Christine Bernard is a South African author, with an obsession for good coffee, wine, books and guinea pigs. She’s also a layout designer who illustrates on the side, but she’s happiest when writing. She enjoys writing psychological thrillers and contemporary fiction.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration in every person I meet, every story I hear, every dream that I have. You just have to keep your eyes open, and make sure you always have a pen and paper on hand.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I have an idea, I tend to write down how I want the first few chapters to go, and I always write with the end in mind. After that, I like to see where the story goes (even if that means a change to the end). I'm often surprised by the path my story takes me, and how different it is to how I intended it to be.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
There's a little of me inside each of my characters (even the messed up ones). So yes, I'm always having conversations with them.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a tough one. Each book I read means something different to me. But I have a few that I simply will never forget: Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, The Magus by Ian Fowles, Room by Emma Donoghue, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, and The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have always wanted to be a writer, but I only took the plunge after getting encouragement from the wonderful members of my Facebook group. If you're a writer (at any stage) I highly recommend that you join The Dragon Writers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don't believe that books will ever die out, and the future is bright. The need to escape from reality, or to discover a new world, will always prevail.
What genres do you write?
Women's Fiction, Contemporary, Psychological Thriller
What formats are your books in?
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