writing

How Many Of My Characters Have Traits Or Personalities Of Real People I Know

on January 12, 2021

On Facebook, a question was posed to me: How many of your characters have traits or personalities of “real” people you know? Let me take the long way around to answer that question. Often at autographings, after I’ve thanked a reader for coming to the bookstore to meet me, shaken her hand, signed her books,… Read More


Christina Dodd Celebrates The First Thirty Years Of Her Writing Career

on January 4, 2020

Yes, it’s true. On February 2, 1990, I got The Call. HarperCollins wanted to buy my first book, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW. The time was 3:30pm. This is an Event Worth Celebrating, so let me share Some Thoughts About Writing. Warning — this is Serious. (Christina waits for the dust from the stampede to settle,… Read More


Christina Dodd Discusses Masherbumbles, Fiskpopers, and Listening

on October 14, 2019

When people discover I’m a writer, there are a lot of reactions: Have I read you? Should I know you? And— Are you going to make me a character in your book?  The answer: No. I know somewhere in this world exists that person who is interesting enough to be a fictional character, but I’ve… Read More


Christina Dodd And The Banana Book Tour

on April 1, 2018

Recently, I toured to autograph WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER, so let’s enjoy a re-run of… THE BANANA BOOK TOUR! Before I was published, I thought going on a book tour would be glamorous, a time filled with fine hotels, fine food and adoring fans. Book tour is grueling, funny, wonderful, surprising, embarrassing and exhausting, often all… Read More


Christina Dodd says, “READ YOUR WAY TO HEALTH!”

on December 27, 2017

— According to a study cited by Dr. Joyce Brothers, women who read romance novels make love seventy-four percent more often than women who don’t read romance novels. — According to special research from the British Medical Journal, the more orgasms you have, the longer you’re likely to live. Recently I got one of those… Read More


CHRISTINA DODD ASKS FOR HELP NAMING CHARACTERS

on December 27, 2016

The current bane of my existence is … Drum roll, please! Naming characters. Sure, you’ve done it. You named your kids or your pets. You know how important this is. You worry about it, argue about it and finally come up with the perfect name. But to date I’ve written 57 published books. I’ve named literally hundreds,… Read More


How Christina Dodd Built Virtue Falls

on August 17, 2016

Twelve years ago, my husband and I moved from Houston, Texas — conservative, cosmopolitan, friendly, high temperatures — to a small town in NW Washington state — liberal, wild and wooded, peopled with eccentrics. And in winter, there’s this white stuff … it falls from the sky … it’s cold… We have five and a… Read More


Christina Dodd’s Stone Circle Rocks

on June 15, 2016

If you’re part of my newsletter friends or regularly visit my website or follow me on social media, you know that my husband built me … er, us a stone circle. As with every year, this year on the summer solstice we went out and watched the sunrise. The temperature was cool, so my husband… Read More


Christina Dodd’s BRIEF AND RANDOM WRITING TIPS

on May 20, 2016

The best writing advice I give is very succinct. Put your butt into the chair and write. There’s no substitute for experience. But since I’m seldom without something to say (ask my husband), I wrote up a random series of: CHRISTINA DODD’S WRITING TIPS About Characters: Plot is important. Characters are more important. Readers must… Read More


Christina Dodd confesses THE 10 REASONS AUTHORS ARE WEIRD

on February 27, 2016

We talk to our computers, our dogs, our cats and our fictional characters. We’re not so good with real people.  The opportunity to use funny-sounding words thrills us. Words like akimbo, catawampus, gobsmacked. When someone says something witty or wise, we remember and someday it will reappear in a manuscript. Authors collect names: people names,… Read More