Saturday, March 10, 2012

Author Spotlight- Christine Ashworth

Welcome to this weeks Author Spotlight. We have an awesome interview for you to read. First I'd like to welcome Christine Ashworth to The Writing World.

Christine Ashworth


                                                         

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Interview:


1. Please tell the readers more about you.
I'm a writer by birth, I guess you could say. My dad, Chet Cunningham, is a writer; he's had over 300 novels published in the past 4o years. My brother, Scott Cunningham, was also a writer; he published several westerns and romances before he broke in with Llewellyn Publications in the 1980s. His most popular book is Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner. He also wrote The Truth About Witchcraft Today for them. 

2. What types of books do you write? Mainly paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. 

3. Who's your main audience? Adults, please! 

4. When it comes to writing- what are your strong points? What are your weaknesses?  I think I world-build very well. I tell a good story that doesn't necessarily go in the direction you think it'll go in.  Weaknesses? I'm a re-writer. I rewrite constantly.

5. What do you think of this term- Writer's Block? How do you overcome it? If the words aren't coming, it's because something is wrong - either with my setup, or the scene, or my characters are acting out of character. So I'll get out of my chair and get moving. Gardening, or walking 3 miles, or doing housework - which I loathe - will usually help me figure out what's wrong with the scene. Usually I end up having to scrap a lot, which I know but resist - hence the block.

6. How many books have you written? Twelve full length (over 70K) novels and several partials that are clamoring to be finished. 

7. How many are published? One, with the second coming out this year and two more planned for the series.

8. Are you self published or traditionally published? I'm published with a small indie press called Crescent Moon Press. They focus on only paranormal books - romance, sci fi, and YA e-books- but they also put our books out in paperback, available online.

9. What's the hardest part of the writing process for you? Getting into the flow. I work a full time job, and I have a family. I love to cook, too, so that cuts short my writing time. When I can, I try to sneak writing in at work. (shh...don't tell!)


10. What type of books do you enjoy reading? I read everything. Right now I'm reading a lot of romances of friends that have been published - need to get those reviews out for them on Amazon!

11. Who's your favorite Author? There are too many! I can't choose. But I do read Rosamund Pilcher (The Shell Seekers, Coming Home) a lot, as well as Stephanie Laurens (love those Cynster men and women!) and of course, Nora Roberts.

12. What's your all time favorite book? Well, if you go by the one book I've read more than any other, it would have to be the Lord of the Rings series. I read those books twice a year, every year, for ten years. It got to the point where I could quote whole passages. It's been a long time, though. Maybe this Christmas I'll start reading them again.

Thanks, Raebeth, for having me today, you've been awesome!

10 comments:

Christine Ashworth said...

Thanks for having me, Raebeth - what a pretty site!

Patricia said...

What an enjoyable interview. How cool that your dad and brother are also authors and you're following that family tradition. I wish you well in your writing career. It sounds like you're already doing quite well already.
Patti

Lilah Rune said...

What a delightful and candid author you featured today. I look forward to reading her books. I enjoy exploring new worlds and am eager to check out her world building! Thank you for having her.
Lilah Rune

Robena Grant said...

What a lovely interview, and gorgeous website. Love the colors. Anyway, I learned something new about you today, Christine, in that you like to read Rosamund Pilcher. If ever I mention her name I get a puzzled look, but I adore her work.

PJ Sharon said...

Excellent interview, Christine. Nice to get to know you better. Good luck with your book!

Roz Lee said...

Great interview, Christine! I was wondering, do you feel pressured to succeed since your family has such an auspicious publishing history? I think I would be too intimidated to type a single word! Hey, if you need to work through your block, I have some floors I can introduce you to.

debrakristi said...

Wonderful interview. It felt so natural the way you two played off each other. I look forward to seeing more of your books in print.

Christine Ashworth said...

Patti, thanks for stopping by. Yeah, being in a family of writers is pretty cool!

Lilah, thanks so much for commenting!

Robena, I ADORE Rosamund Pilcher. Coming Home is one of my all time favorites!

PJ - how cool that you dropped by, thanks!

Roz, you totally crack me up. My dad being a writer was one of the reasons I didn't even start trying to write until I turned 40. Now of course, I think - if only I'd started when I was 20...lol!

Debra - thanks hon! Hope your computer is all better now!

Deanna Jewel said...

Hi Christina! Love that we learn more about you with each interview! I loved learning that your family is also into writing, how awesome! The family conversations must be fun to compare notes with each other! Best of luck on the next book!

Beverly Diehl said...

Inter'sting interview. I think I have some of our brother's books, Christine. :-) How very cool to be in a family of writers; I thought I was blessed to be in a family of readers.

I should try housework as a fix for writer's block; few things would inspire me to get a move on back to writing more.

For those who haven't read it, Demon Soul is a *great* book.

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