An Authors Journey through Reading to Writing

Meet Christy Birmingham,

An Author’s Journey Through Reading to Writing

Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to Christy Birmingham. I ‘met’ Christy online a few years ago. I don’t remember how that came about but I think it was through our blogs. Christy is a very inspiring woman, who writes beautiful poetry that takes you on a journey of discovery. I am thrilled to be hosting Christy and her new novel, Versions of Self.

Thank you for sharing your journey through reading to writing.

 

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Journey through Reading to Writing…

 

When did you start reading?

I’m guessing it was around age 6. I remember sitting on my parents’ laps as they read to me, and then the great feeling of being able to start sounding out words to read the pages on my own. Perhaps that was one of my first steps toward independence!

What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?

Alice in Wonderland. Reading Alice was awesome for many reasons, including because it was the first book I had ever won in a contest. I marvelled not only at the adventures of the girl in it but also the creativity of the concepts. I recall coloring in the illustrations in the book with felt pens and reading it so many times that some pages ripped and the cover was well worn.

What attracted you to or got you started reading?

My parents started me on the reading journey early. They took me to the library regularly and put me into a summer reading club where I had the challenge to read “x” number of books while school was out of session. Once the new school year started, I just kept right on reading! The delight of the stories kept me motivated to read book after book.

What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. sci-fi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…

I read many fantasy books in elementary school and high school. The C.S. Lewis series The Chronicles of Narnia as a favorite, for example. I also read the occasional mystery book (Nancy Drew), poetry, and comics. In my 20s, I lost my love of reading as I focused on other interests, schooling, and then work. In my early 30s, during a particularly difficult emotional period, I picked up self-help and spiritual reads, including that of Dr. Wayne Dyer. Since then I have become what some people have described as a voracious reader, and I will read almost any genre except for horror and overtly sexual texts.

Who are your favorite authors and when did you start following them?

Margaret Atwood is a personal favorite! She helped me discover my feminist self as I read her complex, compelling depictions of women in novels. I also admire the poetry of Maya Angelou. Those two authors have been big influences for me, both for their writing and their views of the world.

What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?

I like good character development. When an author makes an effort to create multi-layer characters that I can relate to in at least one way, I often get hooked on the story. Of course, a good plot that isn’t too predictable helps keep my attention too.

What got you started on writing? And how long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing short stories and poetry for as long as I can remember. My first poem was published when I was in elementary school. I was fortunate to receive encouragement for what I wrote from my parents and my teachers, which kept me writing over many years.

What do you like to write about?

Writing poetry is a love of mine. I pen short stories too but don’t often publish them (perhaps a short story collection is coming, hmmm). The subjects vary, from nature to human relationships. If I feel the creative spark from something I see during my day or a word I read in a paragraph grabs my attention, I might write down an inspired thought and then pursue it as a writing topic in the day, when I’m done my business writing.

What are you currently working on?

My third book. I’m not disclosing many details about it as it is still in draft form. I hope to release more about it soon. Publishing it before the end of this year is currently my goal. I also regularly blog at Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire.

How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?

My last book Versions of the Self is poetry, so it doesn’t have a plot in the same sense as a work of fiction. The book takes the perspective of the world as a composition of various types of relationships, which each affect the senf of self. The concept for it came from a blog interview I did in which I talked about being my authentic self. The idea of the “self” then became my inspiration for assembling the poems I had written to that point and the ones I wrote afterward that would later become part of the book.

Books by this author:

Pathways to Illumination

Pathways to Illumination follows one woman’s journey following the end of an abusive relationship. Read how she struggles to rise from darkness, a soul reaching for light, with words that weave hope and despair through the pages. Pathways to Illumination is available exclusively at Redmund Productions:  https://redmundpro.com/book-store/pi/

Versions of the Self

Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each of the eight chapters looks at a different type of self, including the singular “I” and romantic interactions. https://mybook.to/VersionsoftheSelf

 

How and where to connect with this author:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/poeticparfait/

Twitter https://twitter.com/christybis

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/christy-birmingham-607aa23b/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7177834.Christy_Birmingham

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChristyBirmingham

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/christybis/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/christybis/

 

Versions of the Self

Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each of the eight chapters looks at a different type of self, including the singular “I” and romantic interactions. https://mybook.to/VersionsoftheSelf

Author Christy Birmingham

Author’s Bio: 

Christy Birmingham is a freelance writer and author who focuses on women’s issues, poetry, business, literature, and motivation. She resides in British Columbia, Canada, where she enjoys watching movies, taking fitness classes, and spending time with family and friends.

Author’s Website: https://poeticparfait.com/

Website: https://whenwomeninspire.com/

 

Welcome

Award winning author, Maggie Thom. Author of The Caspian Wine Series – Captured Lies (Book of the Month – LAS Reviews and Reader’s Favorite Finalist) and Deceitful Truths with Split Seconds to be out early 2017 – and her other published novel, Tainted Waters (2013 Suspense/Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine). Her latest novel, Deadly Ties, was released early 2016. Her next novel, Split Seconds will be published in 2017.

Her motto: Read to escape… Escape to read…

“Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine

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