Christine Clemetson, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in a small beach town in New Jersey where I spent most of my time fishing, crabbing and reading books. Now, I live just a little north of where I grew up. New Jersey has the most beautiful change of seasons and I canâ€™t be very far from the ocean!
Where do you receive your inspiration or ideas for your books?
Ideas seem to come from everywhere. Most of the time, Iâ€™ll see something and start asking the â€œwhat ifâ€ questions. Sometimes, my ideas come from dreams too! Usually when this happens, a small part of my dream will linger in the morning and eventually form into an idea.
Why did you choose to self-publish? Or go with the publisher you are with?
The Insecure Writerâ€™s Support Group (IWSG), a fabulous group for supporting writers, was accepting entries for a new short story anthology with the premise of a ticking clock. I was so intrigued that I wrote a story called Center Lane. Through the anthology, I met the publisher Dancing Lemur Press.
How often do you write?
I work as a Technical Writer full time, so I write toward a word count goal each morning. If I donâ€™t meet the goal, Iâ€™ll go back into the story at night to finish.Â Some days the story is waiting for me and other days the muse takes longer to arrive,Â and I have to work harder to get the words down!
What is the name of your book?
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, which contains 11 mysteries by 11 authors. If you love mysteries, youâ€™ll love this anthology!
What genre is it?
Tell us about some of your future projects?
Iâ€™m plottingÂ a new thriller where I still need to determine the setting. I find the setting plays the same role as a character in the book, and it should reflect the story goals.Â This requires a lot of planning and possibly travel â€“ which I love!
What are some of your favorite books?
There are too many to possibly name. Some of my favorite contemporary authors include Karin Slaughter, Lisa Unger and Rick Mofina.
If you could co-write a book with another author, who would it be?
I would love to co-write a book with Stephen King. I think it would be fun to plot a thriller or horror book and explore the different characters with him.
Do you have any advice for others who dream of being an author?
Keep writing and reading as much as you can. Join a writerâ€™s group and attend workshops. Keep learning. And above all, donâ€™t give up! Feel that dream in your gut every time you sit down to write. You got this!
Where can we find your book?