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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Christi Corbett On Her Inner Editor - Captain Obvious

Wednesday's Writer Spotlight ~ Christi Corbett

In celebration of her recent release, Along the Way Home, I welcome guest host and fellow Astraea Press author, Christi Corbett. Her debut historical romance, Along the Way Homehas garnered great advance reviews. No wonder! It appears Christi had a little help along the way from her inner editor. 

Here's Christi Corbett to tell you all about it:

First, I’d like to give a big thank you to Ariella for allowing me to host her blog! I truly appreciate her sharing her readers with me as I celebrate the release of my debut novel, Along the Way Home.

During the writing of Along the Way Home, I held many long, contentious arguments with Captain Obvious.
Who is Captain Obvious?
Well, it’s simple really.
Captain Obvious stops by for a visit every time I read a sentence, paragraph, or, regrettably, sometimes even a page, where I’ve told my reader repeat, or unnecessary information that doesn’t move the storyline along.
Here’s a snippet of a memorable conversation…
“Hey!” yelled Captain Obvious. “You’ve told them that already!”
“But, no, you don’t understand,” my stammering protests fill the air. “These words—they’re so beautiful, so brilliant; I simply can’t bear to send them away.”  
“Loser!” Captain Obvious charged forward with the harsh truth, completely oblivious to my tender fragility. “There’s only so many times you have to tell the reader that people on the Oregon Trail who don’t have water ARE THIRSTY, AND LOOK FOR IT A LOT!”
Regrettably, Captain Obvious is usually right.
Highlight. Delete. Move on.

How about you? How do you deal with the inner voice that tells you what you’re doing wrong?

They lost everything but their dreams on the Oregon Trail…

Kate Davis is intrigued when her father reveals his dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory. Settlers out west value a strong woman, and though she manages the financials of her father’s mercantile her competence earns her ridicule, not respect, from Virginia’s elite society.

Jake Fitzpatrick, an experienced trail guide, wants land out west to raise cattle and crops. But dreams require money and he’s eating dandelion greens for dinner. So when a wealthy businessman offers double wages to guide his family across the Oregon Trail, Jake accepts with one stipulation—he is in complete control.

Departure day finds Kate clinging to her possessions as Jake demands she abandon all he deems frivolous, including her deceased mother’s heirlooms. Jake stands firm, refusing to let the whims of a headstrong woman jeopardize the wages he so desperately needs—even a beautiful one with fiery green eyes and a temper to match.

Trail life is a battle of wills between them until tragedy strikes, leaving Jake with an honor-bound promise to protect her from harm and Kate with a monumental choice—go back to everything she’s ever known or toward everything she’s ever wanted?

Advance Praise for Along the Way Home
…author Christi Corbett unfurls an unforgettable epic romance inside of an epic Western adventure. Beautifully crafted, this debut novel is a tender journey of the heart as well as a treacherous journey of many miles.
Eve Paludan, author of Taking Back Tara (Ranch Lovers Romance series)

A breathtaking account of courage and adventure along the Oregon Trail.
Jillian Kent, author of The Ravensmoore Chronicles.

A dash of action! A touch of intrigue! Loads of sweet, clean romantic promise…
Reid Lance Rosenthal, Winner of 15 National Awards, #1 Best Selling Author of the Threads West, An American Saga series.

About Christi
I’m addicted to coffee, sticky notes, and the Oxford Comma. I live in a small town in Oregon with my husband and our twins. Our home’s location is especially inspiring because the view from the back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the Oregon Territory and beyond.

Along the Way Home is a Sweet Historical Romance. It released in ebook format on June 11, 2013 and will be available in print July of 2013. It is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, Astraea Press (my publisher),OmniLit, and several other retailers.

When I’m not writing I love chatting with readers and writers alike. You can find me in one of the following locations:
Twitter: @ChristiCorbett
Facebook: Christi Corbett—Author


  1. Yay! I love your Captain Obvious! Okay, so he doesn't spare your ego a whole lot, but he makes your writing better! I've only recently discovered my own inner critic. Going through editing a few times and being told everything you're doing can either give you a complex or give you tools...and I choose tools! I haven't named him yet, but my inner voice wears a carpenter's belt filled with those literary tools...including a delete button! Happy writing!

  2. Heather,

    Now I'm thinking of different names for your own Captain Obvious. When I was a tv commercial writer, the very first script I had to write was for a funeral home. I worked on it for over an hour and then was told by my boss... "That sounds like a$$".

    I took a deep breath, and asked how to make it better. And from that moment on I learned so much. Also, I still keep in touch with my boss and he and his wife are fantatic.

    Thanks for your comment, and let me know when you come up with a name.

    Christi Corbett

  3. My inner critic is Ms Areyousure. Writing historicals, as you well know, requires a lot of research. And there are a lot of readers who know much more about the time and place where my characters reside than I do. So when I come up with a scene or a situation, Ms Areyousure steps in and asks "Would that REALLY have happened?" and then I have to stop writing and check it out.

    1. Patricia, I know Ms. Areyousure! When I was working on my yet unpublished middle grade series, she kept telling me to buy more research books. Smart, but annoying, Ms. Areyousure!

  4. Patricia,

    I LOVE the name of your inner critic! Love love LOVE!

    What type of historicals do you write?

    Christi Corbett