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Christie Silvers Interview & Giveaway Contest!!

Posted by robinreneeray on July 25, 2009 at 1:09 AM

A Midnight Infatuation:

Alexander is a 150 year old vampire with a lust for blood. But, the blood isn't all that he enjoys. He thoroughly delights in the act of taking blood from an unwilling victim. The ear-piercing screams are like music to his undead ears. That is, until he met HER!

Fiona is a 30 year old werewolf. She's just like any other modern-day woman that you would meet in the teller line at your local bank. She has to deal with her annoying family, numerous failed relationships--including one where she found her boyfriend in bed with HIS boyfriend--and pressure to marry from everyone around her.

Alex becomes instantly infatuated with the lovely Fiona and is very intrigued by the unusual scent that emanates from her. His infatuation becomes very useful when Fiona's pack decides to instigate their "Fight or Wed" law; which in turn leaves Fiona lying on a forest floor bleeding profusely. Alex is forced to do what vampires do... turn her!

With Fiona's pack hot on their trail, what will become of this unusual pair? Will they be able to avoid Fiona's pack of vicious revenge-seeking werewolves? Will Fiona be able to look past Alex's undead demeanor?

You'll have to read A Midnight Infatuation to find out!

 

Please welcome, Christie Silvers!

Oh Christie, you have no idea how much fun that I have doing an interview with you. You have always been so sharing, not only with your work, but the life behind the author. Your friends and fans are given such a beautiful glance into your life, from family vacations to the glory of the renewing of your marriage vows. You have played on the beach with your children, and sported a sexy pair of sparkle red heels. Driven the kids from school to sports, then had to sit down and pay bills. I am so not a poet..lol..But, please, let me ask…How on earth do you find the time to write a three book series, not to mention a children’s book, and a new novel on top of all that?

Christie: Oh honey, it's certainly not as easy as you think. Gosh... Well, I must say that balancing motherhood, wife-hood, and being a writer is the reason that it's been an entire year since the conception of my current project, Time For Death, and the fact that it's yet to be completed to my satisfaction. LOL! I've been able to crank out two complete novels in one year, but not this one. It's all about priorities though. Being Mommy and Wifey are my top priorities; my books come after.

Do you find it difficult being a full time mother, wife, and author?

Christie: At times, yes. Mostly I'm able to balance things pretty well. However, there are times where I want to pull out all my hair, scream like a banshee, and go rock in a corner somewhere. LOL. These are the moments that make me realize that I'm putting too much pressure on myself and need to cool it for a while.

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer?

Christie: Well, it's hard to say. There was never an AH-HA moment where I declared I would be a writer. I'd always been good at it, and had toyed with the idea of doing a little writing for years, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I actually jumped into writing. I started out with web content articles (which I still write on ocassion), just to see if my work was sell-able. After that I wrote my small, humorous parenting book, Toddler Logic: 50 Things That Your Toddler Wants You to Know. Then, it was time for the fun stuff! Paranormal fiction! Gosh, I love that stuff! Now, well, now I'm hooked on writing. It thrills me, relaxes me, excites me, takes me into a world of my own creation.

Since ‘A Midnight Infatuation‘ is the giveaway today, could you give everyone a bit about how this novel came to life?

Christie: I dreamed it! Seriously, a lot of my story ideas will come to me as I sleep, through my very warped dreams. When I'm in that place where I'm not completely asleep, but still awake enough that my mind wanders, well that's the best place for ideas to hit me so hard that I have to get right up and write it down. If I try to go to sleep it'll just nag at me and keep me awake until I get up. I have so many story ideas waiting for their turn with my undivided attention that came to me in this manner. A Midnight Infatuation was just the first one that I took, worked with, and created the world that badgered me out of sleep.

Okay, now to some of my favorite questions! Can you tell everyone about the main characters in ‘A Midnight Infatuation’ and how it was that you came up with them?

Christie: Sometimes it takes a lot to flesh out a story character. You have to decide what they like, how they look, what their lifestyle is like, where they live, and numerous other tid-bits. Then other times your characters come to you in a flash and you know right away what kind of person they will be (and yes, they are real people to me). Alex & Fiona are the lead characters in this series. Alex is a vampire and Fiona is a werewolf. At first the story idea was just the opposite with a female vampire and male werewolf, but it just didn't work out once I thought about how I wanted book 2 to come out. Once I realized that it should be male vamp and female were, it all just fell into place. Alex & Fiona were born and made for each other... forever and always! They may be a vicious, dangerous couple, but they truly love each other with a passion that not many can admit they've known.

‘A Birth at Dawn’ is the sequel to ’A Midnight Infatuation’…Can you share how the story continues into book two.

Christie: Oh, A Birth at Dawn was a great story to write. I loved the way it went and had actually thought it out while I was still writing A Midnight Infatuation. Book 2 picks up a few months after book 1 ended. Life has become crazy as Alex & Fiona plan their wedding and the birth of their child (yes, their child!). Unfortunately, they won't be living happily ever after anytime soon. Alex's sire turns up with the idea of bringing Alex back to the darkness of what he thinks being a vampire should entail. Alex is captured, and the VERY pregnant Fiona has to find a way to save him, even in her uncomfortable state.

And ‘A Twilight Abduction’ is book three in the series…I know I can’t ask about the ending, so, I’ll ask the question that all paranormal romance readers want to know…Is there that mad fiery love in the bedroom as well as the heart with your characters? You know I had to ask!

Christie: Oh my goodness, YES! These two are locked together forever. They didn't even know one another when they met, but were somehow drawn to the other with an unknowing passion. What started out as an infatuation with something new ended up as one of the most passionate loves around. These two are smokin' in the bedroom. I love those sex scenes. *blush*

You seem so passionate about this series, do you feel that your characters will see a book four?

Christie: Well, A Twilight Abduction seemed to end the series fairly well, but also left enough open for me to revisit these two (and their child) in the future. I'm not quite sure if there will be a book four anytime soon, but there is always that consideration in the background. I have so many stories that are trying to patiently wait their turn. I'll be working on them for a while. However, I am currently working on book 1 in a brand new series. I already have three books planned for it, so maybe after these three I'll see what pops up in Alex & Fiona's world. You never know what the future will bring about. :-)

What was your favorite area to write; the intrigue, the romance, or the plot?

Christie: Sex, Sex, Sex! Oh wait, did I mention SEX?! LOL. I absolutely love writing the romance scenes. I enjoy the action/battle scenes too, but those sex scenes are something else. I don't read many books that don't have at least one sex scene in them, so I'm certainly not going to write any without them. LOL.

What made you decide to write a children’s book?

Christie: Actually, it's technically a "parenting" book. It's gear towards parents who need a good laugh during the hardships of toddlerhood. I have three daughters of my own and when I wrote Toddler Logic I was in the midsts of my youngest daughter's terrible twos. However, this time around I was able to see the humor in her activities that I'd missed when dealing with the same things that her older sisters had done years before. It made me wonder how many other parents had missed out on the funny parts because they were so stressed just dealing with the day-to-day life of raising a toddler. That's when Toddler Logic came about. It's just a cute little something to bring a smile (and possible a tear) to the faces of parents with young children.

With all the help that you give your fans, and fellow authors...like myself, have you ever thought about creating a self-help book for those like myself that knows little to nothing about the world of self publishing, and the creation of ones personal website? I am so proud to let others know that you brought me into the world of basic writing knowledge. Do you think that it might be a project in your future?

Christie: Ah, I'm so glad I could help, my friend. However, I'm going to have to answer that with a no. LOL. I'm a fiction lover through and through. I don't like doing non-fiction. Even my web content articles don't appeal to me unless something just sparks my interest and I feel the need to write it immediately. I'm more than happy to help my friends if I know something they don't, but I doubt I'll ever do a self-help book. :-)

You know that I absolutely love the covers on your novels, and have two posters of my own. Did you come up with the concept yourself on the creation of the series?

Christie: The book covers for this series was created by three people... an artist, a designer, and myself. First my wonderful cover designer (Mis of MistakenArt.com) introduced me to the fabulous artist (Zindy of Zindy-Zone.dk). I chose a charcoal drawing that Zindy had personally created and then Mis took that image, my ideas, and the story concept to create each of the covers. There were a few rough drafts of each, a little tweaking, color changes, fonts, and design ideas that we went through with each cover, but in the end I ended up with three of the most gorgeous book covers around. Heck, A Twilight Abduction even won Most Eye-Catching Cover back in January! I love my covers!

You can see more by Zindy and Mis by following their website links from my website. :-)

 

You have been such a doll to do yet another interview with me, and I cannot thank you enough for giving one lucky winner a autographed copy of ‘A Midnight Infatuation’…I truly hope you will join us again with maybe another catch up and a giveaway of part two; ‘A Birth at Dawn’! *Wink*

Christie: Thank you for asking me to do this interview. I love doing them and will be more than happy to do more in the future.

I would like to thank everyone for joining us. Please feel free to ask Christie questions, or just say hello, because you must leave a comment to be entered to win. You can find more information about Christie, and her work on her website and blog:

http://www.christiesilvers.com/

http://christiesilvers.blogspot.com

http://www.christiesilvers.com

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22 Comments

Reply carla
7:08 PM on July 26, 2009 
I am sure late for leaving a comment- but Robin you know me. This book sounds great. I am looking forward to reading it and the others that Ms. Silvers has written. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Reply robinreneeray
3:44 PM on July 26, 2009 
This contest is officially closed. The winner has been drawn and contacted! If we do not recieve a reply, we will redraw another winner. Thanks to everyone that stopped by, and another BIG thank you to Christie for allowing us to run this interview and contest... Keep your eyes peeled for the contest next month, and by all means... ROCK ON!!!
Reply Shannon
9:28 PM on July 25, 2009 
Have to say I love reading the interview! You are an amazing writer, I love to hear about the new projects! :O)
Reply Christie
9:04 PM on July 25, 2009 
This has been a lot of fun. I want to thank you all for joining in on the fun, and entering for your chance to win the book. For those that may not know, I'm running a give-away on my own website that will be ending next week. The winner of that one will receive an autographed mini-poster of A Midnight Infatuation. It's one gorgeous book cover! :-)

While you're over there, don't forget to check out the blog, join the monthly newsletter, and even become a member of the site and post in the forums. :-)

There's just a few more hours until I head off to beddy-bye time. Being on the east coast brings nighttime much sooner. LOL. If you have anymore questions, now would be a good time to ask. :-)

http://www.christiesilvers.com
Reply Robin Renee
7:36 PM on July 25, 2009 
Just thought I would pop in here and thank everyone for joining us today. Christie, you are such a blast to talk with and I have really enjoyed the comments posted. Can't wait to see what others have to say!
Reply Brandie Bertram
6:32 PM on July 25, 2009 
Hey how are you love your books...
Reply ~Britanya~
5:41 PM on July 25, 2009 
Thats a great Interview! You seem like an awesome person.
very down to earth like many people i know. Have a great day.

Reply Sherie Anderson
3:53 PM on July 25, 2009 
I enjoyed reading the interview, and I hope to be able to read your books sometime!
Reply Amber
2:56 PM on July 25, 2009 
Hi Christie! I was reading the summary if your book and I have to say I can't wait to get my hands on the book! Even if I don't win this contest I will be visiting to nearest book store or ordering it off line! Good luck to you ^-^
Reply Stacy
2:55 PM on July 25, 2009 
Just stopping by and saying hello? Enjoyed the interview :)
Reply Rissa
2:46 PM on July 25, 2009 
Oh yes, they did turn out amazing. Your covers are so beautiful- better than several NY Times bestselling book covers.

It's inspiring for me as a writer to see there are other options rather than traditional publishers for my books. Thank you!
Reply Christie
1:55 PM on July 25, 2009 
Rissa, the self-publishing came after nearly a year of researching the publishing industry. I was all gung-ho to get this book published, but the more that I learned, the more that I decided I didn't want to risk the story by going with a "traditional" publisher.

Then, of course, when books 2 and 3 came along there really was no point in separating the series. Therefore, they all ended up being published by me. I think they turned out beautifully--no matter what name is listed as "publisher" on the copyright page. :-)

Thank you for all the comments everyone! Keep 'em coming. :-)
Reply shelli
1:27 PM on July 25, 2009 
Hi Christie, it was great reading how your writing career came to be and how your books evolve. You can certainly tell from the "tone" of your interview that writing is your passion...among other things ;o). Best of luck to you. Shelli
Reply Rissa
1:26 PM on July 25, 2009 
I tend to dream a lot of my stories too. Must be a writer thing. :)

How did you make the decision to self publish? Did you try the traditional route first?
Reply Christie
11:10 AM on July 25, 2009 
That's true! There isn't any sample obsessing in the book, but there is lots of sex. :-)
Reply Lucinda Gunnin
10:45 AM on July 25, 2009 
Christie says...
Hahaha, Cindy! LOL. You haven't read the book yet. ;-)


True, but I read you FB updates and know that you've been obsessing about samples lately :)
Reply Christie
10:42 AM on July 25, 2009 
Hahaha, Cindy! LOL. You haven't read the book yet. ;-)
Reply Christine (~C~)
10:35 AM on July 25, 2009 
Hey Christie - just popping in to say hello - I enjoyed the interview..xo ~C~
Reply LaurieM
10:25 AM on July 25, 2009 
It is interesting learning more about Christie. Thanks for the wonderful interview! Good luck with the book, Christie! I hope you sell a million.
Reply Cindy
10:22 AM on July 25, 2009 
Nice interview. Good to know Christie can get her mind off sex on occasion :)

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