Life in Writing
Denae Christine is a fun person with some unique perspectives on life. In this interview we discuss her day job as a teacher, her faith, what she's reading, and what she's writing. Read about it below:
Q. Where are you from?
A. Colorado! I was born in Kansas, though, and have lived in Indonesia.
Q. What’s the most important thing about you?
A. Jesus Christ saved me from sin so I can have eternal life with Him.
Q. What is your day job now?
A. I teach math at an alternative high school.
Q. Wait, why math? Don’t you write novels?
A. I was that weird balanced student who enjoyed both math and English. I even got two undergrad degrees.
Q. So, why do you write fantasy?
A. The wonder and creativity of the ideas. I love exploring magic systems, how they might work or affect society, and what the limitations might be. (Math is also very creative, see.)
Q. If you say so. What are you currently working on?
A. The third book in the Royal Deception trilogy, YA fantasy.
Q. Tell us more.
A. This trilogy is about a Prince who can shift his arms into swords. His royal family are blade shifters and some of the servants are bear shifters or horse shifters. For generations, blade shifters have ruled the animal shifters without trouble . . . until now.
Q. When will your next book be released?
A. I have a novella (book 2.5) coming out this summer. Otherwise, book 3 should be out sometime next spring. I hope to publish more often than Paolini or Rothfuss.
Q. When did you decide to become a writer?
A. I was 12 and loved reading. I wrote lots of stories, but they weren’t very good yet.
Q. Where do you write?
A. I usually sit on the floor, actually. I don’t like sitting in chairs, and I don’t have a desk.
Q. What are some of your hobbies (outside of writing)?
A. Walking, crocheting, cooking, petting the cat, karate, and helping in the local church’s Children’s Ministry.
Q. What book are you currently reading/listening to?
A. One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron.
I listen to about 2 or 3 audiobooks per week (while I walk or make supper), and I only read about one ebook per week (and one print book per month). I’m a big fan of downloading audiobooks from the library through Overdrive or Hoopla.
Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?
A. Brandon Sanderson and Rachel Aaron.
Q. Does your taste in movies line up with your taste in books?
A. I love watching a comedy (Emperor’s New Groove) more than I like reading one.
Q. If you could be friends with any fictional character who would you choose?
A. Peter Pan.Toothless. Robin Hood. King Arthur. (In that order.)
Q. What makes the main character of your latest book interesting to read about?
A. He is far too trusting, and he is determined to protect everyone no matter the cost. Blade shifters are taught to protect people anyway, but Prince Symon takes it as a personal mission to save even commoners and animal shifters.
Q. Of all the books in the world, why are yours worth taking the time to read?
A. It has clean adventure with inner and outer struggles and family-sized to kingdom-sized conflicts. Age-old questions of morality and discrimination are raised: “Do some people have the divine right to rule?” and “Are some people created to be slaves?”
Q. Leave the blurb to book 1 of your trilogy.
A. A Prince who can shift his arms into swords, a tutor who can shift his arms into wings, and a madman who wants to kill them both . . . .
Prince Symon is a living weapon. Literally. Descended from a diminishing line of royal blade shifters, thirteen-year-old Symon can shift his arms into swords. He thinks nothing can harm him until merfolk kill his younger brother.
What can Symon do when faced with things he can't fight, like nightmares foretelling his death? Or a kingdom on the brink of civil war? Torn between his uncle who persecutes animal shifters and his tutor who is a bird shifter, Symon feels powerless to protect his kingdom, let alone himself. When Symon and his best friend Lana are targeted by Claur, a foreign rebel determined to usurp the throne, magic alone will not save them.
Symon will have to choose whom to trust, and whom to kill.
Q. What do you do to market your books?
A. Online? Mostly Goodreads and Facebook (and author interviews, ha). I’ve paid for a handful of email blasts, but they haven’t done much.
In person? My dad and brother sell at least as many print books as I do. I have an awesome family.
If you enjoyed this interview and want to know more about Denae Christine you can find more about her at any of these links:
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/DenaeChristineauthor/
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Denae-Christine/e/B00Y1HY1CG/
Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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