Yes, I know it’s supposed to be a Mythical Monday, but so much is happening among my many writer friends, MM is going to take a brief backseat.
Today Caleb DeCardian and Arianna Hart, hero and heroine of WEATHERING ROCK are chatting on Jennifer Lowery’s blog. They’ve never been interviewed before, so I hope you get a moment to pop over and see how they do. Caleb isn’t exactly a chatterbox so it took some coercion on Arianna’s part to get him to agree!
For now, sit back and enjoy an engaging interview with Word Wizard, Christina McKnight,who has just published her debut release, ONLY IN HER DREAMS, the Oneiroi Book 1. I originally met Christina when she invited me to join her tribe on Triberr. Since then, we’ve formed an online friendship that has been a delight! I’ve come to realize that not only is she a talented blogger (who does an awesome job of showcasing other authors), but she’s got a wicked sense of humor, and is a kick-butt writer of urban fantasy. Please help me welcome Christina!
Christina, I’m so pleased to have you here today, especially with ONLY IN HER DREAMS hot off the presses. Can you tell us a bit about the book and what readers can expect?
CHRISTINA: Thanks for having me, Mae. Only in Her Dreams is a modern spin on a Greek legend–the new direction of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, moving from angels, demons, vampires, and witches and toward the realm of demigods.
Only in Her Dreams actually came to me in a dream. Ironic, I know. Several times I dreamt of a man watching me. He never approached, moved, or spoke, but stayed silently in the background. I starting thinking: Who is this guy? What does he want?
A fellow writer -and self-proclaimed dream expert- said the man may be someone I’ve come into contact with recently. My next question: What if this mystery man from my dream showed up in real life?
Only In Her Dreams, The Oneiroi Book 1 took off from there.
Wow, that’s definitely a unique background! We see such variety in the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres today – - vampires, shifters, ghosts, various blends of folklore and legend. What attracted you to using Greek mythology?
CHRISTINA: I originally wrote Only In Her Dreams with angels in mind. When I started my 1st round of edits I was also beta reading another novel based around angels. I realized that I needed to think of something else…something unique and not over done. I’ve always loved mythology and I started there. I settled on the Oneiroi because no one has any preconceived notion about them…there is no, ‘you can’t do that!’ or ‘the Oneiroi wouldn’t do that!’
As authors we all get asked this question, and I’m not going to let you off the hook — When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
CHRISTINA: Growing up I was the student who wrote ten pages for a two page book report. In college my dissertation was twice the required page count. My mom hounded me from a very young age to write. We frequently read the same books and I’d guess the ending half way through…to both our surprise I was right most of the time. If I wasn’t right, my mom declared my endings were better. It’s only been in the last eight years that I’ve really applied myself to developing a complete story. I think I’ve always been a writer even though my novels were only in my imagination and not on paper.
Any new projects in the work you’d like to share?
CHRISTINA: OMG! I’d love to…
A few months ago I read Wallflower by Catherine Gayle and she wrote a scene that involved a duel. The heroine wanted to take the place of her beta male counterpart. She was scared to lose him. Talk about true love!
I started thinking…what if a young girl of the ton was responsible for the death of a man because of a duel she egged on? The next logical question was…what if BOTH men died? Then I took it one step further…what if the men were brothers? Shunned No More, The Forsaken Lady Series (Book 1) progressed from there.
I have a heroine that the reader should despise during the prologue but hopefully I can redeem her by the end of the book.
Oh, and of course I’m working on Only In Her Nightmares, The Oneiroi Book 2, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for deets on this project.
Both sound wonderful1 I knew you had a historical in the works and was hungry for the details *grin* What are you currently reading on your Kindle, Nook or in print?
CHRISTINA: Funny you should ask this! I’m currently reading Weathering Rock…you may be familiar with this title J on my Kindle.
LOL! Yes, that one does sound vaguely familiar. Here’s a toughie: of all the experiences you’ve had with writing resources (groups, critique partners, forums, conferences, social media, networking, etc.) which would you say had the most impact on your growth as a writer?
CHRISTINA: My online writing and critique group! I joined Critique Circle in 2004 and mostly used it for informational purposes (they have great forums) and to critique other writers work. I learned a lot about passive v. active writing, POV, and character development. In December 2011 I started submitting Only In Her Dreams for beta reading. My punctuation and grammar has improved 10 fold in the last year. I’ve also made many friends from this site and now meet locally with several of them.
Okay, here’s hoping you’re game for some rapid-fire questions. :) What are your:
Favorite Book: The Twilight Series!
Favorite Movie: Now and Then
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Breakfast Cereal (because I’m weird): Honey Bunches of Oats w/Almonds
Favorite Holiday: The month long period between Thanksgiving and Christmas! I love the festive mood during the holiday season
Favorite Halloween Candy: Anything with chocolate and peanut butter
Awesome! That was fun, Christina. And by the way Honey Bunches of Oats wi/Almonds is my favorite breakfast cereal too!
Now before we close, do you have any parting thoughts you’d like to share for the writer who is hovering on the brink, and hasn’t quite worked up the nerve to take the plunge toward publication?
CHRISTINA: Yes, don’t be afraid to send your stories out there for the world to enjoy! Life is short and unpredictable! Live in the here and now.
Thanks again for visiting my blog, Christiania. I wish you much success with ONLY IN HER DREAMS and all your writing endeavors!
ONLY IN HER DREAMS is available in both print and ebook. You can find it here:
When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.
A war ensues between three demigod brothers. One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?
Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?
Only in Her Dreams is a modern spin on a Greek legend–the new direction of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, moving from angels, demons, vampires, and witches and toward the realm of demigods.
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.
In college, Christina took many courses to help develop and enhance her writing skills. She completed a seventy-page dissertation on the need for community policing in American society. Now, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.
Christina lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, two boxers, two cats, and a Beta fish named Marmaduke. If she’s not behind a computer screen or book, she’s busy leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is very active in several writing groups and a local book group.
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