So you all know Christa, right? If not, no time like the present to change that!
She’s been blogging since 2001 (first on LiveJournal, then Vox and now on WordPress). So far, WordPress is her favorite. (Mine, too.)
“I think the best part about blogging is the people you can meet and the friends you can make. I like to use it as an outlet on occasion, too. The worst part for me is trying to keep it up regularly. I wish I did a better job of it,” she said.
Like me, she’s a pretty avid reader.
“I like all genres and it actually depends on my mood on what I want to read. Sometimes nothing is better than a chick lit book. I also LOVE YA; people just don’t give it enough credit. Some of the best books I have read are YA. You cannot go wrong with Sarah Dessen,” Christa said.
Given the choice, she’d make everyone read Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter (even though that’s technically cheating because they’re each a series, not a single book). But if you make her pick ONE book?
“Gone With the Wind. It’s better than the movie!” she said. I don’t know that I agree with that, but they’re definitely on par, and it’s Christa’s interview. ;)
Her top five books? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gone With the Wind, The Time Traveler’s Wife, 19 Minutes, The Other Boleyn Girl and, as a bonus, To Kill a Mockingbird. (I agree—all are fantastic.)
She picked her top five authors based on the fact that “I’ve read and own all their books.” And they’re all women! Sarah Dessen, J.K. Rowling, Jennifer Weiner, Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella.
She’d also love to meet Rowling.
“I want to put `meet her’ on my bucket list. I would die if I could meet her. Can you imagine?”
2011 was a big year for Christa. She married Zack and went to
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando for their honeymoon! (I’m so jealous; I really want to see the Harry Potter theme park.)
But this year should be awesome, too. They’re hopefully taking a road trip to California and she wants to get into grad school. “I think I’m more excited that this year will be less hectic [and] a new start,” she said.
Christa’s also a huge movie fan. She loves Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston. She can’t pick an absolute favorite movie (“I own an extensive DVD collection”) but odds are that 10 Things I Hate About You and Titanic would be in the top 5.
It’s really no wonder Christa and I get along so well! :) I hope she comes to BEA (this year or next or, even better, BOTH!) because I think we’d have the world’s best time.
Thanks for doing this, Christa! :)