Hi! Look! My friend Chris Zett stopped by to tell us all about her and to give away an ebook. Drop a comment in the space below to enter the drawing. We’ll pick the winner on Friday, February 8, 2019.
Introduce yourself to the rest of the class. Who are you and what makes you tick?
Hi, I’m Christiane, and I write under the name Chris Zett. I’m in my very early forties, happily married for just over one year, and live in Berlin, Germany. I’ve always been a reading addict, mostly fantasy, sci-fi, and a little bit of (straight) romance until six years ago. The discovery of a whole world of fiction where women loved women and lived happily ever after (or not, depending on the subgenre) came as a complete surprise to me. And I haven’t stopped exploring yet.
What does it mean to you to be an author? What makes a writer a writer?
I think of myself as a storyteller. The most random things and phrases have always sparked my creativity, and I used to tell myself stories whenever I had nothing else to occupy my mind.
Now I try to share these stories with other people, but first I had to learn a lot about the craft of writing in order to do so. Who would have thought that becoming a writer was hard work? 😉
Are you promoting a specific book? Tell us about it. Include the book blurb if you’d like.
My first book is called Irregular Heartbeat, it’s a medical, lesbian romance. It was published last year in October by Ylva, and just a few days ago the audiobook came out, narrated by Abby Craden. I’m still not over the shock of hearing my words performed in this sexy voice.
When drummer Diana Petrell leaves her rock-star life to return to ER medicine, she won’t let anything stop her—not even falling for her aloof mentor, Dr. Emily Barnes.
Emily isn’t happy having to babysit an intriguing resident with a ten-year gap in her résumé.
But every time they work together, it’s not just their patients’ heartbeat that gets a little irregular. Soon, the once-clear lines between work and personal life begin to blur.
What happens to their careers when Diana’s secret comes out?
Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, to you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night and eat Nutella with your fingers?
Sometimes when my vegetarian wife isn’t home for dinner, I go out and have a giant burger with lots of cheese and jalapeños.
Tell us one thing that you’re passionate about. For example, would you strap yourself to an oil rigging a la Lucy Lawless with a Greenpeace sign in your hands?
As a woman and a lesbian, I’m passionate about equality. I always had difficulties shutting up whenever someone was treated unfairly and love to discuss these issues with my (male) colleagues. To be fair, I mostly have great colleagues who don’t want their daughters to grow up in the same society they profited from.
What’s your writing process? That is, do you have a particular place you write and/or time of day? Do you have any particular things you do before you write? (e.g. do you listen to music, drink coffee, take dance breaks…)
As I work a day job that involves different shifts and doesn’t care about weekends or holidays, I don’t have a regular time to write. I try to schedule writing time on my days off or do a little writing after an early shift. I learned not to plan anything after a twenty-four-hour shift as this is a sure way to attract work in the middle of the night and to lose sleep.
Depending on the time of day, weather, and my mood I either work from my desk at home or a café. A pot of tea and some snack help me focus, and when I’m at home, I play music. At the café, the white noise of the other customers is actually helpful. I learned early on at school and university that I need some noise to concentrate. Studying in the library never worked for me.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you (unless you’d have to kill us, in which case tell us something that some people don’t know).
I once smuggled nine bottles of vodka on a two-day train ride from Russia to Germany. I almost got caught in Belarus and nearly shat my pants. I still own one of these bottles twenty years later to remind me to never be so stupid again.
Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written?
The Harry Potter series? But seriously, every amazing book I read by another author, is one I didn’t need to write myself and could enjoy from start to finish without tears and sweat.
If time and money were no problem, where would you most like to go in the world?
As an avid traveler, I have already visited many places on my eternally growing list, like Iceland, Patagonia, and Namibia. Places that are currently out of reach are New Zealand, Tahiti, and Machu Picchu. Oh, and Mars too, if I’m allowed to dream big.
And finally, what sorts of writing projects are next for you?
I’m working in my second novel, tentatively titled Heart Failure. If everything works as planned, it’ll be published at the end of the year.
It’s a sort of enemies-to-lovers romance with a redemption storyline for one character. I wasn’t really nice to Dr. Riley as I used her in Irregular Heartbeat, so I want to give her a happy end too.
A cardiologist with a literally and figuratively broken heart meets an infuriatingly nice neighbor who effortless breezes through all her defenses. The book involves a cute baby, a gardening grandma, and a sexy massage, but not all in one scene.
Chris Zett lives in Berlin, Germany, with her wife. TV inspired her to study medicine, but she found out soon enough that real life in a hospital consists more of working long hours than performing heroic rescues. The part about finding a workplace romance turned out to be true, though.
She uses any opportunity to escape the routine by reading, writing, or traveling. Her favorite destinations include penguin colonies in Patagonia and stone circles in Scotland.
Irregular Heartbeat by Chris Zett is available at: