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CHRISTINE WARREN     [AUTHOR BIO LONG]

Christine Warren grew up in Texas and Tennessee before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with a degree in English. She spent all four years at Chapel Hill studying short story writing under Creative Writing professor and author, Doris Betts (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Souls Raised from the Dead, The Sharp Teeth of Love). The richly layered cultures of the South and Southwest, both of which Warren loves and knows intimately, have profoundly shaped her as a storyteller.

Four days after college graduation, Christine Warren reported for duty in the Neiman-Marcus Executive Training program at the company’s Dallas, Texas headquarters. As an Assistant Buyer in the Accessories Department, she was responsible for juggling hundreds of vendors, quelling the moods of sales associates in nearly thirty stores across the country, and manning a multi-million dollar budget. She quickly discovered her job was all about the bottom line, less about the couture. Yet despite taking zero math classes in college Warren learned she had a penchant for numbers, specifically complex spreadsheet analysis. However, after two years in luxury retail management, she decided her truer path was marketing and took a job with a small Dallas boutique agency called Narrowcasting where she designed direct marketing campaigns for local clients.

Christine Warren moved to Boston in 1996 where she landed a job with a large advertising and marketing agency called Bronner Slosberg Humphrey (now Digitas). She began as an Account Executive managing AT&T direct mail campaigns. When she was promoted to Account Supervisor she was the youngest to date in the company and one of the few without an MBA. She had the opportunity to work on dynamic strategic marketing and consulting campaigns for a variety of national clients.

In 2000, she moved to Austin, Texas where she began working at a public affairs consulting firm called Public Strategies. Eventually she was promoted to Managing Director, in charge of the Creative Services division. The Creative Services group served as the consulting firm’s in-house marketing and advertising agency, providing television, print, radio and web campaigns for a multitude of clients. This job allowed her to exercise her creative concepting and writing skills.

It was 2005 when Christine Warren had her Norma Rae moment. Inspired by motherhood and a desire to return to her creative roots—and most likely fueled by personal chaos (divorce) —she dramatically pitched her accomplished marketing and consulting career in favor of freelance work, writing, and volunteering at her daughter’s elementary school. In 2007 a friend convinced her to start a blog so she created Chicken Fried Therapy which quickly garnered a passionate following.

In this period, Warren spent a near-compulsive amount of time on her favorite sport, fly-fishing, which took her to rivers in Texas, Montana, and beyond. Not only did she meet her true love through fishing, she launched her main blog, Fly Fish Chick. It caught on like wildfire with fishing fanatics and countless other non-fishing readers who enjoyed her stories about fishing, food, travel, honkytonk music, and assorted hilarity.

When her fishing friends introduced her to The Texas Water Safari ultra-endurance paddling race, she recognized it as a life-altering challenge she couldn’t resist. The race is a 260-mile paddling adventure from Central Texas to the Gulf Coast, to be completed in 100 hours or less. Having never previously paddled a day in her life, she trained and prepared for fourteen months in order to successfully compete in the race in 2010.

A publisher found her blog and offered her a book deal to write the first ever narrative about the legendary Texas Water Safari. Her first book, Paddlefish, was released in 2011 with Departure Publishing. This opened up an exciting speaking career for Warren who entertains groups with stories about writing, adventure, perseverance, and other miscellany. She serves as keynote speaker for charity luncheons, rotary clubs, bible studies, conventions, and book clubs, as well as guest lecturing to university classes. And she has been able to get a hearty laugh out of every audience so far. (The college kids on a Friday morning were tough, but she cracked them.)

In 2012, Warren began full-time research on her second book, Honky Tonk Debutante. A lifelong fan of traditional country and outlaw music, she relished the opportunity to dig deeper into its backstory and the lives of iconic stars. In Honky Tonk Debutante she fine-tunes her signature style of non-fiction writing, blending historical accounts with her own memoir-style anecdotes. In 2013, Warren partnered with her father and husband to create Bottle Shock Publishing. Bottle Shock released Honky Tonk Debutante in February 2014.

With her husband and teenage daughter, Christine Warren splits time between Austin, Texas and Mobile, Alabama. They sneak away to Montana as often as they can. To follow her writing and speaking engagements on rivers, honky-tonk, and brazen leaps of faith, visit Christine’s blog at FlyFishChick.com.

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