Last month, I got the chance to sit down with Christine Gabriel, author of Crimson Forest, right before her book was set to release. Now that Christine's book has been out for a month, I wanted to check in to see how things were going and get her candid advice for being a new author. Here's what she had to say.....
Steph Post: Do you think there is a difference between being a writer and being a published author?
Christine Gabriel: Well, I still feel the same. I'm not used to getting so much attention so that might be a little different, but other than that I think everything is the same :)
SP: Do you think your outlook on writing has changed at all now that you are a published author?
CG: One thing I've learned is that getting published is quite a process. When people look at it from the outside, it looks so darn easy. Let me let you in on a little secret...it's not easy ;) There's sub edits, more edits, cover art, and so much more. Now that I know how much work goes into publishing a book, I have so much more respect (not that I didn't before, but holy crap batman!).
SP: What was the most stressful part of the publishing process or experience for you? How did you handle the stress?
CG: I come from a very small town and was very quiet and shy, so needless to say all this attention is very different. That is probably the hardest thing for me to deal with right now. I'm not used to all the compliments and people that want to get to know little ol' me. It's quite humbling and will take some time getting used to. The only thing I find stressful about it, is that I feel terrible when I can't reply to the hundreds of messages I receive daily as I want to connect with all my readers on a personal level. That does stress me out a tad :) I promise, I will get to all the messages!!
SP: What sort of feedback have you gotten from readers of Crimson Forest?
CG: I've gotten amazing feedback from the readers of Crimson Forest. So far, my favorite was from a message that came in a day ago that simply said, "Guess who my daughter and I are dressing up as for Halloween?!" That made me smile from ear to ear.
I love that it's been deemed better than Twilight (which is a book I enjoyed) and The Hunger Games. I mean really?! Those are amazing and to be compared to being as good if not better than those. Yeah...it's very surreal.
SP: Are there upcoming promotions for Crimson Forest readers should be aware of?
CG: There may or may not be (hint hint) a surprise free download day ;) Keep your eyes out, it may...or may not...happen :)
SP: Crimson Forest is only the first book of a series. How is the writing going for Crimson Moon? What can readers expect from this next installment?
CG: It's almost done! I will let you in on a little secret. I really enjoyed writing Crimson Forest, but Crimson Moon in my opinion is pretty darn amazing (Yeah, I kinda like it, can you tell?).
In Crimson Forest, there was quite a bit of character development that took place in the beginning, so in Crimson Moon I was able to jump right into the action. You'll find that you may love, or be very angry with me in some of the chapters. It might just be a little bit of an emotional roller coaster depending on which characters are your favorites.
SP:What advice can you give to new authors to help keep them sane?
CG: Have lots of patience, junk food, and caffeinated products on hand!! Don't get discouraged!! Have faith in you and your work. Never let someone tell you that you'll never be good enough because you are (someone told me that and I made sure to thank them in my acknowledgements - haha, no I didn't actually put their name, but they'll know who they are if they decide to stalk me mwhaha).
See, how can you not love this girl? Don't forget to pick up your copy of Crimson Forest today and be on the look out for Crimson Moon.