Let's get straight to her very interesting interview!
What is your name? Do you use a pen name (if so, why?)?
Chris Redding is my pen name. My husband asked me to use one because he’s private person and if I ever achieved fame, he didn’t want anyone to know who he was.
Tell me a bit about yourself:
I’m married with two boys. We own three rabbits and one dog. I have taught CPR for almost 19 years. I recently took up running again.
What type of genre do you write?
Romantic Suspense though I have plans on branching out into romantic comedy.
What genre to you personally read?
Just about anything mystery/thriller related along with some romance.
Tell me about your latest?
Incendiary is about a firefighter and an EMT who must track down a serial arsonist.
What sparked your passion for books and the art of a good story?
I’ve always been this way so I have no idea. There were always books in the house and the local library was just around the block.
Is there a particular book that changed or affected your life in a big way?
No, I’m not really that deep.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
No, my books are purely for entertainment.
What challenges have you faced in your writing career?
Time. I’m not always good at managing my time. Energy has been another factor. Until I began running again, I wouldn’t get much done because I was always tired.
What has been your best moment as a writer?
It was recently when someone reviewed Incendiary and revealed they had read all my other books.
Who is your author idol?
Robert Walker because I think he is a smart and savvy independent author.
Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
I put bits of myself in each character. There is usually one who has my sense of humor.
Do you feel like your dream has come true or is there much more to do?
I feel there is much more to do.
What does your workspace look like?
I have a laptop so I work all over the house. Right now I’m in my favourite room which is painted a very soothing shade of green, sitting on a couch that just begs you to nap.
Have you ever had a day when you just wanted to quit?
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work part time and I began running again.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
Actually running and my kids. Both help me put it all in perspective.
Did you have a moment when you realized you were meant to be a writer?
I was ten and read a short story in front of the class. Suddenly I wasn’t that socially awkward kid with glasses. I had touched some of them.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Persistence. In learning your craft and in learning the business.
After this book, what is next?
I am revising a romantic suspense right now and writing a romantic comedy. I’m hoping to get the romantic comedy up on Kindle next yeary.
Your website? www.chrisreddingauthor.com
Where can your book be found?
On Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/8davpke
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