Monday, January 17, 2011

Chris Speakman...who am I?

I do not know how to introduce myself. There, I wrote it. I can chat, yak, gab, and ramble…boy can I ramble. However, I don’t know how to write a proper introduction or bio. How’s that for a content editor, LOL.

Okay, there’s my first bit, I am a content editor for MuseItUp Publishing. I’ve known Lea since the first Muse Online Writers’ Conference and have followed her guidance. She prompted me to my own review site (oh yeah, I’m a book reviewer, too) and when she was looking for editors, well, I said sure. Not that it was that easy. No, all of us editors are thoroughly tested. Like with all my writing, I finished the test using a little common sense, some long ago grammar memories, but mostly my gut reaction. Being a book addict and reviewer helped.

I’ll leave it to my authors to say whether or not this works.

My first book, a short, will be published this summer. Yes, by MuseItUp. We will publish our editors, but they must past the submission readings first…just like every submission. Talk about nervous nerves. It was one thing to think—will they like it—but then I had a flash of—OMG, WILL they like it. We’re not a pushover bunch.

So, what do I read and write? Almost anything. Like with reviewing, I don’t particularly mix with the romance genre. I’m a give me scares, thrills, gore, new worlds, aliens, living robots, burning stars, new creatures, magic, mystery, mayhem, murder, and everything else kinda gal. If romance is mixed in, I can handle it.

Guess what my first book is…a romance. Lea had posed a question and I said—sure, I’ll give it a go. MIDNIGHT FIND is the result. Simply put, it’s about jilted promises and unusual endings.

Maybe even a little bit of go-for-it attitude. Something all writers need. Writers take me on journeys I never would dream finding.

I edit because I love your words and worlds.

I write because words are my voice.


L. K. Below/Lindsay Below said...

"I write because words are my voice."

A great way to put it, Chris!

Writing has a way of grabbing you by the ears, doesn't it? New ideas say now, now, NOW, and they don't care if you normally write things with explosions, robots, or aliens. I've long since learned to go along for the ride. It's much more fun that way.

Congrats on your it approaches fast!

ChrisChat said...

Thanks, LK. I may ramble online, but in personal I'm the blushing shy kid in the corner.

Besides, if I didn't write I would end up talking out loud to myself and get strange looks ;)

Cellophane Queen said...
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Cellophane Queen said...

You've written a romance, which you don't normally write, and I've written a mystery, which I don't usually write. Looks like both of us should consider switching genres.

ChrisChat said...

Marva, you know you can't stop the creative beast when it's on a roll :)

Anonymous said...

Chris, you make me smile - I love your intro, lovely. I look forward to your reading your romance...most expecially because you say it isn't really your favorite genre to read. Also, I'm wondering if you've ever considered giving a workshop on book reviewing? Congratulations on your upcoming release.

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz said...

Hey, Chris, thanks for sharing. It's funny how sometimes what we write isn't exactly what we thought we were going to write. While I don't read romance, both of my Muse books are exactly that. I think it comes down to writing about relationships more than romance.

AnneMarie Brear said...

It's always refreshing to do something new, so well done on giving it a go.

Roseanne Dowell said...

What a great posting, Chris. I love the line I write because words are my voice.I couldn't agree more. I bet most writers are basically shy. I know I am. I'm sure I don't come off that way online but in person, I'm very shy. Thanks for sharing.

Lin said...

I know you are all going think I am just saying this to concur with you...especially in view of all I have shared, but I am shy too. I let my inner Nudge...(my outspoken voice)to speak the things that would make me stammer in person.

ChrisChat said...

You are all making me blush :) Thank you.

Trying to think of what more to say, without rambling ;) All I know is to keep listening to our gut instincts. Don't stop dreaming or playing. And Laugh...lots of laughs.

KayDee, never thought of it, but willing to talk more, my email is


Rosalie Skinner said...

Chris, so there are a lot of shy authors out there? Feels good to be in such great company.
Congrats on writing and gaining acceptance in a new genre. That in itself is an achievement. Editing and reviewing, now is that one way to read and work at the same time. ;)
A workshop on reviewing does sound like a good idea. Count me in.

Barbara Ehrentreu said...

It's so much fun to learn more about you! I'm so happy for your being published and romance is one of my favorite genres to read! No one deserves it more than you.:)

Pat McDermott said...

It will be interesting to see your take on the romance genre, Chris. Bet it's great!