Xtina Marie is an avid horror and fiction genre reader, who became a blogger; who became a published poet; who became an editor; who now is a podcaster and an aspiring novelist—and why not? People love her words. Her first book of poetry: Dark Musings has received outstanding reviews. It is likely she was born to this calling. Writing elaborate twisted tales, to entertain her classmates in middle school, would later lead Xtina to use her poetry writing as a private emotional outlet in adult life—words she was hesitant to share publicly—but the more she shared; the more accolades her writing received. She is also someone you will absolutely adore. Someone near and dear to my heart!
Please help me welcome Xtina Marie to Roadie Notes……
1. How old were you when you wrote your first story?
I was around 12 when I started writing stories. The first one was about twin sisters who shared a connection even in death.
2. How many books have you written?
3 poetry books. Although the 3rd has not yet been released.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I suppose that would depend on what I was interested in writing about. If it interested me, even if it was controversial, I’d still write it.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am a 43-year-old mother of 2 in a serious relationship. I work as an editor for HellBound Books Publishing, and other various freelance proofreading and editing jobs.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
This is kinda like asking me what child is my favorite. Wait, no it’s not. I don’t either of my kids. J/K LOL. The poetry books I have written are all very close to my heart, but I think that Dark Musings will always be my baby.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I loved to be scared. Loved scary movies, and all things creepy. When I first started reading, there really weren’t too many scary books that were any good. This was before I discovered Christopher Pike and RL Stine. So, I think that is what inspired me to write. I wanted to write the kind of books I wanted to read.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Fun? What’s that? I’m too busy for fun! Uh, I love to read, of course.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
No. But I soooo need to get some! I’m thinking something Hank Moody (Californication) style. Whiskey, weed and Warren Zevon.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
Usually on my laptop, so that I can write whenever the mood arises. And it depends on what I am writing. If it’s a story, I can really crank the music and just let the words flow. If It’s poetry, I need silence.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Change? No. Improve up? Always.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Tropical island with my sweetheart, (mainly because he will not agree to my log cabin in the snowy mountains dream) a fruity cocktail with a colorful umbrella to sip from, and no worries.
I have an ankle biter named Charlie.
13. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creating. Making something from nothing.
14. What is coming next for you?
Oh, who knows? I do suffer from whimsy artist syndrome. I fly from one thing to the other (I’ve been told I flutter, LOL) with breakneck speed. I have a romance novel started, and also a horror novel about a succubus in the works.
15. Where do you get your ideas?
That’s a difficult question to answer. And one I asked on the radio show every week. It’s strange what will make an idea pop into my mind. Sometimes the most normal of things. And BAM! An idea for a story or poem. So, sometimes I think, I do not come up with my ideas, I am given them by the universe. Deep, huh? LOL
You can connect with Xtina Marie here:
Panic Room http://www.panicroomradio.com/
Some of Xtina Marie’s books: