Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tidbit Tuesday: Welcome to Christine Warner, author of Some Like It In Handcuffs

Hello beautiful people!

Running a little late and ragged here thanks to having the hyenas on Easter break, and deciding to take them out today, and then totally forgetting we'd be stuck in rush hour traffic for literally an hour! I hope my guest today won't mind too much... :)

So, who is she? Christine Warner! The name should start to ring a bell for you, because this lovely lady and amazing author is on the up and up, and there's nowhere I see her going but upwards, as a rising star. Christine is also one of those wonderful, honest, and heart-of-gold people who always has a good word when the going is tough, always encouraging during trying times, and always ready to help, whether to give you a laugh, lend a hand at retweets, or take a look at your work. I'm honoured to call her a friend, and totally stoked today that she agreed to come to my blog!

Here's a little more about Christine, in her own words! Enjoy!

Hey Christine! Lovely to have you here today. So, tell us a bit about you, and something we don't know/wouldn't expect about you.

I live in Michigan with my husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. We live in the country and I love it. Lots of open spaces, nature and quiet. I work about 30 hours a week in a medical office. My favorite color is red and I love to laugh, cook, read, watch movies, travel and of course, write. And over the last year I’ve discovered I have a slight addiction to several social media sites. lol

Lol - I'd say social media sites are definitely addictive, indeed!

What’s your favorite moment of the day, and why?

My fav time is early morning when the house is quiet and everyone is gone. I can get so much done. There’s nothing better than sitting down with a hot cup of coffee and surfing through emails, blogs and twitter and facebook and then tackling my current WIP.

Sounds like my kind of perfect morning! J

You're a color – which one are you and why?

My favorite color is red. I love how vibrant it is and it’s a great pick-me-up.

Why become a writer?

I know that you hear almost all writers say that they’ve always wanted to write, and I’m really no different. I enjoy putting words on paper that tell a story and others can read and enjoy. From the moment I won my first essay contest, had a story I wrote in middle school made into a book and placed in the school library and won a young author’s award, I knew I’d found a passion in storytelling.

As writers, we are bombarded with ideas every minute of every day. How do you sort through these ideas, to stick to the 'viable' ones?

I actually have a file on my laptop that I keep track of plots, storylines, and ideas that I have for stories. Some will probably never be used, and some will. Some I will combine with others. I find that several of them swirl around in my mind for quite awhile and keep growing until they turn into something that I can make a complete story out of. Does that sound odd? Lol It’s funny how many places can give you ideas for a story. Things you see and hear on television, conversations with family or friends, things you see people-watching. Makes writing very interesting J

No, not odd at all - I function the same way (and if it is odd, then we're both going to Bedlam...J )

How do you develop an idea into a book?

Basically I do a quick outline of the setting, characters and plot. This is just a guideline and as I write I can add or subtract from it—and generally do—but it at least gives me a map so that I make sure to include all the details I need for the story to flow and be complete with a beginning, middle and end J

If there's one book you wish you had written, which one is it and why that book in particular?

No way could I pick one book! There are so many wonderful books out there and I’ve enjoyed reading so many books by some amazing authors. I would want them to have their success and hopefully I’ll find mine by writing my own story from my own ideas J So I guess I would answer the book I wish I’d written is the one I’m working on now!

Which is easier for you – narrative, or dialogue?

I’m a mood person. I like writing both, depending on my mood. If I’m into description and depth, I love the narrative and if I want my characters to chat and show that way, I’m all about the dialogue.

POV of predilection? Which POV mixes with you like oil and water?

I really like writing from both the hero and heroine’s POV, but have to admit that I tend to find the heroine’s easier to write just because I’m a woman and can dip into her inner feelings a bit easier than a mans. LOL The one that mixes with me like oil and water? Hmm..I’m going to go with villain. I haven’t written many villains, but would like to so that it’s not so uncomfortable for me. I think I could have a lot of fun with the villain—be it female or male—to really make a story interesting.

Preferred genre to write?

Some Like it in Handcuffs is a sexy, light-hearted romantic suspense with humor and I enjoyed writing it because I love the characters Sunny and Judson. But I mainly read contemporary romance, and that seems to be what most of my story ideas are. So I guess I’d say contemporary.

How do you get into your characters' heads and shoes?

I use a mix of drawing from experience…mine as well as others and I also find it very easy to put myself into a situation inside my head, even if I haven’t experienced it, and go with the feelings that I would have in that instance. I think it also makes for a more real, in depth character J

Drafts, edits, polishing – love or loathe? Can you please explain?

This sounds funny, but I enjoy all of it. Each part of the writing process only makes your story stronger and there is nothing like having a finished product when all drafting, edits and polishes are finished J

What unique factor do you think you bring to the book/story market?

Wow, tough question. Everyone has their own unique voice and way they tell a story. Hmm, I do believe I have a knack for writing emotion and description, but I also know I’m not the only one. I think that is just one of my stronger skills in writing.

Best advice you've received, and that you'd want others to know?

To never give up and keep pushing forward. To me that means keep studying the craft, learning from others and helping others in return, because by helping others there is usually something you’ll end up learning to improve yourself as well J

Okay, now tell us a bit about one work in particular! So your latest release is...

Here’s my blurb for Some Like it in Handcuffs:

Sunny Kennedy, the only female in a family of blue blood male detectives, is determined to prove testosterone isn’t the only qualification required to solve a cold case. Handcuffed while undercover then taken to the precinct by an attractive detective, her domineering family demands she work with Detective Judson Blackwolf, or she’s off the case.

Judson Blackwolf thinks women in law enforcement should work behind the scenes. The prospect of working with his Captain’s sexy daughter doesn’t thrill him. He only agrees in hopes of solving the murder of his one time mentor’s daughter. Once the case is over, he’s moving to Montana to heal his wounds from the loss of his last partner.

But when their investigation takes a dangerous turn, Sunny and Jud soon realize their feelings for each other cannot be denied.

In 5 words:

Your book: Fun, Sexy, Humorous, Romantic, Suspenseful
Your heroine: Quirky, Sassy, Funny, Tomboyish, Loyal Your hero: Loyal, Protective, Patient, Handsome, Smart
You as an author: Funny, Expressive, Detailed, Happy, Social

Let's say your book is a movie – which one does it most closely resemble?

You know, I’ve tried to think of a movie I thought my book resembles several times because I’ve seen this question before, and I hate to say it, but I don’t have a very good answer. Or an answer at all! LOL I can sum it up for you in a few words, and maybe you can think of a movie.  J  How’s that for turning the tables? Some Like it in Handcuffs is a sexy, light-hearted romantic suspense with humor and features Sunny Kennedy who is a private investigator. She’s inexperienced in her profession and in matters of the heart. Judson Blackwolf is a seasoned detective who is leery about getting involved with the sexy daughter of his captain. Together they learn they have to overcome their differences and prejudices against each other to solve a cold case, and manage it all while they control their growing attraction.

Hmmm... I'd say something along the lines of Remington Steele J

What real-life actors are playing the roles?

Let’s go with Gerard Butler as Judson and…and…and who cares. LOL If Gerard Butler is the lead I’m all set J

Oooh, Gerry Butler... Totally agree - who needs anything else??? LOL

Now this movie needs a soundtrack – what songs/tracks best fit your book?

I’m horrible at this game, aren’t I? lol. I’d say any love songs that are fast paced at times and filled with emotion. I love to listen to music, but I’m horrible at remembering titles and artists.

Lol, no you're not! You're doing great. I'm just a little too curious... J

Your characters end up in a world where everyone's a fashionista – how do they dress and what are they wearing?

Sunny Kennedy is a casual girl. She’ll definitely be wearing jeans with a nice blouse, sweater or a casual tee…and some type of shoe with a heel. Her hair would be worn down with no accessories and any jewelry or makeup would be minimal.
Judson is hot no matter what he wears. From casual jeans and a nice button down shirt to a suit, he’ll look right at home no matter what!

Or wearing nothing at all... I mean, Gerard Butler... *grin*

Where can we find you and your books?

Some Like it in Handcuffs is available in print and digital format at:


And you can find me at:
My blog/website:
Twitter under ChristinesWords: https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords
My Facebook page…stop by and give it a LIKE to keep up on what I have coming up: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Warner/143430882396013
I love to hear from readers and other authors J

From Mauritius with love,



christine warner said...

Zee..you're awesome! Thanks for having me on your blog today. I'm so excited!

Jerri said...

Boy, Zee, you have really hard questions. Loved the interview, ladies!

christine warner said...

LOL...whew, glad I'm not the only one who thought Zee's questions were a challenge! hahahaha

Thanks for coming by Jerri!

D'Ann said...

Good interview. I used to love to wear red, until it became the color I had to wear at work. Now I may never wear it again outside work.

Ally Broadfield said...

Fun interview! I loved the movie questions, but I'd probably be much worse than Christine at answering them. I have the same problem with remembering song titles and artists.

Sheri Fredricks said...

Zee gives some of THE BEST interviews out there! Great job, you two.

Nardi Point said...

Great interview! The cover is so cute, great play between the title and the content! Coming up with stars to play the leads is always fun and tricky!

Brenda said...

I learn something new about you with each interview.
Guess what? My fav part of the day is the morning too--after everyone has left.

christine warner said...

Hi D'Ann...if I had to wear red at work I probably wouldn't like it as much either :) lol

You're too kind Ally, I bet you would've played the game much better than me. I froze up like I was taking a test. *gulp*

Thanks for your awesome support Sheri!...You're up next!! woot woot

Hey Nardi Point...glad you like the cover..thank you :)

Brenda, by the time my tour is over you'll be able to pen my biography...lmbo.

Thanks for your support everyone...I appreciate you taking time to come by and comment!

Nikki said...

Great interview!! Zee, loved your questions and Christine, loved the answers. This is a blast to read. Took my mind off the utter chaos that is happening and I thank you :)

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

Gerry Butler—yep! Fantastic interview, ladies! Can't wait for my signed copy of your book, Christine! Sounds like an awesome read!

christine warner said...

Hi Nikki...glad the interview took your mind off of everything going on at your house...and kept you awake since I know you are sleep deprived..UGH!

Jennifer..you're awesome. I ordered the books and will get it signed as soon as it arrives, and sent off to you. Since we live so close, it shouldn't take too long. WOOT WOOT!

Thanks ladies!

Savannah Chase said...

Great interview...Enjoyed reading it a lot. Your books sounds really good. I've got another read to add to my list. wohoo

christine warner said...

Hi Savannah, thank you for coming by! Glad you like the sounds of the book and hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it.

Callie said...

Hi Christine. Good to 'see' you again....and again...and again...lol.

Best of luck, girlfriend.

Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

Awesome interview, ladies!!

christine warnerc said...

Thanks Callie and Sara for coming by! I appreciate it.

Zee Monodee said...

Lol - I went to bed and when I come back on this morning, I see all these amazing comments! Sorry I was MIA - that's what time difference will do to you. :)

Christine, it's been my absolute pleasure to have you over, and *gulp* my questions were like a test...? Oopsie, might've gotten too stuck in studies/exam mode :)

Thanks everyone who dropped by and left us a nice word. Your visit is much, much appreciated!


christine warner said...

LOL...so glad you had me on your blog Zee! Your questions were tough, but still fun. Gotta keep my mind working and thinking. LOL

Thanks again Zee...loved being here!

Zee Monodee said...

My pleasure, sweetie! You know you're welcome back anytime, right? :)


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