I’ve mentioned my online writers’ group several times, and the next person to fall sway to the power of The Questions is Christina Esdon. And she asked me if she could participate. What kind of person would I be if I denied her deepest wish?
Things I know about Christina: she believes she is part mermaid. I’m pretty sure if I had her tub, I’d totally want to live in it too.
<——- I mean, how awesome is this? (I stole the photo off her Facebook page.)
She acts and sings and choreographs for plays. She lives in Ontario, Canada, eh, a fact that will make my hubs very happy. (He thinks he’s Canadian for some reason. I mean just cuz his great-grandfather emigrated to Canada from Wales, does not mean he’s a Canuck.)
AND, Christina’s a writer. Her first novel, Work in Progress, will be published toward the end of this year. She kindly shared a short teaser blurb to get you all excited:
As a child, Reese Morgan lost someone dear to her at Westwood General Hospital. Now, unable to let go of the past, she works there as a clinical psychologist. When the children’s wing is scheduled to relocate to a nearby hospital, Reese must face her past. On her journey she will accept life and love as a work in progress.
8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?
According to my mom, my favourite book when I was little was The Three Little Pigs. I would want it read to me every night. My mom said she grew sick of it and started to skip words and pages, but I would point to the word she skipped and ask, “What’s that word?” I was on to her ruse even at 2 years old.
9. What is a guilty pleasure?
I love long, hot bubble baths. Pair that up with a good book, soft music and candles and I will be in there for hours. In fact, if the book is good enough and the water starts to get cold, I’ll drain the water, put the plug back in and top it up with hot water. I would live in the bathtub if it were possible. I like to think of myself as a mermaid, so it’s totally doable. I just need to find a waterproof laptop so I can keep writing…
(dSavannah note: They have waterproof cameras, so surely there are waterproof laptops… Also, this is hardly a guilty pleasure. If I had a decent tub, I’m sure I would never leave it either.)
20. When did you know you wanted to be a writer/artist?
Ever since I can remember I was writing stories. Creative writing was always my favourite subject in school. In my last year of high school I took a creative writing class and we had a chance to write many short stories and poems. I almost changed my major on university applications to English because of that class, but decided not to, though I told myself when I got older I would start to write books.
(dSavannah note: I firmly believe it’s never too late, or too early, to start writing books. All those years I wasted not writing ‘em… If you’re an ‘aspiring’ writer, or a ‘wanna-be’ writer, stop aspiring and wanting, and write!)
24. If you could go back and give your 13-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Be yourself and know that you are good enough, smart enough and gosh darn it, people like you!
(dSavannah note: Jack Handey approves this message. Well, not exactly approves, cuz, it’s not like he knows Christina answered this question with this quote, but… if he knew, I’m sure he’d be thrilled. BTW, guests on his website get to answer the burning question: “Is There a Real Jack Handey?” Votes are almost evenly divided on whether or not Jack is a real person. I shan’t tell you the answer. You’ll just have to go vote and see for yourself.)
24a. What about your 20-year-old self?
Be prepared for the toughest year of your life. You are not alone. Asking for help does not mean you are weak. Never, ever live with more than two other females at once. Too. Much. Estrogen.
31. What aspect of your art gets you passionate, gets you excited? What gets you pumped?
I love getting to know my characters better, exploring what makes them tick and what happens when they have to face conflict or challenges. This starts in the beginning of the beginning, but the excitement and passion I have carries through the whole writing process. I want my characters to draw people into the story – to cheer for them, cry for them, or shake their fist yelling at them.
5. What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?
I wish I learned how to drive a stick shift. I had mini-lessons, which ended up in stalling or once, flooding the engine of my aunt’s car, but nothing long enough where I could really get the hang of it. Many years ago I accompanied a friend of mine to the hospital where she had a day procedure. I had offered to drive, but she said no and wanted to take her car – a standard. As Murphy’s Law would predict, she was not doing well after the procedure and, because I didn’t know how to drive a stick, she had to drive home. It was a very uncomfortable hour drive for her and I felt bad that I couldn’t do anything to help.
(dSavannah note: I never learned to drive a stick shift either. One of my few high school boyfriends tried to teach me. Only for some reason, he started by trying to teach my sister. She almost backed into a car, and that was the end of that.)
15. What inspires you?
Oh, wow. Why did I pick this question? It’s a tough one! So many things inspire me. Water, traveling and exploring a new culture or country, but I would have to say that people inspire me. Their stories, their struggles, their triumphs.
Her mind is filled with all sorts of things, but mainly Broadway show tunes. She likes to imagine that her life is just one big musical where people burst out in song and dance wherever she goes. Most of Christina’s book ideas come while she lounges in the bathtub.
This here photo of our lovely mermaid is by Sun to Earth Photography.