Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Christine Rains, author of the paranormal romance series 13th Floor.

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Welcome Christine!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Author Christine Rains

Thank you so much for having me here today. I’m a writer, blogger, and geek mom. I decided to stay at home with my son. I’ll never regret the decision even with my new gray hairs. I write mostly paranormal romance, but I stretch across all realms of dark fiction with my short stories. I don’t get much time to myself, but if I’m not writing or reading, I love to watch bad Syfy Channel movies and great TV shows. And hidden talent? I’m kid crafty. I don’t get many chances to let that talent shine, though, because my son isn’t into crafts as much as I am.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing in my little office. It’s small and packed full of games, but it’s my space. The mornings my son is in preschool, I go to the library and write on my laptop. I sit at the end of the sci-fi and fantasy aisles for inspiration.

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Christine’s Workspace

 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My desk is my husband’s very old desk from high school. It’s wobbly and fulls of scratches. The printer sits on an old TV stand which is full of extra paper, CDs, and floppy discs. (I have no idea why we’ve kept all those floppies!) There wasn’t much I could do about how things were arranged. The desk must sit where it is to be hooked up to the cable modem, and the only other available wall in the room is taken by a large old dresser full of video games.

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Christine’s Work Area

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I have notepads, pens and pencils, and my thesaurus. I really should use notepads more often, but I still try to convince myself that I can remember things even though I know full well that I get bouts of Mommy Brain! I don’t need anything to work except quiet.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I love my comfy chair and how it can tip back. I also love the color of the walls. The mossy green is very soothing. My favorite things in my office are the paintings done my by my son.

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I drink water. Yes, I know, very boring! It’s the chocolate and cookies that are my guilty pleasure.

 Christine and son Brandon

Christine and her son Brandon

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

Stephen King. I read my first King novel when I was ten. It was CUJO. It wasn’t the dog that scared me. It was the monster in the closet. King hooked me right then. It was his ability to scare me who wasn’t frightened of anything that made me admire him. Nowadays, it’s his incredible world building and characterization that leaves me in awe.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Week days, I get up with my husband in the morning, and if I’m lucky, I’ll have a few minutes to check emails and tweet before my son is awake. Then it’s a full day of kid fun. If he naps, I can network and write. He’s growing out of his naps, though. He’s in bed around 8:30. I’m back at the computer again for another hour or so. I don’t stay up late or wake up early. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m useless to everyone. I always snack first at night before I write. Usually something sweet to give me fuel.

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I try to write every day, but sometimes it isn’t possible. There’s no telling when or if I’ll get any time to myself. On a very good day with a nap happening and my networking quickly done, I can get two to three hours of writing in. I’m a fast writer, so I can get a lot done those days. Oh, the distractions! The internet is one of them, and Angry Birds on the Nook. I also read sometimes when I should be writing, because it’s really hard to put down a fantastic book.

 

4. Why do you write?

I write because all I do is make up stories in my head, and if I don’t write them down, my head would explode. Ever since I can remember, I created stories. I cannot imagine not writing. It’s as essential to me as food and water.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Never stop writing and submitting. Rejections and bad reviews will come, but don’t let them take you down. Use them to learn and grow as a writer. Perseverance is key.

“You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury

Simple and yet it’s the hardest thing to do.

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Christine at age 2

 

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Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Christine!

 

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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25 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Christine Rains”

  1. Fida says:

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Nutschell! :)

  3. Al Diaz says:

    It was wonderful to know a bit more about you, Christine! It’s amazing that having so little time and so much to do, you have accomplished to write the whole 13th Floor Series. If dragons wore hats, I would be taking mine off to you. You’re one of my heroes now. Good advice.

  4. Misha says:

    I’m also a serious water drinker when I write. :-)

  5. Cherie Reich says:

    Love seeing all the pictures! :)

  6. Just wait until you get older – you’ll have to write things down or you’ll never remember!
    Water is my first choice as well. Hydration is important.

  7. Michael Pierce says:

    The Ray Bradbury quote is perfect. I like hearing about other authors with limited time for their writing and promoting, to hear how they budget their time. I can always use advice in that! :)

  8. Good to know more about you, Christine. Love your writing!

  9. Great interview. I loved learning about Christine as I see her around the blogsphere. And I can so relate to squeezing the writing in.

  10. You fail only when you stop–so true! Thanks for the reminder, Christine!

    Nutshcell, I nominated you for a blog award today. 😉

  11. Hooray! A peek into the life of a blogging buddy :) I LOVE that Ray Bradbury quote! I also love that Christine sits in the sci-fi/fantasy section of the library for inspiration. I might give that a try. Brandon is super cute! Thanks for the peek inside Christine and Nutschell.

  12. Mary Pax says:

    Happy Wednesday, Shell!

    Wow, with the baby photo, you and your son look a lot alike, Christine. He’s such a cutie! You, too. :)

    My desk is rickety, too.

  13. Al, thank you very much! It’s a happy image you put into my head of a dragon tipping his hat. :)

    Misha, glad I’m not the only one just drinking water!

    Cherie, thanks!

    Alex, yeah, I really need to write things down more. I’m stubborn, though, and don’t want to admit that my once very sharp memory is not quite so sharp any more!

    Michael, thank you. I always like hearing tips about how people budget their time too. Also, if you ever hear of any Time Turners for sale, let me know!

    J.L., thanks!

    Natalie, thank you. We squeeze all we can! Right now my little guy is watching Leapfrog’s Numberland so I can respond to blog comments. :)

    Crystal, thank you for stopping by!

    Jennifer, I had a lovely morning at the library today. Sometimes it’s hard not to get distracted by browsing the books, though!

    Mary, my little guy and I look almost identical. I’ve already apologized if he is cursed with freckles like me!

  14. T.F. Walsh says:

    Loved reading this post and seeing your writing area… you are quite neat compared to my writing desk, which is piled high with books and stuff:)

  15. mooderino says:

    I always try to convince myself I’ll remember ideas and then kick myself when I don’t. BTW did your husband steal his high school desk?

  16. I love that old TV Christine! Another fascinating peek Nutschell

  17. Karen Lange says:

    It’s nice to meet and learn more about Christine! Thanks to both of you. :) Have a great weekend! :)

  18. Sherry Ellis says:

    Great interview! It’s nice to learn a little more about you. I’m still amazed how you find time to write as much as you do with a little guy under foot!

  19. tcavey says:

    You’re writing day sounds like mine with a toddler! Nice to know I’m not in the boat alone.

  20. How great to see Christine here! I love your son’s drawing above your work space, so cute. Also love the pic of the two of you. And your pic is adorable! :)

  21. Tania, I cleaned my desk for the picture! I do work better when it’s neat, though.

    Mooderino, I have no idea where my husband got his desk. He may well have!

    Maurice, hehehe, thanks! My husband still uses it sometimes when he plays on his Super Nintendo!

    Karen, thank you! Have a good weekend.

    Sherry, I’m lucky that I write fast! It’s nice with preschool having started, though.

    Teavey, today was a day I didn’t get any writing in, and I almost nodded off in my chair while he didn’t take a nap!

    Julie, thank you! :)

  22. tara tyler says:

    love the pictures! and nice lookin workspace!

  23. Tyrean says:

    Love the pics, and the reason for writing! I think that’s why I write too – too many ideas, and they need somewhere to go. :)

  24. Great to see Christine here today. Love that she takes all of this in stride: rejection, bad reviews along with the good. Great workspace!

  25. Hilary says:

    Hi Christine and Nutshell .. weren’t you a blond cutie! Great to see your workspace and how you cope with the apple of your eye galavanting around ..

    Cheers to the geek Mom! Happy weekends .. Hilary

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