Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Interview with author Christine Clemetson

1. Christine can you tell us a little about your latest release, A Daughter of Promise?

Hi Mary! Thanks so much for having me here today. A Daughter’s Promise came out in print from The Wild Rose Press. It’s a novel of an American soldier during WWII Italy and a local woman who risks capture to save him. The story focuses on two people facing the impossible, and learning how to re-capture love and hope, despite the obstacles. If you’re in the mood for a sweeping love story set against the backdrop of a nostalgic part of our history, I think you'll love the journey of Serene and Miles.

2. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing my whole life. I’ve had characters and plot ideas in my head for as long as I can remember. I think it was around the 3rd grade that I started actually writing stories down. Once I went to college, I formed my stories into books and started submitting for publication.

3. What is a typical day like for you? How do you manage family and career?
I learned to juggle writing, a family, a house, and a pet crayfish! I have a day job for 3 days a week, so on those days I write at night. The other days I can put in 6 – 8 hours. I grab any other time I can to write, even if its in a doctor’s waiting room.

4. What is your writing process? Do you work on more than one project at a time?
I used to work on one project at a time, but since my first book came out, I’ve learned to work on several projects at once. At the final review of one manuscript, I’m in the middle of plotting the next. Trying to keep it all straight can me a challenge at times, but being organized helps.

5. What do you think of promotion, and how much do you do? What are your favorite types of promotion?
At first I was a little apprehensive about promotion. I had no idea where to start! So I started a blog and website first and grew from there. Recently, I was part of the Wild Rose Press’ Stop and Smell the Roses Blog Event. It’s a fun way to support other writers! Also, I’ve done book signings and talks at my local library, as well as donate my books for contest prizes. If I had to pick my favorite type of promotion, I think it would be book signings. I really enjoy talking to readers and getting feedback!

6.Where do you see your writing career in the next few years?
My goal is to pursue a career in historical romance and romantic suspense. I love writing both, so I decided to try a dual-writing approach. In the next two years, I’d like to have another historical published, as well as a contemporary suspense Keep your fingers crossed!

7.What are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m marketing a romantic suspense, as well as writing a historical set in WII.

8.What are you reading?
On my nightstand is Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One and M. Flagg’s Retribution. Both are great reads!

9. What is the best piece of advice concerning writing that you’ve ever received?
Give your hero and heroine a conflict where you can’t possibly ever, ever imagine them getting together. Then figure out how to get them together!

Thanks so much for granting us this interview!

Thanks so much Mary for having me. I enjoyed your interview!

1 comment:

Christine Clemetson said...

Good Morning! Thanks Mary for having me as a guest today!