Welcome to Saturday Small Talk! Where I will be interviewing authors. Find out what makes them tick, what they’re currently working on, and maybe what their guilty pleasures might be! Pull up a chair and let’s talk.
Today, I’ll be chatting with author Christi Barth.
Aleen [Lampshade Reader]: Hi Christi! Great to have you here. Please tell us a little bit about your book.
Christi Barth: Thanks for letting me visit! Bad For You is the first book in a new series about three big city, bad boy brothers hiding from their mobster pasts. They struggle to fit into a small town but danger follows, putting their new futures – and their new relationships – at risk. It has a gorgeous coastal town full of quirky characters, strong-willed and smart heroines, and the Maguire brothers, who would do anything for each other.
LR: What inspired the themes in your story?
Christi: I’m told by my besties, who are very serious authors, that all my books have themes. I am…oblivious to them. I focus on interesting characters and impossible problems and how love can overcome all of it. Maybe love is the best thing ever—just go for it is the theme for my writing?
LR: Love sounds good to me! 🙂 Who are your celebrity inspirations?
Christi: I’m so glad you asked, because I have Pinterest boards for every book. Since I write contemporary, my settings are real, and I think it I fun for readers to get to see them. It is also a great way to showcase my inspirations for the characters. To see the board for Bad For Her, click here. The inspiration for Rafe is Henry Cavill, and Mollie is Allison Brie.
LR: Mmm! You really can’t go wrong with Henry Cavill! If you could give your characters any piece of advice, what would you tell them?
Christi: ROFL. I wouldn’t, because then the book would wrap up in about four chapters! But if I had to, it would be not to be so scared. Lots of people are scared of how love will change their lives. And/or scared that they won’t find it/aren’t worthy of it/can’t sustain it. Seriously, love is often wrapped up in a ton of fear. Once you push through that, the rewards are endless!
LR: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
Christi: I adore paranormal, so my go to authors there are Chloe Neill, Melissa F. Olson and J.R. Ward. For contemporary, my auto-buys are, of course, Nora Roberts, Jessica Lemmon, Kate Meader and omigosh Emma Chase’s royal series (I love anything with a tiara). Right this second, my gym book (paperback so I can hold it on the elliptical) is The Wedding Date Bargain by Mira Lynn Kelly, a new auto-buy author for me. And on my Kindle is The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason.
LR: If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
Christi: I’ve never been to gorgeous, coastal Bandon, OR—which is the setting for the Bad Boys Gone Good series, so I think it would have to be at the top of my to-do list! From the extensive web-surfing I’ve done, the beaches and forest combination looks spectacular.
LR: Name one item you can’t live without.
Christi: I am a die-hard romantic. So the obvious answer is my beloved husband. However, I figure all your authors say that, so we’ll move on to the third thing I can’t do without (the second, also obvious, answer being books). Lipstick. Seriously. Even when I had chicken pox a few years ago and completely covered up with a hat, a high collared coat and a scarf, I still wore lipstick. I’ll wear it on road trips, to a day of sitting at the beach—you name it. The brighter, the better!
LR: What are some of your hobbies?
Christi: I love to cook. I’m a massive foodie, and flip through cookbooks and food magazines constantly for inspiration. I love finding long, complicated and exotic recipes and spending a whole afternoon on them.
LR: I bet you found some great eats! If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
Christi: I’d love to go back to the late 1800s. England. Hoop skirts, gorgeous frocks, tea every day and balls every night. But I only want to stay a week, and then happily return to electricity, antibiotics and cable :).
LR: Yes, that would be the only drawback. What’s next for you?
Christi: Book two – Never Been Good. This is Flynn’s story. He’s pretty wracked with guilt, since the Maguires entered WITSEC to protect him. So he’s dark and broody and angsty—until a beautiful waitress with an angelic smile catches his eyes. Seems like smooth sailing, right? Except that Sierra has just as many secrets she’s hiding as Flynn does.
LR: Oh! I love me some dark and broody heroes! Sign me up!
Rapid Fire Questions
Plotter or Pantser?
Plotter. And that’s not a rapid fire answer – I can hold forth on the awesomeness and necessity of plotting for a full hour panel.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee to wake up in the morning, tea for all other times. We have two entire drawers full of tea.
Cats or Dogs?
Dogs. As long as they don’t jump on me 🙂 Those teeth and growls are a scary combination!
Print or e-book?
Print. I like having the option. I like downloading something that catches my interest immediately from my couch, and I love taking a single, slim device when we go on vacation instead of a bag full of fourteen books like we used to do. But…..yup. Print. For the win.
What color describes you best?
Purple. It is lush, dramatic, and powerful.
If you weren’t an author, you’d be:
Well, I used to be a singer. Musical theatre and opera. So I feel like I’ve used up all my out-there career choices…
The beach. Hands down. Every time.
Bad boys or Good boys? 😉
Bad boys for fun, of course, and good guys to marry.
Aleen: Thank you so much for joining me today Christi!
USA TODAY bestseller Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately, she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance. Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.
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