The second in the series of author interviews for Mystery Thriller Week is with Khristina Atkinson. Welcome Khristina and please tell us about yourself.
My love for writing started with poetry and short stories in elementary school. The past six years have been spent harnessing my vivid imagination into a series of romance novels. My books are meant to entertain and promote love, the greatest emotion known to human kind. The heroines in my tales always have a happy ending with a man they profoundly love. Isn’t that what life is truly all about? Loving someone completely and sharing a rich, fulfilling passion for that person is what makes the world go round. Just ask my husband if soul mates really exist. We’ve been happily married for many years, and I wouldn’t trade one minute of the time we’ve spent together. He serves as the muse for all my endeavors.
You may find Khristina at these places and her books on Amazon by clicking the links.
Amazon link to The Seaside Slayer
Amazon link to Obsession of Mine
Why do you write?
I needed an outlet for my creativity. I’m happier and more fulfilled when I’m writing.
What are you currently working on?
The Seaside Slayer is the sequel in my Killer Attraction Series and available for pre-order. It will definitely be finished in time for Mystery Thriller Week. I only have to add a few finishing details about the last two victims. I’ve always wanted to delve into the mind of a serial killer.
From where did you draw your inspiration to write your latest book?
I wrote a short story in elementary school and titled it The Seattle Slayer. The male hero, Brandon Kingsley, who was a police detective, saved his girlfriend, Camille Fairbanks, from a man who strangled his victims by stopping by her apartment as she was being attacked. I wasn’t allowed to watch television shows or movies with any violence at that age, so I’ll assume I picked up bits and pieces of information from the news, even though I never like to watch it. I’ve used many aspects of this short story in The Seaside Slayer, where Genny Moretti’s late husband was a famous murder mystery writer named Bradley Kingston. Notice the similarity to the name I used so many years ago. My teenage son purchased a wire saw while we were on vacation in Pigeon Forge several years ago, which easily slid into his wallet. He joked that he was going to become a serial killer in his spare time. A garrote wire became my character’s weapon of choice.
Which writers had the most influence on your decision to write?
My Aunt Rose gave me romance novels from the time I was thirteen years’ old. I can remember reading Mail Order Temptress by Jane Kidder, which was book number two about the Wellesley brothers. I had to read all seven after finishing. I can still recall my mind’s depiction of each handsome sibling. My oldest memory of books was Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew. I love a good mystery. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott had to be the first romance I ever read, and I am a true romantic at heart. I loved the young female characters, but Jo was my favorite. She was the writer, and I wanted her to end up with Laurie. My books are all romances, but have added suspense.
What was the last book you read?
The Passer by C. Yvette Spencer. She’s a storyteller, much like my grandfather and father. Jesse is a slave on the Hartford plantation, and is born one quarter black and three quarters white. His appearance, which is more similar to his owners, turns out to be both a blessing and a curse.
Do you suffer from writers’ block?
I do, but I try to make good use of these periods. Writing two books at the same time allows me to go back and forth when ideas run out on one. If I’m stalled on both, I do some editing or read someone else’s book.
Biggest frustration as a self-published author?
None so far. I’m not into writing for the money. People are reading my books and have stated they appreciate my writing style. That’s all I need for right now.
Reviews for books are vital. Any tips on getting more reviews?
I’ve discussed this subject with several of my author friends. We have readers tell us that they enjoy our books, but don’t leave reviews. One of these friends has no problem asking for reviews on Facebook and Twitter with success.
Do you use social media? If so, do you like using it?
I started a Facebook and Twitter account in January of this year around the same time that I published my first book. I have two contemporary romance and two historical romance novels available right now. I don’t believe I’d have sold as many books eBooks as I have if not for promoting them on social media.
Who is your biggest fan?
Definitely my mom. She’s been an avid reader her whole life and swears my books are better than anyone else’s. She’s done editing on my books and tells all her friends about them. She’s ordered copies of my first book to give to friends.
Many people have a bucket list. What is #1 on yours?
I love to tell jokes, so my reply is “getting the bucket” when asked. Actually, I’d like to travel with my husband in a few years when our sons are both in college. I’ve written about Paris. Perhaps, I’ll get to go there someday.
Any special message for your readers?
If you’ve taken the time to read any of my books, I sincerely appreciate you. Follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. Drop me a line. I always respond, and I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you Khristina. The Seaside Slayer by Khristina Atkinson is available on Amazon now for pre-order and released on January 11, 2017.
I suspect Khristina is a tad modest about her achievements. I found out she has seven books available on Amazon and her Amazon author page lists them all – click here to discover them.
Hank Moretti is late coming home. The police arrive to question him about a fellow teacher’s death. He was witnessed leaving her house by a neighbor shortly before a friend discovers her body. An ex-girlfriend meets the same fate, shortly after he visits her apartment. He’s the prime suspect until a search warrant seizes his wife, Genny’s laptop. Detective Jarrod Breckenridge questions her as a person of interest when the book she’s written as a tribute to the late Bradley Kingston contains details pertaining to the murder.
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