Between teaching, traveling, adventures and collecting awards for her spectacular writing, Christina a/k/a HRH Kristina Karageorgevic is breaking the sound barrier. I’ve been a huge fan of Sunday Story since 2010 and so, this is a real pleasure for me to get to know the person behind all this creative magic. So, I’m going to just dive right in and share some of the things that make Christina Oxenberg run. We are honored.
1. What made you decide to become a Author/Writer?
Being offered a contract, a check and a deadline. It was an unexpected moment but when it appeared before me I snatched at it. I had no thought of ever being a published author, for one thing I am dyslexic. When I was twenty-one years old and had a few dull jobs under my belt my only interest was adventure. I would take jobs and save up until I could go traveling and not return until the money ran out. But at lunch with friends and a publisher while making small talk the publisher turned something we were chatting about, funny anecdotes of life in NYC, and offered me the chance to write a book. This was luck and I strongly believe luck should be number one on anyone’s business plan.
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
Even as a young child I was mostly a loner who liked to daydream and read books on Egyptian mythology or the body of work of Thomas Hardy. Despite the dyslexia which makes reading slow and spelling confounding, I always composed short stories, sometimes screeds, sometimes poems, but generally fiction short stories. I never thought of myself as a writer, it was more a natural release. Reading, and my private writings, were an escape. It was my secret safe happy place and I was grateful for this privacy from any chaos in my life. Until my sixth published book, after thirty years of publishing, I didn’t feel secure calling myself a writer.
4. How would you describe your own style?
I went to fourteen schools in several different countries which was great for the dyslexia, I’m kidding, but it was great for the exposure to so many languages and the use of language, my mind was opened from an early age. I passed on university and went instead straight into the workforce of menial employ. I never considered staying at any corporate job longer than necessary. I am not a conventional personand the best I could do was stop in and earn a few bucks and then fly away again and roam the earth, and always taking notes.
6. Your idea of great style?
When art is organic, comfortable, relaxed, and yet original, clever, pithy and provocative.
7. What puts you in a creative mood?
Being awake. Being happy. Being sad. Being mad. I’m always ‘switched on’ and it’s a matter of writing everything and editing everything but not always showing everything. A lot of what I write is just for me, because it is part of the diary experience that allows me to tell the truth. There has to be somewhere safe to tell the truth and truth is not wanted in polite society. I have found that writing about ‘bad’ behavior is the greater crime than the behavior in question. It is one of life’s many injustices but it is better to not be hurting people’s feelings unless that is ones goal, and it is never mine even if occasionally I do forget to change people’s names.
8. What is something about you that nobody would guess?
I am not necessarily the ‘central character’ I lampoon for my weekly blog the Sunday Story.
9. Favorite indulgence?
10. Your most annoying habit?
I interrupt everyone.
11. How would you like to be remembered?
Your favorite writer!
Christina, thank you for being so genuine, authentic, gracious and relatable. With respect to question #9.. Your favorite indulgence? Compliments! I’m here to heap them on you. How very fortunate we all are to get the rare chance of seeing “Christina’s World” up close and personal. Cheers!