Christina Wible, author of In Between Goodbyes,  In Season and The Shepherd’s Image discusses her books, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing .

INTERVIEWER: What can you tell us about your books?
CHRISTINA WIBLE: All three of my books involve the theme of women who have been tested in life and, though they think they are comfortable at what they have chosen, they find that there is more that they haven't explored.  For example In Between Goodbyes and In Season both examine what is in the heart of a woman who has for her whole life been alone, and what happens when her world is turned upside down.  In The Shepherd's Image the protagonist recognizes that there must be something more to life and is guided to go after it.
INTERVIEWER: How do you develop and differentiate your characters?
CHRISTINA WIBLE: I really don’t develop my characters, they develop themselves. My stories evolve through my characters talking to me. (No I’m not in therapy and yes, my friends affirm that I am relatively sane and don’t talk to myself out loud, anyway.) A voice starts in my head. Usually I try to get the voice of the character down on paper but frequently, just when I think I “have” the character in my head, they create a circumstance or a personality problem that I had not foreseen and that makes me change the entire tone of the story. One character blew me out of the water the other day by changing from being a loving, handsome male protagonist to a mass murderer. I have to have a talk with him.
INTERVIEWER: Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
CHRISTINA WIBLE: Actually I have found my books appeal to a variety of women, but especially those who are interested in the interactions between people of the who communicate on the same level and help each other in a caring manner but may at times be reluctant to commit. My reader will like a bit of suspense and will like to speculate on why people are the way they are. A man who read In Between Goodbyes thought it brought him insight on why women of a certain age do what they do.
INTERVIEWER: What was your journey as a writer?
CHRISTINA WIBLE: A long, long time ago, before I became a multi-career person, I wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first book when I was 14. I wrote my second the next year.
Life intervened. I became a nurse, a Political Science graduate, a wife, a methods manager, an early computer techie, an amateur horse person. I retired. I acquired more degrees (this time in Religion), and I worked for this non-profit and that non-profit.
But through my whole journey I never stopped writing. At one point I had about five feet of yellow pads filled with scrawl most of which ended up in the wastebasket.
Then, six years back, I started yet another novel. Only this time I was determined to publish. I wrote for three years. The result was In Between Goodbyes.
No matter how many or how few copies are sold, publishing these books has been a wonderful adventure. I have met some really interesting people and learned so very much from this. And to top it off, my books are actually selling!
I have loved every minute of the process from conception through writing through editing. (Well perhaps not the editing.) I am still journeying through the publishing world, not sure if I want to continue with the publishing method I use now. I am also willing to try more traditional routes. This, after all, is a journey.
Now, I write more than I ever have. After all, it is a labor of love. The one thing I do know is that I'm so glad to have come home to where I always wanted to be. A writer.
INTERVIEWER: What is your writing process?
CHRISTINA WIBLE: I sit down and listen for a few months after one of the characters has started talking to me. I grab a fresh notebook at the start and scribble everything that comes to me. Unfortunately everyone starts gabbing just before I go to bed and this process has left me chronically sleep deprived at work. Finally when my head is about to explode the only way to relieve to the pressure is to start typing. A 60,000 word book usually comes out in rough form in about 6 weeks. Then I leave it in my computer, bubbling like a caldron four a few month getting back to it after a break to see if it is worth continuing to work on.
If I get into trouble I employ two great freelance editors who help me talk through the knots into which I tie myself. They also straighten out my baroque use of commas and quotes.
INTERVIEWER: What authors most inspire you?
CHRISTINA WIBLE: Laurie R. King, not so much for her Mary Russell novels though I find them interesting, as for her lesser-known Folly. Julia Spencer-Fleming for her ability to make me stay up to all hours of the night finishing anything she writes. Jasper Fforde for his sense of humor and his ability to turn the world around in my head. Stephen King. Hmmm. I can’t really read his writing ‘cause he scares me just too much but I love his advice to writers in his On Writing. It gave me hope, it instructed me in writing techniques and all in such a readable package!
INTERVIEWER: What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you'd written yourself?
CHRISTINA WIBLE: The aforementioned Folly. It combines suspense with the level of character development that I aim for.  King's protagonist is a strong woman with a past.
INTERVIEWER: What advice would you give to a first-time author?
CHRISTINA WIBLE: Go for it! I’ve have thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I’d like to try all kinds of experiences in publishing before I’m done which will be never. I fully intend to die with my face planted firmly in my keyboard.
INTERVIEWER: Thanks, and best of luck with your books.