Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Interview with romance author Christine Young

Today's guest is doing a virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Author Christine Young is here to talk about her new historical romance novel, her writing, and there are details below about several giveaways she has during her tour.

Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. She is the author of 10 published romance books and 2 novellas. Christine is a retired high school math teacher. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children. Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor, and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.

Welcome, Christine. Please tell us about your current release.
Highland Honor is as rugged as the Scottish landscape. The main characters are filled with integrity and honor. Colin “Hawk” MacPherson falls in love with the daughter of his enemy. In their journey, they uncover half-truths and reevaluate what they know about the past. Callie sets out on a mission to prove her father’s innocence and Hawke has to battle lies and deceit to unravel previous misconceptions about Callie’s father. There is a love to survive eternity.

What inspired you to write this book?
My heritage is Scottish and I have loved to hear family stories of the highlands as well as the folklore. My great grandparents emigrated here in the early 1900s and I have family roots that still exist in Scotland. The Highland series has always been in my mind. I love the strength, integrity, and courage that abound in the history of the Scottish. The Highland series begins with Highland Honor, Hawke’s story. The second book is Highland Magic, Ian MacPherson’s tale and the third book features Lainie MacPherson.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I am working on a novella for an April Fools Anthology to be published by Rogue Phoenix Press. The working title is Sharks, but I don’t think it will keep this title. I’m also working on the edits for Highland Magic and Highland Song soon to be rereleased by Rogue Phoenix Press.

Please tell us a bit about your writing life.
My writing life has no consistency what so ever. I probably write only 2 to 3 days a week. The other days I spend promotion, editing, or writing blogs. I would love to be able to write 5 days a week. Although I’m retired, I do go back to the classroom to sub for my fellow math teachers at Stayton High School.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I picked up the phone one day and Kate Duffy from Kenisington introduced herself and asked if she could buy my book Dakota’s Bride. Then she offered me a two book contract and I was in heaven.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
No, I do not write full-time although I would like to. I find it difficult to sit at the computer for very long. I like to take long walks, run on the treadmill, and jazzercise. When I watch TV, I usually knit or cross-stitch. I used to draw portraits of my kids. Maybe I will take that up again with the grandkids. Sometimes I substitute and sometimes it is fun to go back into the classroom, but I’m always very happy when the day is finished and I can have some peace and quiet. Oh how I love quiet. I used to love it in the classroom when it was so quiet, you could hear the lights hum. But it was a little eerie too.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
If you mean while I am writing, then I would say lifting weights. I have some small 8 lb. hand weights which I lift when I’m searching for the right words.

If you mean in my manuscripts, then I would say that I always have a swimming scene of some sort. I grew up a competitive swimmer and coached a high school swim team for 13 years. Swimming is an integral part of my life one that has carried over to my writing. And one can have exquisite love scenes in the water. There is nothing more sensual than swimming nude.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I first wanted to be an Oceanographer. That notion went away real fast when I discovered I was much happier in art and writing classes than I was in math classes even though I eventually became a math teacher. Just a little contradiction in my life.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I’ve shared a lot of things about myself. The Highland series is a wonderfully romantic series about brave Scottish Highlanders and the women they love.

Thank you for your time today, Christine.

Readers, Christine has a few prizes she's giving away during her virtual book tour.
* a $50.00 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter for the blog tour
* a Clan MacPherson book mark awarded at each stop to one randomly drawn commenter
* and an Antique Gold Double Thistle Broche for the blog host with the most comments

So, feel free to follow her blog tour and comment at stops. The more you comment, the more chances you and I have to win!


Mary Preston said...

I will certainly be on the lookout for the swimming scene. I love the bit you told about the weights - as you search for words.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Christine today!

Christine Young said...

Marybelle, I just finished edits for Highland Magic the second book in my Highland series and guess what, it doesn't have a swimming scene. Sigh...

Karen H said...

Thanks for an informative interview today. I love the part about the swimming scene in all your books. I'm sure there are other authors who do something similar, but the only other author I've run across that adds the 'same thing' in her books is Victoria Alexander. In most of her books, she will have a dead husband named Charles somewhere in the story. She says her mood while writing will determine how and when he dies. I think this is hilarious!

Christine Young said...

LOL that is funny about the dead husband. I went to a conference, and I hate to say this, I can't remember the author's name, but she always killed off an English professor who told her she would never make it as an author because she was a woman. I'll think of the name. She writes mysteries.

Meredith said...

Great interview, Christine. I'm amazed at how many hats you wear ... it's an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

i have always want to visit the places in books , i wish i could swim, and i always wanted to scuba dive, but cant swim leaves little chance of that,lol

Christine Young said...

Merideth, sometimes I think I wear too many also. But I'm finally doing what I love and that makes me happy.

As for the swimming, I have always been thankful for all the opportunities it gave me. The competition also taught me how to set goals which I find invaluable.

Christine Young said...

Lisa, thank you so much for hosting me at your blog today.

Andrea said...

I enjoyed the interview and learning about the author.


Chelsea B. said...

Great interview! I love books about Highlanders :-)


Christine Young said...

Glad you like the Highlands. I certainly do to.

Christine Young said...

sorry this took so long but I was called in to sub at the high school I just retired from.

Congratulations Andrea! You won a clan MacPherson book mark.

Everyones name will be put into a drawing for the $50.00 gift certificate. Your name will be put in every time you comment. :)

Andrea my email is: please contact me so I can send you your bookmark.

Di said...

Highlanders & a love story are the best escapes!
sallans d at yahoo dot com

latishajean said...

What a great interview thank you for sharing your book sounds great would love to read it! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lori said...

Great excerpt! Can't wait to read it

Christine Young said...

All those who left a comment after the bookmark winner was drawn, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Each of your names have been put in the drawing for the GC.

Carol L. said...

Hi ladies,
I love that I have now found a new series to read and in my favorite genre. My wish list for the family is growing for Christmas. :) I look forward to reading book 1, Highland Honor and Hawk's story. Thanks so much Christine.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com