After years of earning degrees, building relationships, developing a career, and adjusting to single-motherhood, writer Christin Webb took a leap of faith to begin following her dreams to become Author Christin Webb.
Seeking an opportunity for change is the motto that Christin lives by and uses as the basis for her first self-published novel, Enough Time and short fiction blog, Is It Real?. It has been Christin’s personal experiences and creative visions that bring her writing to life to ignite growth and inspiration in each story.
Christin’s nonfiction work has been featured on sites such as Diva By Design. She has a feature article that appeared on the blog, Bird on a Wire. Christin also has experience singing and acting. In 2010, Christin published the Memphis 2010 Historical Calendar, which featured 365 days of Memphis history.
Beyond making differences with words, Christin has always found community and leadership very important and finds giving back an easy task. She has acted in several volunteer capacities with organizations such as the National Civil Rights Museum and the United Way. Christin was formerly an Executive Board Member and Secretary of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. ~ Memphis, TN. Chapter.
Christin has a BA in Social Work from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Webster University. Christin works in the utility industry and currently lives in Memphis, TN with her daughter, Jasmine. Christin hopes to continue to use her leadership and creative spirit to make positive differences.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration to write are as follows:
1. I am the daughter of a writer and genealogist/historian. One way to nurture a gift is to be around it. Growing up in Memphis, TN, I watched my father, Arthur Webb, write for local and national publications, discussing historical and current events. While he was more of the non-fiction writer, his writing ability and my creative spirit and imagination fostered my love for fiction writing. His craft inspires mine. He has passed on and I feel inspired to carry on his legacy.
2. My imagination and love to write and make permanent my thoughts. Leaving a legacy of how I feel, think, irreplaceable thinking. Nothing can be more inspirational than that.
3. I enjoy being able to get a point across to each reader. While, most of my writing is fiction, I am inspired to use fiction in a way that almost forces the reader to reflect and become insightful; seeking opportunity for growth. Writing is my passion and using my passion to help others is what inspires me to write.
Tell us about your writing process
I usually try to use a more creative tactic, in that, sitting before a blank screen and waiting for the first thing that comes to me. Since publishing my first book, I have begun to take a more formal approach by setting up an outline, defining main and sub characters and creating the overall story before I actually dive off into the meat of the story. This seems to be working a lot better, especially considering trying to meet deadlines. I rarely use paper and pen. Seems like I can think as fast as I can type, but not write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I actually become them in my head. I specifically notice I do this when it’s a character I completely have a hard time portraying. For instance, I’m female, so when I write a male character I spend a lot of time of listening to myself (in my head) as that character. I do this for just about every character, wanting to ensure they sound real even though its fiction.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Taking the self-publishing route to publishing my book had a lot to do with royalties and the ability to still re-publish or gain attention of agent/traditional publisher if possible.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is long lasting. eBooks will continue to grow, however, I’m skeptical about the growth rate being greater than the volume of print books still in demand. Even though people are becoming more and more visual about receiving information and entertainment, reading is still in a realm of its own as relates to feeding the human brain.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Contemporary, Fiction, Inspirational
What formats are your books in?
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