Please welcome Christine Davis to my blog today.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Christine Davis, and I’m 19 years old. My first book was published when I was 15. I started my publishing company at 16. I have 12 books published, soon to be 13. My books are published under Racquel Williams. I am the second youngest of 7 kids. I have goals of becoming a New York Times Best Seller, and a well-known movie director.
What do you do when you are not writing?
If I’m not writing or planning a new book, I’m more than likely reading.
Do you have a job as well?
Yes, I’m a baby sitter.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing when I was 8, but not knowing how to write a novel, my books were written in play form. I finished my first novel at 15.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I chose Urban Fiction when I read the Prada Plan by Ashley Antionette. I was immediately drawn in by her work and layout of how the book was written.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everything that I have written has come from my imagination.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, but it’s rare.
Do you work with an outline or just write?
Most of the time, I lay out all my books, but if I get stuck or I don’t have time to outline, then I’ll freestyle.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way or either growing up as an adult?
Mz. Lady P is one of the many authors that I admire because of her drive. She drops book back to back, and I’m pushing myself to get on the level that she is on.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I was only 15 when I had my first book published, so I would say my biggest challenge starting off was me being young. If I wanted to do this, I had to give up my life as a teenager to live my dream.
If you had to go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Even though my old publishers stole from me, no I wouldn’t go back and change anything because it made me into the author that I am today.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Social media has been the best thing to market now days, especially for books because it helps grow your fan base. Going to different states for book signings work best because you’re able to interact face to face with your readers.
Have you written a book you love that has not bee able to get published?
No, but only because the books that I have are not finished. I know when they do get completed, my publisher will be more than ready to publish them.
Tell us about your upcoming book?
The book that is being released is He Holds My Love Hostage. It’s a love story about a college girl with the hopes of becoming a director and a college basketball star. They meet at a party and are put into situations where they must have decided whether to stick through it or let it break them apart.
Is there anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely imagination?
Most of my books mainly come from my imagination, but I have one that I’m working on that flashes on the fact that young African American men are being killed and we have nothing to do about it.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The part when they meet back up at a meet and greet was my favorite because being reunited with your love is always great to experience despite the circumstances that broke y’all apart in the first place.
How did you come up with the title?
I chose He Holds My Love Hostage because it explains the book before you even open the book. Serenity didn’t want to forgive Genesis, but the love she has for him triumphs all of it
What project are you working on now?
Right now, I’m working on part two to He Got the Keys to The City, I Got the Keys to His Soul.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
Yes, as soon as part two is finished, it will be released.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d like to work with?
I would love to do something with a few characters from my first series Daddy’s Legacy sometime in the future.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What is the best compliment?
The toughest must have been when I was given the review that my books sound unrealistic. The best is that I write on the level of KiKi Swinson.
Do you have any advice to give aspiring authors?
Focus on your dreams and goals and never let anybody get in the way of that.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I love and appreciate each one of you. Y’all are amazing, and I’m grateful for you guys. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for you guys.