Christy Finn, still known around the web as Finny or Girl with a Puck, once wrote blogs about her favorite hockey team. Growing up, she always dreamed up stories about friendship, searching for and finding love, and hunky men–some of whom play hockey or were, you know, members of *NSYNC. It’s no surprise that those themes carry over into her writing today and she likes to say that she writes romance for the young and the not-so-young.
Her first completed manuscript, Tossing the Gloves, was a Top 5 Finalist in the 2009 Dorchester/TextNovel contest and was about a 20-something shy girl getting roped into a fake engagement to a star hockey player. It is currently being re-conceptualized for a future project.
Her current work-in-progress is a young adult urban fantasy, tentatively titled Windborne: A Zoe Fray and the Elementals novel. This manuscript is 50% complete and follows the story of Zoe Fray, a teenaged goddess, who discovers that she’s a genetically modified supernatural hybrid created for the express purpose of controlling a population as part of a top-secret government experiment.
In her other life, Christy earned a Masters of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing along with a Professional Certificate in Writing and Teaching from California State University, Fullerton in May 2014. During her newfound “freetime” (also known as “life after graduate school”), she enjoys Southern California weather, interning at an e-publisher, watching TV, culinary experimentation (both cooking and eating), and hanging with her awesome dog, Duchess, and her fiancé, lovingly referred to as “Captain.”
Christy looks forward to finishing the (damn) novel and marrying her own personal romantic hero, a British man who just so happens to play hockey.
Ten Things To Know About Christy
- Christy’s favorite food is All Of The Things. Seriously. She loves food, therefore, she writes about food/dieting/health on a different blog entirely.
- The first romance novel that she ever read was Amanda Quick‘s Mystique. From then on, she was hooked, reading almost exclusively historical romance until a friend of hers introduced her to books by Nora Roberts. And then she read romance of all types.
- Her favorite books tend to be made into her favorite films. Among them: Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games.
- Christy has a number of tattoos, and roughly 70% of them are related to books/entertainment. They include two quotes from Lord of the Rings, the mockingjay, a quote, and the floral representation of Peeta, Katniss and Primrose from The Hunger Games, and the Firefly ship with a line from the show.
- She has enjoyed traveling to Japan, Mexico, England, and several different states. She went to Canada once, but she was four and doesn’t really remember it. She hopes to one day explore the Great White North, Scandinavia, Scotland, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. And France, if she gets around it, because everyone says she should.
- She grew up as an avid fan of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim despite having no outside or familial influence to become a fan. For a number of years in her early 20’s, Christy ran a blog called Girl With a Puck and helped run an all-female hockey blog called Hockey’s Ladies of Greatness (HLOG). The opportunity allowed her to publish blog posts on the New York Times’ Hockey Night in Blogdom not just once, but twice. She also earned her first publishing credit in a Canadian in-flight magazine and had an extensive blog post picked up by Deadspin.
- Christy credits hockey and books for bringing her together with her fiancé, since he stated his shared interest on his online dating profile.
- The dog in her life, Duchess, was adopted from the Humane Society and so named to honor Christy’s longtime love of historical romance novels.
- While it’s difficult for Christy to name all of her favorite TV shows, she does believe that Xena: Warrior Princess and Alias are among her most beloved shows. She also loves procedurals, dramas and dramedies (Sons of Anarchy, Castle, Burn Notice, White Collar, Rizzoli and Isles, Bones, Vikings, Lie to Me, Suits), but almost never watches sitcoms anymore. The only reality TV she consumes is cooking shows and anything with Gordon Ramsay.
- The first story Christy remembers writing was in the fourth grade, when she hand-wrote adventurous tales of herself and her imaginary twin sister. (She read a lot of Sweet Valley books back then!)