Christie Choida Gucker
TODAY, I have the great pleasure of introducing you all to a fellow author from Pagan Writers Press, Christie Choida Gucker.
Christie, tell us a bit about yourself – Who is Christie Choida Gucker? Reveal something you might not have revealed on your bio.
Well, I'm certainly a risk taker to a degree. But not how more people think. I believe that in order to live life you have to try new things and that includes things you're afraid of. So…afraid of heights - I toss myself out of a hot air balloon on a bungee cord. Scared of sharks - I toss myself into the middle of the ocean to snorkel over a sunken ship. Afraid of ghosts - I toss myself into a haunted library to ghost hunt. Yep. That's me. I'm a little on the crazy side I guess. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Halloween almost as much as Christmas and also work on a haunted trail all throughout October.
You have a story coming out next week entitled, “The Cliff”, what’s it about?
It's about three lifelong friends who make a pact as children, but another pact is made between two of them secretly. When they're all grown up, we see the pacts come back into play and affect their lived. It's an uneven love triangle and full of emotional roller coaster chapters. Speaking of the chapters, not only does the story take place on a cliff but every chapter ends in a cliff hanger.
What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story? I think it was trying to take my villain and make everyone like him again by the end of the book! LOL Everyone will have to let me know if it worked.
Please tell us about any future projects you are planning.
I'm working on a book about a marine biologist who studies sharks called Pacifically You. It's a romance story, but I thought it would be a great venue to reach a new demographic about shark conservation. It's a fun story, with a lot of humor and hot steamy loves scenes but this underlying message about how important sharks are to the survival of our world and how we can all help!
What advice would you give to an unpublished writer?
I would tell them to keep trying and never give up. And if no one will publish you? Then self publish. Make your mark in this world.
Do you work at job outside the home or is this only career?
I work in advertising and have for the last 20+ years.
What’s your favorite thing to do?
Spend time with my family. I love being with my two daughters more than anything.
Are you a reader?
I am an avid, avid reader. Love reading.
Do you have a special writing method?
I let the stories come knocking on my head and then when they start to give me a headache I write.
Is writing your only talent?
I'm a musician and an artist as well.
How do you find time to write?
I don't sleep! LOL
Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown?
I hail from New Jersey. I love that we have everything within driving distance. The city, the beach, mountains and farms.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A marine biologist! LOL
Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
I stop writing until the characters start knocking on my brain again.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Stephen King hands down. The man knows how to tell a story. He is just an amazing storyteller. He pulls you in and then you can't put the books down.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
I'm going shark diving! LOL
What is one novel book that you would recommend?
The entire Twilight Saga or anything by Stephen King. Pet Cemetery was my first.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I would like to write more paranormal. I love the paranormal.
If you were to enjoy a drink on an evening out, what would it be? Wine, cocktail?
I don't drink so coffee with cream and sugar!
George Clooney or Brad Pitt? I can't have them both at the same time? LMAO
On men…Boxers or briefs? Commando!!!!
Personal preference…Silk, satin or leather? Leather! LOL
Harry Potter or Twilight? TWILIGHT!!!!!!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate to eat but my signature scent is Vanilla
Candlelight or dark? Candlelight all the time!
Cake or fruit? Oh chocolate again! HAHA
Heels or running shoes? Riding boots!
What place to travel is on your Bucket List? France
Was it love at first sight for you when you met your husband? It was.
What did you notice first when you met him? His eyes and his beautiful smile. The man is just drop dead gorgeous!
Vampires or werewolves? Vampires
Magic or psychic powers? Magic
A nightmare? I suffer from Night Terrors so…I have some pretty scary ones all the time.
Favorite music? Muse
Favorite quote? “All the world is a stage and we are merely players.”
“Performers and portrayers.”
“Each another's audience beyond the gilded cage.”
Christie's new book - "The Cliff" is being released next week - Friday 28th September 2012
There is a release party on Facebook - and everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the day with her. I shall be there...and hope to see you all there too!
I'm sorry to say - That's it for now!
Thank you so much for being with us today Christie. I know your book has already sold a number of copies even before its release date, and I can’t wait to read it and give it a review.
In bringing the interview to a close – I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight something that we didn’t have time to bring out in the interview itself. Christie is a lady of many hidden talents – More than was revealed. I highlight this fact as she was responsible for designing the awesome book cover you see within my banner and side bar of this blog! I thought I’d mention that fact – because as you can see – it’s a stunning concept and might be something YOU want to avail yourselves of in the future…
So, for all those wanting to find out more about Christie herself, and her books, here are some links to follow: