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The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. She even turned her dining room into a library—reading is more important than eating. She also has a weakness for adventure and inappropriate humor. Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.


Email: christine@christinemanzari.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChristineManzari
Twitter: twitter.com/Xenatine
Instagram: instagram.com/xenatine
Email: christine@christinemanzari.com
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/Christine_Manzari
Pinterest: pinterest.com/xenatine/
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Christine-Manzari/e/B00EIHIXBE
BookBub: www.bookbub.com/authors/christine-manzari

Pssst...What's up with the 'xenatine' in all of the addresses? I don't get it.
Back in the day when email was still new, Christine was looking for a unique handle for her email address. She didn't want to use her name because that was boring. Being the huge nerd that she is, she combined her favorite television character with her name and voila . . . Xenatine was born. At this point, she's too attached to the moniker to give it up. Plus, she thinks it's pretty funny.


1. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I've always loved to read books. When I was younger, I used to try to read in the dark when I was supposed to be asleep which is probably why my vision is so bad now. The summers after 7th and 8th grades,I attended a creative writing camp at Washington, College in Chestertown, MD. It was the first time I had ever been around other kids my age who loved reading and writing as much as I did. I decided then and there I wanted to be an author. In highschool and college I wrote a lot of poetry, but never quite had the confidence to write a book. Sadly, it took me 20 years after those writing camps to finally find the courage to write those first words, but I did it and I can't imagine doing anything else that I would enjoy as much.

2. What kind of books do you read?
I read a wide variety of books, but prefer books that have at least some element of romance in it.

3. Can you suggest any books to me?
Sure. Check out my goodreads page, and pick from some of my favorites.

4. How do you find time to write being a stay-at-home-mom?
I do most of my writing after my kids go to bed. I usually get started around 9 pm and work until 2 am. I've always been a night owl and find I work best when it's late and quiet. That being said, I do a lot of storyline plotting throughout the day so when 9 pm rolls around, I'm ready to start typing.

5. What program do you use to write?
I use Scrivener. I really like the ability to have all of my research and notes right there with my writing only a click away. I also really enjoy having the cork board feature so that I can keep character inspiraton photos on hand as well.

6. What is your writing style? Do you have everything planned out ahead of time?
I know the main direction that my story is going to go in, how it will end, and I have many of the plot points planned out — but I don't like making outlines. I like to discover the story as I go. I do like to spend a little time on character development before I write and will often write down detailed descriptions about them, but as for the story, I don't outline.