Exciting news! I’ll be on the podcast and LIVE show Vox Vomitus on Wednesday, August 12 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time! This is a show where we’ll talk about mistakes. Instead of all the things that went right while writing, we’ll dig into the things that went wrong. Ooo boy, do I have things that went wrong.
It’s funny because my first published novel was a breeze to write compared to my others. It was a great “gateway” book to prove that I absolutely love writing—so that I could handle the difficulties I would run into in the future!
So if you want to hear what’s gone wrong for me, mistakes, things I don’t like in works I read, etc., don’t miss this one! You can ask questions in the chat too.
This is the very first time any of my books has been free. For Smashwords’ month-long sale, I decided to offer Anatomy of a Darkened Heart for FREE and Brotherhood of Secrets for $1.50 (half price). You have July 1 through July 31 to grab my books at their biggest discount. Book 3 is coming along quickly now, so get caught up before it releases!
Use the codes in the image below (SS100 for Anatomy and SSW50 for Brotherhood) to grab my books at their lowest prices. ❤️
Remember, you only have one month to get them discounted. I hope you enjoy them!
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Come grab a spot at my half-hour workshop on writing with LIMITLESS CREATIVITY! The workshop is FREE, so please join me Wednesday, April 29 at 4 p.m. Eastern. Whether you’re brand new to writing, on your first draft, or have several books published, this workshop is for you! 👉 Register: https://www.gnionline.com/workshops/christiestratos 🚻 Both girls AND guys are welcome! 💸 Donations to my Venmo are appreciated but not necessary ❤️ Generously hosted by Girls Nite In Online ❤️
I have a few interviews to share with you since the last time I posted, and a wide variety of topics to boot! Long-time bloggers, Oaxaca, and the Dan Marino Foundation have been my latest guests.
Wondering what the value of a blog is in the age of social media? Unsure of where to start or what the best approach is for starting a blog? And what about blogs you’ve let lapse for months or years? Can you pick back up with them or should you start another? Join Mandy Eve Barnett, Marina Raydun, David Ellis, and Konn Lavery as we discuss this and lots more!
Jessica Winters Mireles is the author of LOST IN OAXACA, a timely novel releasing April 21 with themes of diversity and self-acceptance as well as music, love, and lots more. Jessica herself is a pianist, and her husband is from the highlands of Oaxaca, so we explored the parallels between her life and her writing—that was just the beginning!
This month is Autism Awareness Month, and we’re honoring it with a very special guest! The Dan Marino Foundation (DMF) is a results-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with autism or other developmental disabilities. We’ll have Project Research Manager Lauren Ferguson and Director of Funding and Grants Susan Morantes talking about how they’re continuing their good work while staying at home, Marino Campus, and lots more!
Lorna Schultz Nicholson is the author of the One-2-One series, in which each novel tells the story of a different pair of teens participating in the Best Buddies program at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. Follow the lives of this group of friends who come together with different expectations and problems, seeing the world from their own unique perspectives and facing it head on together. The four books in this series are Fragile Bones, Born With, Bent Not Broken, and A Time To Run.
An honest review of my very short horror story “The Subtlety of Terror”! I’m so thrilled to see this and so grateful for the lovely words from Debjani. ❤️ Grab my short story here: https://amzn.to/3e69ogY
The Subtlety of Terror: A Short Horror Read by Christie Stratos
Stratos pens an intense and scary tale in The Subtlety of Terror. It narrates the events that occur when the protagonist wants to sell her house.
Without giving away any spoiler, I will say only one thing: watch out for the house!
In a span of 1950 words, this short horror read packs a punch. Further, not a word goes waste. In such a short time, she narrates the backstory, the current predicament, and what the future has in store for the protagonist. Recommended.
The Wind by Edward Willett
Once happily married, the protagonist finds himself alone in his childhood home in The Wind by Edward Willett. Soon, the reader realizes why the house is closing in on him. The Wind is an excellent short horror story. It’s beautifully written, atmospheric, psychologically thrilling, and conjures vivid images…
Kathrin’s latest novel is one you can read on multiple levels, and it’s perfect for book clubs and readers’ groups. Diversity and inclusion handled in a sensitive manner? Check. Social issues discussed in an accessible way? Check. Unique powers that are activated by speaking? Check!
On Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. Eastern / 2 p.m. Pacific / 10 p.m. UK time, I’ll be chatting with a panel of bloggers about what the modern world of blogging is like. We’ll talk about blogging platforms, blogging ideas for writers, blogging tips for fiction writers, what to put on a blog vs. social media, and more!
This is a rare page-turner novel that sometimes kept me in suspense, but wholly captured my heart. Eleanor Oliphant is an utterly relatable character, even in her most extreme moments. Author Gail Honeyman manages to talk about very dark and serious subjects—child abuse and the growing epidemic of loneliness—in ways that don’t bring you down but instead are highlighted with appropriate humor. The character development and Eleanor’s journey are superbly and expertly fleshed out, and in the end, there was a twist I really didn’t see coming, something that isn’t easy to pull off with me. I highly recommend this book.
What better way is there to start October than with a brand new poetry journal?
I’m excited to announce that I’ve been accepted into the inaugural issue of Auroras & Blossoms! It’s out today on Amazon, and it’s chock-full of positivity poems to lift your spirits, share experiences, and motivate you. Plus, it includes extra sections dedicated to writing and social media.
I find that any publication dedicated to positivity is great to start or end my day with. If I start my day with it, my mindset starts out looking on the brighter side of things and seeing the possibilities in every situation. Ending my day with it helps me sleep and often sets my mind for the next day, believe it or not!
I hope you’ll buy a copy and let me know what you think! My piece is entitled “The Answer is Redefinition”. I’m going to read the whole thing from cover to cover myself, and I can’t wait to see what my fellow poets wrote!
I have quite the accumulation of appearances to share with you! So this is a roundup of interviews and news from me.
First of all, Creative Edge Writers Showcase has now been renamed simply Writers Showcase. It’s still part of the Authors on the Air Radio Network, but now we’re Facebook livestreaming author interviews! You can watch live and ask questions, or you can wait for the replay, which you can watch on Facebook or YouTube, or you can listen via SoundCloud and almost anywhere podcasts are available.
So far this September, I’ve interviewed Dark Data: Control, Alt, Delete author Douglas J. Wood and Mirador author James Jennings. Both have written books that required an immense amount of research but on totally different topics. You can watch them below.
A Scribe’s Journey
Richard Paolinelli has a podcast called A Scribe’s Journey, where he interviews an author for about half the podcast and then shares his own news in the second half. This interview was not my first time chatting with Richard! He was a guest on The Writer’s Edge in 2018, then later that year on Writers Showcase. And now I’m on his podcast in 2019! We always have great chats and can talk about anything writing-related.
Siren Radio / Southside Broadcasting
I was on the fast-paced Midweek Drive show hosted by Alex Anthony-Lewczuk, and we talked Victorian feminism, the hypocrisy of Victorian etiquette and true horrors of the time, whether original Victorian novels helped to inspire my books, and lots more.
Author Assist with Karina Kantas
I knew author Karina Kantas back when she published her first book, before she had her Author Assist business and before she had a podcast, so it was a real treat to catch up with her! My interview starts at 36:58 of this episode, and during the interview, I read a section from Brotherhood of Secrets that I’ve never read aloud before.
The Indie View
My latest written interview is with The Indie View, and if you don’t know a whole lot about me, this interview is a great place to start. You’ll learn about my books, my writing process, and my publishing journey.
I’ve been a busy bee with interviews and blog appearances lately! Here’s some of what I’ve been up to.
Did you know that I draw inspiration from antiques auctions? I wrote a guest post for Jera’s Jamboree called “Antiques Auctions for the Creative Mind” in which I shared the kinds of things I find at auctions (very different than you might expect!), how auctions help me with my Dark Victoriana Collection research, and why it’s actually great that I find so many things that aren’t from the Victorian era. You’ll also see some pictures I took of things I find inspiring too.
One of my author friends, Jason LaVelle, recently started a podcast called The Raven, which includes a reading of a short story followed by an interview with the author. I love the concept, and I was honored to be one of his first guests! Here’s my interview on The Raven, during which Jason reads “The Subtlety of Terror” and we talk about the difference between terror and horror as well as how to “work” that difference in storytelling, plus lots more.