Christa Maurice is a serial obsessionist, but she has been obsessed with rock stars since early childhood when her older brother started randomly quizzing her on rock trivia. How many first graders know who the headliners were on the Black and Blue Tour? Christa did. (Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult.) In college she harnessed that intellect to spend lecture classes writing about the adventures of Touchstone in the margins of her notebooks. Now, thanks to an iPad, she can do the same thing more effectively during meetings and everybody thinks she’s taking notes.
When not listening to music and/or writing, she enjoys reading and science fiction. She also enjoys traveling and has walked in Indiana Jones footsteps’ in Petra and Venice, washed the sand of Star Wars out of her hair and visited the American Embassy in Manila where Arnel Pineda got his visa to sing for Journey. Someday she’s going to go to Vancouver to visit shooting locations for The X-Files, Stargate, and Supernatural.
What inspires you to write?
Music, travel, looking out the window, talking to random people, anything really. I like hearing and telling stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a pantser. For me, a story starts with a kernel, be it a character, interesting situation or image and then it becomes a game of “and then that happened?” which I follow until I get to the happy ending. Sometimes this means I take the road less traveled and discover why it’s less traveled when the story drops off into oblivion, but more often than not it takes me someplace interesting.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have been known to have long, out loud chats with my characters, but mostly I imagine little stories for them in my head. Sending my entertainment characters grocery shopping has been a fun way to while away long waits. Which is how I ended up with an entertaining cameo in one of my upcoming releases. Have you seen who shops at the Trader Joe’s in Malibu? Everybody, that’s who.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the way Louise Penny handles culture clash in her books and the humor in Rhys Bowen’s books keeps me coming back. The dark, Gothic foreboding in Simone St. James books has me stalking her on Facebook to find out when the next will be released. And I will read and reread Connie Willis’ books until they fall apart.. I would read and reread Theresa Mederios, but I keep losing her books as I drag them everywhere for waits that are too long to daydream through.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As with many things, I decided to try self publishing because it seemed like a good idea. Since that followed epublishing, writing a romance, writing a story and going to Abu Dhabi to teach English to Kindergartners all being good ideas, I went with it. I still work with my publisher because I’m loyal, but I also like to have control.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s Choose-Your-Own-Adventure for everybody. Sometimes you choose wisely, sometimes you pick the chalice that melts your face off. (Sometimes you mix up your movies.)
What genres do you write?
All romance, mostly contemporary, but I’ve ventured into paranormal and sci fi.
What formats are your books in?