Author Tuesday Interview – Christine Reilly



It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!

This week we are featuring an interview with Christine Reilly author of Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday (see my review here). It currently has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon and you can check it out on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Christine is giving away an Ebook copy of Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday. So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, September 5, 2016.

Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.

Well, hello there! I’m Christine Reilly.  I’m a poet, author and teacher. I live in New York City.  I started my novel, Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday as a book of narrative poetry when I was nineteen and sold it six years later.

1) Why should people read your book?

My book isn’t for everyone, but those who love interesting characters and beautiful language would enjoy my book.  Some of my inspirations include Zadie Smith, Celeste Ng, J.D. Salinger and Stephen Chbosky.  If you like any or all of the above, you should give my book a shot.

2) Where is your favorite place to write?

I can’t sit still.  I like writing at home, but I end up in different places.  I start at my “office” at the living room table then move to my bed, the floor, back to the office, the desk by the window, another spot on the floor, and the bed again.  Then I move to a coffee shop.  I like varying my spaces.

3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?

I am currently redrafting my second book and I also got engaged on the morning of my book launch, so there’s a wedding to plan.  I’m also considering adopting a puppy.  🙂

4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?

There are a few — short stories by Ernest Hemingway, A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, anything by Aimee Bender or Amy Bloom.

5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?

Again, I like to read several books at once, and there are a few I just bought.  Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist by Sunil Yapa, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry, and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?

Danny’s Song by Loggins & Messina

7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?

I have a pretty profound long-term memory.  I can sprint 12.5 mph (though not for long).  I’ve been keeping a diary since 8th grade and can tell you what I did on every day of my life since then.  Tim Gunn once complimented my outfit and Megan Abbott once complimented my book.  Looking back on this, I guess these aren’t really considered talents… more good habits/good life experiences.

8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?

Is it hard to separate reading for criticism from reading for pleasure?  I say this because it’s a particular tandem to achieve as a writer between reading for craft and for pleasure.  

Laura – It is hard, as I do try to review everything I read and I go into certain books knowing that it is a must read for me and I want to really experience the book and not critique it as I’m reading. I tend to keep an eye out for certain items when reading for a review; plot, world building, characters, pacing and emotions are things I try to hone in on along with the author’s writing style and overall tone of the book. When I read for pleasure, there are two things that tend to happen – 1) I read the book really really fast as I need to know what happens or 2) I read it really really slowly to savor it. I tend to not spend time looking for the way the author describes things but more on how I feel reading it. It makes for a more difficult review to write but I still want to share my feelings. 



Connect with Christine –

Twitter: @reillypoet


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Posted August 30, 2016 by Laura in Author Tuesday, Giveaway / 2 Comments

2 responses to “Author Tuesday Interview – Christine Reilly

  1. danielle hammelef

    I loved this interview. Great questions that I don’t read on other blogs.