I grew up and still reside among the breathtaking mountains of wild, wonderful West Virgina. My first home with my husband had land that bordered on a cliff, or "the overlook" as we called it. I could stand on the edge and view the breathtaking scenery, including a beautiful, flowing river.
I've enjoyed writing since I was a young child. Most people, except close friends and family, do not know that I sing all the time. I perform karaoke at family reunions. I'm most remembered for my rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" which was posted on Youtube a few years back. I wake up in the morning with a song in my head. When I get to point in one of my books where I can't come up with the words, I start listening to music. It always breaks my writer's block.
I'm the oldest child in my family with two younger brothers. I'm considerably tall for a woman at 5'9" and the lead female characters in most of books are statuesque women. My husband is 6'2" and my son reached 6'3" at 15. I'm surrounded by tall, muscular men, much like the alpha male characters I write about. Yes, art immitates life.
I jot down notes everywhere about my books--in notebooks, on my phone, and on my computer. I started organizing them by book. When I travel, I constantly observe town names, street signs, and businesses. I'm always looking for a name that catches my attention for possible use as a character or location in one of my books.
An interesting fact about me and my husband is we've known each other since we started elementary school, even though we never talked. We started dated when we were sixteen. All the teens in my neighborhood got together to play softball, and he insisted I use his glove. Ah, the beginning of true romance. I'm one month and five days older than him, and he never lets me forget it.
I tell jokes all the time. Follow me on Twitter @khristinaat1 and you're sure to see my sense of humor shine through in some of my tweets.
Friends and family kept insisting that I start a blog. If you'd like to know a little more about what makes my brain tick, along, with insights into my writing, here it is: http://khristinaatkinson.wordpress.com