Topic: Author Interview
Christine Verstraete the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Funny, short, dedicated
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Impatient, talented, obsessed
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Miniatures, animals, family, friends, faith
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Shania is my mixed malamute. A funny, fun dog that happens to "talk" a lot. Then there are finches and angelfish. I must be related to Dr. Dolittle.
5. What is your most precious memory?
Times spent with parents and as a family are always cherished.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Which one? Ha!
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Probably waitressing or preferably making miniatures.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Glad I'm not too superstitious, but I'd prefer not to see myself dead yet.
Christine Verstraete the writer
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
When I got my first newspaper job writing for Pioneer Press in northern Illinois. It's different once you're on staff.
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
I'm trying to finish an adult mystery (adult-oriented not the other kind, ha!), hoping to get some Sam short stories published and always exploring new ideas.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
I'd like to get an agent and publish in other areas. We'll see.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
I'm always writing. I write for newspapers, magazines, press releases, whoever will pay me. (Emails welcome!)
13. Why do you write?
I can't "not" write. I'm not good at much else, ha!
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
I admire those writers who can put out book after book, story after story. I'm not always as "quick" a writer when it comes to fiction, but I do get there. Eventually.
15. How do you define your writing?
Steady. I try to be inventive and experiment with different styles or genres. I learn as I go.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
She was good.
Christine Verstraete the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
Blog: Candid Canine
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?http://www.myspace.com/cverstraete
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
See cverstraete.com/books or individual links.
* Also read another adventure of Sam (from Searching For A Starry Night) in The Heat of the Moment Anthology, Echelon Press
* The Witch Tree at Fictionwise
* In Miniature Style, cd or ebook on miniatures with how to's at Reader's Eden
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
To: A. learn something new (groan); B. Have Fun, (yay!) C. Be a little spooked (boo!) or D. All of the above.
21. I love to write and share my interests. Readers get to enjoy a fun mystery and learn about miniatures and miniature painting in Searching For A Starry Night. Or they can see some amazing miniatures and learn about the creators in In Miniature Style or just get a little creeped out in The Witch Tree. I like variety. That way you never get bored. Ha!