Please welcome Christine Johnson to my blog today. Christine has a new book out with the Love Inspired Historical line this November and is her first book with Steeple Hill.
2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and write?
Of course I love anything historical. When I was young, I adored books about England's kings and queens. These days I gravitate to anything historical, both for reading and in writing. Did I mention I love Jane Austen? And Love Inspired Historicals cover so many time periods that I'm in heaven!
4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
When I was twelve I wrote my first "novel." At least that's what I called it. In reality, it was nothing more than notebook pages and scraps of paper that I kept in a shoebox. I jotted these little notes when I was supposed to be paying attention in class. Oops, now that secret's out! Of course life led me in different directions for a few decades. I recommitted to writing in 2000, but it wasn't until I joined Romance Writers of America in 2003 that I got serious enough to put in the hard work.
6. How did you go about becoming an author?
Read a lot, write a lot, and study craft. And then do it again and again and again. It was as difficult as getting a college degree, and I have a few of those, so I know what it takes. I had no idea that writing would take -- and continues to take -- that much work. On top of that add market research, lots of perseverence, and writer friends who support and encourage. To become an author, a person needs to love to write.
7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
Ummm. I have no idea. I'm living my dream. Research librarian I guess. And then I'd write a book about it.
8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I love experiencing God's creation by hiking and kayaking and visiting new places. I've also been a librarian for eighteen years. Though I don't work directly with the books anymore, I love helping to bring great books to readers.
9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
My husband and I travel repeatedly to Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. It's a wilderness park and part of an international peace park with Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park. I normally live in flatlands, so the mountains and wide open skies never fail to fill me with awe.
10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
SOARING HOME (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical) will be coming out in November of this year.
My website is at http://christineelizabethjohnson.com/. Stop by and say hello.