Interview with author Christina Lee

With Yael Waknin

Questions for author Christina Lee

1 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?

 In a roundabout way, yes. I was an avid reader and always admired authors for the way their words could evoke so many emotions in me. But I never thought I could do something as challenging as writing a book. Until I finally gave it a shot and the rest is history.

2 – When you start a book series – do you know the couples who will appear in the following books? Do you know what the plot will be?

Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Sometimes in the middle of writing the first book, a secondary character will start talking to me a lot and the plot of their book will begin to form in my head. Most recently, that happened to me while I was writing my baseball romance, BAT BOY. It was supposed to be one, standalone book. But the secondary character, Maclain, just kept telling me his story and would not shut up (LOL!), so I felt compelled to write book two, HOME PLATE, so he could be heard.

3 – Did you write a book and decide not to publish it?

I have a few books I’ve never published that I wrote in the beginning of my career when I was just learning the craft and trying to get traditionally published. This was way before self-publishing became a viable thing in the romance category. My first five romance books were actually published by Penguin Random House before I decided to strike out on my own.

 4 – Is there a topic you will never write about? If so, what is it?

Probably a character with HIV/AIDS because it still cuts too deep due to a personal tragedy in my life.

5 – By what do you choose a cover for a book?

It has to match the vibe of the book and the characters.

6 – Where did you get the inspiration for the stories?

Literally everywhere around me. For my book, REGRET, I got the idea from an article I read in the local newspaper.

7 – Who is your favorite couple you wrote about?

My favorite couple is always the current duo I’m writing. Right now, it’s Delaney and Marcus from my last release called INCANDESCENT.

8 – How long does it take you to write one book?

It depends on many factors such as what’s going on in my real life, but generally 2-3 months.

9 – What is your favorite genre to read?

I love historical MM and always looking for any new releases that I can get my hands on. It helps to read something different than contemporary, especially when I’m writing it.

11 – If you could turn one of your books into a movie – which book would you choose?

Probably Of Sunlight and Stardust, which I cowrote with Riley Hart. It’s just very special to us. The book contains a story within a story of two star-crossed lovers from 1948 that runs concurrently with the modern-day romance. While writing it, I could always picture it as a movie in my head.

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About the author

Once upon a time, Christina Lee was a wardrobe stylist in New York City. She spent her days schlepping clothes, hailing cabs, and on the hunt for the perfect lip gloss, which became a bit of an addiction—along with books and coffee. You could always find her perched in a corner booth of a favorite diner sipping a dark roast and reading.

She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. She’s been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher and while very rewarding, they still didn’t feel like an exact fit. It wasn’t until she began writing a weekly column for the local newspaper that the bells went off in her head. She could finally draw from her real-life experiences and vivid imagination to write fiction—and she’s never looked back.

Christina writes romance in different sub-genres, but mostly with LGBTQ characters because representation matters and everyone deserves a happily-ever-after.

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