Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Christine Glover's Debut: Interview

I could think of no better way to return to blogging after my hiatus than to celebrate the success of one of my very first blog followers - the fabulous Christine Glover, whose debut romance novel will be released in Summer 2014.

Christine is a smart, sassy, dedicated writer with an amazing life behind her and a dazzling future ahead of her. She's a goal-setter (I tell my friends about her goal-setting all the time, like she's an internet guru!) and all-round inspiration, and today she's answering some questions about her shiny new book deal and the writing life!
 



First of all, many congratulations on your deal! Tell us about your debut novel! Who are the characters we'll get to meet?

Hi Ellen, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. My debut novel is called THE MAVERICK’S RED HOT REUNION and will be released in Summer 2014. Here’s a sneak peek at Kennedy and Zach’s story:

Corporate Maverick Zach Tanner returns to North Carolina to rebuild his dying friend's resort. He's got the money, the power and the will to transform Sweetbriar Springs into a premier spa for the glamorous, but he doesn't count on the woman he once loved and lost to handle the construction contract. Zach thought he'd buried his desire for Kennedy five years ago, but he's still drawn to her. He's determined to satisfy his craving to get her out of his system, but he won't lose his heart again.

Construction company owner Kennedy Gibson is eager to restore Sweetbriar Springs, but when she realizes Zach is her new boss she's terrified he'll learn the truth about their breakup. She agrees to work with the one man she vowed never to hurt again. She protects her heart, but can't deny the passion Zach's reignites in her. Soon she believes she has a chance for a different future with Zach, but her secret threatens to destroy their red hot reunion.

Now only the power of love can heal the wounds of their past and give them the future they deserve.

You've blogged about getting "the call" on the way to Zumba (proof that exercise is good for you :p). Tell us a bit about your new publisher - what attracted you to them?

My new publisher is Entangled Publishing. They’re an e-publisher that has worldwide distribution with print book options. I’ve been curious about this publishing house since its inception and have interviewed many friends on Digging Out of Distraction about their first sales to Entangled. 

Then I interviewed the Entangled Publishing Indulgence Line’s Editorial Director Alethea Spiridon Hopson who graciously had agreed to judge contemporary series finalists for THE LINDA HOWARD AWARD OF EXCELLENCE writing contest. One of my questions was “What do you look for in an author you are working with?” She replied, “Kindness.” And she wanted a fresh take on super Alpha-licious heroes and the heroines. Right then I knew I had to query her with Kennedy and Zach’s story. A few months later I signed my contract and officially joined the Entangled Publishing family. *Big Smiley Face*

Your blog is known for your signature 'Break Out the Bubbly and the DarkChocolate!' posts celebrating debut authors. How did you celebrate your debut? Was there bubbly and dark chocolate? :)

Initially everything was such a blur that I just went about my own daily business in a daze. We’d already scheduled a dinner date with a couple I adore. We didn’t have champagne, but there was a sinfully delicious slice of dark chocolate cake consumed that night. I brought champagne to my hair salon because I told my stylist that as soon as I sold, we’d celebrate together. I’ve been sitting in her chair for five years and she’s been a great encouragement to me, so it was super fun to celebrate with everyone that day. 

Then I got to celebrate with my Heart of Dixie writing chapter and yes, there was champagne—more to come as I plan to pop some bubbly with my Southern Magic writing mates. And I finally get to sip the bubbly with my fabulous Critique Partner Pam Mantovani when we see each other again. Later on I’ll celebrate again with my friends at the RWA National Conference this July. Yes. I’m a party on the go :)

I've been following your writing journey since I started blogging in 2009. How did you keep the faith while you were looking for a publisher? What kept you going?

I’m very blessed to have an incredible support network both in the writing world and in my non-writing world. We’re all going to have dark days, but if you’re surrounded by positive, encouraging people who believe in you then you’ll find the strength to carry on even when it seems like you’ll never attain your dream. As my Critique Partner Sharon Wray says, “If you quit, then you reject yourself.” 

So instead of quitting when I’m discouraged or disappointed, I give myself a mini break. I hang out with friends, shop, go for a nice walk, read a fabulous book, or watch a great movie. Eventually a character pops into my head, or a story idea germinates, and I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love: writing.

What advice would you give to unpublished writers?

Seek a professional writing organization with resources that will help you grow as a writer. I’m fortunate to be a member of the Romance Writers of America and four writing chapters as well as two online writing groups (I’m a social butterfly in life and in the virtual world LOL). Read, read, & read. 

Take courses, study the craft, and don’t be afraid to query even though it means risking rejection. Every rejection letter is a Badge of Courage. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people who believe in your dreams and give the same encouragement to them.


I love your goal-setting process - I read your posts about it religiously and share them with friends! What goal-setting advice do you follow? Are there any authors or blogs about goal-setting that you love?

I’ve always been a self-driven person. List maker? Check. Type A overachiever? Double check. But my primary goal setting process is derived from this book: LIFE MAKEOVERS by Cheryl Richardson. I revisit the first few chapters every year to develop a core change within myself—a fear to overcome or conquer in order to move forward. 

Another great resource is James Scott Bell’s THE ART OF WAR FOR WRITERS. When I first started writing my goal was to write 2 pages a day, 4 days a week. At the time the pages were single-spaced. Little did I know I was writing a chapter a week! Now my goals are more complex, multi-layered, and I stop to review them every 3 months. 

I also pay myself a quarter for every writing goal I achieve as well as for exercising. Sometimes I pay myself a quarter just for showing up at the computer with my cup of coffee :) Those quarters add up, and I convert them into twenty dollar bills which I use to help pay for my writing expenses. 

Okay, I’m done blathering, but I’ll end on this note: goals are important, but so is treating yourself with kindness. There will be days when all you can do is walk by the computer, look at the screen and tap the manuscript three times before you go out to do something totally non-writing because you need to refill your creative soul. And that’s worth a quarter in my book!

The interview ends there, guys, but just to give you an idea of what a lovely person Christine is, and why I'm so delighted at her success, I want to share what she wrote to me at the end of the interview.

Thanks Ellen. You were my first International blog follower. I’ve had so much fun getting to know you via the Internet. I hope one day to meet you in person. We’ll sip champagne and nibble on dark chocolate to celebrate our friendship. 

This is why I keep coming back to blogging - because you make friends, meet lovely people, and walk around grinning for a whole day because a woman in Alabama that you've never met got the book deal you'd rooted for for four years.

For more info on Christine, visit  

23 comments:

  1. Hi Ellen: Thank you so much for hosting me. I love the cyber world for the same reason as you do. I've met so many amazing people. *grin*

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    1. It's been great to have you here :) See you back here for release day, I hope!

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  2. Great Post, Ellen! Congratulations again, Christine! Your perserverance to your goals is an inspiration to me to continue to press forward and keep writing.

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    1. Thanks Alicia. I'm so glad you popped in to say hello :-)

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  3. Can't wait for your book to come out, Christine. Thank you Ellen for hosting Christine and sharing her inspiring journey to publication.

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    1. Thanks Heather. I am excited about writing the sequel and the prequel this year. It's so nice to have a real direction to write toward :-)

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  4. Congratulations, Christine! It's always great to hear about new authors getting their first deal.

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  5. Hi Paul: Thank you so much for stopping by. I am very happy about this deal with Entangled. It's a dream come true.

    :-)

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  6. Congratulations, Christine! I always love reading these kinds of stories. Best of luck with the debut and all the books that follow!

    And how fun that I'm in Colorado, you're in Alabama, and I found you via Dublin :-)

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  7. Hi Jenny! I love how you found me via Dublin--the cyber world gives us so many opportunities to connect. I'd be lost without my Internet Buddies. Thanks also for your kind words.

    :-)

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  8. What a sweet interview! Congrats Christine--I'm sure this is only the first of many book deals for you.

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  9. Hi Aidee: Thank you so much for popping in and saying hello. I appreciate your kind words. And looking forward to seeing you at Nationals. Remember, I'm your Wing Girl :-)

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  10. Congrats to you again! You're an inspiration and a great friend!

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  11. Hi Jillian: Thank you so much! I can't wait to see you in person so we can share crazy cat stories and sip some bubbly together at the conference.

    *waving hi to Hobbes*

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  12. "If you quit, then you reject yourself." I never thought of it that way. Let everyone else reject you, if necessary, but don't do that to yourself. Good advice.

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  13. I'm so proud of you, Christine! ^_^ You've been so tireless in cultivating your career--not to mention generous in expanding your network to those of us with less of a clue, lol! ^_^

    Bravo, lady!

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    1. Hi Angela: I am so excited about your writing career. When I see how far you've come since we first met, I'm just amazed. And you give back ten fold plus a million more to our writing chapters. That's why it's important to reach out to others and support them because in the end we ALL grow stronger. Hoarding success is for the weak of mind and heart. And you continue to pay it forward which warms my soul.

      Can't wait to see you at Nationals!

      :-)

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  14. Hi Jan: That was the best advice I got from one of the best. Sharon is very encouraging to me when I'm in low places. And I am so grateful to her for her friendship and belief in me. If you surround yourself with good, positive people and give back the same, you will succeed.

    :-)

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  15. Congrats Christine! I'm so proud of you!

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  16. Excellent interview, Ellen!

    Congratulations, Christine!

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