About the Author
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has one novel and several novellas and short stories published. In 2017, she published her biggest project to date. The TOTEM series is fast-paced urban fantasy weaving Inuit myths with the modern world, and it's contained in nine books.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hybrid author? And why did you choose to go that route?
A hybrid author is one that is traditionally and self-published. I love the control I have as an indie author. Yet the biggest challenge for me is marketing. Having a publisher, I have an ally to help with promotion, and they can reach readers I may not be able to on my own. Working with a traditional publisher is a slow process. Self-publishing gets my work out to my readers much quicker. As a hybrid author, I'm attempting to take advantage of the pros of both types of publishing and giving my stories the best chance possible.
Where do you get your ideas?
Many of my ideas for stories come from wondering "what if...?" What if there were still dragons? What if the monster under a child's bed was real? There are infinite possibilities when you take a moment to just wonder.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
With first drafts, I'm an enthusiastic pantser. I love writing a story and never knowing quite what will happen next. The twists surprise me as I hope they do with my readers. I usually start with a character or a story concept and go from there. When I revise, I make notes and write out the plot. This way, I can catch any plot holes, add what I need, and delete the extra bits that don't add anything to the story.
Why do you write about the supernatural?
I've always been fascinated by what lurked in the shadows. The allure of something other than human. The rush of fear and the heat of desire for beings beautiful and terrifying. I love having a mystery, never quite knowing everything and letting my imagination run wild with possibilities.
What is S.C.I.F.I.?
S.C.I.F.I. stands for South Central Indiana Fiction Interface. This is my local critique group. It's small at the moment, but I've leared so much about critiquing and storytelling from my fellow members Frida Westford and James Dorr. If you live in the area and you're looking for a critique group, please email me and I'll give you the details. Every writer needs a good critique group.
Will there be more in the 13th Floor series?
Maybe. I do have a few ideas. I have several other stories begging for may attention first.