Interview with Christa Hickcox, Author of The Next 167 Hours

06 Mar 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Next 167 Hours?

I really wanted to write a story that people could relate to. We all struggle with mental health in some form and we often use humor as a way to deal with it. I took these two elements and found a way to tell a story that would make people feel like it’s ok to laugh, cry and feel all their feelings! This story was my way of normalizing therapy and mental health for everyone! Especially the LGBTQIA+ community.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Next 167 Hours, what would they be?

Anxiety by Sophie Pecora.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

Mystery, Humor and Thrillers. I love to write a mix of humor and mystery.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I love to support other Indie Authors. So right now in my TBR pile is: Anxious Gretchen: Space Archaeologist by E.C. Spence, The Rivals by Ariell Monroe and Not in the Plan by Dana Hawkins.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The firefly scene! During a therapy session, Ember recalls their family camping trip when her and her older sister, Sawyer snuck off into the woods in the middle of the night to find themselves in a magical moment that created an unforgettable bond between the two sisters. I may have pulled inspiration for this storyline from a time in my own life when me and my twin sister used to catch fireflies in our backyard as little girls.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

My Pug is always sitting on me somewhere. Whether it is on my shoulder or lap, she has to be right next to me when I write. She thinks she is a cat. I love being snuggled under a blanket with my laptop, my puppy, and a homemade mocha.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

The answer’s always no unless you ask.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

That we all struggle and it’s okay, in fact, it’s more than okay. It’s normal. The world is a better place because you are in it.


Christa Hickcox is the author of the new book The Next 167 Hours

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