Friday, July 31, 2015

Blogoversary Post and Giveaway: Kristi Charish Four Years Ago

Here at Goldilox and the Three Weres we are celebrating our 

In honor of the four wonderful years this blog has had, we are having authors share with you all what they were doing four years ago at this time and what they hope to be doing four years from now. Each post will include a giveaway, so be sure to check back every day until August 7!
Today's Post Comes From:
Kristi Charish
 Where was I 4 years ago?

Well, I couldn’t tell you exactly where I was in August 2011, but I do know I’d been writing fiction for a year and a half. One year and a half since deciding while writing up my PhD thesis that I wanted to try my hand at fiction. A year and a half of trial and error and testing my abilities. I’d managed to put a speculative fiction night class at Vancouver Community College and a workshop at the Vancouver Public Library with Spider Robinson under my belt, and had even found a local writing group to share work with on Sunday afternoons over a beer.

I had yet to sell any of my writing- short story or otherwise - but after that year and a half of writing, putting in at least an hour every night, I had a better idea where my strengths and weaknesses lay. I’d also begun to develop my own esthetic tastes. I’d discarded one sci-fi novel, begun a fantasy novel and had yet to try my hands at urban fantasy. I wouldn’t give urban fantasy a shot until the following summer of 2012 at David Farland’s writer’s workshop in Utah where I began Owl and the Japanese Circus (oddly enough I was there to work on my fantasy I’d begun the summer before… the one that got side tracked as I wrote OWL and THE VOODOO KILLINGS…the one I’m currently trying to fix up now…).

It wouldn’t be until the following summer, 2013, when I’d sign with my agent and OWL would sell, and then again the following winter, 2014, when THE VOODOO KILLINGS would sell to Random House Canada.

That’s an awful lot to cram into four years…

Where will I be four years from now? Well, first and foremost I really hope I’m not still messing around on and off with this fantasy…

 Joking aside, predicting the future was never my strong suit. If someone had of told me when I started my undergraduate degree at SFU in the Anthropology and Archaeology program that three years later I’d have transferred to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and be working in a genetics lab, I’d have laughed. Likewise when I began my PhD work. If someone had of told me that almost ten years later I’d be a full time writer, I would have met it with bemused skepticism. I was a research scientist after all! I didn’t know the first thing about writing a book.

In my experience, it’s the things you don’t see that show up on your horizons.

Where would I like to be? Optimistically still writing and turning out books that entertain…at the very least I’ll hope for a few more OWL novels.

About the Author

Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment in the Owl series, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Oct 5th 2015. THE VOODOO KILLINGS, book 1 in her second urban fantasy series, KINCAID STRANGE (Random House Canada), about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle, is scheduled for release mid 2016.

Kristi is also a co-host for the popular Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast and also has a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

Twitter: @kristicharish
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Kristi Charish is giving one winner a choice of a signed copy of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS or an ARC of OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS. (Winner must have a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada.)

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Click on the covers to add to Goodreads. And for more on Owl, check out our Q&A with Kristi and our review of Owl and the Japanese Circus. and the City of Angels  (Adventures of Owl, #2)


  1. If you've already read OWL & THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, enter the giveaway anyways and let The Three Weres know- I'll make sure you an ARC for OWL & THE CITY OF ANGELS!

  2. congrats to Kristi on her stories!! I have a copy of W&tJC on my kindle and unfortunately it got lost on my kindle carousel. Definitely running to go dig it out now :) thanks for the fun look back!

  3. Loved the first book, looking forward to City of Angels.


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