Monday, April 1, 2019

Interview with Christina Bauer, UMBRA

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
UMBRA is the second prequel in my Dimension Drift series. It follows the adventures of Thorne, an alien warrior-prince who falls in love with a human girl.

Do you have a favorite character?
No way. That’s like picking a favorite child!! I love each of them in a unique way, and I’m not just saying that. I even adore the bad guys. I especially adore the bad guys, in fact. They’re more fun to write.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
In UMBRA, Thorne originally didn’t have any brothers, but I added them in during a later revision. Justice and Slate quickly became my favorites!

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Oh, yes. For years. It wasn’t a fit for me, mostly because they all told me to pound salt. Then I published on my own and have since moved more than a million ebooks.

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 publish five novels each year, so there really isn’t room for another publishing house to layer in there at this time. Never say never, though!

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I self-publish because I’m very picky about marketing and planning. Long story short, I’m too much of a control freak to hand that stuff off to other people.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I’m very hands-on in choosing good design and editing talent. I can’t emphasize enough how important this is.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
It’s taken me a while to find a group of editors that I trust. I feel incredibly fortunate about where I am today!

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
Answers: Dogs (although to be fair, I’m allergic to cats). Chocolate (the idea of coconut makes me ill, for the record). Talking over texting. And day is better than night, although as long as I’m napping, I’m open to either. Mmmm, napping.

What’s next for you?
The adventure continues when ALIEN MINDS launches in April! It’s the first full novel in the Dimension Drift series.

Thanks for having me stop by! I enjoyed answering these questions and hope to return on a future tour!

Christina Bauer
(Dimension Drift Prequels, #2)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 26th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult

A prequel novella to the new series from USA Today’s ‘must read YA paranormal romance’ author, Christina Bauer.
One day, eighteen-year-old Thorne will be the Emperor of the Omniverse, the single being who rules countless worlds. Trouble is, his father Cole–who’s also the current Emperor–is a sadistic freak.
In fact, Cole won’t even keep his promises to the very humans who got him his throne.
Thorne won’t stand for it. He decides to travel to the human world and make good on his father’s promises. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love….
“I love how Bauer manages to add some awesome new world building to each of her books.”Woven Magic
This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action and adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.

Author Bio:
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
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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