Who’s That Indie Author? Christy Cooper-Burnett

Author name:  Christy Cooper-Burnett

Genre:  Adventure, Light Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Book:  No Way Home

What’s your story and how did you become a writer?  I spent many years in the corporate world and began writing my novel on lunch hours and weekends. Although I began my writing career later in life, I found it a wonderful source of stress relief, and stuck with it. After completing my book, I took a chance and sent it out to small publishers to see if there was any interest. No one was more surprised than me when I received four contract offers.

How do you balance your work with other demands?  I am lucky that I was able to retire early so I can write full-time now. While still in the workforce, it was difficult to find time to write more than a few hours a week. However, I always made sure to carve out a few hours of ‘me’ time to do so. I think it is important for women to take time for themselves and do something they enjoy, something that is all theirs. Between work and family, it is easy to neglect our own needs at times.

Name one of the happiest moments in your life:  Hands down, the day my son was born was the happiest of my life. However, receiving a publishing offer was a close second! It was a validation that my writing was good enough to share with the world, and that was a defining moment for me.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  I’m definitely a planner. While I do not need to have a formal outline for a book, I do need to have a complete storyline mapped out in my head. Subplots will materialize as I write, but I find that once I have the basic storyline settled it is far easier and faster to move forward. I do take notes on research though as organization is a must for me.

Could you write in a café with people around?  I could, yes. Because I began writing in my office during lunch hours, there was constant noise and activity around me. I think I trained myself to shut out the distractions as I do not need quiet in order to write.

Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it?  I have not. I’m not sure how successful I would be at that as I am not bilingual. I would require an online translator and that may be a train wreck waiting to happen!

What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now?  I don’t think I can choose just one book. There are several books I thought were so well written and entertaining that I have read them twice. For instance, Justin Cronin’s The Passage and City of Mirrors. I have also read William R. Forstchen’s One Second After series twice. I just finished a wonderful book, Dear Dad, A Novel by John Hazen.

What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader?  I have always thought that holding a print book, whether hardcover or paperback, is part of the experience for me. However, I am beginning to come around to the eReader. My last few books have been on Kindle.

Do you think print books will always be around?  I hope so! I know the trend and forecast is that eBooks will eventually take over. But there is something so magical about the weight of a book in your hands, the smell of a new book, the weathering and history of an old book that will always draw me in.

Would you ever read a book on your phone?  Yes, I have read books on my phone in the past but given the choice I would always opt for an actual book.

What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? iPhone.  It’s easy to navigate for people in my age group. LOL

How long could you go without checking your phone?  The only reason my phone is typically with me is because my son lives eight hundred miles away and I never want to miss a call from him. If that were out of the equation, I could go all day and be happy without my phone.

Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening?  I have never been able to get into audiobooks. I enjoy reading the words and building the story in my mind. When I read dialogue, I like to imagine the tone and inflection in the characters voice. There is something exciting about turning the pages and anticipating what is coming next that I can’t get with an audiobook.

Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform?  Yes, I do. I think social media is vital to an emerging author such as myself. My favorite platform is Facebook, because it is more personal than twitter in my experience. Twitter tends to be a quick post and then people move on. I think Facebook is more relationship centric.

Website and social media links:
Website: christycooperburnett.com
Facebook: Christy Cooper-Burnett Author
Instagram: christycooperburnett
Goodreads Author: Christy Cooper-Burnett

Awards/special recognition:  I do not have any awards as of yet, however, my publisher will enter my book into the Pencraft and Maxy Awards this year.

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18 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Christy Cooper-Burnett

  1. You know I always love these interviews, Barbara. Thanks so much for introducing us to Christy. I feel the same way she does about audiobooks and my iPhone.

    1. Hi Jill and thanks for stopping by to meet Christy. Audiobooks are a different experience. I kind of forced myself to try them because I wanted something to listen to while I walked because I had no room on my iPhone for music!

  2. Nice to get to know you, Christy. I can see writing your novel on lunch hours. Writing is such an escape from the real world, it would be as gratifying as a vacation.

    1. Great to meet you to Jacqui! I feel the same way. I had a high pressure job, and writing for that hour lunch break transported me away from the stress and into my own world. I highly recommend it.

    2. Hi Jacqui – thanks for stopping by to meet Christy. I agree that writing, and reading too, are great escapes from the real world. Hope you are doing well.

  3. Great to meet, Christy, Barbara. I also write on weekends and during my lunch hour, if I can and I can also concentrate in a lot of noise. We have open plan offices so that is a necessity.

    1. Great to meet you as well! I had my own office, but had an ‘open door’ policy, so as a department manager, I had many interruptions. I’m glad it conditioned me to work with distractions, or I’d never get anything done now. LOL

    2. Hi Robbie – thanks for coming over to say hello to Christy. You both must have great concentration skills. I could read during my lunch hour, but I’m not sure I could crank out a story or a chapter. 🙂

  4. Thanks for introducing us to Christy, Barbara. Wonderful interview, as always. And I’m with Christy, hoping print books will never go away. There’s something about the feel of paper and the turning of the page. And just admiring the collection in the book case waiting to be read again.
    Enjoy your day! Lauren 💕

    1. Hi Lauren. I do enjoy meeting these authors and learning about their backgrounds and writing techniques. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope print books will not go away too. Your reasons are excellent! Hope you are doing well. 🙂

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