Rachel’s Author Interview featuring Christine Cacciatore & Jennifer Starkman

Being an author makes me not only creative, but a little bit crazy. I mean this in a good way. Creativity is something that flows from us all. How we choose to express it however, differs massively. I love to chat with other authors to learn how their process works. I find it fascinating to see or hear their stories about the fun they have when writing their creative babies. Today I’m here with Christine Cacciatore and Jennifer Starkman. They co-authored the books Baylyn, Bewitched and Cat, Charmed. These two books belong to the Whitfield Witch series.
Please pour yourself a drink and join these wonderful authors for a fun interview.
1. How did you get into writing?
Jenny:  I love storytelling. I have been always jotting down lines, characters, story ideas, scenarios.  When my kids were little, I started to expand on those ideas.  It’s just evolved from there.
Chris:  I had a teacher in high school who read my paper in front of the class as an example of how to write a parody.  I knew I could write then; it was validation.
2. What’s your favourite chocolate? We need to know this so we know what you’re eating as you write.
Jenny:  Right now my family’s into the half price shakes at Sonic.  Loving the hot fudge shake.  I seriously don’t know what I’m going to do when they stop their half price shakes.
Chris:  Dove chocolate.  no question.
3. What was the first book that made an impact in your life?
Jenny:  I distinctly remember Baby Island and Gentle Ben, along with the Littles.  Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Dory the Witch were also top favorites.  I was sure, just sure that it could all happen.  That I could be abandoned with six babies on my own island–that I could have a giant brown bear as a pet.  That my neighbor could possibly, just possibly be magical or that little people were stealing my things and repurposing them.  It’s what drew me into working in a children’s library.
Chris:  The Year of Janie’s Diary.  It’s out of print now but I read that book a thousand times.  In later years, Knight in Shining Armor opened my eyes to romance and time travel.
4. If you had to choose one actor/actress to play you in a film of your life, who would it be and why?
Jenny:  It would be a mix between Joan Cusack and Melissa McCarthy, a dash of Sandra Bullock, 80’s Meg Ryan and Angelina Jolie.  Love their talent, smarminess, and smarts.  My husband, however, would need to be played by Chris Pratt.  Or Tom Hiddleston, or Thor.  Just because.
Chris:  Pretty much what she said.  Minus Meg Ryan.
5. Name the theme tune to your writing process.
Jenny:  didn’t answer
Chris:  probably the theme song to Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Always looking for the treasure.
6. What music, if any, do you listen to when you write?
Jenny:  writing fun and light?  Mumford and Sons, and other music like it.  Spotify picks for me.  Writing magic?  Harry Potter soundtrack.  Writing depth?  Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
Chris:  Although I love music dearly, I don’t want any sound when I write.  Although I do use Coffitivity sometimes.  (it’s a white noise app that sounds like you’re in a coffee shop)
7. If you could have a cup of tea with any literary great, alive or dead, who would it be?
Jenny:  didn’t answer
Chris:  I would love to pick Stephen King’s brain over Earl Grey.
8. What inspires you to write?
Jenny:  didn’t answer
Chris:  The feeling that something I make up can make people laugh.  Hearing that someone enjoyed our first book so much they couldn’t wait for the second one.  I also write to prove to myself that I can finish something completely.
9. Just for fun, find out your pen name. The month you published your first book and the first place you ever went on holiday.
Jenny:  didn’t answer (but probably the same as mine..  🙂
Chris:  May Minnesota
10. If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring author, what would it be?
Jenny:  Think of writing like you would getting healthy.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  You can’t just sit and think about it.  You have to work at it, find time during the day to make it happen.  Others might try to sabotage you or tell you that it won’t happen.  Stand firm in your belief that you can do it.  One day of taking a break isn’t the end.  Get back on the plan and get it done.
Chris:  don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.  Make your own path; never stop, and never look back.
What a great interview! I’d like to thank Chris and Jenny for sharing their time and process with us!
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Join me next month for another awesome author interview.
Rachel Medhurst

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