Well, have I got a treat for you guys today! As part of Dark Mind Book Tours, the lovely Christi Goddard has a stop on my blog! We have not only an interview, not only a guest post, but also a giveaway of her novel, Four in the Morning, as well! Enjoy!
Christi was born in Arlington, Texas in the early seventies. Her earliest memories are of seeing Jaws and Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the theater. The first was a bit much for a pre-K kid to take, and the second has much to do with what has inspired her imagination. Her father is a bit of a nomad, and they moved a lot when she was a kid. She inherited this trait, and has lived many places and been just about everywhere in America. She hit puberty in Colorado, got married in Las Vegas, had her first child in Kansas, her second in Illinois. She returned to Texas just shy of turning thirty and has been there ever since. Books are Christi’s first love, followed closely by movies. She loves to be told stories, and for most of her literate life, she’s been a storyteller as well. Christi is in her thirties, a mother of two awesome teenage girls, and a geek on many levels. Comic books, Victorian manga, science fiction, fantasy, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, and renaissance festivals are her greatest loves. She lives in Waco, Texas (keep Waco Whacko) with her family and lovable dog, Nelly. She has a cat named Snape who is black, full of bad attitude, and thinks he runs the place. He was deftly named.
Hello Christi, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog. Your novel, Four in the Morning, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?
This is always the hard part for me because I feel like anything I’ll say will spoil the many surprises that happen. In an attempt to be brief, Kathleen makes a deal with someone she despises, and that one decision is the catalyst for her life crumbling apart. People disappear and a boy winds up dead, and it’s not long before the police suspect her of foul play due to circumstances. As things start to derail for her, a magical creature shows up, and he needs her help with something. In return, he says he’s going to help her solve her problems as well.
So what inspired this novel?
I’d left a comment on another blog’s post regarding things we did in our youth. I’d said to them I used to write poetry for a boy to give to another girl as his own, and the blogger replied with, “Sounds like material for a book,” or something along those lines. It took a couple days, but eventually the story started to form in my head. Granted, what happens in my book is a far cry from what happened in my own experience.
What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?
I read all kinds of books. I’m most interested in fantasies, though not often high fantasy. I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan and I love a lot of the classics like Lord of the Flies, 1984, Watership Down, etc. I’ve developed a love for manga recently as well, which is Japanese comics.
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?
I’ve been a writer since I was little. I remember winning some manner of writing contest when I was in elementary school many, many years ago. The reward was meeting an author and visiting a greeting card manufacturing company. I don’t remember who the author was, but I remember the trip to Leanin Tree. For a long time after that, I wanted to be a greeting card writer.
Why do you write in the genre you’ve chosen?
Because I write what I know. I don’t know how to be an adult yet. The only stories that inspire me are stories about kids who are just trying to make it through the world and deal with things as best they can, even when the adults are sure they aren’t ready.
Where can we find your novels?
I believe the best place to get a copy is on Amazon.com since it can be ordered as an e-book or printed copy. It’s also available on other sites like Barnes&Noble and iBookstore.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I have another book coming out this winter called, Lesser Evils, and it is the first book in that series. It is very different from, Four in the Morning, and I am very excited about it. There’s all manner of magical creatures, time travel, fighting, and plot twists galore.
Two by Day, the sequel to, Four in the Morning, is slotted to be out in the first half of 2013. It’s not your typical manner of sequel in a few ways, and it introduces many new characters. I’m looking forward to the feedback on that one.
Great having you here, Christi.
Now all of you lovely people read down her guest post, along with the giveaway!
So, I love making people laugh. I’ve always been a storyteller, and I much prefer telling stories than talking about myself. So, in this compromise, I’m telling stories about myself (or family members). This time, I proudly present my youngest daughter’s most memorable embarrassing moment—for me.
We lived in a small town in rural Illinois, but this is no excuse for what happened. I am a white woman, I have many friends of color, but at the time—when my daughter was 4—her education about the varieties of the human race was limited to what she saw on television.
A habit she had for a long while was to ask people if she could go home with them. Friends that visited, people in the gas station, police officers that pulled me over for speeding—yeah, anyone was fair game, and each episode highly embarrassing. I was positive each person asked to save my child from her boring home thought that I beat her with spatulas and tied her up in the basement.
One deceptively beautiful day, I took this attention-starved child to the grocery store. Like any good mother, I let her ride in the cart to keep track of her because she LOVED it. I was minding my own business in the cereal aisle, wondering why I could never find chocolate Malt-O-Meal anymore, when my child says quite loudly to the man passing by, “Are you black?”
Yes. Yes, he was. He was also giving me a look like I was the wife of the Grand Dragon of the KKK. In my defense (and hers) our community had very few people of color, so she had never encountered someone of a different race, except on the television, as I mentioned.
I gave him an apologetic smile, and then said to my blonde-haired, blue-eyed, pale-as-clouds daughter, “Yes, honey. Don’t pester him. He’s trying to shop.”
Telling my child to be quiet was like telling Brando to put the ice cream down.
“Can I go home with you?”
Ah, yes. Her most favorite question was asked, and again the wave of awkwardness puddled around my feet. “Honey, I said to leave him alone. I’m sorry, sir.”
I tried. He gave me a dirty look. He started to walk away. My child, to really drive home the point that I deserved the Crappiest Mother of the Year Award, started to cry and said, “You scared him off. I wanted to go home with him. He’s BLACK!”
In the middle of a grocery store. Remember that, parents of lil tikes, the next time your child starts to act up in a store, a restaurant, a theater—they could start screaming things that REALLY embarrass you.
Kathleen Hayson thinks her biggest problem is her mother. The only runner up—her mouth. With a wit sharper than her mother’s perfectly manicured nails, her clever remarks create more problems than they solve.
But it’s not her clever remarks landing her knee-deep in trouble. This time, Josh Colby is to blame. Kathleen’s former childhood friend has become the school’s most stuck up jerk. Before, she’d have told him to piss off and write his own stupid letter to the town slut/minister’s daughter. Now Kathleen’s escalating problems at home force her to reevaluate how flexible her principles are. She agrees to write the controversial letter Josh has requested.
Enter Rigel, a smartass magical creature who invades her room one night, promising he has come to help. When a boy Kathleen hates turns up dead and her mother goes missing, the letter becomes a key piece of police evidence—implicating Kathleen. As she fights her way out of a web of lies, the trust she has in those closest to her shatters. In the end, she’s pushed to a terrible choice: who lives, and who else dies.
You can pick up your copy of Four in the Morning from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. But just below, you can also enter to win a FREE e-book copy! (You can also win a paperback copy over at Dark Mind Book Tours!)
This giveaway has now ended, and the winner has been notified. Thank you to everyone who entered!