Today I have Christi Corbett, a talent author whose debut book Along the Way Home will come out this Tuesday.
First, I’d like to give a big thank you to Rose for allowing me to host her blog today! I truly appreciate her sharing her readers with me as I celebrate the release of my debut novel, Along the Way Home, on June 11th.
I am a historical romance author now, but before I loved writing I loved reading. I grew up on a steady word diet of Judy Blume, Nancy Drew, the entire boxed set of Little House on the Prairie books, Shel Silverstein’s The Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends, and hundreds more. I distinctly recall at age ten approaching the library checkout counter with an armload of books piled so high I had to rest my chin upon the stack for fear it might topple to the floor.
I’d read them all in a week and beg my mom to take me back for more.
I enjoyed writing just as much, both for school assignments and for fun. But my ability to read fast and love of words got me in trouble in 9th grade English. I tended to finish my work quickly, leaving me ample time to distract other students with notes and talking. So, my teacher made me take a test to discover my reading and retention ability. (I think she thought I was a talkative goof-off who got lucky with answers.) Turned out I read about 1000 words per minute, which more than explained why I was able to finish my schoolwork so quickly.
When I graduated from college I took a job as a television commercial/show writer for a CBS affiliate in Minnesota. It never seemed like work to me because I got to play with words all day. While clients are normally only presented with one finalized script, I was known for giving three scripts to choose from because simply because I had so many ideas and couldn’t help but to write them down. My coworkers often rolled their eyes at this, but I know fellow writers will understand.
Nothing thrills me more than I’m deep within my own world, the hours slipping by unheeded as I write and create characters, settings, and storylines. To me, finding the perfect word to express what I’m thinking is pure bliss.
Now I’ll share some fun (and probably a bit weird) facts about my writing process:
- I often dress in character to write. (Long skirts, cowboy hats, etc…) It gives me a deeper understand of their lives, and I learn firsthand how annoying all that fabric would be while trying to walk or how HOT a metal cup gets when filled with fresh coffee!
- I write with countless props nearby, many of which appear in the book trailer for Along the Way Home.
- I use music, usually classical, for inspiration while I write particular scenes, and while revising I have been known to listen to one song on repeat for hours.
- My very first television commercial I ever wrote was for a funeral home. I slaved over it for hours only to be told, “That sounds like ass,” by my boss.
- As a result of the above, I can handle brutal critiques very easily! (By the way, my old boss and I have remained very close friends over the years and he is one of my biggest supporters).
What about you? If you’re a reader, what is your earliest memory of enjoying books? If you’re a writer, what do you enjoy most about the writing process?
I’m addicted to coffee, sticky notes, and the Oxford Comma. I live in a small town in Oregon with my husband and our twins. Our home’s location was especially inspiring as I wrote Along the Way Home because the view from the back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the Oregon Territory and beyond.
My debut novel, Along the Way Home, is a “sweet” historical romance about a family and their trail guide’s adventures on the 1843 Oregon Trail. It releases in ebook format on June 11, 2013 and in print sometime in July of 2013. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Astraea Press (my publisher) and wherever ebooks are sold.
Social Media Links:
When I’m not writing I love chatting with readers and writers alike. You can find me in one of the following locations:
Facebook: Christi Corbett—Author
Along the Way Home Back Cover Copy:
Kate Davis is intrigued when her father reveals his dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory. Settlers out west value a strong woman, and though she manages the financials of her father’s mercantile her competence earns her ridicule, not respect, from Virginia’s elite society.
Jake Fitzpatrick, an experienced trail guide, wants land out west to raise cattle and crops. But dreams require money and he’s eating dandelion greens for dinner. So when a wealthy businessman offers double wages to guide his family across the Oregon Trail, Jake accepts with one stipulation—he is in complete control.
Departure day finds Kate clinging to her possessions as Jake demands she abandon all he deems frivolous, including her deceased mother’s heirlooms. Jake stands firm, refusing to let the whims of a headstrong woman jeopardize the wages he so desperately needs—even a beautiful one with fiery green eyes and a temper to match.
Trail life is a battle of wills between them until tragedy strikes, leaving Jake with an honor-bound promise to protect her from harm and Kate with a monumental choice—go back to everything she’s ever known or toward everything she’s ever wanted?
Along the Way Home Links
Book Trailer: http://christicorbett.wordpress.com/fellow-authors/
I have several Pinterest pages, including ones about my inspirations behind Along the Way Home, Oregon Trail landmarks, horses, cowboys, writing funnies, and lots of fun ideas for EASY crafts with the kiddos.
Christi, thanks so much for sharing with us and best of luck with your debut!