Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Christian Green and I am from Aurora, Illinois. I teach special education, and am a huge fan of all things fantasy related. I especially love Marvel comics, which prompted me to write two superhero novels. So far I have published three novels. The first one I published with little knowledge or understanding of how the writing business worked. I did so just to see if there was any interest in what I was writing, and to see if I had any talent in the field. I learned that there was an interest, that I had the talent, but there was a lot of room left for improvement! So everyday I am constantly reading and learning more about how to be a good writer and how to write stories that will truly engage an audience. Since that first novel, I have seen a strong improvement in my writing and I am truly enjoying watching the transformation take place.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is called, “The Blood in Their Veins.” After writing two superhero novels, my latest novel is a vampire suspense novel. My inspiration actually comes from playing an online game called Immortal Night. Some of the characters were inspired by my interactions with players on the game. The story itself sort of came to me while I was in bed one night. So I woke up the next morning and started writing. I wanted to write a story that wasn’t so much filled with action, but creating a unique world where the characters all knew each other, but all lived very different lives and carried secrets of their own.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I write about four pages at a time. Typically I write these four pages during the middle of a video game. Sitting behind the computer for hours at a time is something I just cannot do. So instead, I’ll play a sports game, and at the end of each quarter I will type four strong pages. So by the time I’ve completed one video game, I’ve typed at least sixteen really good pages, which is usually good enough for a full chapter.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Laurell K. Hamilton and Brian Keene are two of my favorite authors. I have read all of their stories and I hope to build a following like they have. My favorite genre to read is fantasy and suspense. Any story that allows me to really fantasize about is a story that I want to read. I want to get lost in a world that is different from reality. A world where heroes make a difference, a world where there is danger all around. I draw inspiration from everything around me. I create characters I believe the readers will find intriguing and can relate to. Some are serious, some are goof balls, and others are in between. It’s all about finding a balance. Sometimes I like to take characters and imagine them as the best possible version of me. The version that I can’t really be, but would be if I could. Sometimes I create characters that are the worst possible version of me, or a version of someone that isn’t bothered by society’s rules.
What are you working on now?
Next for me is to continue to improve and continue to add more flexibility in my writing style. Finishing up my zombie novel and working on the second book in my vampire series are at the top of my list right now. I feel that with my “The Blood in Their Veins,” series, I have potential to reach a really larger audience. I absolutely love the first story and the feedback it’s receive. I plan to make the second book even longer and flesh out the characters even more.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I think for any author that doesn’t have the backing of a major publishing company, the best method is all of them. Or more specifically, a combination of methods. I believe that you have to promote as much as you can. It can be difficult, but it’s absolutely necessary. Building connections is also so important. There are so many people searching for independent authors, and it’s all about finding those people. The best way to do that is to build connections. Help others and others will help you.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be patient. There are so many books being published nowadays and it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Your success isn’t going to happen overnight. Think of all the great authors out there, and how many times they got rejected. It’s a business that will break your heart over and over again, but if you love to write, stick with it. Don’t write to become famous, write because you love to write, and if you happen to become famous, then that’s just an added bonus! Promote as much as you can, take negative comments and help it to make you better. Never give up!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I’ve ever heard is no one is going to believe more in you than you believe in yourself. So don’t let anyone tear you down, because the moment you do, you’ve lost your ability to push forward. The moment you’ve lost that ability, is the moment you’ve lost any chance to inspire others.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading “Dead Ice,” by Laurell K. Hamilton, and “A Storm of Swords,” by George Martin.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Continuing to grow as a writer is the next thing for me. With each book I write, I learn a little more about myself and my writing style. I learn a little bit more about the writing industry and what people are looking for. It’s a business where you have to continue to grow, and adapt. You aren’t looking at the final product and that’s a good thing. You’re looking at someone that’s continuing to grow as a writer and to me, as long as I continue to improve, there’s no limits to what I can accomplish.
What is your favorite book of all time?
To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a classic, it’s powerful, and there will never be another book that can replace the impact that book had on my life.