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Friday, 21 March 2008
Getting to Know Chrissy Munder
Topic: Author Interview
Chrissy Munder the person

1.  What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Heh.  I feel like Miss America just having to think about this.

This is an amazingly difficult question as it depends on the day.  Some days I am a much different human being than I am on others.

Overall I'll shoot for: Happy.  Caring.  Dreamer.

Depending on the circumstances those three can be replaced at any time with Cynical. Responsible. Leader.

2.  How do you think others would describe you?

I'm a difficult person to get to know so it would depend on just how well and how long they've known me.

Some might say - Compassionate, shy, capable.

Others might call me a right rotten bastard - but say it with love.

3.   Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Those that I love.

4.  Do you have any pets?  If so, introduce us to them.

Walter, a female cat, rules my household with an iron claw.

5.  What is your most precious memory?

I have three  - I can't chose one over the other:

1 - Camping out in the South Dakota Badlands on the night of a full moon. I simply have no words for this experience.

2 - Walking alone for two hours in the middle of a night-time blizzard - the utter silence was astounding.

3 - Being roped to the railing of the Pentwater, MI Channel during a storm and crawling through the high winds out to the marker at Lake Michigan - the wind and the spray covered me and blasted me against the marker and there wasn't room for anything but that moment in time.

6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

This was a hard question.  My first response is that I'm rarely embarrassed - I have to trust that whatever is happening at the moment is what's meant to be - either that or my inappropriate sense of humor rears its head and finds amusement at the oddest moments.

That said it's always horribly awkward when I'm hugged - I instinctively (even though I try to remember) lean and hug in the opposite manner in which everyone else does - usually resulting in the clunking of heads.  But I tend to find that amusing rather than embarrassing (see comment above re: inappropriate sense of humor).

7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

I've always been a writer and always will be a writer.  It's everything else about me that's subject to change.

8.   In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Been there. Done that.  Had one hell of a good time.

Chrissy Munder the writer:

9.  Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

*Laughs*  I'm not sure I'm there yet - depending on your definition of a "real" writer.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I'm currently driving myself insane with eight works in progress on paper and 5 more in my head.  Three of the pieces are shaping up to be much longer than I had originally anticipated.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

To improve my technical skills in all aspects of the craft and to find more time to write.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

I work full time so I have no typical writing day.  I'm up at 5:30am weekdays to try and squeeze some time in and I try to find an hour or so in the evening if I can.

13.  Why do you write?

Because there simply isn't any other option.  I hope people read my work and enjoy it - but even if that weren't the case I'd have to put the words down on paper anyway.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

There are so many writers that have impacted my life.  Both classic literary figures and more contemporary authors as well. Right now I'm reading the works of both Laney Cairo and Madeline Urban with feverish delight. Their styles are quite different but the result in both cases is breathtaking.

15.  How do you define your writing?

I'll have to cop out and say I don't.  I've written many different genres and types over the years and it's simply a case of what's appealing to me at the time.

Currently I'm writing M/M stories with a romantic bent.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

That was a damn good read.

Chrissy Munder the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?  Blog?

I currently have a live journal setup at http://chrissymunder.livejournal.com//  there I post tidbits of works in progress and publishing news.

18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Readers can email me at chrissymunder@yahoo.com  or leave me a comment on my live journal and I'll be sure to respond.

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Currently available from Dreamspinner Press:

In Print:

Start From the Beginning - in the Size Still Matters Anthology

After the Storm - in the Desire Beyond Death Anthology

Odds Are - in the Mr. Right Now Anthology

E-stories:

Undiscovered Territory

Santa's Little Helper

A Halloween Tail

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

Characters that aren't perfect but filled with enough humor and love to appeal. Something a little sweet, with just enough spice to make it worthwhile.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

That first and foremost I'm having a great time writing and I want them to have a great time reading. Life's far too short so just remember there's always room for more love and more laughter.


Posted by joyceanthony at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 21 March 2008 12:01 PM EDT
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