Okay, so I have a confession to make. While I’ve never bought a book based solely on a cover I’ve loved (I have not bought one because of a bad cover, but that’s a different post), I’ve also never read a book based on a tagline… until now. The tagline of Pritchard’s CIN caught my eye (or ear, whatever) and made me take a second look at the jacket blurb. And I’m so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed CIN and the world it transported me to. And I’m thrilled to have the author, Christina Leigh Pritchard, here today to tell us a little more about herself. But not the typical stuff… she’s giving us some super fun deets. Read on…
What strange or quirky writing habits do you have?
Christina: I like to lay flat when I write
Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?
Christina: No cell phone
Finish this statement: Once, just to attract attention, I…
Christina: stood on a stage platform in a mall and dragged my foot making noises pretending to attack my cousin (on a dare).
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Christina: I sure hope it’s real
Does Prince Charming exist?
Christina: I haven’t found mine yet, but you never know!
French Fries or Tater Tots
Crayons or markers?
Christina: Crayons because you can burn them 😉
Favorite line from a movie?
Christina: “Who knows where thoughts come from, they just appear.” Empire Records
Chocolate or vanilla?
Milk or dark chocolate?
Christina: Semi J Dark
M&Ms or Skittles?
Tea or coffee?
Dogs or cats or birds or rabbits or…?
E-reader or print book?
What’s for dinner tonight?
Christina: Crockpot sausages and Meatballs
Do you snack while you write?
Are there any authors you would recommend to fans of your books, possibly that you love yourself?
Christina: If you have children—read them Jerry Spinelli. You will laugh as much as them until your sides hurt.
When writing a story, do you stop to consider how readers will react to certain plot twists and changes to relationships between characters and does it cause you to alter your story?
Christina: I want them to be so busy reading that they forget about life for a few moments. Whether they figure out what’s happening is a bonus to me.
Beach or mountains?
Morning person or night owl?
Christina: Night owl
Would you rather take a European vacation or a Caribbean cruise?
Christina: Caribbean Cruise
Would you rather have no one show up for your wedding or your funeral?
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Christina: Visit the real Lynn, MA.
Would you time travel to the future, or back to the past?
Which would you choose: the ability to read minds or the ability to fly?
Christina: Fly, I already read minds…kidding. Kind of. J
Would you rather have a rewind button for your life, or a pause button?
Christina: Pause to enjoy the great moments!
Which would you choose: Free Starbucks for a year or free iTunes music for a year? Christina: Starbucks
Would you rather be a wizard or a Ninja?
Are you a country or city person?
Christina: Small city person
Do you play a musical instrument? If not, which would you like to learn to play?
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Christina: …write lol
Christina: “Life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears and score your points when given the opportunity.”
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Christina: Never give up because some do not like what you create. Don’t take every comment to heart and enjoy those around you more. Work will always be there but not always the people you love.
What do you do to relax?
Christina: Get a massage!
Your favorite season?
What are your hobbies?
Christina: Collect Elephants, drink martinis (kidding, but I do like those)
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
Christina: A comedic drama
If you were a genie, what wish would you absolutely not grant?
Christina: To make someone do something – I dislike manipulation.
If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (Can’t ask for more wishes or money.)
Christina: To fill my life with genuinely kind, loving people, find a husband with these qualities, and to remove suffering & torture from the world.
If you were to name one piece of clothing that describes you, what would you say?
Christina: Striped short dress
Favorite place to eat?
Favorite meal at favorite restaurant?
Christina: French Pear Martini with Mediterranean Plate
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go?
What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
Christina: My family
What’s your motto in life?
Christina: Don’t let the thoughts get inside your head.
What does your workspace look like?
Christina: Like a tornado went through it
What internet site do you surf the most?
Christina: Amazon 🙂 Guess what I am looking at!
What is your favorite dessert?
What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Christina: His Face—eyes, smile, persona. The way they look at me can make or break my attraction to him. For example, is it kind or intimidating? Then his arms and I am a sucker for a nice manly back.
What’s in your refrigerator?
Christina: Right now, lots of waters for the hurricane.
What’s under your bed?
Christina: No frame, no things.
If you could be a Disney character, who would you be and why?
Christina: Cinderella or Ariel. I’d love to live under the ocean and I’d love to find my prince and live in a castle.
Would you rather swim in the ocean/lake or pool?
What childish thing(s) do you still do as adult?
Christina: I still will color and if no one is at the park when I go walking the trail, sometimes I get on the swing before heading home.
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Christina: Ham and pineapple
What is the scariest thing you have ever done for fun?
Christina: Zip-lining in Belize
You win a million dollars, but you have to give half to a charity. Which charity do you pick?
Christina: Paws of Luv
If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?
Christina: Dance performance with the elephants
Have you ever jumped out of a plane?
What is something you own that has a lot of sentimental value, but little to no monetary value?
Christina: My dumbo from when I was a child
Do you have nicknames?
Christina: Teeny, Teen
What is the wallpaper on your computer?
Christina: It changes daily
What music are you listening to?
Christina: Right now, I am watching Property Brothers
What is your middle name?
When is your birthday?
Do you do dance crazy when no one is looking?
Christina: Heck yeah!
Do you like to sing in the shower?
Christina: Not the shower but in the living room to music
At the beach would you rather play in the sand, or play in the water?
Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten.
Christina: Alligator on a stick, frog legs, octopus…
Thank you for taking your time to read about me. If you’re reading this, I consider it an honor. I wrote the C I N Series for anyone who just wants to escape life for a few hours. I hope the world of Lynn does this for you.
I quite enjoyed CIN. I thought the story was unique, especially the lightning strike as the impetus for Lisa’s powers. I liked following her development as she learned how to deal with her powers and a way of life that was completely out of the norm for her. All the while she had to deal with other issues, such as her mom’s illness, boarding school, moving to Lynn to live with her aunt and some downright disturbing teens, and her confusing love life. Lisa was a likable character that was real, flawed, and easy to root for. Everything a good protagonist ought to be.
Secondary characters were also well-developed, some more than others, but overall all they were all nicely done—odd and creepy, they added nicely to the overall spooky setting of the book.
I enjoyed Pritchard’s writing style. Although, I did find some dialogue and prose a little stiff and contrived at times. It felt too formal for a YA book. But it was easy enough to overlook and didn’t hinder my overall enjoyment of the story.
The end of book one leaves the readers with a lot of questions, which I’m sure will be addressed in book two. But it also gives a lot of answers, too. Like the secrets of the creepy characters and town. Once readers finish book one, they’ll eagerly reach for book two in the series! And don’t worry if you’ve heard rumors about “beautiful characters” from other reviewers like I had… you aren’t going to meet any overly done vamps in CIN (I love vampires, but been there…done that)… you’re in for something much, much cooler!
“Come with me.” Alex pointed to the stairs. We took them slowly. To the left on the second floor was a pool table. Reginald, his three groupies and Michael congregated around it. I glanced over at Michael who poked his butt out as he bent over, aiming his pool stick at the cue ball. When he saw me holding Alex’s hand, he scratched, dropping his stick onto the table.
“Lisa, why?” He frowned, inching forward. “Not with him.”
“It’s not what it looks like,” I stammered. Alex pulled me closer and Michael’s lips tightened. He stomped his feet and stood only a foot away.
“It looks a lot like you’re going to his room with him; alone.”
“So what if she is. She already told you it wasn’t like that. We’ve lived in the same house for the past week and nothing has happened. I think you need to chill out and finish playing your game,” Alex said. I looked at him. His eyes sparkled and his lips trembled slightly. Was he timid?
“Lisa,” Michael grabbed my arm, jerking me away. “Don’t go with him. It’ll be a big mistake, trust me.”
Alex stood, frozen in the center of the game room. I looked up at Michael and then back at Alex. Michael’s eyes were angry, and Reginald and his groupies stood against the wall with frightened looks upon their faces. Were they really afraid? I knew I was! His grip tightened and he forced me over to the pool table.
“Stay here, don’t you dare go to his room.”
“Lisa,” Alex whispered. My fingers twitched. “Please, let’s go. You and Michael can play pool tomorrow. We need to do this so that I can find out what’s wrong, remember?”
My knees weakened and I could hardly stand. I glanced over at Alex. His blue eyes saw straight through to my soul and it made me crumble like a mound of jello.
“No, Lisa, don’t go with him.”
“Dude, what’re you doing?” Reginald whispered. “You’re going a little too far. I’m not with him on this one, Alex, so don’t take it out on me later.”
“I wouldn’t dare.” Alex folded his arms across his chest. “Lisa, please come here.”