Ask the Author: Christina June


What would you like readers to know about you?

I’m a normal person! I have a day job, a family, and responsibilities just like everyone else, so writing is something I have to make time to fit in. When I’m not doing these things, I’m usually reading, binging a cooking show, or obsessively planning my next vacation. I’m a big Disney World fan and am currently arranging a trip to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?

My brand is fairy tale-inspired contemporaries about kids with secrets. My three novels all feature different, but also connected, main characters. They can be read together or as stand-alones. IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE was inspired by Cinderella, EVERYWHERE YOU WANT TO BE is based off Little Red Riding Hood, and NO PLACE LIKE HERE is a modern Hansel & Gretl. The original elements are all present, but usually very transformed.

What has been your inspiration for writing it?

I was walking into school one morning after the Homecoming dance and saw a girl’s dress shoe abandoned on the sidewalk. I took that as a sign from the universe that I needed to write a Cinderella story. My characters are built around real-world problems and conflicts, either things my friends and I experienced or conversations I’ve had with students. The moment you realize your parents are human and come with their own baggage is a favorite of mine.

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?

These books have all been really fun to write, but I particularly enjoyed the zipline scene from NO PLACE LIKE HERE. I won’t spoil it, but just know that it actually happened to me and it was very funny, and also humiliating. As soon as I got back on solid ground, I knew it was going in a book.

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always been a big fan of Judy Blume and her ability to make the reader feel less alone in the world. More recently, The Hunger Games series was my gateway into reading modern young adult.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?

Practice. Put in the reps. Write a story through to “the end” because once you do it, you’ve proven you can do it again. Also, read a lot and read widely.

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