Chrissy Moon: I was struck by inspiration one day. It was much like being struck by lightning, but only slightly less painful. It was almost as if I had a very specific thought in my subconscious, and then it took off from there on its own.
LBBB: How long did it take for you to write your first book?
C.M.: 8 months, if I remember correctly. Now, however, it takes me much longer. I'm not sure why that is.
LBBB: How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
C.M.: I ask myself this: What does my spirit need to write about?
LBBB: What is your writing routine like? Do you have a set schedule or are you flexible?
C.M.: No routine at all. Sometimes I’d wake up at 2:30 AM and begin to shout incoherently and scramble to find a notepad. Other times I’ll sit at my laptop like a normal person and actually be productive. Still other times, I’ll try to write but would just sit there like a bump on a log. It’s pretty arbitrary.
LBBB: What inspires you to write?
C.M.: Emotional baggage. I also yearn to create inspiration for others.
LBBB: Are any of your stories written from personal experience, or any character traits that mirror yours?
C.M.: Yes. I think much of what my main characters experience, as well as their thought processes, definitely mirror my own. At the same time, there are some character traits that I would like for myself but may not ever have.
LBBB: When in a slump, what do you do? If you read or listen to music, what are your go-to books or music?
C.M.: Love songs usually help; usually country or pop. Sometimes I have to take a vacation from writing and watch TV for a while. It's like eating lemon sorbet between courses; it sort of presses the ‘RESET’ button in my brain.
LBBB: How do you respond to negative feedback/comments with your work?
C.M.: Sometimes I respond honestly and tell them, “Thank you. Good point.” Other times, if it isn’t exactly constructive criticism, I’ll leave it alone. You can’t possibly enter this line of work and not encounter such comments. You have to just keep moving forward.
LBBB: What is your writing space like? Do you work anywhere or do you have a special place just for your writing? Messy or clean?
C.M.: Absolutely anywhere. I’ll write on a receipt or the back of an envelope if I’m on the go. If my friends and family heard you ask me that last question, they’d start laughing and then all shout, “MESSY!” I am not a neat person. I never have been. I’m actually very comfortable and happy when I have hundreds of crumpled-up pieces of paper on the floor around me, because it means I’m getting somewhere with my work.
LBBB: Do you have a favorite author? Series?
C.M.: Not particularly. I’m a lover of all authors and books. I find excellence in most of the books that I read. One satisfying hobby of mine is reading the works of author friends.
LBBB: Any fur-babies?
C.M.: Once upon a time, but not currently.
LBBB: Thanks for joining us this week and spilling your writing secrets, Chrissy!
More can be discovered about Chrissy at www.chrissymoon.com.