Christelle Van Rooyen Gregorchuk was born on November 11th, 1993 at Universitas Hospital, Bloemfontaine, and spent the first years of her life in a small town called De Aar, South Africa.
At the age of four, Christelle and her family uprooted their lives and moved to Canada. She grew up in Pine Falls, and in Sanford before moving to Winnipeg Manitoba where she now lives with her husband and their dog.
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
My favourite and sometimes least favourite part about the lifestyle of an author, is that I am always thinking about my story. How each scene plays out, the dialogue between characters, etc. It can be a bit of a curse though since I always seem to have pages and random bits of paper lying around with scraps of my story all over them.
What made you start writing?
It will sound super cliché and I’m still a little embarrassed to admit, but the reason I started writing was because I had a very interesting dream one night and the next morning I thought, “I need to write this story.” The problem was that the dream seemed more like a sequel than the first instalment so I went to work plotting.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Do I have to pick one? I suppose the author whose style and subject matter had a large influence on my writing would have to be Christopher Paolini, the author of the Inheritance Cycle. I am fascinated by Dragons and magic and I loved the way he portrayed them in Eragon.
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Never judge your book based on your own opinion. We are our own harshest critics and we have a hard time giving credit where credit is due.
What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I love to read books in the Young Adult fantasy fiction genre, it’s no surprise that this is the genre I prefer to write. I spent most of my younger years escaping into other author’s fantasy worlds, and now I get to escape into my own.
What effect can a review have on you, if you read them at all? Both the good and the bad.
At this point in my writing, I have one book published and I have to say that I can’t not read every single review of my book. So far the reviews have been quite positive, and obviously that’s never a bad thing. I do admit that some of the less positive reviews definitely have grounding effect on me. I do get insecure, but then I read review of the popular books out there and see that an author can’t please every single person who reads their work.
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Musician, writer, student, wife, teacher, author.
What’s exciting you about your next project?
Right now I am about sixteen chapters into the second book in my series and I am super excited about how the story is progressing. I am loving writing the relationship between characters and seeing how my main character handles every struggle I throw at her.
Thanks to Christelle for answering our questions, best of luck with book two!
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