Author Interview: Paige L Cristie

Author Paige L. Cristie claims to be not much of a plotter. She prefers to start with a character or an idea and let the story take her where it will. A slow writer, she types “terribly”, and edits like mad. Writing many more words than ever in up in the story.  Please welcome her to No Wasted Ink.

Author Paige CristieHi! I’m an opinionated Yankee who loves to read, write, dance, laugh, cross country ski, and snuggle with my 3-legged cat, Timmy. I was raised in Maine and currently live in the Western North Carolina Mountains where I am the Executive Director of a non-profit. I practice middle eastern stage and folkloric dance, enjoy good wine, good books, and good friends. I’m also a founding member of the Blazing Lioness Writers. I am caretaker of 2 dogs and 3 cats, and they all like to crawl over the keyboard when I write—which gets really interesting when it’s taken into account that one dog is a 60lb coonhound…

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was about seven years old. I was a horse crazy child and a lot of my stories where horse adventures – usually from the horse’s POV. I don’t recall the why of it, I just had stories to tell.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have considered myself a writer for as long as I can remember. What I never considered was that anyone might want to read any stories I wrote. I have always written because I couldn’t not write. But, having grown up when publishing was a great mystery that happened in large cities to people who knew how to outline novels (so I thought), it never occurred to me until 2015 to try to get anything I wrote out into the world.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

I am finishing up the third of four books in my Legacies of Arnan series. It’s feminist high fantasy with old west overtones and dragons. Because of course dragons! The books are about the power of friendship, and story, and the inner strength it takes to forge a way in the world despite any odds. The first book is Draigon Weather and the second is Wing Wind. Book 3, Long Light, will be released in the fall of 2019. Storm Forged will be out in late 2020.

What inspired you to write this book?

Draigon Weather started with a question – What if the woman chained to the rock waiting to be eaten by the dragon wanted to be there? Why would that be? What would it mean to those tasked with saving her? What would happen?

Do you have a specific writing style?

Other than slow? Seriously, I’m a slow writer. And I tend to like flowing, complex sentences that evoke image and emotion. I’m a little bit literary, but not ‘fancy’. I’m not sure how to describe it, but there is definitely a unique tone to my words when I get rolling.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

Well, the book is at heart a dragon book, so I always knew that would be part of the title. And not only do the dragons control weather in the series, but all the characters ‘weather’ a lot as the story goes on. So, it’s a bit of a wordplay in that respect. Then, once I decided on Dragon Weather, I did a quick online search. Which, of course, revealed another book of that name. That’s when I changed to the Celtic spelling: Draigon, and thus was Draigon Weather born.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Oh, there are several. Not the least of which is the power of story and education to change lives, and the dangers of being unwilling to look beyond the obvious expectations of society.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

Well here’s a list that can get long in a hurry…but to narrow things down, Janny Wurts is a huge influence – her unexpected use of language and the depth of her storytelling and character development are things I can only strive toward. Also, Robert B. Parker for his brilliant, tight dialogue and unique character creation, Robin McKinley for her fabulous feminist storytelling, Ursula LeGuinn for her ability to make readers think beyond themselves, Orson Scott Card for the rhythm of his writing, Peter Straub and Dan Simmons for the depth of their plotting, Max Brand for his intense character creation, Gloria Naylor for her ability to make the simple seem magical, Leslie Marmon Silko with her skill at making her characters bear witness to truth…Yeah…I could keep going for about four hours.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

Well, the list of writers above have all been mentors in their own way, just mostly from afar, just through my reading and studying of their works. I have been lucky that both Janny Wurts and David B. Coe have taken an interest in helping me along toward a real career as an author, and I am greatly honored by their willingness to help and answer all my inane questions.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

The cover of my books are designed by ARTE RAVE in conjunction with my Publisher, Prospective Press.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write. Write. Write. Write. READ – as much or more than you write. Take advice when it’s offered, examine it, filter it, use what makes sense to you. Be willing to learn, always. Edit like your life depends on it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! I never really thought, growing up, that my works would ever have readers, so the thought that people take their time and energy to read my books still boggles my mind. I am more grateful than I can say for people giving my books a shot – and even reviewing them! Readers rule!

Draigon Weather Book CoverPaige L Christie
Bryson City, NC


Draigon Weather: The Legacies of Arnan

Cover Artist: ARTE RAVE w/Prospective Press
Publisher: Prospective Press



No Wasted Ink Writers Links


Welcome to another top ten writing article here on No Wasted Ink.  Each week I select my personal favorites from the sources I regularly read and share them here with you. I hope you find them as interesting as I did. Enjoy.

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More Writerly Than Thou

A Whole Different Kind of Time Travel: Andre Norton’s Lavender-Green Magic

Which Scrivener Features Do You Really Need?

Representation in Fiction: How to Write Characters Whose Experiences Are Outside of Your Own

World Building: Why Writers Need to be Sneaky When Building Worlds

How to Find Your Thematic Principle

7 Hard Truths of Working as a Professional Writer

Editing for Authors: 7 Ways to Tighten the Story and Cut Costs

Six Common Villain Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

20 Useful Subreddits For SFF Writers by Wendy Van Camp


Social Media is the place to ask questions and make connections. As a writer, many of the magazines I publish in or authors/editors I meet are via connections on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. One platform that I also visit for this purpose is Reddit. It is a huge platform of over 520 monthly readers and has a million or more active “subreddits” to choose from. How I like to use the platform is to choose among the subreddits and subscribe so that they appear on my front page dashboard. This is the default page you see when you first sign into the website or use their mobile app. I do not view Reddit as a place to promote my books, although I’m sure there are subreddits you might be able to do a book plug here and there if you are so inclined, but I do view it as place to forge new connections and tap into the knowledge bases of fellow science fiction writers and fans of the genre.

Below is a listing of subreddits that I feel might be useful for a writer of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror. I hope you’ll give them a test run.

AskScience (/r/askscientists)
This is not a community of writers, but of physicists, astronomers, mathematicians, doctors, biologists and more. They have strict rules about where they source their information. If you are looking for science advice for your stories, this could be a great resource to tap.

AskScienceFiction (/r/asksciencefiction)
If you have ideas for a story and what advice about how plausible it sounds to science fiction readers, this might be the place to go. It seems to be a fun group too!

DestructiveReaders (/r/destructivereaders)
This is a critique group who are known to be tough on the writers who post their work, but if you are looking for in-depth reviews or to see critiques of other writers work to gain pointers, this is an interesting group to follow.

Etymology (/r/etymology)
For all you budding Tolkiens out there, this subreddit is about learning word histories and developing languages. A real must for fantasy and science fiction authors.

Fantasy Writers (/r/fantasywriters/)
A hangout for writers of fantasy books. They also have a discord channel if you feel like chatting in real time.

Fantasy Worldbuilding (/r/FantasyWorldbuilding/)
This subreddit is dedicated to worldbuilding, both fantasy and science fiction. It would be a great place to bounce ideas and gain advice.

Imaginary Landscapes (/r/imaginarylandscapes)
This is a motherload of inspirational fantasy and science fiction images and scenes. If you have writer’s block, this place might ease you back into creativity.

NaNoWriMo (/r/nanowrimo)
Being a former ML of Nanowrimo, I always like to point out places for fellow wrimos to find support during their writing sprints. Look for this group to be the most active during the month of November.

NoSleep (/r/nosleep)
The content of this active community is created by both amateurs and pros of the horror genre. Favorite stories are upvoted and trophies are given monthly and annually for the best offerings. One of the fun aspects of the group are that all the responses to the stories are as if they are real. If you write horror or enjoy reading this genre, this is a place to subscribe to.

PrintSF (/r/printSF/)
A place to discuss published SF, novels, short stories, comics, images, and more. This is more of a science fiction fan group, but as a writer, I find it invaluable to follow what is popular with readers.

PubTips (/r/pubtips)
A subreddit of publishing experts where you can post query letters for community critique.

ScienceFiction (/r/sciencefiction/)
For fans and creators of Science Fiction and related media in any form.

SciFi (/r/scifi/)
For fans of Science Fiction, or Speculative Fiction. SF movies, books, and TV shows.

SciFiWriters (/r/scifiwriting)
This community of speculative fiction and science fiction writers is filled with discussion and critiques for those who write science fiction.

SelfPublish (/r/selfpublish)
This is a place “for writers to discuss the process of self-publishing, share experiences in the ‘industry,’ and read up on self-publishing news.”

Worldbuilding (/r/worldbuilding)
This group is filled with great artwork and ideas in world creation. Most of what you find here are images, but there are world building discussions as well.

Writers (/r/writers)
If you want to talk shop with fellow writers of all genre, this is a good place to visit.

WritersGroup (/r/writersgroup)
The critiques of this subreddit are not as intensive as the ones on DestructiveReaders, it is more of a constructive peer-review. While the subreddit is not as active as some groups, it is still worth taking a look at.

WritersOfHorror (/r/writersofhorror)
In this active community, submit your horror-genre stories and scenes for critique, ask for advice from the community, or share interesting finds related to the genre.

Writing (/r/writing)
If you want to find fellow authors and talk shop, the first place to stop is a place called “writing”! This is not genre specific, but for general craft questions, it is a great place to begin.

No Wasted Ink Writers Links


Happy April!  It is no fooling that I enjoy sharing my favorite top ten links with you all every Monday.  This week I have a wonderful batch of links for you to enjoy that are mainly writing tips.  Have a great week and try not to prank too many people this April Fool’s Day.

The Ultimate Guide to Book Cover Design

Two Simple Rules of Editing

How to Survive a Trip into the Woods: Key Lessons From Fantasy

Solving the Riddle of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn

No, Really, Why Do You Write?

Vintage Wisdom (Good and Bad): 14 Short Fiction Writing Tips From 1929

7 Writing Mistakes You Probably Don’t Realize You’re Making

New Research Discovers a Formula for Creativity

Plot, Character, and Theme: The Greatest Love Triangle in Fiction

A Short Ride In A Fast Machine

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