Writer Wednesday: Christi Whitney & GIVEAWAY!!

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Author Christi Whitney

Welcome to Writer Wednesday! Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to Christi Whitney, who’s second book, Shadow, is coming out tomorrow, 6/2/16. Read her Q&A and check out her books. I’m also going to give one lucky person an e-book of her first book, Grey. Enter to win below!


Hi Christi! Let’s start with a little bit about you. Where are you from? What’s one thing people might not expect about you?

I’m from the lovely state of Georgia, and I live just outside of Atlanta. Most people don’t know (unless they follow me on social media) that I’m a huge geek, and I have been all my life. I love fantasy and superheroes and supernatural stuff. And I’ve been a Doctor Who fan for 29 years!

Tell me about your writing and editing processes.

You know, I’m really a pantser when it comes to writing. I don’t like feeling confined by outlines. Of course, there always comes that point in my story where I do have to sit down and map things out, but I prefer to just go with the flow in my first draft. I do love to edit, though. Some people don’t like that stage, but I get giddy when it’s editing time. My first book took about nine months, but I’ve managed to reduce that number, as I’ve gotten better at writing. My second book took about five months. I try and write in the mornings or while the kids are doing homework, but honestly, I write whenever I have a few free minutes, no matter the time of day or night.

How did you find your agent and publisher?

My publisher came about in a rather unexpected way. I’d gone through countless rejections by agents and publishers. Lots of close calls with several who really loved Grey, but ultimately passed on it. I even signed with an agent who submitted to all the big houses, but after a year, she told me she knew Grey was fantastic and would find a home, but she didn’t know how to sell my work. After all that and ending up back at square one, I happened upon a two-week open submissions call from HarperVoyager (the global science fiction/fantasy imprint of HarperCollins). Those who were selected would receive an e-book deal, followed by a print run. Well, I was chosen out of over 5,000 submissions and was picked up by the UK branch of HarperVoyager, and I got a three-book deal. I was able to acquire my agent Jill Corcoran as a result of my book deal. She was one I’d always like and respected, and I was thrilled when she said she’d represent me.

Your newest book, Shadow, the second in The Romany Outcasts series, comes out tomorrow, 6/2/16. How would you describe Shadow in one sentence?

Shadow continues the story of Sebastian and Josephine – this time, within the secret and mysterious world of the Circe de Romany.

You and I are both big Disney fans. What Disney characters do you think Sebastian Grey and Josephine Romany from The Romany Outcasts would most identify with?

I absolutely love this question! Well, a large part of The Romany Outcasts is my take on the themes in the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, so I would have to say Belle and the Beast. But honestly, I think Josephine would identify, at least in part, with Jasmine from Aladdin – understanding the conflict of her position and her responsibilities. And Sebastian…well, I think he’d get along really well with Kristoff from Frozen. They have a lot in common.

In Grey, you write from a male’s perspective. What sort of challenges did you run into writing from Sebastian’s POV?

Writing from Sebastian’s viewpoint was very easy for me. Maybe it’s because I relate to him quite a lot. It just felt natural for Grey and Shadow to come straight from his head. Interestingly enough, some of my earlier feedback from editors was that he was too nice/sweet. Sometimes too naïve. Looking back, it makes me smile, because that’s exactly what I was intending with his character. No, Sebastian isn’t the bad boy character. That’s not who he is. He’s not the typical hero. He’s a little socially awkward at times, with a sardonic sense of humor. But he’s also very real. He reminds me of several students I taught in high school. Rachel and Natasha, my editors at HarperVoyager, totally got Sebastian and loved him as much as I do.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Midnight (The Romany Outcasts, Book Three) which is due to my publisher by September. But I’ve also got a sci-fi novel in the early stages, and I look forward to getting back to it soon.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

I say this a lot, but really the best advice I can give is to not give up. Don’t be afraid to write crappy material. I write a ton of it. It’s not a mark of a bad writer, it’s an opportunity to grow and improve. It took four grueling years to find a home for this series, but it happened. And I kept writing other things while I worked on getting Grey published. So just keep going. You never know when your break will come.

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I’ve sort of had to put my books on hold while I’m wrapping my head around Midnight. But I’ve got several books by other HarperVoyager authors on my Kindle, and I have An Ember in the Ashes sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me when I come up for air.

Where can we find you on social media?

I love connecting and chatting with other authors, bloggers, and definitely readers. You can find me here:

TWITTER          INSTAGRAM           FACEBOOK          TUMBLR          PINTEREST


GreyGrey (The Romany Outcasts Series, Book 1) (GIVEAWAY BELOW!)

Can you still love with a heart of stone?

Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager – good friends, decent grades and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.

But when Romany gypsies arrive in town, Sebastian discovers that his world is not what it seems. There is an age-old feud between his family and the gypsies – and this isn’t the only secret his brother has been keeping from him. His life is not his own. The girl he’s been dreaming about has just turned up at school, and he feels compelled to protect her at all costs.

Even if that means life might never be normal again.


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Shadow (The Romany Outcasts Series, Book 2)

The second volume in this incredible YA trilogy.

When stone hearts break they shatter.

Sebastian Grey used to be a normal teenager. Now he’s a creature whose sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans.

When the Romany gypsies claim him, Sebastian is given a second chance to protect Josephine Romany – the girl he loves. But some clan members would rather see a gargoyle in a cage than have one by their sides.

If Sebastian is to keep Josephine safe from the shadow creatures attacking her people, he might have to embrace his changes. Even if that means choosing between his humanity and becoming the monster everyone believes him to be.


My name is Christi J. Whitney, and I write fiction, primarily for the young and new adult market. I’m a former high school theatre director with a love for the arts. Things I enjoy include chocolate bars, a plate of sushi, and a hot cup of coffee — though not necessarily in that order.

I live just outside of Atlanta with my amazing husband and two adorable sons. When I’m not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, I can be found directing plays, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, geeking out over Doctor Who, watching superhero movies, and convincing myself I’m a tad bit British.


GIVEAWAY TIME!

Ends 6/7/16, available to anyone who can receive an e-book via Amazon.

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope that if you haven’t already, you’ll check out her books and follow her on social media. If you would like to be a featured author, send me an email at cassidytaylorauthor@gmail.com.

Until Friday! <3 Cassidy

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