Interview with Author Christina Benjamin!

February 13, 2017 , In: Author Interviews, Books , With: No Comments

It’s been almost a year since I’ve talked to author Christina Benjamin. I’m so excited to have her on the blog again to talk about what she’s been up to lately.

How was your 2016?

It was an amazing and busy year. I renovated my new home and published 8 books!

  • 2 where amazing anthologies that benefit the Build a Library in South Africa Project.
    • Revolutions (Wings of Liberty – a paranormal twist on Paul Revere’s midnight ride.)
    • Acts of Bravery (A Midsummer Nightmare – a modern YA Shakespeare retelling.)
    • I published my first non-fiction (A travel book called 99 Epic Things to Do in St. Augustine, FL.)
    • I started my journey as a romance writer for Milly Taiden’s Kindle World with my paranormal romance novel, Sassy Ink. It’s full of werewolves and legends.
    • Published 3 prequel fairy tales for The Geneva Project series.
    • And I concluded The Geneva Project with the fourth and final book, Destiny.

What are you most excited about in 2017?

  • So much more writing. I’m starting the year out with my own little writing room. Virginia Woolf was right. There is something so empowering about “a room of one’s own.”
  • I plan to release 2 more paranormal romances for Milly Taiden’s Kindle World, so for fans of Sassy Ink, get ready! Wes, Grey and Etti’s story continues.
  • I just released a fun YA novel called The Practice Boyfriend on Jan 24th. It was so fun to write and totally made me nostalgic for high school drama and young love.
  • For Geneva Project fans, keep your eyes out for a book containing all your favorite prequels, along with some new ones. And the artwork by Monique Renee is stunning!
  • March and April will bring some more fun romance novels your way. Retreat To Me, a WWII romance between a troubled writer and struggling musician who find love against all odds. The sequel to that book will come out in April, featuring the magic of the same kind but in today’s time period.
  • In June I have a really fun Paranormal YA novella coming out called When I Fell. It’s about the long lost daughter of Medusa. I just love the magic in this fallen angel love story. It’s part of an anthology called Snakes and Stones
  • Then I’m super excited to go on the road for some book signings. I have Chapter Con in London and Ozark Indie Book Fest coming up in 2017!

If you could live in a book world (your own or another) for one week, which one would you choose and why?

  • WOW! Great question. I would 100% say Harry Potter. I was just at the Harry Potter celebration in Orlando and it was so cool to feel immersed in the worlds of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. I have my own wand already and unashamedly try to work my own magic on occasion. Accio Coffee in particular. Lol.  I would absolutely live in Harry Potter world and write with my quick quill pen!

How did you get involved with the Ozark Indie Book Fest?

  • I know the incredible Jaci Chaney from working with her on my Geneva Project series. She’s such a kind soul and incredible book enthusiast. She asked me to come on board and I was delighted to be a part of a great event like this.

I know I’m excited about helping bring a new convention to life. What are you excited for with being part of a new book convention?

  • I always love connecting with new friends over the shared love of books. I’m particularly happy to be a part of an event that promotes positivity and passion in my industry.

Any new or recent projects you’d like to share?

  • LOL. I think I listed all my book fun above. But I am very excited to be expanding my new YouTube channel. I’m hoping to post fun videos, like behind the scene’s, cover reveals, trailers and giveaways throughout the year. So give it a follow for bookish fun.
  • And sign up for my mailing list too. I’m getting ready to do a little Harry Potter giveaway there in February. Sign up here:

Any advice for aspiring authors?

  • If writing is in your heart I absolutely encourage you to follow it. I write because I love it. It’s saved my life numerous times and I feel blessed to have found an awesome community of writers, readers and bloggers to work with. They’ve become my book family. I’d suggest finding a little network of people that you can work with in the industry. Sometimes writing can feel solitary, so it’s amazing to be able to connect on common ground. Facebook groups and Book Conventions are a great way to start.

Thanks for joining me, Christina!

Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and Hunger Games, and offers them a new series to obsess over. She paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship.

Christina now lives in North Florida with her husband, and character inspiring pets. She spends most of her time writing. Benjamin is dedicated to giving back to the community and speaking at schools to inspire creativity in young writers. When she has free time she enjoys to read, listen to music, shop and travel.

Meet Christina in person at the Ozark Indie Book Fest, this October in Springfield, MO! She is also one of our amazing KEYNOTE speakers. Be sure to check out the Ozark Indie Book Fest Site for ticket and convention information to see who else is attending!

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