Welcome to Christian Writer/Reader Connection, Christina! We're looking forward to learning more about you and your book.
And, blog readers, at the end of the post, watch for an exciting surprise!
1. I love the story of how you began writing. Could you share it with our readers?
Buried deep within my closet, one might find some angst-filled poetry from my teenage years and a very spooky seven pages of the novel I started in high school. Though I was in love with the idea of being a writer,it wasn't until I finished college and stayed home with my first child that I actually decided to write a book. Truthfully, my mom told me we were going to write one together, and being the obedient daughter I am...
Susan: That's so funny! My journey got kicked into gear with encouragement (okay, a giant shove) from my late husband.
2. We all hear about what makes writing a challenge. What aspects of writing are easy for you?
Strength-wise, while the idea of writing or editing may seem hard, I usually get quite a lot done in a short amount of time once I start. An object in motion tends to stay in motion. That applies to our writing. A little momentum can go a long way!
3. How does your relationship with the Lord influence you as a writer?
I believe He guides the story, adding layers I'm not even capable of comprehending while I write it. I'm not great at starting my writing time with prayer, but I try to stay open to where He might lead me.
I see writing as one of the tools He uses to form me into His image -- a tool to teach me patience, self-control, determination, reliance on Him, and other life lessons. I also see writing as a gift that brings hope, fulfillment, and purpose when the rest of my life is falling apart.
Thanks for stopping by Christina.
As a single mom and foster parent, Christina Berry carves time out of her busy schedule to write about the heart and soul of life. She lives with her family in rural Oregon. The Familiar Strangeris her debut novel. Get to know her better at her website.
Christina also has an infrequent, humorous newsletter. To view back issues, visit her Ashberry Lane website. Just by signing up, each person will be entered to win a 4GB iPod Shuffle or free books for the life of Christina's writing career.
The next stop on Christina's tour is Annette Irby's blog. Christina will share more about her adventures as an author.
Now, for the icing on the cake! To celebrate her blog tour, Christina is entering all commenters in a ten-book giveaway. The drawing will take place on October 31st.