About Christine Ardigo:
I’m a registered dietitian/personal trainer who writes Women’s Fiction novels in my spare time. When weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting, and jumping out of airplanes wasn’t enough, I decided to fulfill a dream I had as a child: to write a book.
I’ve lived in New York my entire life and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I have the beaches, the bay and the city, all a half hour away. I’ve built memories here with my husband, two silly daughters and a bunch of crazy friends, all whom I love very much.
What inspires you to write?
I loved reading as a child, and looked forward to my father taking me to Barnes & Noble to buy a new book. At 10 years old, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and collected over twenty of her books, devouring them in less than four hours, unable to wait for my next one.
In 6th grade I wrote two novels, I called them The Linda Wells Mysteries. I wrote them in a battered spiral notebook, complete with several hand drawings! It was then that I decided I wanted to write a real novel one day.
But when I graduated high school, the thought of majoring in English scared me. What would I do when I graduated? Sit home all day and write books? I was afraid, and with no guidance, I chose Nutrition as my major, and received a Masters in Exercise Physiology. My two other loves.
Although I went on to love activities like weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting and jumping out of airplanes, there was something missing: no real goal, no end point to reach for.
One boring Saturday evening in September, I sat in front of my computer and decided to write. It became an obsession. Something I buried away for years had finally unleashed. It was my passion. Storytelling. Something I lost sight of as I traveled down my conveyor belt of a life. It was all I wanted to do.
So here I am today, to let you know that I wrote 2 contemporary romance novels. Cheating to Survive and Every Five Years. I hope that someone will love them as much as I loved writing them.
Enjoy the Ride!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner and I use a plain pen and paper (maybe some glue) to outline my novels. I have an idea about my characters in my head, but i don’t use a character sketch. I let my characters lead the way and I follow.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. I have a general idea what they’re going to do but many times they pull me in a new direction. One that’s better than I imagined.
What advice would you give other writers?
One piece of advice: The hardest thing to learn was patience. It’s hard not to focus on daily sales and reviews, or to obsess over other author’s successes, but looking back, I’ve accomplished so much over the past year. Things I can be proud of. A part of me will always live through my books. I know in time, as I build my audience and publish more books, this can only grow. How can this ever be a negative?
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Once I read articles on the benefits of self-publishing, I knew there was no other way for me. I have made an incredible amount of author friends along the way that have invited me into their secret groups; asked me to participate in blog hops and author takeovers; I’ve been adopted into the Alexandria Publishing group; had my books excepted into a big bookstore in my home town, and also into several, local public libraries. I am scheduled for a book signing as well.
I’m excited to report, that I’m one of the 10 authors in the much anticipated boxset about Women that have Loved, Lost & Triumphed. These women have seen it all, whether it’s marriage, children, divorce, or betrayal, and are here to tell their stories to you. Love & Passion really does exist on the other side of 30.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will grow and more people will fulfill their dreams of publishing a book.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Womens Fiction, Contemporary Romance,
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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