Christina L. Rozelle NaNoWriMo Interview

First of all, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a mom of four and Dallas, Texas native, and author of the bestselling Treemakers Trilogy. I love chocolate, coffee, Daryl Dixon, and yoga pants, and daydream constantly about end-of-the-world scenarios.

How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?

My first time attempting NaNoWriMo was in 2013 when I wrote the first version of “The Treemakers.” I won that year and am still paying for it! I scrapped that story and rewrote it from scratch, publishing it a year later on Dec. 3, 2014. It’s sequel, The Soultakers, was just published Dec. 3, 2015.

What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?

I was busy prepping The Soultakers for publication so I didn’t participate this year, though I would’ve liked to.

How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?

When I participated in 2013 I kept a calendar in front of me and a big red sharpie. Each day I hit my word count I crossed out that day with a gigantic red X. Once you see a string of these you don’t want to “break the chain” so you keep pushing harder. It seems simple but it works. I’ve heard famous authors and celebrities mention using this method, including Jerry Seinfeld. You just write every day, no matter what. Put those headphones on to drown out the background noise if you need to. Lock yourself in an attic or cellar. Threaten those around you with wet noodle-whippings if they disturb you—things of that nature. You have to be on the verge of obsession to complete this insane challenge. You have to ask yourself this: How bad do I want it? And you have to go to any lengths it takes to hit that word count every day, word-slinging-ninja beast-mode style.

If our readers wanted to follow you and your work, what would be the best way to do that?

Here are all of the places you can find me and my work around the web:
“The Treemakers” on Amazon:

“The Treemakers” on Audible:

“The Soultakers” on Amazon:

Amazon Author Page:
“The Rozelle Army” Mailing List:
The Treemakers on ifList:
A Spark in the Dark Facebook Page:
The Fansite of Christina L. Rozelle:
Facebook Profile:

Facebook Author Page:
Twitter: (@CLRozelle)
Instagram: christina.l.rozelle


Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Aspiring writers might like to check out my blog for writers, A Spark in the Dark. There you’ll find tons of tidbits of insight and pearls of wisdom (and plenty of shenanigans) from my journey to becoming a self-published author, and beyond.
A Spark in the Dark Blog:

Thanks so much for having me!

Phase 2 #2, And What To Expect From #3

If you missed it, Phase 2 Magazine Issue 2 was recently released on Amazon. You can find it here. Despite only having been live for a short time, it already has one four-star review. Contributor and staff copies have not been sent out yet but will be soon. Keep an eye on your email, if that applies to you.

The third issue of Phase 2 is scheduled to be released on July 1st. I intend to keep firm on this date, as the annual Minnesota convention called CONvergence begins on July 2nd and it is likely I will be sitting on at least a few panels there. As the theme for CONvergence this year is dystopias, the plan is to make the third issue of Phase 2 heavy on dystopian fiction. If that’s not your thing, don’t worry. Issue #3 will also see the first installment of a cyberpunk series written by Roy C. Booth and at least one other more traditional sci-fi story. We want to make sure there is still something for everyone, even while pursuing a theme. It is likely issue #3 will be the longest yet but it will be just 99¢ as always.

If you haven’t already, go like Phase 2 on Facebook and follow Phase 2 on Twitter. I post things on those social media outlets far more often than we do on this site. You’re also better able to better interact with us there.

One question we’re beginning to ask there, and will continue to for at least a while is this: Is there an author you would like to see in a future issue of Phase 2? We’re open to suggestions on who you think we should reach out to.

That’s all for now. As always, if you have any questions or comments, Facebook or Twitter is the best way to get in touch with us. You can also email editor (at), but the response time is likely to be longer.

David Stegora