1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I write sensual contemporary romance about cops and cowboys and the women strong enough to love them. I’m fascinated by the Western mythos and all its icons, and do a lot of exploring of how the old mythical West still lives in today’s modern culture.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I know this will probably shock you, but I love to read. I also enjoy research. I used to love libraries, but these days find it simpler and easier to research on the Internet. Although I still think the smell of old books is a turn-on.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Unfortunately, the first thing I have to do every day is work on promotion. It’s my least favorite part of writing, so if I don’t do it early I won’t do it at all. Then in the afternoon I open the file I’m working on, or do some research, or just sit down and start writing.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
The crazy thing is, most of my writing comes from an occupation that catches my attention. If I can make my heroine’s job interesting, she just appears and the story starts unrolling. So in my new novel from Torrid, Take a Chance on Love, I started from Chancie owning a drug testing business. Chancie then appeared, a beautiful, self-confident business woman—who also has problems at home and no love life!
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Well, I’d have to say right now, Take a Chance on Love is my favorite. Honestly, I just like the story of how Chancie met sexy Wyoming highway patrolman Micah Taylor and how they creatively approach the problem of Chancie’s spoiled kid, Jamie, who hates the idea of Micah in his mom’s life. And I guess it’s my favorite because even though I’ve gone on to other projects I’m still a bit in love with Micah. Probably because he’s my made-up fantasy man.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I have to do laundry on Tuesday or otherwise the whole week will pass and I’ll forget about it. Is that funny, or just strange? You can be honest; it won’t hurt my feelings!
7. Are any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
My contemporary romances are completely imaginary. The settings might resemble places I’ve lived or visited. But I even change the name of the town to an imaginary Western place so if I want to incorporate facts from different places I can do that without readers thinking I don’t know what I’m talking about if I wrote about a real place. And the main characters don’t resemble anybody I’ve ever known, they just show up and start acting out their story, and all I have to do is write it down.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
It used to be WordPerfect but now it is Word. Just joking! If I have a muse, he/she has not introduced him/herself.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’ve written historicals, mainly because I like research. Again, once I’ve become involved in a subject, such as immigrants in New York City after the Civil War, a character appears and starts telling her story.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I don’t read much romance anymore! I like James Lee Burke, Greg Iles, Joseph Marshall III, Elizabeth George, Richard S. Wheeler. I could go on, but basically detective/suspense and Western. I said my heroines love cops and cowboys, so you can see where I get my idea of what a hero is like!
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorite female character is Chancie de Leur. She is so tough and persistent; she goes after what she wants and she never, ever gives up. My favorite male character is Micah Taylor. He tries so hard to make difficult relationships work. He’s been knocked down by love before, but for Chancie he’s willing to try it again, even to the extent of doing his best to befriend the challenging ten-year-old in Chancie’s life.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Getting published is hardest. As much as I have to do for myself concerning promotion, I don’t think I could do book covers and formatting and everything else it takes to publish. So I try to convince others to do those things for me. It’s a bit easier and I’ve had more success in this new era of e-books. Maybe not having to commit to hardback or even paperback makes it easier for publishers to accept more books.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Read. Study the writers whose work you like best and try to figure out what they have done right. Read widely, classics and mainstream and outside your genre. Take classes and get in the habit of writing against a deadline; it’s good discipline. Study grammar and usage so even if you self-publish you’ll put out your best, polished work for your readers.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Reading and watching television, I guess. I’ve worked a lot of different jobs, never liked any of them much, and don’t have to do that anymore.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
I love the Oregon coast, especially Yachats. The surf is just wild, crashing against the volcanic rocks. After you watch the sun go down, open the window of the hotel room for the sound of the surf as background music all night, turn on the electric fireplace, climb into bed and cuddle. Yum!
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Cover blurb for Take a Chance on Love:
Playing at love...
That’s what it feels like to Chancie de Leur and Micah Taylor as they try to discover if the spark that blazes between them is real and lasting, or merely scorching infatuation.
Chancie is a woman with money. Headstrong. Willful. A Western woman tempered to steel by past heartbreak, but one with a hidden sensitive side. She thinks she knows what she wants, and what she wants is Micah Taylor.
Micah is a long, lean Wyoming lawman. Complex. Thoughtful. Tough. Burned by love, he battles Chancie’s allure. Pretty sure she could never be content with what a cop could provide, all he has to do is look at her and his synapses start firing. He knows the price of playing with Chancie’s fire, and thinks he’s willing to pay it.
Can Chancie and Micah make it work? Only one thing stands in the way of finding out: Jamie, Chancie’s ten-year-old terror of a kid!
Excerpt from Take a Chance on Love:
She reached for the ignition to warm up the car, but waited as a battered four-wheel drive truck pulled up next to her. She rubbed a spot clear in the freezing steam on the car window so she could see. A cowboy hat emerged from the pickup; the door slammed. A man in a dun leather coat rounded the front of the truck, halted, and tried to peer into the fogged front windshield of her car. Chancie hesitated. Was it Micah? He was tall enough, and sinewy enough, but she could see nothing of the man’s features in the shadow of his hat brim and through the ice crystals already re-forming on the windshield.
He walked between the two vehicles, leaned to tap on her side window. Chancie couldn’t get the power window down without turning on the ignition, so she hesitantly cracked the door open, ready to slam it shut again if the man were a stranger.
Micah’s friendly smile greeted her. “Hello, Chancie,” he said, his voice soft as a caress. He grasped the door handle, pulling the door open for her.
She swung her legs out and stood. Micah shut the door then paused, looking at her. “You showed up after all,” he said.
Chancie put her gloved hands in her coat pockets. “Did you think I wouldn’t?”
“I wasn’t sure. You had second thoughts about it, didn’t you?”
Links for Christi Williams:
Facebook book page: https://www.facebook.com/writerchristi?ref=hl
Twitter: @writerchristi https://twitter.com/WriterChristi
Google+: Christi Williams
Blog: Some Like It Hotter http://writerchristi.blogspot.com/
Links for Take a Chance on Love:
HTML or PDF from Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid: http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=733
What do teddy bears have to do with my story? You would have to read Take a Chance on Love to find out! But go ahead, take a chance: A lucky commenter here at Jamallah Bergman’s Stories of Love and Romance who leaves me an e-mail contact will win one of Micah’s bears, signed by Christi.