Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Please Welcome Author Christy Barritt


Is there a story behind Race Against Time?
I came home from dropping my son off at preschool one day, and I heard something ticking when I walked into my house. For a moment—and just a moment—I froze, wondering what the sound could be. It turned out that my son left an egg-timer on in the bathroom. My imagination took off from there and I began asking the age-old question of, “What if….?” That’s when this book was born. It’s about a serial killer who uses timers as a psychological weapon (of sorts) against his victims. The book takes place in a sleepy fishing village in Virginia. One reader called it an “atmospheric thriller.”

What started you on your writing journey?
I’ve always loved writing, even from a really young age. In fact, I even wrote a couple of books in high school. I continued writing in college and later got a job at a Christian publishing house. My father became ill, so I decided to move back home. I felt God prodding me back to my first love—writing. Writing helped me get through the difficult times while my father was in hospice care and then later after he died. Stories can bring such healing and help us to sort out the jumbled thoughts and emotions we face. I haven’t looked back since then!

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
That one is easy—my kids! But also email and Facebook. Occasionally my dog will push my keyboard under the desk with his nose. That’s when I really know I need to take a break!

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I love mystery and suspense. I do enjoy reading Mary Higgins Clark and Sue Grafton. I also think Linda Hall is an amazing, subtle suspense writer.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Acoustic rock—all the way!

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
According to my husband, everything I do is quirky. He claims I drink soda from a bottle as if I’m auditioning to be in a commercial. I really like for all of my food to be separated—no casseroles, please! I name my cars—La Rouge was my red Mustang, The Silver Bullet was my silver Mustang (yeah, I like Mustangs!), and Bucky was my 4-Runner (what can I say? The SUV just struck me as Bucky!). J

What is your favorite season of the year?
Autumn. I love the leaves and the weather—especially when I visit the mountains.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Laundry. Dusting. Weeding. Yeah, just about anything housework! At the same time, I can’t stand for things to be dirty or too messy. Household chores are a necessary evil, I guess!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? 
Chicken and dumplings! Yep, I’m a southern gal, and my mom makes the best southern country food ever! I’ve tried to copy her recipe but it never, ever tastes as good.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I think the core story that I tell the most is about how God can take the messes in our lives and turn them into something beautiful. I really believe that the hard times help to make us better people. I’ve been there. I’ve lived that message, and I know it’s true. While we’re going through a crisis, the truth of God’s love can be hard to see and feel. That’s why it’s so important that we dwell on it constantly, so much that it’s ingrained in us. That way when the hard times hit, even though our emotions may go crazy, our spirit can stay grounded in God’s assurances and promises.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’ve got several things in the works right now. April is going to be a huge month for me. To thank all of my readers, I’m hosting Reader Appreciation Month. I’ll be doing tons of giveaways with some really cool prizes—like winning a part in one of my books! That said, I’m also re-releasing two books (Hazardous Duty and The Trouble with Perfect) that went out of print, and I’m releasing a book on writing (The Novel in Me)—for free! You can visit my website at: www.christybarritt.com to find out more details. In May, my cozy mystery, Death of the Couch Potato’s Wife, releases. My next Love Inspired Suspense will release in September and it’s called Ricochet. It’s a spooky little mystery that takes place at a Christian summer camp that’s on the verge of shutting down.

Purchase RACE AGAINST TIME at:                       
Barnes & Noble             

Christy Barritt is giving away a copy of RACE AGAINST TIME. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Untill next time. . . Sharon A Lavy

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW! This sounds like a real good book to read. Maybe I can win it? Gonna try. Nice interview Christy.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Anonymous said...

This doesn't show 2 spotlights to get 2 entries. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

cjajsmommy said...

If I read your book, I guess I will never look at kitchen timers the same way again. Oh, wait, I'm safe because I don't use a ticking timer. :) Btw, my 4Runner doesn't have a name but I love driving it. Please enter me in this giveaway. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

apple blossom said...

nice interview thanks for chance to win

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Teela said...

enjoyed the interview and know I would certainly enjoy reading your book! (love mysteries!) Gonna check your blog, too~ blessings,
Teelayoung@hotmail.com

lgm52 said...

Sounds great...would love to read this!
lgm52@hotmail.com

Marianne said...

Cool interview, Sharon and Christy. i have never owned a mustang, but i have memories of going to the car races and shouting Go Mustang Go. i do love laundry - just not the folding and putting away after! Thank you for the opportunity to win your novel

marianne

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

ann said...

Thanks for the interview and the chance to win , sounds like my kind of reading.
amhengst at verizon dot net

Nancee said...

This book sounds like something I would enjoy reading. The setting, the subject matter all fit into my "likes" in fiction reading. Thank you for offering this book!
Nancee
quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Christy Barritt said...

Thanks for checking out my interview, everyone! I wish you could all win. :-)

Jo said...

I read the first book and really enjoyed it and have been looking forward to reading more books by you. Thank you for the opportunity.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Bethany said...

I love suspense books! I'd love to be entered :)

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Joy Hannabass said...

Would love to read this wonderful book. Thanks for offering it for free.
Blessings Joy
ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

I like how hearing the timer going of sparked a book! There's times when my mind runs away from me, it's crazy what one can think of when we let our thoughts go. I have your first two books Keeping Guard and The Last Target.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Jennifer said...

I like how hearing the timer going of sparked a book! There's times when my mind runs away from me, it's crazy what one can think of when we let our thoughts go. I have your first two books Keeping Guard and The Last Target.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Jennifer said...

I like how hearing the timer going of sparked a book! There's times when my mind runs away from me, it's crazy what one can think of when we let our thoughts go. I have your first two books Keeping Guard and The Last Target.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Jennifer said...

I like how hearing the timer going of sparked a book! There's times when my mind runs away from me, it's crazy what one can think of when we let our thoughts go. I have your first two books Keeping Guard and The Last Target.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Jennifer said...

I like how hearing the timer going of sparked a book! There's times when my mind runs away from me, it's crazy what one can think of when we let our thoughts go. I have your first two books Keeping Guard and The Last Target.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Jennifer said...

I like how hearing the timer going of sparked a book! There's times when my mind runs away from me, it's crazy what one can think of when we let our thoughts go. I have your first two books Keeping Guard and The Last Target.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Jennifer said...

I like how hearing the timer going of sparked a book! There's times when my mind runs away from me, it's crazy what one can think of when we let our thoughts go. I have your first two books Keeping Guard and The Last Target.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Jennifer said...

I like how hearing the timer going of sparked a book! There's times when my mind runs away from me, it's crazy what one can think of when we let our thoughts go. I have your first two books Keeping Guard and The Last Target.
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Jennifer said...

Dear Sharon, I don't know why my post are so many. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience.

Emma said...

This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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