Christina Henry is a horror and dark fantasy author whose works include Horseman, Near the Bone, The Ghost Tree, Looking Glass, The Girl in Red, The Mermaid, Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen, and the seven-book urban fantasy Black Wings series. She joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about her latest novel, Good Girls Don’t Die.
- Be the exception. Christina didn’t have an agent representing her when she landed a three book turned six book deal with a publisher. Sometimes you can be the exception to the rule.
- Discover as you go. While some writers have a lot of success outlining their stories, Christina chooses to see where her stories take her. This leads to her feeling surprised at her own stories and hopefully translates to readers absorbing the author’s sense of excitement and wonder as they turn each page.
- The Story may present Itself. We like to think that we are in control of our stories and often sit down with a specific intent as we begin to write only to find that a different story emerges. That’s okay—follow your curiosity and not your intention.
- Write for you. Christina breaks another rule in that she doesn’t think of “the market” when she writes her stories—she thinks about herself as the target. While many “experts” will tell you this is a recipe for disaster, Christina’s success suggests otherwise.
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