To celebrate the launch of my new book, SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS, the great folks at Two Ends Of The Pen asked me to answer some questions. So without further ado, here goes!
Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Sure thing! My most recent book is SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS, and it’s the second novel in my Fairy Tales of the Magicorum Series. These books are modern takes on classic fairy tales, complete with lots of action, adventure, romance, and snark!!!
Do you have a favorite character?
Right now, my favorite character is Bryar Rose, who is ‘cursed’ to live out a sleeping beauty life template. SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS has her discovering who she really is and what she’s truly meant to do!
Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
Absolutely! In the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series, the character of Colonel Mallory the Magnificent (a powerful fairy related to you-know-who of Sleeping Beauty fame) was such a scene stealer that I had to build him out more in book 2. Can’t wait to find out what readers think!!!
Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I took my first book, ANGELBOUND, to traditional publishers and got a lot of reasons why it wouldn’t be a hit, so I took the book direct to market. It’s since sold more than a million copies!
What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I was terrified taking ANGELBOUND to market myself. What if the big publishers were right? That said, I’d worked in corporate America long enough to know one thing: most big companies do not take chances on a new idea … and ANGELBOUND broke a lot of rules with its swearing, loud mouthed, kick-ass heroine. So I took a chance J
If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I’m very involved in the creative process for all my covers. I send the artist inspiration pics and provide background on what I’m looking for. My cover images are all intricate fantasy scenes, so it usually takes a few months to get it right.
What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I usually write in a Starbucks. In fact, when my local Starbucks redecorated, they gave me the table and chair I used while creating my first books! When I’m writing, I usually listen to white noise from www.simplynoise.com.
Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
The thinking is that here are two types of authors: plotters and plungers. Plotters map things out while plungers dive in and see where it goes. I’m a bit of a hybrid in tat sense. I know they key plot points I need to hit, but how I get there is often a surprise.
Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I do hire editors; it’s great to fid someone who can help my writing move to the next level.
Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I live outside Boston, MA with my husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever Ruby. When I’m not writing, I follow politics, history, psychology, and film.
Shifters and Glyphs
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: October 30th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
“A fun romp for Twilight Fans” – School Library Journal
After being raised by the meanest fairies in the history of ever, Bryar Rose is now free to live her own life. For the first time, she’s attending West Lake Prep, a regular high school. Well, mostly regular. Some students are actually hidden members of the Magicorum. In other words, they’re really wizards, fairies, or shifters. Bry doesn’t mind, though. She’s thrilled to enjoy all the new experiences of being around normal kids her age, from locker pranks to lunchtime mystery meat. Everything is going along great, except for one thing.
Bry’s dreams about the pyramids of Egypt have gotten darker and more sinister. Every night, she sees her new man Knox and her best friend Elle in danger.
“Exciting and well-conceived” – Kirkus
With no other choice, Bry plans to leave school to explore the pyramids on her own. But her new man Knox discovers the scheme and is having none of it. He wants to stay by her side, no matter what. It’s a good thing too, because Bry must solve the mystery of her attraction to the pyramids and soon. Otherwise, it could cost the lives of those she loves most.
And that means not only Knox, but also her best friend Elle.
“Must-read YA paranormal romance!” – USA Today
Perfect for readers who love young adult books, contemporary fantasy, fairy tales, satire/comedy, paranormal romance, fairies, magic users, shapeshifters, and coming of age stories.…
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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