Teenage Dramas

ner-packshotHurrah – only a few days to go before New England Rocks is officially launched onto an unsuspecting public! That sounds a bit melodramatic, doesn’t it? Well, I’m a writer so I’m allowed to have these moments of drama :-) And it’s sort of in keeping with being a teenager – which is what I had to pretend to be when I wrote this. It was great fun!

I’ve never quite grown up on the inside and to be allowed to release my inner teenager was very liberating. It really took me back to my own teen years and high school – the highs and lows of that were certainly dramatic!

I kept a diary (as I’ve done on and off since I was eight) and I read it through before starting to write New England Rocks. It charts my (mostly unsuccessful) pursuit of boys and popularity, plus all the things I got up to that my mother probably still doesn’t need to know about. Some of it is written in bad Spanish, which I was learning at the time, in order for said mother not to be able to decipher it. Some is so secret I wrote it in Gregg’s Notehand, a sort of weird shorthand I was also learning at the time, and which I’ve now completely forgotten! So I have no idea what it says, although sometimes I can guess.

I think I can safely say I was a bit of a drama queen, if mostly in secret as I wasn’t an openly rebellious teen. The many exclamation marks and/or hearts drawn around certain statements tell their own tale. Of course, now I can view it all from a distance, but at the time everything seemed like a life or death situation and I felt it keenly, like all adolescents. I remember once complaining to my dad how ugly I was and he just laughed (although in a nice way) – now I know why, he understood that things like that wouldn’t matter in the long run, but in high school they were paramount!

I do hope readers will enjoy New England Rocks – I certainly enjoyed writing it!

First impressions, how wrong can you get?

When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can’t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school, as a punishment.

Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin…

Jesse is the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!

There’s just one small problem …  Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer.

But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around…

Does she?

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What is Christina up to at the moment?

tgf_packshot-copy2When you’ve had a book published, done all the PR/blogging/tweeting etc to launch it into the world and things start to calm down again, the question you are asked most frequently is “what are you working on now?” (That is, if you are talking to fellow book-lovers/writers, not family members who still haven’t realised that writing isn’t a hobby you pursue in between cooking, cleaning or washing up for them.)

For me, that question often doesn’t have a straight-forward answer, because I’m a bit of a writing butterfly. I flit from one story to another, working on one for a while, then get bored and work on something else – I have a very low boredom threshold. Apart from new writing projects, there are also edits for forthcoming novels that have to be done of course, so sometimes that means I can be working on up to four different stories more or less at once. Here’s a little summary of what I’m doing right now:-

Edits for New England Rocks – I’ve just finished the second round of edits for my YA novel due to be published in August (yeah, very excited about that!). There was a small snag, shall we say, which eagle-eyed editor Rachel discovered in between Edit no1 and Edit no2, so that took a couple of days to fix, but I think we’re sorted now (at least I hope so!). I’ll have to wait until next week to find out and then there will be proof-reading.

Umpteenth draft of second YA novel, sequel to the above. I wrote this a while ago and when starting to revise it again I discovered I’d used the hero’s name in another book – disaster! Cue major trawl through endless name lists in order to find one that suited his personality. I can’t write unless my characters have the right names!

Second draft of Monsoon Mists (provisional title), the third in the Kinross trilogy. Those of you who read Highland Storms will know that Brice Kinross’s brother Jamie caused a lot of trouble, but things were not quite what they seemed so I thought it only fair that he should get to tell his side of the story. For the last few months or so, I’ve been working on this and at the moment I’m chewing my nails waiting to receive my beta readers’ verdicts. I know it will need more work, but at least I’ve got to the stage where I dared to send it to them (progress indeed)!

Revision of the third book in my Japanese trilogy so that I might dare to send it to the Choc Lit tasting panel. That’s going to take some time …

In between these bursts of writing, I’m also trying to prepare myself for the RT Booklovers’ Convention in Kansas City which I’ll be attending at the beginning of May with some of the other ChocLiteers. In case you think we’re just going there to have fun (you may have heard that there are parties just about every night and even a ball, not to mention male cover models on the premises 24/7?) – fear not, I promise we will be working hard. Workshops, talks, networking, you name it – we’ll be attending everything. And we’ll report back afterwards with, hopefully, plenty of inspiring photos. With all this socialising, er, I mean working, I have a feeling my wardrobe and suitcase are both going to prove woefully inadequate, but as the convention hotel is apparently situated right next to a shopping mall, I’m not too worried. I may even forget a few things on purpose :-)

So what are you up to?