I’m excited to be the first stop on Christina Freeburn’s Great Escapes Blog Tour and will give away one copy of Designed to Death to mark the occasion. To enter, leave a comment below and the winner will be drawn at random. (U.S. residents only please.)
Christina’s Faith Hunter “Scrap This” mystery series brings together her love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook room or at a crop. Alas, none of the real-life crops have had a sexy male prosecutor or a handsome police officer attending.
Christina served in the JAG Corps of the US Army (she does look a little like Christine Bell from the JAG TV series, doesn’t she?) and also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and church secretary. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, a dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines.
Chloe: As a decorator, I’m always interested in creative spaces. Tell me about your writing space and/or your scrapbooking space. What about them inspires you?
Christina: My writing space also doubles as my scrapbooking space (when I’m using the Cricut as the machine is hooked to my computer). I used to work in a large closet but moved into a bedroom when my daughter got married and moved out. Well, actually a year after as I needed to remove her stored items and find the perfect desk. I wanted a large U shaped desk that had a nice space for me to spread out when editing. The first draft I always print out and need space to rearrange chapters if needed.
My office is also where I “house” the majority of my Disney collection and my “book collection” as my family calls all the writing related books (technical and research material for projects) I own. Having books around me when I write is an inspiration. I’ve always loved reading and seeing books reminds me why I ventured into writing.
Chloe: What do writing and scrapbooking have in common? Doing both sounds like a good way to cross train your brain.
Christina: Writing and scrapbooking both involve telling stories. With the type of writing I do, I get to make up what happens in my characters. When I scrapbook, I recreate with words what my family and I have done and experience.
Chloe: What aspect of writing do you consider your super power and what do you consider your kryptonite?
Christina: In writing my super power I’d say is ideas. For some reason, my mind loves to “what if” and I have a notebook filled with storylines and plots for other books. My kryptonite is keeping my characters under control. So many times, especially with this newest book I’m working on, my characters insist on getting off the path I create and I end up “lost”. I need to try a little hard to stay on the course I’ve mapped out.
Chloe: If you could steal the muse of another writer, whose would you take?
Christina: This is a hard question. I don’t know if I could steal anyone else’s muse…I’m afraid they’d come and hurt me.
Chloe: If your life had a soundtrack, what artists would be on it? (Given your last name, I’m guessing Lynard Skynard’s “Freebird” is not on it?)
Christina: Kelly Clarkson, Pink, OneRepublic and you’re right…not Lynard Skynard.
Christina: In Designed to Death, Faith Hunter is excited about an event she’s hosting at Scrap This which features local scrapbooker and Life Artist Diva, Belinda Watson. Her hard work is ruined when Belinda and her cousin, Darlene Johnson, brawl over scraplifted designs. Faith’s attempts at breaking it up makes things worse and when Belinda turns up dead behind the Scrap This store, Faith finds her name tied to the death. She sets out to prove her nemesis, Darlene, committed the crime, only to realize they are both innocent. In order to clear her name, Faith finds the solution is to team up with her Darlene.
Chloe: Do you know “whodunit” before you start your books, or do you have to follow the clues along with the rest of us?
Christina: I usually believe I know “whodunit” but with every book so far I’ve found out I was wrong. Just discovered this with a book I’m writing now. No wonder I couldn’t get the plot working right since I had the wrong murder pegged.
Chloe: What were the first mystery series you fell in love with?
Christina: The Hardy Boys
Chloe: How do you market your books? What’s been your most effective tactic and what do you consider a necessary evil.
Christina: I market through social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc) and also in person events like book conventions and crops. I’ve had great experiences with both. I love crops the best because I can work and have fun. And twitter is my necessary evil because I have a hard time writing “short”.
Chloe: Tell me a guilty pleasure you can’t live without. (Spoiler alert, mine is chai.)
Christina: Twizzlers (the peel and pull type…I really need to stop having these in the house)
Chloe: Yum. I love those too! Who was the first champion of your writing and how did that make you feel?
Christina: My eleventh grade English teacher Mrs. Scott. I never felt like I had a niche when I went to school, and though I wanted to write never thought I was good at it. When she used a poem I wrote as an example for an assignment as most in the class hadn’t understood it. I was floored. She gave me hope that I had a chance of seeing my dream (having books published) come true.
Chloe: What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome to establish yourself as a writer?
Christina: Finding the proper balance between writing and marketing. Both need to be done and it’s real easy to have one element of your career take over and overshadow the other.
Chloe: What do you have planned next for Faith Hunter?
Christina: Faith Hunter will be going out of Eden in the third book, Embellished to Death, which is scheduled to be released April 22, 2014.
Chloe: How can fans connect with you?
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About Designed to Death
Faith Hunter planned the perfect event at her grandmother’s shop, Scrap This, featuring local scrapbooker and Life Artist Diva, Belinda Watson. But the extravaganza goes up in a cloud glitter when Belinda and her cousin, Darlene, brawl over scraplifted designs. Faith attempts to break it up, but only makes things worse. Then when Belinda turns up dead behind the Scrap This store, Faith’s involvement goes viral.
As accusations against her turn vicious, Faith sets out to prove her nemesis, Darlene, committed the crime, only to realize they are both innocent. Now they must team up or the murderer’s plan will come together seamlessly with the frenemies sharing a jail cell—or worse, a funeral.
And don’t miss Cropped to Death (First Book in This Series)