1. A genie grants you three writing-related wishes: what are they and why?
To have my books translated into every language. To have them available in audio and braille. To have billions of children read my books world-wide and find joy, hope and inspiration in the pages.
2. Share some resources that help you when you’re writing.
I don’t really use any resources other than spell check. I rely on my tons of notebooks and the notes section of my phone where I’m always jotting down ideas.
3. What are your five favorite words?
No = Because it always motivates me to try harder.
Believe = It’s become a slogan of mine because I do believe anything is possible. I love the word even more because my readers named their fan group the “BeliEVAs.”
Epic = It’s something that means giant to most people, but to me it reminds me to make all the little things count just as much as the big.
Always = It implies hope for a future past what we understand.
Sunshine = It holds a special place in my heart that always makes me think of my son and hoping that he’s smiling down on me.
4. Give an example of a paragraph of your work before and after editing.
Gross, no one wants to see that. ha-ha! Thank god for editors, proofreaders, BETA readers, friends and family ! Spell check is not enough for me! I tend to write short jerky paragraphs and pepper in layers each time through. You would probably notice the absence of the words “had” and “just” and “well.” I’m apparently addicted to using them. Again, thank god for my editor.
5. Describe yourself, your favorite character and your book, each in 5 words or less.
Myself = Fun-loving, fiesty, quirky, music-obsessed, coffee-junkie!
My Character, Geneva = Fun-loving, fiesty, soul-searching, chosen one, with boy trouble!
My Book, The Geneva Project = Epic, Magical ,Adventure with fun, addicting characters!
6. Share 10 people on Twitter you’d recommend following and why.
@thebooktweeters – they always have great new books at good prices.
@egrgry – great book blog and great person
@evilous88 – great book blog and great person
@LCmarie19 – great book blog and great person
@hopetoread – great book blog and great person
@mysticalbooks – super active on twitter and really sweet.
@BensonShantella – super active on social media, great book blog and great person
@Pitchperfquotes – makes me laugh
@Bethj007- great vlog, super musicinan and great person
@BeeJolene – great author and great person
@KathyLynnCross – great author and great person
@WriteJoMichaels – great author and great person
@MMills_writer – great author and great person
7. Describe (in words or photos) your favorite reading space.
The beach under a big shady umbrella, with no one else around!
8. Who is your favorite literary character of all-time?
These are so hard! I guess it has to be Harry Potter because without him I wouldn’t have become obsessed with everything magic and YA.
9. What book are you reading? How did you choose it?
The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. I met the author at a writers convention in New Orleans. She’s sweet heart and her book intrigued me, especially since it takes place in NOLA. So far it’s awesome!
Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project. Her debut novel, The Geneva Project – Truth, has won multiple awards, including the Gold Medal for YA fiction at the 2014 Florida Authors & Publishers Awards.
The second book in her series, The Geneva Project – Secrets has just been released and it picks up right where the cliffhanger of Truth leaves off.
The Geneva Project offers fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson a new series to obsess over. Christina paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage, friendship and self-discovery.
Christina now lives in Florida with her husband, and her character inspiring pets, where she spends her free time working on her book series and speaking at schools to inspiring creativity in young writers.