Author Christina Leigh Pritchard
Christina Leigh Pritchard was born and raised in South Florida. Her first stories were written at the age of nine in $0.15 wide ruled spiral notebooks (which were supposed to be used for class) ;o)~ and in the various diaries she kept. Stories she wrote from age nine to twelve fill about four storage boxes!
Since she’s upgraded to a computer, she’s completed over fifty books and still going strong. Her genre’s include dark fantasy, young adult, drama, suspense, historical romance, multicultural, comedy, poetry and many more.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint Chocolate Chip
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I have lots of future projects. I don’t have one specific genre that I write. I have more books in the C I N Series (cinseries.com), Fall of Gadaie Series (gadaie.com), a multicultural novel (heathersturn.com), a horror (White Birds) and even a drama (Shame).
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’d say: Getting to know other authors and talented folks. I even started a radio and magazine about them! I love people.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world which would it be?
My book! Lark’s End. It’s the world I grew up in as a child.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Everyone says to write what’s popular. You can do this but also, keep writing what your heart says to write. If it’s a weird or different concept; don’t worry, someday it’ll be what everyone is looking for. Don’t ever second guess yourself. Anais Nin said- “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
What is your favorite Quote?
“The game of life is a lot like football. You’ve got to tackle your problems and score your points whenever you’re given the opportunity.”
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
How did you know you should become an author?
I just could never stop writing. I’m addicted and I love it.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
All of them
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Never give up on “YOU”.
Even as a small child, I could be very empathetic, placing myself in someone else’s shoes. That’s how most of my characters are created.
What was your favorite children’s book?
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
How do you react to a bad review?
For two years, I never received a bad review. Then suddenly, there some were! At first, I get overly emotional, call my poor sister (younger sister lol) and she reminds me to learn from it and I pout but force myself to learn from it. Yes, I hate bad reviews at first since my stories come from my heart and very soul, but at the end of the day, I suck it up and realize that if they took the time to write a review good or bad that meant it was memorable enough for them to take their valuable time and write one for me. Mission accomplished! If it wasn’t memorable, they’d have tossed it aside and never given it a second thought. Plus, I have something new to work on, even if I need pizza to help me. ;o) Always need pizza!!!
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. It was the first book as a child that I read which made me cry and wish I’d written it.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A house for my grandparents; so they could live closer to me.
What do you do in your free time?
Write or walk my dog at the beach or go to the movies with my friends.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
The girl you think you know but don’t
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
WARNING: It’s not very exciting! I wake up late, rush to work, work, scribbling notes about future books, race home, and grab my dog and laptop. Sometimes I leave the house :o) really, I might. But not until my thoughts have been jotted down.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
In fourth grade: Clayton Mitchell. He’s who inspired me.
He wanted my poem to win so badly that he lied and said he hadn’t voted yet—bringing the tally to a tie.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I went to the movies!
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Judy Blume or Jerry Spinelli
Favorite quote from a movie?
“Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear.” Empire Records
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Unless they read my books, they would never guess I had any thoughts beyond butterflies and puppies.
From the author of the C I N Series, comes an epic fantasy world filled with nothing but constant action and adventure. A new world, new life forms, and another twisted and complex story from author Christina Leigh Pritchard!
Mary wants to kill them. But, someone stands in her way…
Tahmi has nightmares, of an old man in a sailor’s suit, dropping her off on her doorstep. When she tells her parents about him they look sick. Could her dream have some truth to it? Is that old man the reason they won’t allow her in the woods behind her house?
What are they hiding from her? Who is she?
TAHMI, she’s just an ordinary girl, right?
Lark’s End, the first of nine books in the epic fantasy series The Fall of Gadaie. For extras, (characters, illustrations, book trailers, maps) please visit the blog dedicated to the series: gadaie.com
1 copy of Lark’s End
Print copy available to US only, Ebook available Internationally