Hearts Through History Romance Writers

Memberspotlight on Christa Walker!

Thanks for including me in this! I’m still an itty bitty, infant writer so I don’t really know how helpful my answers will be to others. I’ve included them below just in case.


Do you write full-time or part-time?

Whatever time I can get! I have an almost 2-year-old and a full time job so not as often as I’d like.


What’s the hardest part of writing?

Learning to silence that inner critic has been the biggest struggle for me. That and finding time while parenting, working full time, and living a 2020/21 life.


What’s your favorite historical movie?

The 1995 version of Persuasion starring Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds.


Who’s your favorite historical figure?

I can’t pick just one! I can say though that my husband and I chose “Ada” as my daughter’s middle name after Ada Lovelace. Outside of that, Jane Austen (obviously) or Eleanor Roosevelt.


If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?

Probably Lord Byron! I’d love to follow him around and watch how he interacts with people. Was he really that flirty? Broody? Handsome? Does he want my number?


If you could time travel, what era would you visit?

I want to see what it was really like in Hampton Court during Henry VIII’s time, preferably during Katherine and Anne’s time. I imagine it was more stressful than I’d actually like but I can’t pass up those gowns.


What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

The essay “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott is the best advice I’ve heard. I find myself rereading it constantly.  As a perfectionist, it’s hard to remember that your first round doesn’t have to be good. It’s soothing to hear this from someone else! (If anyone is interested in reading this, it can be found for free here: https://wrd.as.uky.edu/sites/default/files/1-Shitty%20First%20Drafts.pdf)


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was 7, there was a segment on a Nickelodeon show about a 9 year old who was publishing books she wrote. I decided I wanted to do that, too, and instantly gave up on my career choice of being a dolphin trainer to be a writer. I’m especially glad of this because I found out when I was older that dolphins are massive jerks.


Are there specific books or authors who have influenced you as a writer?

Oddly enough, Ernest Hemingway is the author that influenced my writing the most. As a person he was terrible, but he really taught me how to make each word count. I love how he can really convey strong emotions and truths while being economical with his word count and language choice.


Give us a brief rundown of your process. Are you a plotter, a pantser, or somewhere in the middle?

I am currently trying to figure this one out. I was a pantser for years, but I finally had to admit that it didn’t really work for me. I’ve been trying to plot but this also hasn’t been going the way I want, so I’m starting to suspect it’s somewhere in the middle.


Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication?

It is still a journey in progress!


Tell us about your latest release and what’s coming next for you.

Nothing yet. Watch this space.


Please include author website, and a few images (book covers, author photos, etc.), social media links.

TBD on this one as well.

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