Welcome, Christy. We’re happy to have you here with us today. Can you tell us a little about how you started your writing career?
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. The desire started when I began reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden in elementary school. After that, I was hooked. I even wrote a few books in high school (that will never see the light of day!).
Then I went off to college to get a degree in communications, figuring it was too bad I couldn’t get a bachelors in novel writing and instantly find a job. If only it was that easy! After college I got a job with a Christian publishing house, and I thought I’d found my purpose: editing.
But at 23 my father became ill with Alzheimer’s disease, and I had to make a choice. I decided to give up my job and move twelve hours away, back home to be with him.
It was while I sat by my dad’s bedside that I rediscovered my love for writing. I also began freelancing and became a reporter for my local newspaper. I continued to learn my craft by participating in critique groups and going to writer’s conferences. I got an agent, lost an agent, almost got signed to publishing houses, and got signed only to have those very contracts fall through.
Eventually my first book was published, and I discovered that even once you had a contract, publishing was still a rocky road. But I pushed on ahead, determined to do what I felt was a call on my life.
Fast forward eighteen years after I moved home to be with my father, and I’ve now published sixty-four books. I’ve garnered several awards and even a movie deal. I’m so happy that I was faithful to God’s call in my life. It hasn’t always been easy, but the journey has been worth it.
USA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”
A Publishers Weekly best-seller, Christy writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.
She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious—but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.
Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She has more than sixty books published with over one million copies sold.
For more information, visit her website: www.christybarritt.com.
Christy’s latest series is the Lantern Beach Mysteries, featuring a detective that must go into hiding on a fictional island off north Carolina’s coast.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Christy.
All the best…