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Christopher Ross | Author Life Questionnaire

Christopher Ross | Author Life Questionnaire

 |  Author Life

Christopher Ross, the author of The Unraveling of the Dawson City insider, 1997-99, shares some details about their life after becoming a new author!


Did you always dream of becoming an author?
I was actually a professional writer for decades before I became an author. I knew I had a potential seller back in the 1990s but the non fiction story was to fresh to tell. It needed to age. I waited over 20 years and then went back to the recourse material to write the story. Was it a dream? No. It’s simply the appropriate format for this particular story. And what a story it is!




What was your first job?
I started in the newspaper industry by helping my older friends deliver free weekly newspapers door-to-door when I was nine. I think I earned Slurpee money, which was fine. That turned into my own paper route when I was 12, then door-to-door subscription sales at 15, onto work as a daily newspaper journalist and global freelancer. I eventually owned and published my own chain of newspapers with a partner.  I turned this into some shrewd property purchases that allowed me to retire early. Newspapering has been very, very good to me.




How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
Some stories require the proper timing to be told. I filed away this particular tale for 20 years. The timing is just right.




What was your life like before you became an author?
I had done all I could with my writing career and was looking for the next thing. Book writing is no different than any other type but the publishing and sales model is new to me. I have time to be patient and to learn. It’s the perfect challenge at this point in life, especially as I believe I have a valuable story.





Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
Where to start? I was sailing along as the only communications analyst for the Yukon Department of Justice. All media enquiries came through me, as did pretty much any contact management had with the public. I had the flexibility to create media and was also the webmaster. I wrote speaking notes and appeared on camera. It was the dream job.




Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
I worked at the job for 7 years before it all ended. I played high-end soccer for thirty-five years. My career and everything else came crashing down one Saturday morning in January 2012 when another play blind-sided me with a headbutt to the temple on a keeper’s throw. I never saw him coming. It’s taken me 10 years to recover. The Unraveling of the Dawson City Insider was born in 2019 when I was at the end of my rope. I fired out 20 chapters in 3 weeks. Pegasus picked it up in the first week of me pitching it. This project has literally renewed a career that was hopelessly lost in 2012.




Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
I wanted a publisher that gave me the opportunity to visit book store managers anywhere at any time and would fill book orders. I was locked into an isolated, lonely and broken world. Now I am back in the game. I have the tool to meet new people constantly. I smile every time I need to work on this project. I am so happy to be back in the game. Making money means little to me. Having the opportunity to make money again at my trade – that means everything.




Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
I just completed my first order to an Indigo outlet outside of the Yukon this week. It was a huge milestone. There are hundreds of Indigo stores in Canada and they are expanding around the world. My days are going to be filled for awhile building the distribution for Unraveling. This is my favourite part. I guess I will always be that newspaper guy at heart.




What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
I walked over to the computer with an Indigo store manager this week. He typed in the title of the book and confirmed that anywhere Indigo store anywhere can order this title in from Pegasus. High fives were in order at that moment. I’m sure something will surpass this high point next week and then the week after. I love the slow building. It’s fun.




In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Terrific. I don’t know how many Canadian authors are in Pegasus’ stable and I don’t really want to know. I’m proud of being one of them. They have opened doors for me I could never have opened even in my own country. Often, Canadian stories and creative artists (comedians, performers) are more valuable outside of Canada than they are at home. We are hard on ourselves. I really want to be successful at home before I sell abroad. Pegasus is going to help me get there.




Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
I found Pegasus online and liked what they had accomplished as a publishing company in a relatively short time. This time also mirrors closely the amount of time that I’ve spent in the journalism/publishing field. There is a drawback to being with a publisher that is too big (one writer can mean very little) and one that is too small (no clout). Pegasus seemed to be big enough to spread a title global yet small enough to be personable. So far, that is holding true.

I know that the Klondike is a bigger hit in Europe than it is in Canada. Pegasus could help me with European and American distribution for sure AND help me break into Canada, which may be the hardest part of all. I have been pleased with my choice since Day 1.



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