For those of you a little bit curious about the girl behind the curtain, here are a couple of quick things about me:
-My full name, which looks like quite a handful, is a combination of my mother’s last name (Yelich) and my father’s (Koth). Pronunciation is easy if you break it down: “Yell-itch” and the word Coat with an “h” on the end. Now you try. 🙂
-I had quite a varied educational background, from Spanish Immersion primary school, to vocal music at an arts high school (where I learned classical music and opera), and finally my B.S. in Biology. I’ve always had a love for animal work and found myself most interested in marine biology and entomology–which may account for why science fiction has such a draw as animals in those areas are some of the least Earthly looking creatures out there.
-I have been writing since middle school, but didn’t consider it as a career until 2003.
-I have a horrible memory, which comes in handy when rereading books that I love, because I always find something new in them I forgot the first time around.
-I enjoy multiple genres and writers and have found that if the book interests me, then I’ll read it, regardless of hype, author, or style. I’m always looking for new books so feel free to recommend some that you enjoy.
-As for why I write? I write because I have a story that needs to come out. I write because I can’t NOT write. I write because I love creating something that pulls me out of my own world and lets me for a little while get lost inside someone or someplace else. And I write because I HAVE to know how the story ends.
As an author: Christa Yelich-Koth is the author of the Eomix Galaxy novels, including the Award-winning book ILLUSION (2016 Novel of Excellence award in Science Fiction from Author’s Circle Awards and ranked #1 in the U.S. for Metaphysical Fantasy ebooks, #1 in Germany for Space Opera, and #2 in Japan for Science Fiction) and U.S. Amazon Bestselling science fantasy novels IDENTITY and COILED VENGEANCE.
Other genres include her Internationally bestselling novel (Canada and Australia,) and #1 ranked in the U.S. for Assassination Thrillers — detective thriller conspiracy, SPIDER’S TRUTH. This is the first book in the Detective Trann series.
She is also the author of the YA Land of Iyah series, beginning with THE JADE CASTLE, which was ranked #1 in the U.S. for Teen & Young Adult Fantasy & Supernatural Mysteries, #1 in Spain for Fantasy books in English, #1 in Canada in Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, and #2 in France for Epic Fantasy.
For Author Services: Christa also loves helping other writers. She edits, formats, develops cover designs, and has been fortunate enough to work with several bestselling authors, both in the U.S. and internationally. She has been a professional editor for over 6 years, leads writing workshops in Oregon and California, including the Southern California Writers Conference, was co-editor for two seasons of audio drama show REDSHIFT, and has shared her expertise on multiple panels.
For those of you interested in contacting me about events, speaking engagements, or purchasing signed copies without the worry of posting something on my website, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find me on FaceBook HERE! or follow me on Twitter @cyelkoth