Thursday, July 3, 2014

Interview with Christine Glover, author of The Maverick's Red Hot Reunion


Title: The Maverick's Red Hot Reunion
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Christine Glover
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Language: English
Pages: 161
Format: Ebook

 Corporate Maverick Zach Tanner returns to North Carolina to rebuild his dying friend's resort. He's got the money, the power, and the will to transform Sweetbriar Springs into a premier spa for the glamorous, but he doesn't count on the woman he once loved…and lost…to handle the construction contract. Zach thought he'd buried his desire for Kennedy five years ago. He was wrong, and now he’s determined to satisfy his craving... Construction company owner Kennedy Gibson is eager to restore Sweetbriar Springs, but when she realizes Zach is her new boss she's terrified he'll learn the truth about their breakup so long ago. She vowed never to hurt him again, but she can't deny the passion he reignites in her. She wants to believe she has a chance for a different future with him, but will her secret threaten to destroy their red-hot reunion?  


What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
I’m most proud of raising a happy, well-adjusted daughter. She is unafraid of trying new things and always daring to dream big. Her faith in me and my dream to one day publish a book has been a guiding force in my life
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
My father was a very creative man who worked as an architectural engineer, but his passion was art and educating himself. If he wanted to learn something new, he just did it. I think I was heavily influenced by his willingness to take on a challenge when I was growing up.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been a writer at heart, but I wasn’t able to pursue my dream until after I became a mother. The first few years were very hectic with raising a toddler and sending her to school, volunteering in the classroom, and generally ferrying her to all her activities. But when she was in the fourth grade, my husband AKA the Physicist challenged me to dust off my writing goals again. I did and here I am nine years later after loads of writing (and laundry) with the dream finally realized. I’m glad he challenged me. And I’m grateful that I could set the example that hard work and persistence pays off for my daughter.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve got a very active imagination and I fed it with the thousands of books I’ve read over the years. Reading and writing are intertwined deep in my soul. Books were my escape when I was a young, nerdy girl growing up in a mining town where I just didn’t fit in. Writing gave me a way to channel my thoughts and ideas and, quite frankly, my pain and frustration about being the odd ball out.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
I think I always had thought of myself as a writer, but the idea that I could one day be a published author didn’t really gel for me until I attended my first RWA National Conference in 2009. Eloisa James was the keynote speaker that year and I was moved to tears. For the first time I felt like maybe this dream of mine wasn’t so crazy and that I could attain it with hard work and persistence.
What inspires you to write and why?
I’m inspired by people and their lives and about how to bring happiness into the world. There’s a part of me that wants to take whatever is bad out there and make it better. So my stories are about people who know what it’s like to love and lose and hurt and feel pain, but in the end they find a way to find the happily ever after they deserve. That’s why I love writing romances. They are empowering and positive.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I love writing sensual contemporary romances set all over the world and in small town USA. Alpha heroes with big hearts and feisty heroines who expect their heroes to work hard to win their hearts are the stories I enjoy writing.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I wrote was inspired by a challenge from my husband AKA the Physicist. He’s the reason I took out a compact disk and wrote my first novel. I had to prove to him that I did have what it took to write a full length story. And I did. Not only that, I’ve written many more books since that first one.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
I’ve been influenced by many mentors and writing teachers throughout the years. Donald Maass’s Writing the Breakout Novel and James Scott Bell’s The Art of War for Writers are my go-to books when I need motivation. I’ve also had many courses with Margie Lawson. Her deep editing techniques have forced me to stretch as a writer. Finally, the published authors who have reached out to me and guided me as I’ve pursued this career have been beyond generous. I plan to pay it forward every day.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
The most challenging for me about writing a novel is getting the first draft written. I’m a reviser by nature and it is in the revision process that my novels gain depth. Right now I’m working on multiple projects for Entangled Publishing and that makes writing my new first draft more difficult. However, this is a great problem to have because I’ve sold my first book and that’s a dream come true! I’m readjusting how I am approaching the first draft of the sequel as I undergo this metamorphosis from unpublished to first sale to being published. It’s a wonderful challenge to face.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
I had to open a lot of veins and rip my heart to shreds for this book. Strengthening the emotional depth in my writing meant tapping deeper parts about myself. But I learned that if I am brutally honest with myself, then I am able to translate that honesty onto the page. It’s hard work. But it’s worth the effort in the end.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
I absolutely intend to make writing my career. I treated it like one long before I got the fabulous email from my editor at Entangled Publishing.  There are so many stories inside my head that I want to write. Plus, I’ve got other stories that I’m revising because I love them and I hope that they will reach readers’ hearts as well.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
I start with the idea and the characters, then I tackle the story’s emotional turning points for the hero and the heroine. If I know what is driving my characters internally, then I can put them anywhere. I generally do a quick first draft, then revise like crazy.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
I’m self-disciplined. There isn’t a muse in my world that flits in and out at her leisure. There are days that I have no idea about what I am going to write—the characters are taking a nap or vacationing on a mental cruise ship to parts unknown. But that doesn’t stop me from sitting down to write. I have a flexible schedule, but most days I set my timer for one hour writing runs until I wrap up my four hour commitment. I may only get a few words per hour on bad days, but on good days… well that’s when the fun begins. The trick for me is to stay with the characters and in the story six days a week.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I am a gregarious, empathetic person who wants everyone to attain the dreams they spin in their heads.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I’m impatient. Yet I’m part of an industry that can move very slowly. I’ve often compared it to a snake swallowing an elephant.  I’m very patient in my communications with people, but I loathe waiting for responses. Of course, I’m tethered to my computer all day so it’s easy for me to react quickly.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
I have this Donald Maass quote taped to my office closet door because the story is the most important thing to focus on—before I sold and after I sold: “I hope that your measure of success will not be the gratification of getting an agent or seeing your name on the cover, but putting together a novel of real depth—of having something to say and saying it in a story with lasting power.”


 Christine Glover is a contemporary romance author of sensual, sizzling, emotional contemporary romances. Her tough, no-nonsense heroines aren’t easily swayed by great looks and killer abs, but they surrender their hearts to their heroes when they discover these Alpha men deserve love. She still has to figure out how to apply makeup or style her hair without someone popping into her head to give her another scene to write. Ultimately, she sits down to write about two lost souls finding each other, discovering home, and giving her romance characters the happily-ever-after endings they deserve. Born in the Netherlands, Christine’s parents immigrated to Canada where she spent her formative years. After meeting her own real life hero, she married her Texan Alpha man and moved to the United States where she’s lived both north and south of the Mason Dixon line. Now Christine lives in Alabama with her husband the Physicist, her wonderful daughter, and two insanely adorable cats. She enjoys finding the silly in the serious, making wine out of sour grapes, and giving people giggle fits along with heartfelt hugs. When she’s not writing, you can find her traveling the world, cooking gourmet food, and desperately seeking a corkscrew.



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