Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to author Chris Redding. Do read on about this wonderful author and her books! Please feel free to leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Chris Redding. I write mainly romantic suspense. I’ve been writing for publication about 12 years.
What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have a day job as well?
I work part time for my local hospital. I teach CPR and kind of run the training center for my boss. It’s very flexible and because we are part of Emergency Medical Services, I never know what will happen in my day.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I began writing when I was ten. I had these stories in my head and they had to be written down. Sometimes during class. (Don’t tell my kids.) I finished my first published book about ten years ago.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I think it chose me. I tried to write straight romance, but a dead body kept showing up. Hence, I write romantic suspense. I get my morbid out and I get a happy ending. I was an Emergency Medical Tech for 6 years so I tend to not be squeamish.
Where do you get your ideas?
From everywhere. I can read a news story or see a TV show and wonder how I would do it differently. Incendiary came from something a friend said years ago. When there is a series of arsons, the cops take pictures of the crowd because arsonists sometimes come back to watch the fire. The friend pondered what if the arsonist was the photographer. I took it one step further. What if the arsonist was someone actually fighting the fire.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Sometimes I don’t want to write, but I trust when I do write the words are always there.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
Pantser through and through. I’ve tried to plot, then I don’t want to write the story. I already know how it ends. I like to discover the story as I go.
How do you market your work?
I use the internet mostly. You never know where networking will get you. I pretty much don’t turn down an opportunity to promote.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
I have a romantic suspense I am currently shopping to agents. I keep getting, “great writing, not for me.” This was a book I wrote and had so much fun writing. I have some characters in it that are people from real life who I promised to write a book about. I just can’t seem to find a home for yet.
Incendiary is out now in electronic format. It will be out in print in March. A firefighter must track down a serial arsonist who is framing him. He enlists the help of his former lover. Will they find the culprit before they both go up in flames? It was fun writing since the heroine is an EMT and the hero is a firefighter. Anyone who knows me, knows I love firefighters. Married a volunteer one.
What project are you working on now? Will you have a new book coming out soon?
I have another book coming out this year, A View to a Kilt. It’s the second book I wrote for publication. It will be the fourth book I have published. It’s set in Philly. I grew up in the suburbs of Philly. The heroine may know something that will solve the murder of the hero’s wife. But she isn’t telling until she realizes the information has put her life in danger. This heroine loves to tell joke, something that is my forte.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing and make sure someone else reads your work.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I hope I haven’t bored you. LOL and I hope you keep buying my books!
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Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids and various animals. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in Journalism. When she isn’t writing she works part time for her local hospital.
Incendiary is available for your Kindle at Amazon!