January 8, 2011

Blog Tour Day Eight! Interview with Chris Redding.

You’ve recently changed gears from writing suspense and mystery to a romantic comedy. How did the change come about and what challenges did you face in the new genre that you weren’t expecting?

It wasn't so much a change of gears. A View to a Kilt is still a romantic suspense, it just incorporates more humor than I've put into books in the past. I've tried writing romantic comedy, but there is always a dead body, so you go with what your strengths are. I knew this book was not for traditional publishing. I find smaller presses and e-publishers are more open to different types of stuff.

Your feature authors on your own blog: http://chrisredddingauthor.blogspot.com/, what have you learned from networking with other authors and how has it benefited you and your writing?

I've learned that there are a lot of amazing and energetic writers out there. The advantage of hosting authors? I have many places to guest when I am doing a blog tour and now that I have a Kindle, I have a dearth of authors' work I can fill it up with.

Tell us more about your latest release and how you came up with the idea.

My latest is Incendiary. Years ago a friend had an idea for a story. Whenever there is a suspected arson, a police photographer will take pictures of the crowd. Then if there is more than one arson and the same face is seen in the pics over and over, they can be a suspect. My friend's twist was that the arsonist be the photographer. I took it one step further and made it someone who had even more knowledge about fire investigation. A firefighter.

I'd like to thank Jenn for letting me guest host on her blog today!

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, kids and various animals. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in Journalism. When she isn't writing, she works part time for her local hospital.


Jenn Nixon said...

Thanks for joining the blog tour Chris! Always great to have you!

Chris Redding said...

Thanks for having me Jenn. Sorry I didn't stop by sooner. I was at a rabbit show.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenn and Chris! I got a giggle out of your comment sabout dead bodies ending up in your romantic comedies. I always appreciate an author who shares positive experiences with publishing out of the mainstream stories and changing genres. It allows me, unpubbed to feel free to write whatever story needs to be written. Gives me hope!
Thanks for sharing and my late night (non-alcholic) giggle.

Heidi Ruby Miller said...

Great series, Jenn!

Nice insight, Chris. I have always found writing humor more difficult. Did you have the same experience with A VIEW TO A KILT (great title!) or did it come naturally?