What do you love about being an author?
I love writing. I love getting a scene down on paper, complete with everything: who’s fiddling with the focus ring on her camera, what it actually felt like to sit in a seat at the old Fillmore East (where the best rock and roll bands played in New York City in the 60’s), what it’s like to have your first sip of wine. I love dissolving into writing.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
Hmmm…I’d gladly eat anything Meg Murry’s mother (from Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time) felt like heating up over her bunsen burner. I think I’d just like to sit at the Murry family’s dinner table, and have a little chat with Meg and Charles Wallace.
If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
The characters in Time Runs Away With Her are 16 years old in the year 1970. Bean Donohue, the time traveler, is a green-eyed redhead, and her true love Zak has silvery blonde hair that reaches down his back—sort of a very young Johnny Winter, although not quite as pale! Assuming I had the funds to do it, I think I’d want to cast unknown actors, young folks who were in high school themselves.
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?
Sexy leads, for sure!! I have a sort of vampiric character (not a real vampire, though) in the sequel to Time Runs Away With Her.
If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?
If I had a time machine, I’d be in it all the time. I write time travel! My books are set in the Hudson River Valley of New York State, and I’d love to see that in Colonial times—and also in the late 19th Century, when the one percent of that time built their huge mansions. I love old houses!
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
I wish someone had told me to trust love more. I don’t know whether I’d have believed the advice or taken it, but the older I get, the more I know that love is the strongest force in the world.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
Perhaps I’d be a Hogwarts-educated wizard. I always liked the way Molly Weasley does housework without working up too much of a sweat. A wand would be useful. Also, I don’t love driving cars, and I have to do that all the time! Magical transportation sounds much nicer.
Where do you write best?
I am blessed with a really pretty office. It’s on the bottom floor of our very old and haunted house. Our place was built in 1740, and I think the room I’m in was added in the mid eighteen hundreds. I have an old-school desktop computer that I write on, and a view of a creek and the woods.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
I’m a big music fan. I DJ, sing classical and folk music, and I especially love to listen to and read about rock and roll. Just finished Patti Smith’s second memoir, M Train. I love her spirit! The woman rides her life like a pirate sailing a ship.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
I’m actually a poet, as well as a YA novelist. I have two poetry collections: Zero Degrees at First Light, and Sheltering in Place. I switch back and forth between the genres a fair amount. I think I’d like to experiment a little with New Adult books; it’s an interesting genre with a little more freedom to be frank.
Where can fans find you online?
My blog is called Time Travels, and it’s here: http://chrispygal.weebly.com/