About Christina Goebel @lovegoldenheart:
Christina Goebel, M.A., was born in Texas and is a former secondary English teacher and statewide disability conference planner. She is the author of the dystopian epic fantasy Birth Right: Galak's Rising and GoldenHeart: How to Love Humanity, an inspiration manual on how to love yourself, others, and the world.
When she began college, Christina's goal was to earn a degree to be respected as a writer. She earned an associate degree in World Literature from Miami-Dade Community College, a bachelor's in Secondary English Education from Florida International University, and a master's in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Since her father was a computer programmer, Christina developed a curiosity about artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Christina is married and has son and a German Shepherd. Her son designed the book cover for BIRTH RIGHT: GALAK’S RISING. Christina's an avid traveler and has a read a part of a book most days of her life. You can find her most days on Twitter as lovegoldenheart.
What inspires you to write?
After reading hundreds of books, wanting to write one was a natural impulse. After reading thousands of books, it was no longer a choice. I had to write. There were too many words inside of me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing a brief sentence about the main action of each chapter before I write a book helps me write more fluidly. I draft almost exclusively in computers and have done that for some time. Always keep a backup of digital drafts. I keep them on flash drives and in the cloud.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have never talked with my characters. However, they surprise me and after writing about thirty pages into a book, the characters begin to take on their own life.
What advice would you give other writers?
I will tell writers what author Carolyn See told me. If you want to be an author, write. Finish your book. My more original advice is for writers to not share their work until it is complete. Don't tire yourself out editing in the midst of writing either. That's what editors and proofreaders are for, while the author's job is to finish that book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published after I couldn't find an agent for my books. Every time I couldn't find an agent, I wrote a new book. Pretty soon, I had quite a catalog of unpublished books. Since I have three writing degrees, I know I can write, lol. I have also edited for fantastic writers who didn't find the right agent for their books. Finally, I decided to self-publish and there is a lot to say for it, but you must lay out a publishing and marketing plan. Publishing the book is one thing and teaching people that it exists and why they might like to buy it is another. My publishing plan has an immediate, mid-term, and long-term promotional plan.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing will continue to become more individualized. Authors will eventually learn more about marketing and packages for self-marketing will develop. Brick and mortar stores are facing great difficulty competing in the digital realm and I hope they survive. Any bookstore feels like home to me.
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mainstream, Literary, Romance, Mystery, and Children's Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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