Writing in Shorts– Christina Freeburn


This is interview 11 of 14 celebrating the authors of Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime, a food-themed short story anthology.

Christina Freeburn started jotting down stories on her bus commute to high school and never stopped. The Scrap This Mystery series* is a mix of crafty and crime, bringing together her love of mysteries and scrapbooking. Her New Beginnings series is an inspirational romantic suspense featuring heroines and heroes willing to risk their lives to find hope, promise and a future for those struggling in a world that’s set against them.

*This series is with Henery Press. I love their cover designs! 

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When and why did you begin writing “in shorts”? Is it harder or easier than full-length novels?

I started writing shorts years ago when I first decided I wanted to write for publication. Writing a novel seemed so daunting so I decided to start with short stories to prove to myself that I could finish a story. I find it harder to write short stories than full-length novels because I’m a rambler when I write a first draft and I find it harder to cut the word count down on a short than a novel. Concise is something I have to actively work on doing rather than a just natural way of writing for me.

What is your favorite short story anthology beside the Happy Homicide series?

The Chesapeake Crimes collections.

As an author, what has been your most embarrassing moment, typo, or gaffe?

Oh my, how I try to forget. It was during an online chat and someone had asked me what consumes most of my time when a book is released. The questions were coming fast so I was answering quickly so I didn’t ignore anyone’s question, and in my haste to answer: “What consumes most of your time when you release a book?”, I typed “Porno.” The correct answer, and what I intended to say, was Promo. From then on if an answer to question is promotion, I now make it a point to type out the complete word.

What is your favorite vacation spot to be in shorts? (I want you to say Miami, but no pressure. wink)

Miami is on our list of places we want to visit but haven’t had the pleasure yet, so I’ll have to say Disney World as that’s the closest we’ve been to Miami.

Since this edition of Happy Homicides is food themed, I have to ask—What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food is chocolate chip cookies right out of the over…well, not quite right after taking them out of the oven, more like a few minutes later so I don’t burn my mouth.

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I’m Alive!


It was touch and go there for a few days. Volunteering (with a head cold) four days straight can do that to you. But I pulled through and have some wonderful memories of this year’s conference.

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SleuthFest 2016 was another grand success. Our guest of honor CJ Box was funny, humble, and smart. I must admit I was not in the know about his body of writing. But now I want to read all of his Joe Pickett, game warden, mysteries. They are set in Wyoming and after my binge watch of Longmire I am all about the western law enforcement vibe. He contributed some awesome swag to the conference tote bag — a bottle opener. He also gave out shots of bourbon at one of his talks. So heed this advice — if you ever get a chance to hear/met CJ Box take it.

Other highlights :

I got to read one of my Ossie short stories WIP to an audience of mystery writers. I co-presented a panel on “Writing the Other” about how to respectfully add characters from other cultures and ethnicity than your own. My co-presenter , Harriet Ottenheimer, and I got wonderful feedback and we hope to present it again at next year’s conference. One of my favorite panels that I got to attend was  Ali Brandon‘s (Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries) and Michelle M. Merrill‘s “The Author’s Paranormal Journey” ‘a juxtaposition of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey with the Tarot’s major arcana. I shared some prosecco with a charming Irish mystery writer, Laurence O’Bryan. We share a friend in common, Michael Haskins. (He runs the Key West Mystery Writers conference.) I got to have two strategy sessions about my writing and how to proceed and place my sassy Latina PI. One was with Erin George of Henery Press! (l love their titles and authors!) The other was with Danielle Burby of Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. I got great advice and encouragement from both ladies. That’s the best thing about SleuthFest— networking! I have met so many agents, editors, writers, and publishers at the conference. Everyone of them willing and open to conversation.

There are a ton more wonderful moments that I could share but I’ll save them for later.

In other news— I want to restart my Miami Interview series. I am thinking of revamping the questions and title. What do you think about Tropical Topics or Miami Mayhem or South Florida Sleuthing? Leave your votes in the comments section.

Until next time, enjoy your city and follow your passion!

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