Thursday, December 6, 2018

Interview with Christina Bauer, SCYTHE

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
My newest book, SCYTHE, is a prequel novella to my new Dimension Drift series. Imagine if DIVERGENT and OCEAN’S EIGHT had a bunch of bastard book babies together. That’s Dimension Drift.

Do you have a favorite character?
I heart the love interest, Thorne. A lot of books have the broody guy and you don’t know what his problem is. But poor Thorne! You know exactly what’s up with him since the main books are half in his voice!

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
I had a minor character of a foul mouthed fairy that I tried to sandwich into a few books. She’s so strong I ripped her out of everything else so she’ll be getting her own series, THE PIXIELAND DIARIES

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Oh yeah. Mainstream publishers didn’t like me, which was for the best because I’m a bit of a control freak. I’m very happy publishing myself and promoting my work.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
Again, I’m doing this myself. And happy!

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
The manuscript I pitched was paranormal romance, and the belief in publishing at the time was that genre was dead. I disagreed and went solo. Again, it’s a good fit for me.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I really enjoy playing around with the business side of publishing. I track my sales trends daily, try out different promotion tactics, that kind of thing. Before I became a writer full-time, I worked in marketing for companies like Microsoft and Cisco. So, I feel comfortable in that side of the business and it would be hard to hand it over to someone else now.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I know the key beats that a story needs to hit, but the characters decide how they want to get the ring to Mordor, if that makes sense.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I’m also a bit of a political activist. I did PR for the first Women’s March of Washington.

What’s next for you?
Right now, I’m knee deep in ALIEN MINDS, which is the first full novel in the Dimension Drift series. Fun!

Christina Bauer
(Dimension Drift Worlds, #1)
Publication date: April 24th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult

“Fans of A Wrinkle in Time can’t missDimension Drift!” – Christina Trevaskis, The Book Matchmaker
Truth time. I go to a Learning Squirrel High School. Don’t judge.
On second thought, judge away.
Learning Squirrel is one step above attending class in a junkyard. But what do you expect? Everything’s made out of garbage these days. At least, I have my freelance work to keep Mom and me housed, clothed, and fed. How? I’m your regular high school science geek for hire, except my work manipulates space-time.
The good news is that these gigs pay really well; the bad news is that the government likes to kill people like me. Whatever. I’m not worried; hiding from their detection systems is easy for me.
Then I screw up one of my illegal projects. Badly.
In fact, things go so sideways that my house slips into two-dimensional space-time. The shift only lasts for a few seconds, but that’s long enough to set off a dozen government alarms. If those goons track me down, Mom and I are as good as dead. Long story short, I need to pay someone off, hide the evidence, and keep us safe.
Unfortunately, that means asking the Scythe for help. He runs the local underground crime scene and has absolutely no conscience…Or at least, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t. It’s hard to think straight when a guy’s that hot in an ‘evil Mafioso kingpin’ kind of way. Most importantly, the Scythe is a crime lord who can conceal my slip-up with a few clicks on his minion’s computer keyboards. But the man has his price. In this case, the Scythe wants me to finish a certain dimensional prototype for him in twenty-four hours. I can do it, but it might mean Learning Squirrel High gets blown up in the process. Oh yes, and there’s also my new hot classmate who may or may not be an alien…and he says he’ll do anything to help me.
This job won’t be easy, but I’ve gotten out of worse scrapes. Maybe.

Author Bio:
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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