Hello there! I’m Christine; a mother, writer, photographer, knitter, seamstress, and avid home cook. I live with my husband and three young children in Providence, Rhode Island. My writing and photography are inspired by the farmland and coasts of my adopted home state, though my love of the natural world was awakened during childhood summers spent in Northern Michigan. When I’m not traveling and exploring with my family, I can be found fussing away in my community garden plot, perusing the farmers market for dinner inspiration, wrangling my backyard chickens, or nestled in at home with a pair of knitting needles.
I am the author of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet (Roost, 2016), Little Bites (Roost, 2015) and Markets of New England (The Little Bookroom, 2011). My writing has appeared in Country Living, The Boston Globe, and Edible Rhody, among many other local and national publications.
Here are a few FAQ’s in case you’re curious:
How did you get started with your writing career?
My journey as a published writer has been quite a winding road. I started with no connections, no clips…just pure determination and hard work. When I decided that I wanted to write for magazines, I checked out a bunch of freelance writing books from the library, learned to write a killer query letter and started contacting editors. There is really no magic bullet, no secret formula…just hard work, determination and an ability to pick yourself up after each rejection letter (and trust me, there are a ton of those!). The site that I find most helpful is mediabistro.com…there is an annual fee, but there is great content, such as the “How to Pitch” section and “Pitches that Worked” section. These two sections really helped me tailor each query letter so that it was appropriate for the magazine I was pitching.
I do not make my living solely as a freelance magazine writer, I also work part time at a school, teach writing classes and author books. The first year, I earned almost nothing with my writing…$50 here, $150 there, nothing significant. Now I have an agent, three books under my belt and countless articles (though I still get rejected often when pitching new magazines and it still stings!)…but it took a ton of time and hard work, many trips to NYC to meet with editors, lots of networking, etc. I tell you this not to be a downer, just to be realistic. Being a writer means 90% rejection, 10% acceptance, and that was a very hard lesson for me to learn. Here are a few suggested titles to check out: Writer’s Market 2012, The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell, Get A Freelance Life by Margit Feury Ragland, and Starting Your Career As a Freelance Writer by Moira Anderson Allen.
What kind of camera do you use?
When I began my blog in the summer of 2008, I did not own a camera. I quickly realized that I needed one, so I bought a simple Canon point-and-shoot. That lasted me for about a year and a half, but I started getting frustrated that my photography skills were not improving. From there I moved up to a Canon EOS Rebel XSi and I loved it- it’s the camera I used to shoot my entire first book! When I signed on for my second book, and began publishing with greater success, I realized I needed a professional grade camera. I upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark II, and have been thrilled with the purchase.
Do you have any recommendations for things I can do when I visit Providence, RI or Northern MI?
Why yes, I do! In fact, I think so highly of my adopted hometown that I wrote an entire guide to this fabulous and often underrated city. Check it out right here. I also wrote a guide to my favorite things to do in Northern Michigan.