- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a wife, a mom, and a doctor in real life. I’ve had some interesting jobs in the past, including being a morgue attendant. I’m also a total geek-girl.
- As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
An actress. Actually, I almost didn’t become a doctor because I had been offered a theater contract.
- When did you first start writing?
I started writing years ago because the characters came to me and wouldn’t shut up until I got them out on the page. By the time I graduated from high school, I had 3 completed novels (which will forever remain hidden in a trunk under the bed). I didn’t get serious about writing until after residency.
- When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I discovered how much I enjoyed telling my stories and how they helped me deal with my stressful day job, I was hooked.
- How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the story and how the words flow. I’ve written some shorter novellas in less than 2 weeks, and I’ve taken up to 6 months to write a full-length book. On average, though, it takes me 6-12 weeks to write a book.
- Where do you get your information and/or ideas for your books?
I get inspiration from just about everything, from a random news story to an interaction I observe between two people. For example, I came up with idea for the Deizian Empire when I switched the TV between Stargate and a documentary on Caligula.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Sleep (seriously!). I have two small children, so I love doing things with them in my off time, and I’m a huge football fan.
- What does your family think of your writing?
Most of them are not readers (so yay – it saves me from having to explain all my naughty scenes), but they are all impressed that I’ve written books that have won multiple awards and that I find time to do it.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating books?
Don’t try to force a story. The hardest books I’ve ever written have been ones that I was lukewarm about. The easiest and most fun books are the ones where I’m totally in love with the characters.
- How did you choose what genre to write in?
Did I mention I was a total geek? The pick-up line I used on my husband was, “Do you want to check out my anime collection?” Fantasy was natural fit for me because I love the world-building. However, I’m also a huge history buff, so sometimes I drift into historicals, and lately, I’ve been having a blast writing contemporary romances to change up the pace.
- If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
A first edition of each of the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy because, you know, I’m a geek.
Giveaway: The author is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card and 20 autographed print copies of the book in the series, Tangled Web.
The Deizian Empire, Book 3
Genre: Fantasy Romance/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crista McHugh
Date of Publication: Dec. 9, 2013
Number of pages: 278
Word Count: 85K
Cover Artist: Jaycee Delarenzo
A soldier looking for redemption falls into the arms of the empire’s Black Widow…
Galerius, former Captain of the Legion, is honored to be given a chance to redeem himself by discovering who is behind the failing barrier. A series of anonymous letters all point to Hostilius, governor of Lucrilia, but Galerius thinks he’ll learn more about the plot by seducing the governor’s thrice widowed daughter, Claudia. Although he warns himself not to fall into snare of the empire’s most deadly temptress, one kiss leaves him begging for more.
Claudia has spent years as a pawn in her father’s political games and longs to break free of his rule, even it means betraying him to the emperor. When Galerius arrives in Tivola, she’s not sure if he’s there to aid her father or stop him. She willingly submits to his seduction, despite their class differences, in order to find the truth. What she doesn’t expect to find is a man who indulges her secret fantasies, satisfying her in a way none of her previous husbands did, and treats her as something more than a conquest. As time runs out to thwart her father’s plans, she must decide if she can trust Galerius not only with her life, but her heart.
The Deizian Empire
Genre: Fantasy Romance /
SF Romance / Paranormal Romance
Number of pages: 278
Word Count: 78K
Cover Artist: Jaycee Delorenzo
at Sweet ‘N Spicy Designs
The fate of the empire hangs on one slave breaking her silence…
As the Deizian Empire prepares for the upcoming wedding of Emperor Titus Sergius Flavus and Azruha, one mystery remains unsolved—the sudden and unexplained death of the former emperor. And as her wedding gift to Titus, Azurha wants to give him answers. She suspects an unknown poison was involved, and her search for the truth enlists two unlikely allies.
Modius Varro’s thirst for knowledge caused an uproar in Emona three years ago and exiled him to the border town of Madrena. But when Titus falls victim to the same poison, his expertise in medicine becomes essential in solving both the riddle of the former emperor’s death and finding a cure to save the current one. His search leads him to far reaches of the Alpirion realm, to an ancient culture shrouded in secrets, and into the arms of one slave who must break her silence to save the empire.
About the Author:
Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.
She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
For the latest updates, deleted scenes, and answers to any burning questions you have, please check out her webpage www.CristaMcHugh.com
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