|Author Interview Form|
|Tell us your name and where you’re from.:
||My name is Christina McMullen and I am a Yankee transplant in
|What led to your decision to become an author?:
||The realization that I would never be a rock star. Well, that
and a hyperactive imagination. I always liked writing for the same
reason some people don’t: it’s a solitary activity. In a way. I do
have people I can bounce ideas off of, but giving form to the ideas
falls on my shoulders and I have to admit, I like that kind of
|Tell us about what you’re currently working on, and
what you’ve written in the past.:
|My current project is a young adult sci-fi about a girl who
finds her daydreams have suddenly come true. As you might have
guessed, this turns out to be not as fantastic as she had imagined.
Previously, I wrote a sci-fi/urban fantasy series called The Eyes of
The Sun. It’s a non-traditional take on the idea that New Orleans is
populated by vampires.
|What are some of your strongest points as a writer,
and what if anything are you constantly working to improve upon?:
|I’ve been told that my writing has a good flow and the action
scenes are gripping. I struggle a bit with emotional scenes and I have
a tendency to overuse words. The thesaurus is my best friend.
|Are you self published, traditionally published or
both? Why did you choose to go that route?:
|I am impatient. I went straight to self-publishing and plan
to continue this path unless I am ‘discovered’ by a big name
publishing house who wants to throw money at me. I am not averse to
this, but I don’t have plans to send out manuscripts any time
|What format are your books available in? Which of
these formats do you prefer and why?:
|Currently, I only offer e-books through Amazon. I’ve tossed
around the idea of traditional books, but it takes a lot of time.
Also, to make any money at all, I would have to price my books around
$12 whereas my e-books are all under $4. Perhaps if I wrote something
more literary, I would consider it, but my books are genre escapism. I
reach a lot more of my target audience through e-books.
|How do you go about marketing your books?:
||Terribly. I’m a bad salesperson, which is half the reason I’m
a writer and not a sales rep. I do take advantage of the promotions
that Amazon offers including both free and discounted books. I offer
the first book and the prequel to my series for free on the first
Sunday of every month.
Aside from that, I dabble in social media, but I have to admit, I find
a lot of it confusing and hard to navigate. This is somewhat
embarrassing to admit, given that I am not that old yet!
|Have you ever had to deal with harsh criticism in a
review, and how do you handle it?:
|I have been lucky in that regard. I have had people point out
mistakes, which is understandable. I did get one three star review
that said I got too bogged down in world building and explanations. I
felt it was fair because it was an opinion and I know I am not going
to appeal to everyone.
What I find frustrating, however, is the poor star rating with no
explanation that can happen on Goodreads. Why only two stars,
anonymous reader? Why?
|What are your favorite genres to both read and
|I write what I read, which is sci-fi, urban and contemporary
fantasy, young/new adult of the same genres, and some horror. Clearly,
I’m a bit of a geek, but I love that this is becoming widely accepted
because there are a lot more options out there.
|What authors have influenced or inspired you?:
||Octavia Butler is my biggest inspiration, but the list is
huge. In one respect, it was indie authors that really changed the
game for me. When I saw that there were so many talented writers out
there who were making it on their own, I decided to give it a go. It
was the best decision ever.
|What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re
|I read a lot. Whether it’s books or articles on the internet,
my down time is spent reading. I also love cooking, which I consider
another form of creative expression. I’m a fan of the arts and have
dabbled with painting, drawing, and sculpture, but there’s a reason I
write books instead of selling art on etsy.
|What software do you use for your writing? Did you
try others before you settled on the one you’re currently using?:
|I use Word. My covers are made using Inkscape and Gimp, which
are a free drawing and photo manipulation program respectively.
|What is it that you like about the software you’re
currently using that makes it the best solution for you?:
|Since I only publish through Amazon at the moment, I don’t
require any type of special software.
|What’s the best advice you could possibly give to
your fellow authors?:
|Write because you want to. Write what you want to read. Don’t
feel as if you are restricted by the narrow scope of a particular
genre or category. And most of all, don’t get discouraged when the
pieces don’t fit together the first time. Everyone struggles at some
|Where can people find out more about you and your
|My Facebook page is http://facebook.com/mcmullenwrites
I also have a blog called Vampires and Robots, which I happen to think
is highly underrated: http://mcmullenwrites.blogspot.com
And of course, my books are available through Amazon.