So. In my quest to take over my friends’ corners of the internet on my birthday, I’ve gotten to do all that reflective thinking that you do when you have so many feelings about a person, that you can’t imagine sticking them all in one blog post.
I’m gonna try.
Christa is one of those people that I met through a friend, through another friend, and then learned way later that she was interning with a publisher and had read some of my stuff. And…didn’t hate it ;-)
I was a bit stunned speechless/giddy/mildly terrified when she asked me to take on Love Blind with her, and now we’ve written three projects together, and I know we’ll do more. She’s a better writer than I am, but fortunately she has loads of patience for me and my bizarre novice short-comings (comma issues anyone? Over-using words like “just”? Things I should KNOW better than to do?).
I know Christa teases about her awesomeness being all smoke and mirrors, but I’m here to say that it’s bullshit. Christa is exactly as awesome as you think she might be, and probably more so.
She’s neurotic in this awesome excitingly contagious way, and I LOVE my DM’s I get when I wake up that say – Hey. Alaska. Call me when you’re up.
Frantic phone calls with Christa are one of the best ways to start my day. I say “frantic” because over the phone she always has (or sounds like she has) so much damn energy. It’s crazy. Or maybe it’s that I’m just waking up, and usually sitting in my car, in my garage, so I don't wake my house when we talk.
I love how fully and completely she feels things.
Like, you know how when you’re totally in the zone and you’re writing, and you’ve taken yourself to this raw, emotional place where you feel like your soul is completely on display for the part of you that you just put on the page? In my mind, Christa lives like that all the time. I think this must be exhausting, but at the same time I’m totally envious because I tend to be more closed off than I mean to be.
Anyway. I think the main thing is that I can’t imagine my writing life or my “regular” life (whatever that is) without Christa because she’s a lot of awesome for one person.
I swear I'm more anxious about HER books getting out than my own because I know people are going to love them.
AND because it’s my birthday, and I feel not only un-guilty (I’m aware this is not a word), but totally justified in my shameless self-promotion – I’m giving away winner’s choice ebook of any one of my books.
You pick :-D
Leave your email in the comments, because I might get grumpy if I have to stalk you down ;-)
Also. I’m giving away stuff in more places than one, so you can pop on to my blog to see where.
THANK YOU CHRISTA!
You’re an awesome friend, and a fabulous bloggy pal to let me on your blog while you’re on bloggy vacay…