I’ve got a really special post to share with you this week! One of my dearest author friends has agreed to do an interview with me about her writing and about her newest book that is being released next week!
So without further ado, please welcome Chrissy M. Dennis!
First off, tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I’m originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, but have made the prairies my home since graduating from Briercrest in 2012. I’m a youth pastor, foster parent, cat mamma and, of course, an author.
You are about to release your second book. Can you tell us what it is about?
A Sinking Star follows the story of a 17-year-old girl named Evie. After her broken mother returns home after disappearing for weeks, nothing Evie can do will keep the cops away, or the father who walked out on her and her sisters nine years ago. Now, they’re forced to move in with their estranged father and his new family, who pursue Evie with a gentle love she’s never known. She’s confused – is it for real, or is it all an act? Can she ever go back to the life she had before her mother’s arrest, and if she’s honest with herself, does she want to?
Can you tell us about the writing process for A Sinking Star?
It was different than other books I’ve written. In the past, I’ve written extensive and detailed outlines so I always knew what was coming. With A Sinking Star, I had very broad outlines, so the story sort of unraveled as I was writing it. I didn’t always know what was going to happen until it happened. I also write 50,000 words of A Sinking Star during Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), which kept me accountable to getting it written. Rushing the writing process meant editing took a long time, but at least I had something on paper to go with.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned while working on this book?
This book is probably the closest to my heart in terms of personal vulnerability. In a lot of ways, I learned different things about myself during the writing process about how I relate to God and others. I think the lessons Evie learns in this book are ones I (and maybe all of us) need to continually return to throughout our lives.
What’s your go-to method for getting rid of writers’ block?
Reading. Honestly, picking up a good novel and falling into that for a couple of days is usually a good remedy for curing writers’ block. Or the old-fashion method: force yourself to sit in front of the computer for a set amount of time and get something down, no matter what. The tough life of the writer business
What does a perfect day of writing look like?
Lots and lots of coffee. Also, a million breaks. I’m not the kind of person who can sit and write for hours at a time. I need spurts. So a perfect day of writing would be half an hour of writing and half an hour of Netflix, or something to split the day up.
What’s one tip you wish you had known when you started writing?
I was a bit of a cocky teenager, thinking my writing was epic and awesome. I would tell myself then that writing would be a lifelong journey of learning, so be willing to accept constructive criticism and allow it to shape you into a better writer.
Where/When can we pick up a copy of your new book?
It will be available on Amazon November 6.
Be sure to check out Chrissy’s new book coming out November 6th and while you are at it, pick up a copy of her debut novel The Lion Cubs found here.