Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kaptivated by author Christine Brae

Hello and welcome! My name is Kristie and I am a full time wife and mother who works and blogs part time. I have a reading addiction and books are my kryptonite. 
I started blogging about two years ago. I was going through a really tough time in my life and books became an escape for me. I joined this fantastic group on Facebook and was constantly posting the books I had read and recommend everyone to read. After a little while I was approached to join a book blog. It was amazing opportunity that was offered to me and I took it. I was blogging with two other wonderful ladies for almost a year and it became a pretty successful blog. Through blogging I have been able to meet some pretty amazing people and have built some great re-pours with a few authors and that to me has been the best experience ever!
A few months ago, I made a decision to do what is best for my family and started working part time. I also decided to venture out on my own and start my own blog that I could do part time as well. I have had such a great support system from my family and from friends and authors old and new. I am feeling so very blessed and grateful.

Welcome to my very first post!

 I had the wonderful opportunity to have worked with and gotten to know the author of the FANTASTIC book The Light in the Wound, Christine Brae. I am so excited and honored that she agreed to do an interview with me. Can I just tell you how genuinely amazing she is not only as an author but as a person and a friend.

KKR: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

CB: Hi, Kristie! Thank you so much for having me. I am so excited to be your very first blog entry! Can I just tell you how proud I am that you have decided to do this!

Sorry for digressing . 
Although I have always loved to write, never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would someday write a book! Writing has always been a big part of my life, whether at school or at home or when I would write love letters and poems for the important people in my life. While I was growing up, writing was a very important outlet for me.

KKR:Who are your favorite authors?

CB: Before my heart was blown open by Tarryn Fisher’s The Opportunist, I was hooked on mainstream authors like Alice Hoffman, Jodie Picoult and Anita Shreve. I always leaned towards stories depicting the plight of women and angsty, doomed love affairs.  Tiffanie DeBartolo is a huge favorite of mine.  I do have to tell you, a lot of my current favorite Indie Authors are my favorites because I know them as real people and I love them as friends.

KKR: Do you write your stories based events that have happened in your life?

CB: Well, I only have one book so far, and yes, this one is near and dear to me because it is based on true events and involves real people. I strongly believe that all stories have a basis in truth and so I feel that even if my next book will be purely fiction, there will be snippets of experiences that have really happened at one point or another.

KKR:What is your typical writing environment? (Do you have a special room, music, muses?)

CB: I’m such a nerd for saying this:  complete and utter silence when everyone in the house is asleep. Since I travel a lot for work, I find myself writing on the plane, on the train and in hotel rooms a lot. No matter where I am, however, I can’t do it while listening to music.

KKR:What inspired you to write your story?

CB: This story was inspired by my wanting to tell a story that I hoped many women would be able to identify with.  The story of a first love and real life and how one has the power to change the outcome of his/her future despite the path charted for them during their childhood. I wanted people to know that it’s okay if your happy ending is not happy to others. That the only one responsible for the consequences of your actions is you. I am sincerely amazed by the reaction I have received from women from all walks of life who have been touched by my story. I really thought I would write this book and run away. I am happy to report that I am currently unable to do that!

KKR: If your book were to become a made for TV series or Movie. Who would you cast in the main roles?

CB: My close friend, Janna Mashburn (note the name drop, lol) made me a book trailer with the people that I had asked her to cast in the video. It would probably be Paul Walker as Alex, Ian Somerhalder as Jesse and Jessica Alba as Isabel. If that male model, Andrew Stetson was an actor, I would pay all the money to cast him in my movie. He is the inspiration for Alex. Hands down.

KKR: Have your family and friends read the book? Have they been supportive? 

CB: Yes!  My family and friends have definitely read the book. I tried to keep it a secret for a while but it’s now out in the open! They have been very supportive of me, especially now that I am writing a second book. They went through a long period of not having me and I’m about to embark on that again. I am so lucky to have them in my life, and I give my husband the most credit for allowing me to just be me.

KKR: If you were to write in another genre, which one would it be?

CB: My next project is bordering on a thriller/mystery type of book with a lot of romance in it, lol. That’s probably as far as I will veer away from romance. 

KKR: What goes through your mind when writing a sex scene?

CB: Oh my gosh, Kristie. That’s like divulging one’s deepest darkest secret!  I think that sex scenes are generally so difficult to write because of the balance I try to find between not being too graphic but  being sexy enough to entertain the reader. In trying to be as descriptive as possible, I have to play the scene in my mind….. Enough said.

KKR: If you could, would you go back in time to change anything?

CB: I don’t think I would change anything that happened because the experiences in my life have contributed to me being the person that I am now.  Well, wait. Okay, maybe the one thing I would change is I would turn back time and spend more time with my mother while she was still here.  That’s the one regret that I will always have in my life.

Thank you so much for having me, Kristie. What an honor for me to be your inaugural author interview! XOXO

KKR: Thank you Christine! For taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down and answer these questions for me. Your support has meant so much to me. You book was amazing! I look forward to reading your upcoming book!

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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Kristie for living your dream. Congratulations Christina for living your dream and helping others live theirs.