HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Christina Freeburn


Christina Freeburn

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
As of this moment, the favorite character of mine that I've written is Faith Hunter from Cropped to Death. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I'm once again in 'her head' as I'm working on the second book. I'm always most attached to the character whose life I'm in.

2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee with a splash of milk.

4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Right now I'm reading The Passporter's Guide To Disney Cruise Line (10th Edition) and Waking Up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo.

6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The toughest scene I've written so far is the ending of Long Gone, an inspirational romantic suspense. I completed the first draft in mid-October and the ending wasn't what I had envisioned or planned to write. Another reason it was difficult is I had to let go of writing, what I consider a 'standard' ending for the romantic suspense genre and go in a different direction. While I like surprising readers, I also like giving them an ending that satisfies them. It definitely is an 'ending' nothing vague about what happens, but the final showdown has a twist I didn't even except.

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
My inspiration for stories usually come from what-ifing reports and items I hear or see around me or in the news.

9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I do a combination of outlining and going in the direction the story 'tugs'. Whenever I try fighting the story too much, I land up stalling and find each word difficult to write. I've found I have to give up control at times and venture away from the outline if I want the book to move forward.

13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Christina Freeburn wrote her first book in the ninth grade, mostly during algebra class (which she doesn’t recommend). She served in the JAG Corps of the US Army and also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and secretary. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, a dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook area among layouts, paper, bling and stuffed Disney characters. Her novel, Cropped to Death, brings together her love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia.

Find Christina at these links:

- http://www.facebook.com/christina.freeburn

- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5315723.Christina_Freeburn

- http://pinterest.com/chrisfreeburn

- http://twitter.com/ChristinaFreeb1

DESCRIPTION OF Cropped to Death:

Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.

Buy Cropped to Death at Henery Press.


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