CHRISTIAN WRITER AND POETRY STYLIST CHRISTINA R. JUSSAUME

Questions and Answers

By: Robert Hewett Sr.

Christina, where are you from and what is your family status?

I reside in Massachusetts in the USA. I am a Christian wife, Mother and Grandmother. I work full time in an historical Town Hall in Massachusetts.

I see that you are a Christian writer and Christ is part of your first name. Is there a special significance there?

I am named Christina after my mother, who always told me to never fear life as Christ is the first five letters of my name and He is always with me.

When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book? What do you write, poetry, short stories, novels, fiction, and religion?

I began writing in the year 2004. I would scribble down rhymes on scrap pieces of paper. I showed them to friends and family and they encouraged me to write. I was an only child and I missed the loss of my parents who both died before I had my 40th birthday. I found when I wrote I would heal myself of the grief. After realizing I could heal my hurt I felt that I wanted to write to help others by uplifting their spirits. I am a Poetess accomplished in many styles of poetry both the old styles and new styles of today’s Poets. From a novice poet I decided that I wanted to be the best Poet that I could be and I even have created 22 styles of my own. I am a Poetry Style Tutor on www.Poetryandpublishing.com.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer the day I received the first copy of my first book.

How did you come up with your book titles?

The titles always came to me in dreams often with a vision of what I felt the cover should look like. Here are my book titles: I have written seven books and they were written in this order. “My Walk with Jesus’, “Amazing Pets and Animals”, Spiritual Living Waters,” “To God Give the Glory’, “Joseph’s Star of Eternal Promise” “Spiritual Enlightenment”, and “Spiritual Encouragement.” These books are all available on Amazon.com.

This is a link to my books.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoaCUVhsY54

I see a lot about poetry styles in your book? Is that your main focus in publishing your books?

I do use a lot of different styles in all of my collections but that is not my main focus. My main focus is to present a book to my reader that will uplift them and bring a smile on their face. I am working on a series now on Spiritual Healing of Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Are experiences that you write about based on someone you know, or an event in your own life?

It could be about my own life but it also could be someone I know. I have written some fiction and also a book about amazing animals. This book, “Amazing Pets and Animals” is half about my own precious pets and half fiction. It began when my Granddaughter asked me to tell her a story. I searched through my memories and wrote this book.

What books have influenced your life?

That is an easy question. The Bible has influenced my life and has inspired many of my poems. Many poems have a Bible verse underneath showing you where I received my inspiration.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I joined an on line Poetry site where Poets mingled and we learned from each other. I was especially inspired by a woman named Patricia Simpson. She was my mentor and is now a very close friend. She often challenged me to write on various subjects. When the muse went dry we inspired one another. We became very close and she later became my Publisher. If anyone helped me grow as a Poet it was Pat.

Who designed your book covers?

The first book was done by PublishAmericabut all the other beautiful covers were designed by Patricia Simpson. She has published six of my seven books. She will be publishing the 8th book when I finish the manuscript. I already know my title, which will be “Spiritual Victory”.

Where do you do your writing, at your PC, or do you have a laptop and pick places to write?

I do my writing at my PC. I am a fast typist and this way I can keep up with my thoughts. The handy spell check is also available.

What advice would you have for the unpublished writer about getting their first book published?

I would recommend my Publisher who is www.apfpublisher.com. Patricia will give you assistance wherever you need it to create your book and fulfill your destiny.

You mention that you belong to an online poetry group, maybe more than one, can you name a few of your contemporary writers that inspire you, or whose work you find pleasing to read?

Well I read many writers Bob and I enjoy every one of them for the God given talent I see within their writings. As the Tutor on the Alliance of Poets site I would have to tell you I enjoy all that I read. I especially enjoy when I can teach them a little something that they did not know before or inspire them to create a form of their own. I have been on many poetry sites but now I am only involved with this site. There are many poets I have known for many years and they often inspire me. Those that fall under that category are Patricia Simpson, Erich Goller, Joseph Spence Sr and Robert Hewett's fabulous children’s stories.

What thought would you like to leave with people who read and comment on your interview?

I hope they check out my website and watch the book trailer of all my collections. My books are for all ages and are meant to uplift my readers. I actually have some of my books at my church’s Chapel. All my books are available on Amazon.com. I wish to thank all of you that have read my interview. God bless… Christina.

www.Poetesscrjussaume.com

Here are two poems to illustrate my writing.

The Lord Delights (Carpe Diem)

He knows every thought and desire

He can make them happen

Believe in Him

Always

Believe His word and live accordingly

Give trust

On each new day

You will start to see plan

He will finish His work in you!

Give praise and honor Him each day of life!

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart”
(Psalm 37:4, AMP)

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STEP AHEAD TO VICTORY (Monchielle)

Step to your victory

Put behind obstacles

Walk forward with faith shown

Feel His essence within

Let Jesus name be known

Step to your victory

Let Him align your life

Pieces of puzzle seen

Sow seeds by doing good

Praise Master as routine

Step to your victory

Due time awaits you now

Season of harvest here

Expect and you’ll receive

Sign from God will appear

Step to your victory

World will see His glory

Do not lose heart ever

Faithful inherit earth

God’s with us forever

By Christina R Jussaume copyright 2011 (8)

“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”
(Galatians 6:9, NKJ)



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ROBERTHEWETTSR 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Tina, your interview is from the heart and will be well received by hub viewers. I am proud to have you as my

special poet friend. Best wishes. Bob


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prashant angiras 5 years ago from shimla(india)

good interview,i will check out for her books..


Pat Simpson 5 years ago

Tina as a writer I still find it hard to explain what you mean to me... like my family you are very precious to me...

You say I helped you well I can tell you truthfully girl without your continued support and inspiration I would not be doing what I do today, and I know that there are many poets that can say that about you as i have watched you on site tutor them and make them stylishly grow ...Pat xxx


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Dena M. Ferrari 5 years ago from North Carolina

Heyla Tina!

What an insightful Interview! You shine with talent!! Thanks for everything that you have done at the Alliance!! You are VERY appreciated and admired!!

Brightest Blessings to you and yours!!


Joseph S. Spence, Sr. 5 years ago

This is a wonderful interview. I like the probing questions and candid answers. It appears that we both started writing to get rid of the grief from the loss of our parents, how interesting! This interview is really enlightening and I have learned some things about Christina I didn't know before. This is so wonderful. Great job!

Blessings always,

Joseph


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

First thank you Robert for giving me this interview. It was a pleasure to have this opportunity to let people know how my poetry began and why I have continued with it. God bless


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you prashant angiras for reading my interview. I hope you will click in on my website and watch my book trailer of all my collections. God bless


Erich J Goller 5 years ago

I know Tina for a number of years from different poetry sites. She a wonderful poetess, very inspirational which inspired me with my writing and also help me grow writing

different poetic styles.I'm honored to call her my friend.Bless you. Hugs!Erich


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Dena for giving me the opportunity to try out your very first two created styles in our Style forum. Your mystical works often intrigue me and offer me a beautiful vision of life. God bless


christina jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Joseph for reading this interview. It has been a pleasure to read all your writings throughout the years. God bless Christina


kgcummings 5 years ago

Very nice interview Christina. Your work and your ability is an inspiration to all. Best wishes for a long and successful career.

Kathy


Ioanda 5 years ago

I am so proud to be a part of Christina's circle of poet friends!!! I love her poetry and this interview is written so well.

All the very best and keep on writing, dear Christina!

iolanda scripca

author of "Lava of My Soul"


Leokadia Vella 5 years ago

A wonderful interview Robert has presented. I have come to know Christina's poetry through many poetry sites. Her love for God and all his creation is very evident in her writings as is her family and friends. She is very gifted in all the styles of poetry writing, that is what makes her a wonderful tutor. I wish you every success and many blessings. Take care always, Lee


katherine stella 5 years ago

have known Chris for several years and oh how her poetry has flourished makes the mind body and soul do searching alittle more am proud to be part of the site which she has been apart of for long time now keep reaching for the stars Chris adn thanks for your alway's great support to your fellow stylist hugs dear friend and God bless


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Kathy for reading this interview. Thank you for your inspiring comments.. May God bless you in all our writing also.


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Iolanda for stopping by to read this interview of mine. I appreciate your poetry also and wish you success with your book. God bless


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Lee for your beautiful comments. I have come to admire all that you have written especially your fantastic poems on the subject of love. May God continually guide your quill and comfort you with a full recovery. God bless


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you kathy for the lovely comments. Your stylish poetry is always written with great imagery and great expression and is always a delight for me to read. Keep up the great work. God bless


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John Henson 5 years ago

Excellent interview Tina, I have designed 18 styles of my own now, and I owe that to you. Before I met you I knew next to nothing about styles. I wrote rhymes now I am a poet, Thankyou Tina..............John


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

I am very happy that I was able to teach you John... You have excelled tremendously since I first read your poems...You have some very dynamic styles of your own that I have used that I do love too... expecially the "Holy Grail" God bless


r. jerome 5 years ago

I found it interesting and beautiful, I hope you keep up the Lord's work.


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Ms Jerome for the lovely comment. I am thankful you found my interview and enjoyed it. May God bless you and your family


Pat Therrien 5 years ago

Have read almost all her books, still have a few missing, keep up the good work.


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Pat for the lovely comments. I do appreciate you reading my interview. God bless


MICHAEL L SCHUH 5 years ago

THIS WAS A OUTSTANDING INTERVIEW DONE ON A FANTASTIC POET

I LEARNED MORE ABOUT YOU AND A LITTLE OF MYSELF WAS IN IT TOO

YOUR BOOKS OUR VERY GOOD AND I ENJOYED READING THE ONES I DID

YOU ARE A FANTASTIC INTERVIEWER THANK YOU I ENJOYED THE READ


Lynne Cullen 5 years ago

I have known Tina from 2005 when I started writing she was on the same ole blue site as me.....I love Tina's poetry because it is very spiritual and comforting whenever I read her poems...this is her strong point though she is multi-talented.......and can write on just about any subject......She is also a stylist on the site we both write for now.......finally she is a warm and loving person, always............


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Mike for reading my interview. It was a pleasure to read the books of yours that I have read also. God bless


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Lynn for the lovely comments. I also enjoyed the book that you wrote, beautiful spiritual muse. God bless


Jeannette DuPont 5 years ago

Ive read some of your poems and found they touched me emotionally. It is ice to know more about you x


Joe Hartman 5 years ago

I have read Tina's writings since her start and I have watched her grow as both a poet and a Christian. Her heart is truly both. Nice interview Bob and Tina.


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Joe for the kind words. Whenever you wrote on a site we were on together I truly enjoyed your writings and also enjoyed the book I read you wrote. God bless always


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Jeannette for your lovely comments. You are a remarkable woman just like your Mother, Pat Simpson. God bless you always with all your endeavors.


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Mary Ann Duhart 5 years ago from Stockton Ca

A great interview to a great mentor and teacher. I learned so much from you and others. Continue to let your light shine and be the best that you can be. Always in my prayers..


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Mary Ann Duhart 5 years ago from Stockton Ca

A great interview to a great mentor and teacher. I learned so much from you and others. Continue to let your light shine and be the best that you can be. Always in my prayers..


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Mary for your lovely words.. You were the very first person I took under my wing to teach style and I am very proud of your accomplishments.. God bless Christina


Viola Jane Tabor 5 years ago

I love anything that is written from the heart just as your interview is from your heart. I also like it when I read someone's work and they give God the glory and praise. Christina you truly have done that in your interview, and I could hear your heart. Awesome job. May God bless you in all your writings and other things you may do in your life.


joy 5 years ago

I really enjoyed your interview it showed us the delightful and beautiful person you are an insight to the poetry we already enjoy. Joy


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Viola for stopping by to read this interview of mine. God gives gifts for a reason and I am trying to fulfill what he wants me to accomplish... therefore He will recieve all the glory from my muse. God bless


Christina Jussaume 5 years ago

Thank you Joy for stopping by to read this indept article that I wrote. It was a pleasure to have this opportunity to do so. I enjoy your writing especially the great use of metaphors.... see.. I do notice everything about words... God bless

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