difficulties the main character in each story were facing. In Wolf’s Challenge, one of Derrick’s biggest challenges is to convince Sydney she should give him a chance but to also not rush her. In Bear’s Edge, Grant has a few rough edges but also wants a few things from Shayla he fears might be too much. Shayla wants to push Grant a little and make him lose control.
Q4. What are you working on for 2019?
A. I’m nearly finished writing book 3 in the Stranger Creatures series. In book 3, Detective Nikki Jackson isn’t looking for love. She has a great job and some dangerous side work that keeps her busy. When a strong, quiet, dark-eyed man arrives in Great Oaks to assist Nikki on a case, she’s determined to keep things professional. So is he, and yet….
I’m also working on a Halloween themed novella. In this story, though bear shifter Aiden seems indifferent to his neighbor Evie’s flirting, nothing could be further from the truth. But he has his reasons for staying away.
Q5. How long have you been writing?
A. I’ve always loved to read and sometimes I would write poems or short stories, just for fun. I never intended to show them to anyone or pursue a career as an author. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to start writing an actual book and to take the leap of sending it out to potential publishers when it was finished. I didn’t study creative writing, so I had a lot to learn along the way about writing fiction. My editors were fantastic and gave me great advice and tips on how to make my stories the best they could be.
Q6. What advice would you give other writers?
A. Don’t give up. There are days when I want to throw my computer out the window because I’ve rewritten the same sentence twenty-five times and can’t think of what should happen next in the story. When this happens, I take a step back, maybe work on a different story or find any number of other ways to distract myself. After a few days, I usually find I can go back to the part of my manuscript that was giving me difficulty and move forward. Every stage of writing has the potential to be hard or overwhelming, but don’t stop writing. Even when you’re faced with piles of rejection letters, keep writing!
Q7. Where can people find you online?
A. If anyone would like to see what I’m up to or get book release updates, you can find me at:
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Lynn-Lambert/e/B01MCYK0K7
Q8. Do you plan on writing more books in the future?
A. I’m almost finished with my current work in progress. When I’m done, I plan on writing many more stories, both long and short. I want to expand my horizons and write in the horror and suspense genres as well as continuing to write in my current genre, which is paranormal romance.
Q9. How many books have you written?
A. I have had two books published so far in the Stranger Creatures series and am almost finished writing my third book in the series.
Q10. Did you go to college to be a writer?
A. No. I didn’t study writing in college, although I did take a short story writing class as an elective. I earned a BS in psychology and then an MBA in business. I didn’t start writing until several years later.
I would like to say Thank you to the Author Christina Larsen Lambert for allowing me to Interview her on my blog.