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.
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.
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.
Hello friends! Tonight I’m going to do an author takeover on Facebook. It’s rare I do these anymore, but this is a really nice opportunity with lots of people outside of my usual community who are interested.
The point of this Facebook event is to get to know the authors, who each have a one-hour time slot. You can ask anything creativity related, and of course play fun games.
I’ll be doing two giveaways during the event: one free ebook of my latest short story, “The Subtlety of Terror”, and one audiobook of a novel from one of my favorite fantasy series ever written. The book is called Haven Divided and the series is called The Dragon’s Brood. I’ll share some fun, little-known facts about my works and me and include some games. All the good stuff!
Another week packed with wonderful news and awesome interviews! I’m thrilled to share so many things with you!
On Thursday, January 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern, I’ll be on a live discussion panel for Go Indie Now, chatting about publishing industry articles and topics. Come join us, ask questions, share your opinions!
I told you I’d let you know when my interview on The Book Tavern went live, and viola! Here it is! I loved this interview—I answered what the tipping point was for leaving my full-time job to work for myself, why I opened my editing business, what’s coming from me publication-wise in 2019, and more. Have a read!
For my next interview, I’ll be on Get Published Podcast, which will be pre-recorded today and then released later. I’ll let you know when it’s up, and I think you’ll like it because I’ll be coming up with unique answers to these questions. No hints as to what’s included though! 😉
I was featured on Authors on the Air, interviewed by the fabulous boss lady, Pam Stack, and what a great interview it was! She asked me questions no one else ever has, including what I look for in a query letter as an acquisitions editor, how much of a manuscript I read before I make a decision as well as what I’m looking for, what I like about interviewing authors, and a ton more.
My latest interview for Creative Edge Writer’s Showcase is live, and this one was with Amelia Lionheart. She’s a very kind-hearted, knowledgeable children’s and YA author whose books revolve around environmentalism, conservationism, and diversity. She’s sending me some of her books and I’m sending her mine; I’ll be sure to share a pic with you when hers come in!
By the way, Creative Edge Writer’s Showcase is becoming available in more and more places! Currently you can find episodes on SoundCloud, iTunes, Podbean, Anchor, and even more, I’m sure.
This week has already been quite a whirlwind! And making it move even faster, my interview schedule has been nice and full.
Yesterday Jason LaVelle included me in an unannounced project that I think you will love. This is something brand new, and I’m excited to be part of it. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s published!
Also yesterday, I interviewed Amelia Lionheart, who is the author of five books and currently working on her fifth. She writes adventure novels with the target audience of children and young adults, but all ages enjoy her writing. Her themes are conservationism, environmentalism, and diversity, all while introducing leadership skills, among other skills, to young readers. That interview will go live on Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern here.
Today (January 9), I’ll be a guest on Pam Stack’s Authors on the Air, and we’ll be talking about my books and my YouTube show and podcast. It’s an honor to be interviewed by her since she has met and interviewed international bestsellers. Tune in at 5 p.m. Eastern today here.
Today I’m also going to be on the premiere episode of Joshua Robertson’s “Writer Imperfect,” a brand new podcast featuring conversation about writing, creativity, and everything in between. Also on the panel are Andy Peloquin, Devani Anjali Alderson, Joe Compton, LeAura Alderson, Stevie Collier—a great group! I hope I’ll see you in the chat at 8 p.m. Eastern here.
The Book Tavern will also publish an interview with me soon, so I’ll let you know when that’s live. That one includes questions of entrepreneurship, balancing time and focus, my editing business Proof Positive, and more.
On Wednesday, September 27 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, listen to my interview on CJRU 1280 AM’s All My Books, a wonderful bookclub show hosted by Jacky Tuinstra Harrison. We’ll be talking all about Locke and Keye, including inspirations, how etiquette and respect for authority of the Victorian era play into the book, the mantra the locksmiths repeat, and so much more, plus a live reading!
How much money should you spend on book cover design?
Where can you find resources?
What are industry standards for covers in different genres?
I’m really looking forward to this particular discussion because covers are so important to me. The cover for Anatomy of a Darkened Heart was a labor of love that was worth every bit of pickiness, and I’m very happy with Locke and Keye‘s cover too. Cover reveal for that coming soon!
Click here for The Writer’s Edge YouTube channel. Hope to see you there!
On Thursday, September 15 at 10 p.m. EST, yours truly is going to be a guest on The Writer’s Edge live discussion panel! We’ll discuss all the different publishing tracks in depth: traditional, indie, and self-pub. Not sure which is right for you? Come join us for this discussion and get a better idea what might suit you and your work best!
Click here for The Writer’s Edge YouTube channel. See you there!
This weekend is going to be a very exciting one for me!
Author Event #1: Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m. EST, join legendary indie authors and me for a live discussion of all things writing. The author roster includes LE Fitzpatrick, Jason Greensides, Joe Compton, Julie Northrup, Cindy Schneider, Karina Kantas, and me, with host Marnie Cate. Click this link to watch!
Author Event #2: Sunday, September 11 at 10 a.m. EST, I’ll be interviewed by Josh Robertson, who is a prolific writer and matchless multitasker. We’ll talk about reading, writing, and anything that comes up.
I hope to see you at either (or better yet both) events!