Today’s guest is a young lady from South Africa that I met on Facebook in one of my groups. Her new book was featured just last week here on my blog and now I have the wonderful opportunity to share her interview as well. She is Christina OW.
My name is Christina OW (aka Rinah Lidonde). I am a full time student (studying International studies and Communication and Media studies) and a part time author. I love reading novels that take me on a ride of wild emotions. Writing was never a career path for me it was just a release as fashion design is my true passion, and now writing has become a vital part of me and my family as my twin sister is also a writer.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in 2010, so I think one and a half years.
What was your life like before becoming an author?
Ha ha! Always watching movies and series. I’ve always loved to read but once I began writing, reading novels became my major source of entertainment. Now I can go a week without turning on the TV. Also it helps calm and steady me. I’m still in varsity and it can get very stressful, so writing is my outlet.
Who or what inspired you to write?
My sister (MO Author) she began writing one day and I thought why not put my imagination on paper too?
Do you have a specific writing style or genre?
Not really. I write what comes to mind. I am also a plotter and a planner but once the character gains its own life and steers the story to a different direction to what was planned, I let it.
Tell me about your latest book? What’s it about?
Fatal Jealousy is my second published book. It’s about twin sisters, an FBI agent and his partner. With three women interested in one guy, especially if two of those women are sisters, thinks are bound to get nasty!
What was your favorite part of the book to write?
The love story I guess. It was completely unexpected for both and unwanted by one (Carson). And when everything seemed lost, Carson was the one who fought to keep them together.
What was the hardest part to write?
The betrayal between the sisters. It is difficult to imagine the person you shared a womb with could go so far as to steal your happiness. I’m glad my twin always has my back.
What do you find most rewarding in writing a book?
Readers reaction and great reviews, knowing that my hard work is appreciated.
Do you have any other books complete or in progress?
Star Bright is my first published book, also by 5 Prince Publishing
I have one book- Love Forever After- in the Candle Light series completed and I’m currently working on getting it published. Also I have three books in the Fate series completed and very soon a preview and the first book with be released. I’m so excited and nervous. It’s my first paranormal series and the first books I wrote. It can either be a hit or a miss and that just scares me!
What are your future plans in regards to writing?
I plan to keep writing for as long as my imagination wants and life keeps providing me with material.
Are you listed on the major social networks like facebook, twitter, etc…
Facebook- Christina OW
My projects- www.christinasbooksblog.wordpress.com
Authors Den- http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?id=166997
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
When it comes to getting reviews, try- as difficult as it may be- it take constructive criticism with an open mind and use it to make your other work better. You will encounter haters, that’s a given. With such people, don’t play into their spiteful nature. The only reason they write unconstructive nasty things about your work is to discourage and annoy you. Shake it off and keep doing what you love.
Work doesn’t stop with writing the last word to your novel. Writing the book was the hard part- there is nothing easy about writing- but the testing part is marketing it and getting it to as many readers as possible. It’s worth the struggle when you invite others to your imagination and they love living there as much as you do.
Outside of writing, what is your most favorite thing to do and why?
I’m a fashion designer. Why? I wouldn’t be able to tell you. It’s just apart of me, like a limb.
Anything else you would like to add for future fans and friends?
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run free to bring something positive and wonderful to the world.
Thank you, Christina. Looking forward to more from you in the near future.