Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Crista McHugh and her latest,
CONFESSIONS OF A QUEEN B*
After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.
Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.
But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.
Please tell us about your novel.
Confessions of a Queen B* is Daria meets Pride and Prejudice with a female Darcy. Alexis is hard and cruel and definitely gets knocked down a few pegs from working with Brett on a school project. He helps her discover her softer side.
How did you research your novel, if applicable?
I lurked in the local teen hangouts around my house. There are three major highs schools within two miles, so there’s never a shortage of teens.
Where can readers find you online?
I’m on Facebook, Twitter (@crista_mchugh) and on my website
When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?
Chocolate. Always chocolate. And sometimes cashews. And after I indulge in some decadent goodies, I usually take a walk. By the time I get back, the sugar and exercise usually clear away the roadblocks and allow me to move forward.
Are you character or plot driven? Why?
I’m usually plot driven. I like to start with “What if…?” and go from there.
How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?
It’s a blessing and a curse. I LOVE interacting with readers, fellow authors and other industry professionals, but it takes away from my limited writing time. As much as I love being social, I also know I need to finish the next book.
What are the first five titles on your kindle?
I have a Nook, but here are the most recently downloaded titles
The Lies of Locke Lamora (what I’m currently reading)
P.S. I Still Love You
The Hooker and the Hermit
The Burning Sky
Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?
I’m really loving YA right now, so I’d love to keep writing it here and there. I’m also eager to start a new adult contemporary series and rounding out some of my fantasy stuff. But ultimately, I’d love to be a full time writer and spend each day doing what I love.
How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?
My bookshelf is so overcrowded that my husband has pretty much forbade to bring home any more books. He even bought me my first Nook.
If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?
Right now, I’m loving indie publishing because I have the freedom to take risks with my writing that most traditional publishers might now be able to. And I love he control.
What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?
Learn your craft. Try to stockpile a few titles so you can release them relatively quickly. Be genuine. And don’t be afraid of giving away your book to new readers.
What do you find inspiring?
People inspire me. If you listen long enough, you’ll hear a great story.
Do you have a favorite charity?
I usually donate to the Komen Foundation and Operation Homefront.
Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?
Crista McHugh is an award-winning author of fantasy and romance who writes heroines who are smart, sexy and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the Greater Seattle Chapter and the Seattle Eastside Chapters), and Romance Divas.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
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