Thursday, May 28, 2015

Introducing Christi Ella Ryder

I have a good writing friend I would like to introduce to you. She hasn't published her first book, yet, but I can personally attest when she does, you will be in for a treat.

Welcome Christi!

Q1: If you were to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?

Creativist (even though it's not a word, it describes me perfectly)

RR: New words are so much fun!

Q2: Describe your favorite writing environment.

Sitting in a big, overstuffed rocking chair in the living room, late at night after everyone else is in bed.

RR: Sounds heavenly to me.

Q3: What is your writing style? Are you a pantser, a plotter, or somewhere between?

I am somewhere in between. I like to start with a fairly structured outline, but I don't mind deviating if need be. Ultimately, as long as I know where I'm going and have a general idea on how to get there, I just fill in the rest along the way.

Q4: What you like most about writing?

I love watching the jumbled images in my head sort themselves out and create a wonderful vibrant picture as I write. Watching the story come to life is very rewarding.

Q5: What do you like least about writing?

Definitely editing. Though, pushing through the slow parts is not terribly enjoyable either.

RR: A woman after my own heart.

Q6: Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

I don't normally spend a lot of time thinking about the future besides just a few months in advance. However, in five years I would love to be picked up by a publisher and working hard at releasing books for young Christian women to enjoy.

Q7: Which genre do you feel the most comfortable writing? Which do you want try to write someday?

I feel most comfortable writing modern Christian romance. I would love to write historical Christian romance at some point, though I know it's not as easy as it looks... it's something to aspire to!
I would also love to write an Amish book or two someday.

Q8: Can you tell us a bit about one of your characters? What do you like most about him/her?

Air Force Sergeant Kellen Hail is the main character in my current WIP. He has a complicated past, but throughout the course of the story, he learns that nobody but he can determine the course of his life. The Air Force helped give him purpose at a time in his life when he was floundering. Everyday life is a different story. He's funny, adventurous, and family oriented. He's a very dynamic character - one I am looking forward to you meeting!

RR: I can't wait for them to meet him either.

Q9: Why did you choose to write Christian Romance?

Oh, this is a good question. I believe that romance is an integral part of life, and is definitely good in nature. However, so many have decided that romance is simply pleasing the flesh. Written correctly, it can serve to encourage young women to look forward to their own love story without encouraging them to dwell on the parts of romance that our culture embraces so adamantly. I strive to write clean Christian romance for that very reason. As a Christian and a lover of romance stories, I know there is a large shortage in this genre. I hope to change that, one book at a time.

RR: I can't wait to read what you come up with. Be assured I will be watching your progress eagerly.

Q10: If you could travel anywhere in the world and visit for a few weeks, what would your top three choices be and why?

One of my favorite things to do is travel, so this is a great question.
I would love to visit Europe one day (which I am counting as one place, since all these places are within driving distance of each other), specifically Paris, Germany during Oktoberfest, and Switzerland. I've always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, I am a stickler for historical festivals and Oktoberfest looks amazing from pictures I've seen, and I want to see the Swiss Alps in person.

Second is definitely Ireland. I love music, accents, and green countryside, so I figure there's a lot waiting for me there.

Finally, England would be a delightful place to visit. While I would probably find the refinement somewhat exhausting after a time, I think a short visit would be a fun experience.

RR: We definitely think alike. I would love to visit all of those places too. Thank you so much for coming over and interviewing with me.

Thank you, Rachel, for doing this interview for me!

Christi Ella Ryder lives in the country with her dogs and her books.  She's a jack of all trades, picking up many new hobbies, learning everything she can and storing the knowledge away for future dates.  Although she loves to travel, she spends a lot of her time at home, homeschooling her younger siblings, learning homemaking skills from her mother, and entertaining herself with reading, writing, sewing, photography, and watching movies.  

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