Deirdra: What are your favorite kind of books to read and why?
Christina: I read mostly young adult. I love the world of 'firsts' that come with YA books. First love, heartbreak, fights, and so on. As for genres, I read just about any. As long as they get me rooting for the M.C. and falling in love with them then they'll have me hooked no matter the genre but if you look at my shelves I have mostly paranormal books sitting on them.
Deirdra: How many books on average would you say you read a year?
Christina: Hmm...well so far this year I've read about 50 books so if I keep that pace up I could read about 80-100 depending on how much time I take to do writing instead of reading.
Deirdra: What is the most recent book you read? Can you tell us a little about it?
Christina: I just finished Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was a really good book. It's about a girl (Alex) who is half descended from the gods (Greek gods) and has two options in life: train to hunt and kill daimons that feed off of the pures and half-bloods or become a servant in the homes of the pures. It had great pacing and wonderful characters. I really enjoyed the dynamics between Alex and Aiden.
Deirdra: What is the most disappointing thing authors do?
Christina: For me (with their books) it's when the author just doesn't make that connection for me with the characters. You can have the most amazing story and writing but if I can't connect with (root for and fall in love with) the main character then I just can't get into the book and it falls flat for me.
Deirdra: Who are your top five favorite authors?
Christina: Oh wow. That's a hard question. There are so many authors that I love for so many different reasons: their books, online presence, advice, and friendships. BUT if I had to name names then there's: Rachel Hawkins, Karsten Knight, Aprilynne Pike, Stephanie Perkins, and Carrie Ryan. But really there are so many amazing authors that it's exceedingly hard to choose a top 5!
Deirdra: How do you feel about e-books?
Christina: I prefer hard copies but think the ease with storing ebooks is awesome. Still, a hard copy will never die on me like the batteries on ereaders can. And nothing compares to the smell of a new book.
Deirdra: If you could give a message to authors what would it be?
Christina: Oh, that's a hard question too. I guess I'd say thanks to all those authors out there that continually encourage and offer advice to aspiring writers and the ones that try to connect and reach out to their readers too.
Deirdra: Have you ever thought about writing a book?
Christina: Yes, I've written a couple and am in the process of starting another. I'm continually learning about the craft of writing and hope someday so see one of my stories on a bookshelf!
Deirdra: What other talents and hobbies to you have?
Christina: Well, this is going to sound weird but I'm a bit of a pyro. Lol. I do fire breathing/eating and a type of fire dance called poi. As a less bizarre hobby I also like to draw and paint. And I've already mentioned writing.
Deirdra: Where is your favorite place to read?
Christina: Anywhere comfortable like my couch or bed.
Deirdra: Do you have a favorite reading snack?
Christina: Not really. Usually I get so into a book that I forget to eat...or do anything but read really.
Deirdra: What books have made you cry?
Christina: The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan just to name a few.
Deirdra: What books have made you laugh?
Christina: Wildefire by Karsten Knight, Hex Halls series by Rachel Hawkins, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and tons more
Deirdra: What kind of books are you looking to read next? What is on your reading list?
Christina: My TBR pile is enormous but a few that I plan to read next are Crossed by Ally Condie, A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young, and Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Deirdra: Is there any other message you would like to give the literary community?
Christina: The literary community is such a wonderful group of people and I'm so thankful for all those that I've met in it. Keep supporting, encouraging, and believing in each other!
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