Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tidbit Tuesday: Welcome to Christine Warner, author of Some Like It In Handcuffs
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: http://christine-warner.com/
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,