Christa Simpson grew up in a small town in Southwestern Ontario with her parents and sisters. Now, she lives in her hometown with her husband, two beautiful daughters and two cats.
This remarkably talented writer, has had a long career in civil law, and a successful writing career, but neither were the path she had intended embarking upon. She wanted to become a police officer, and protect people on the front line. She was studying Psychology and Criminology at the University of Windsor, when she was hired by the Ontario Provincial Police. She had passed everything required of her; physically and psychologically, and was even measured for her uniform and bullet- proof vest. But, she gave all that up for a wonderful man, who she went on to marry and have a beautiful family with, and she realised that had been her dream all along.
But she isn’t just a wife, mother, crazy-intelligent and well-educated woman, she is also a best-selling author. Her education and background in law and all things that go with that; forensics, crime, and psychology into the criminal mind, have all made for excellent creative fodder.
Her passion is writing contemporary romances and dark edgy thrillers, that enthral and entertain her readers. She’s addicted to fearless women and powerful men, and uses her knowledge of psychology to weave in intricate stories of anxiety, mental illness and other things of that nature, slyly educating the reader on these conditions, whilst giving them a thrilling page-turner to enjoy at the same time.
I was so lucky to get to interview this talented author, and pick her brains for a few minutes.
1. What are you working on right now?
I go through phases of writing and releasing. I’m coming up on a release month, so preparing for that is what encompasses all my writing time. The long anticipated release of The Black Widow is fast approaching. It’s the sequel to Playing House, Dark Secrets Duet, #1. I’m focused on my thrillers for September and October, until the launch phase is complete, and then I can get back to writing the second draft of a romance I’m working on. The Black Widow is scheduled for release on October 28. I’m pretty anxious and excited about this one.
2. Can you tell us a little something about it?
The Dark Secrets Duet is my passion project. I wanted to reach out to people who suffer from emotional or physical abuse, mental illness, or who live with others who have mental health issues, and let them know they are not alone! A book is such an intimate thing. You can unleash your own dark secrets, and chat with your readers about them in the privacy of their own reading nook, and others are none the wiser.
The Black Widow is a story following the unusual life of Clarisse Blackwell. She’s a young woman with a tormented childhood, who is emotionally abused throughout college, and becomes tied to a string of unusual and suspect deaths. Life throws her a few curve balls that leave her with nothing left to lose. That makes her dangerous. When her brother-in-law, who happens to be a cop, gets involved, things get interesting. The story is a psychological thriller, an unforgettable tale of secrets, deception and dark desires.
3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Everyone. Everything. Everywhere! There are no limits to my creativity. Heed my warning: anything you say or do may be used in a novel. Lol. I write because I like to write. Always have. Always will. I love finding that hidden gem in nature and putting it to good use. I will wrap that tidbit so well with fiction that it will be barely recognizable. Writing is a great form of therapy, a way to let loose your emotions on fictional characters in fictional situations where no one can get hurt.
4. When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?
Um. What is a Jaffa cake? Lol. I’ll be back in a sec. Must Google “Jaffa cake”. Oh, yum! That could be dangerous. No, nothing like that, but a cup of joe, black, and some music playing in the background to scare off the quiet, keeps my muses talking and my creativity flowing.
5. What is your favourite book?
I don’t play favourites, but I’ve really enjoyed books from Lisa Jackson, Janet Evanovich, Jill Shalvis, Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris recently. I used to pick one author and roll with an entire series or two, but I now read a wider variety genre-wise and like to shake things up from book to book. That makes it hard to choose a favourite!
6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire most, and why?
Comparison is the thief of joy, but I do follow a select few high-performing indie authors whom I certainly admire for their incredible marketing skills and their ability to connect with readers. I wish I could pick their brains some time and find out how they do it all and make it look so effortless.
I guess I kind of do my own thing, and I haven’t really studied the life’s work of other authors, however, I did read On Writing by Stephen King and I found it to be an incredibly interesting and inspirational read. I appreciate King’s story and admire his tenacity.
7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?
I did pick up a fun hobby a few years ago–motorcycling. You guessed it, I’m not a backseat driver. I got my licence, passed the street test, and learned how to ride so I could be bad ass with my hubby and his biker friends. The best ride so far had to be in July 2018 when we rode over three hours to a biker rally in Port Dover, Ontario, an event that drew a crowd of over 140,000 riders and spectators. I can now say I’ve ridden alongside the best of them!
Motorcycling is great. When riding, I feel so free and in control and yet out of control. It really gets your adrenaline pumping. I love and hate the danger of it. I also have a four-wheeler for when the need strikes to get wind in my hair.
8. Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?
Absolutely! Please visit my website or blog. Snoop around my book tabs and what not. I encourage this! There’s an about tab, if you want to know a little more about me. I’m also social, so please say hello if you’re popping through.
| http://www.christasimpson.com |(Social media links are below)
9. What are your writing plans for 2020?
For 2020, I plan to publish Perfectly Ruined, to complete my Destiny series. That involves getting a firefighter to settle down, which should be fun to sort out. From a writing perspective, I’ve also had the Love Me Harder Series planned from the get go that I’d really like to pay more attention to and see where it takes me. To be honest though, unless I am strict to a schedule, a new idea could steal my attention and before you know it another novel will be born.
10. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them?
I wish I could say, but I’ve never tasted these chocolaty delights you speak of. So, is it a biscuit or a cake? 😆 Regardless, I am a chocolate person and I love pastries, so I imagine they are delicious.
It was such an honour to interview Christa. If you want to learn more about her, or check out her books, or interact with her then please follow the links below. And please, please go and check out her novels, you won’t be disappointed!