Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Beholder #4
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: November 28th, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Beauty. Romance. Power. It’s all in the eye of the BEHOLDER.
At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart.
So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, organize a league of magical warriors, of course!
Elea recruits and trains a fighting force to take down the Tsar. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.
1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
I use a combination of plotting and making it up. I begin with an idea that I build out on Pinterest in terms of characters and settings. After that, I write an outline. The key goals of that outline generally stay in place, but once I start writing? he characters tell me how they want to reach those gals. That’s when I know I have a character’s voice down—he or she starts telling me what they want.
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
My mind is constantly whirring through ideas and stories. The best way I can explain it is that I’m probably on the autism spectrum and this is my thing. To me, it’s a shock that typical people DON’T spend all day long thinking about stories. What do you do with your time? It boggles the mind.
3. How long have you been writing?
I was a late talker, but once I could speak, I started telling my stories. I always wanted to be a writer, but then I got into high tech marketing and MONEY. Once I got to be 40, I decided I needed to buckle down and start writing. CROWNED is book thirteen.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Writing is an endurance sport, but a fun one. Enjoy the journey.
5. How important are names in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Oh, I put a ton of thought into the names in my books. Usually, the names come from whatever language base of the particular fantasy people or country. For CROWNED, the Necromancer community has a Germanic base. The Creation Casters use Swahili.
6. What are your favorite:
Books/authors/genres: LORD OF THE RINGS/JRR Tolkien/Fantasy
Movies/TV Shows: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA/Stranger Things
Food/Writing snack: Mocha Lattes, baby!
Thanks so much for the chance to answer these questions. I look forward to seeing you at the next release!
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.