Monday, November 28, 2011

BOUND by Christine Bryant

Okay, so I'm here talking about a book today, which I know is freaking you out. I can see you nervously sipping your [insert morning drink of choice] and wondering, "Is is Thursday already??"

It's not.

But this Thursday is the YA scavenger hunt, which I am participating in. In fact, my bonus content for the scavenger hunt is SO EXCITING. I can't wait to share it with you! (If you get my newsletter, you'll already have a hint at what it is...)

So I thought I'd do my Thursday post today. And it's an interview with Christine Bryant, author of BOUND. So let's let her take it away!

The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less:

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

Why e-publishing? Why now?
Why not now? BOUND is ready. I'm ready. And there's never been a better time for an author to self-publish. It was scary at first, but now I'm glad I did it. I love having control over my cover and the content of my book. It's so gratifying to hold my first novel in my hands and know that, from the very first word typed into the computer to the finished product, I did it all myself.

What’s the one thing you learned about publishing this way that you didn’t anticipate? Ha! It's dang hard and time consuming. Learning how to format and typeset was the hardest, but I got through it.

I also learned a lot about friendship. People that I thought would support me disappeared into a crowd of disbelievers and people who think self-publishing is for writers who aren't good enough to get a REAL publisher, while others I expected no support from at all stepped up and did more than I could have ever imagined to get the word out about my book. It's been an incredible experience and has really opened my eyes.

What else are you working on? Secrets? Inside scoops? Give us the juicy stuff!
Well, of course I'm working on BROKEN, the second book in The Crystor series. I want to get that one published by early spring. After that I plan to finish the first book in another series called AQUATARA. It's about a girl who thinks she's a mermaid, but she's not. You'll have read it to find out who or what she really is. ;-)

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I've always loved to write, but the whole idea of writing a full-length novel seemed beyond me or my talents. I had a few articles published when I was younger, but didn't take my writing career seriously until I attended my first writers conference. After that I was hooked. I'd discovered a passion that had been dormant for much too long.

What made you decide to go that “extra step” and seek publication?
Publication was always the goal, even when I was writing short stories and articles, but the reason I sought self-publishing had more to do with wanting my books read than it did with anything else. The story of Kira, Lydia & Octavion had been such a huge part of my life and I wanted to share that with everyone. I love that it's being read and loved by so many.

Quick! You’ve been chosen to be a contestant on Survivor. What luxury item do you take?
ROFL!! I LOVE Survivor! (Yes! But all my faves are gone this season...) Hmmm, this is a hard one. The practical part of me says I should take something like a tooth brush or an extra pair of undies, but the creative side of me wants to record every second of my journey. Heck, who needs practicality, I'd take a journal and pen (with extra ink).

Tell us something about yourself we don’t know.
This is a little embarrassing, but I have a bowl fetish. Cereal bowls. Mixing bowls. Serving bowls. Little antique finger bowls and butter bowls. Not the unbreakable plastic or melamine kind or the clear crystal or milk glass kind, but the ceramic and crockery type. I especially LOVE antique mixing bowls. I've picked up a few at auctions and have them displayed in a couple of hutches. Is that bad? (Whatever floats your boat.)

And the most important of all: bacon or chocolate?
Definitely chocolate. Addicted to the stuff. My favorite is Symphony bars. (With or without toffee? I'm partial to the toffee...)

Thanks for hanging out with us, Christine! You can visit Christine on her blog, you can find out even more about BOUND and Christine here, and you can order your copy of BOUND in it's many e-formats here.

So... what is your morning drink of choice?


Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview. Love your Twitter description of your book Christine. Glad you've learned some positive about friendship in the process of deciding to independently publish. Sorry about the hard lessons. Good luck with your book.

Jemi Fraser said...

I have this book waiting on my Kindle! :)

Love the addiction to bowls - that's a fun one!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Maybe I'm still asleep, but I don't remember getting your newsletter recently. So I have no idea what you're talking about. I guess I'll find out soon enough.

Love the cover!

Laura Pauling said...

Publishing is certainly an exciting world to be in right now, scary, but exciting!

Looking forward to thursday.:)

C. K. Bryant said...

Thanks for letting me hang out on your blog today, Elana. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Natalie, thanks for your kind words.

Jemi, What are you waiting for, girl. Move BOUND up on your TBR list. You'll be glad you did.

Stina, I feel the same way. I think I'll go back to bed, actually.

Laura, You are so right. Scary, yes, but very, very exciting and rewarding.

Hugs to all of you.

C. K. Bryant said...

Oh, and I almost forgot. Symphony bars are so much better plain. No toffee. Sorry, dude.

Julie Daines said...

Morning drink: Pero. A habit I picked up living in Chile.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Great interview. Aquatara sounds interesting, Christine! And I'm with you, Elana--with toffee, definitely! :-)

Cindy M Hogan author of Watched said...

fun interview!

Heather Sunseri said...

I've often wondered and feared what happens to your "friends" when you decide to make that leap into self-publishing. I guess that's just another part of this crazy business you must prepare your strong shoulders for.

Loved the interview!

Heather said...

Congratulations to Christine! I'm so excited for her and can hardly wait to read Bound.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, I know CK!

Elle Strauss said...

I look forward to reading BOUND!

Jessie Humphries said...

A bowl fettish???!!! That is hilarious:) I'm never going to forget that about you Christine:) Good luck with BOUND.
My morning drink is usually a little OJ...though I wish I could have a little frappicinomochachino thingy sometimes!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Great interview! It's true-- there's really never been a better time to self publish. That's so exciting that so many people came out of the woodwork to support!

I love bowls, too. I lack cabinet space, though...

Kelly Polark said...

The cover is beautiful!! Congrats to C.K.!

Amber Argyle, author said...

Big congrats! So exciting for you CK.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Morning drink-Diet Sundrop, though I do like coffee, an ice cold glass of Sundrop has enough caffeine to jump-start me.

RaShelle Workman said...

Elana - Great interview. =D My morning drink of choice is water. Then I move on to MONSTER.

Happy Wednesday!

Stacy Henrie said...

Loved the interview, you two!

Susanne Drazic said...

Enjoyed the interview.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Diet Coke. Always.

Fun interview. There are so many books I really want to read but just can't seem to get to.

Sayomay said...

Thanks for being apart of the hunt!

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