Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of:
Till Death Us Do Part, her debut novel.
Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.
At the age of 11, her junior school teacher told her mother that she would be wasting her life if she didn’t become an author. Throughout her teenage years and beyond, her parents spurred her on to keep writing. She later began a career in commercial real estate, working in London’s West End, a corporate bubble where she was unable to fuel her passion to write.
It was on her Californian honeymoon in 2012 that the bug to write was becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. After visiting Yosemite National Park she was inspired by the natural beauty of the land that surrounded her. Holding a special place in her heart, Yosemite would later be written into her debut novel.
She finally gave up the ‘big smoke’ when her son, Lucas, was born in October 2013.
When Lucas was a newborn, Cristina was told to sleep when the baby sleeps. She never could. There was a calling inside her to write. After getting to grips with her new role as a mother, she began working a psychological thriller, but she couldn’t fully connect to the characters she created. She ditched the manuscript and started Till Death Us Do Part (Limitless Publishing, 2015).
Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, crazy white German Shepherd and three spoiled cats. They can be found trekking through woodlands, or around the many shops Cristina loves to explore. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favourite.
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Author of: Till Death Us Do Part & Nelumbo Nucifera (releasing Jan 17)
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Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Cristina; I am a writer with voices in my head that demand to be written about. I am a mother of a three-year-old little boy who is my world. I guess you could say I am a homebody most of the time but I also love exploring new places.
Are you an action, paranormal, or romance type of person? I am a darker thriller kind of girl. I don’t write fluffy, but love is in the heart of my novels. Just don’t expect chick-lit with me.
Tell us about your latest release.
My next release isn’t coming out until January 17. I am so excited to share it with the world. It is about a woman who claims she is abused by her abusive husband and fake’s her own death. Her husband claims she suffers from the psychotic disorder, schizophrenia. It focuses on domestic abuse.
Do you have any upcoming releases in what’s left of 2016?
What can readers expect from you in 2017?
I am kick-starting the year with my new release: Nelumbo Nucifera. I am also working on my third novel, but I don’t know when that will be released yet. I also hope to blog a whole lot more than what I did this year.
Which of your books was your favourite to write and why?
My first book: Till Death Us Do Part will always hold a special place in my heart, but my second novel is my favourite yet. I learnt so much when writing this. I spoke to real women who had been victims of domestic violence and it was a big eye-opener for me. So much so that a percentage of my royalties will be donated to women’s charities. From a writing point of view, I felt that I had grown as an author with this book. I just felt stronger.
If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your characters, who would you pick and why?
I’d pick Ben from my second novel. He is all about the beach, and I think he would really make me laugh!
Do you have book boyfriend? If yes, who?
I guess it would be Edward Cullen. But there is nobody on this planet that would ever be able to take the place of my hubby!
Have your family ever read any of your work? What do they think about it?
Yes, they do! From the first draft to the last. I am so lucky to have such a supportive network of family and close friends who support what I do 150%
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever received over one of your books?
Making people cry. I don’t mean that in a bad way but hearing that makes me believe that I have touched somebodies heart, and that means a lot to me. And hearing that it should be a movie.
What was your favourite book as a child?
I loved Meg and Mog as a very young child. Then I moved on to the Babysitters Club. I devoured those books!
Who are your must-read/one-click authors?
I enjoy Emily Giffin novels, Tarryn Fisher, and for real life: Katie Piper
What book has made you laugh the most?
A book I bought for my son called Oi Frog, it’s hilarious!
What book has made you cry the most?
Beautiful by Katie Piper
Are any of your heroes based on real men in your life?
Ben from my novel Nelumbo Nucifera has a lot of my husband’s traits
Are any of the experiences in your books based on events that have happened to you/someone you know?
Yes, this was especially true for my second novel.
Do you have any funny quirks or stories you would like to tell us about?
I am a firm believer in the afterlife and I have stories to tell but it would take too long here!
What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you?
My husband has done countless things. I will never forget his words as I gave birth to our son: ‘I’m so proud of you, you’re amazing, you are so beautiful, (even though I looked like hell.) And his proposal on the beach.
What is the wildest thing you’ve done?
Jumped out of an aeroplane in Las Vegas
What is your drink of choice while writing?
Coffee, diet coke, and tea
What is your favourite writing snack?
Do you have any pets?
I have a small petting zoo. A huge passion of mine is animals. I have a White German Shepherd, four cats, and two rabbits. They are like family to me!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To fly. As a kid I used to believe that one day I really would. I would jump of the school benches hoping I would take flight!
What is your favourite season?
Autumn, but I also love summer
Do you prefer night or day?
Night when it gets dark and I’m hemmed in for the night
Are you a morning person?
I have insomnia so it is tough for me to wake up most mornings
Cowboys, fighters, mafia men, billionaires, or soldiers?
Cowboys and soldiers!
What book are you reading now?
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
Name 3 books everyone needs to read (excluding yours).
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picolutt, Beautiful by Katie Piper, and Pet Sematary by Stephen King
For those who are new to your work, which book would you recommend starting with?
That is a really tough question to answer. If you are looking for a weepy angsty filled story: Till Death Us Do Part. But if you want something where good wins over evil: Nelumbo Nucifera