About Christy Monson:
Christy Monson has a B.S. degree in Child Development and Psychology from Utah State University, and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from UNLV. She established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Love, Hugs, and Hope, When Scary Things Happen
Becoming Free, A Woman’s Guide To Internal Strength
Family Talk: How to Organize Family Meetings to Solve Problems
Texting Through Time, A Trek with Brigham Young
Texting Through Time, John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle
What inspires you to write?
I’m a rather shy person. I keep my thoughts to myself a lot of the time. Writing is a way for me to share my soul with others. I can freely say what I think and feel through the characters in the books I write. I fall in love with my characters as I get to know them. They are real to me – like another family that I adore.
Tell us about your writing process.
I love writing Historical Fiction for children. I start out with a premise. Then, as I do my research, the plot develops. It’s like finding the pieces of a puzzle and then fitting them together in a way that works.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course I listen and talk to my characters. They are like another family to me. Sometimes they tell me what to do, and I have to listen if I want the book to turn out. If one of the minor characters has more to say than he or she should, I give them their own book.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn all you can about writing from attending workshops, reading how-to books, and reading in your genre. Join a good critique group that will tell you honestly what you need to fix. And then write, write, write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I found a publisher for my first 5 books. With this last book, Banished, I decided to self-publish. The manuscript won several awards so I knew it was good. I wanted to explore the indie field and see how it worked. I’m happy with it so far.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There is room for all types of publishing. The big five, small publishers, and the indie field. Isn’t it great what have such a variety of choices.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Children’s historical fiction, and self-help
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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