Author: Christina Bauer
Series: Beholder #4.5
Publication date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
An Epilogue Novella
At last, Elea and Rowan are settling in to their new lives. Trouble is, Rowan is spending a lot of time cleaning up messes from his childhood. And considering the nightmare that was his mother, those are some ugly messes indeed. In fact, the experience is enough to make Rowan vow that he never wants children of his own.
I had a chance to interview Christina Bauer, author of numerous YA fantasy series featuring kick-ass chicks…
1. Do you always know how the story will end when you start?
I only write books in a series. So to make sure I can get past book one, I always map out the storyline to at least book five before I begin. Even so, sometimes things change once I get into things. Lately, I’ve been having surprise characters show up who then change the story. ***SPOILER ALERT*** For example, in my newest release, CRADLED, some characters from my Angelbound series got into the mix.
Early on in my writing, I used to freak out when I diverged from my original outline. Now, I roll with it. It’s almost always a sign that the book is gaining a real inner life of its own.
2. Where is your ideal place to write? Do you have an office, or do you like to go sit in a coffee shop/library, etc.?
I like to write in Starbucks and on a particular spot on my couch with lots of pillows around me. My publishing company, Monster House Books, recently moved to new digs, so I’m writing there a lot lately too.
3. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
At Monster House, we have a formalized writing process that’s really collaborative. It starts with a written outline and Pinterest boards, then we dive into the writing process. I’m super fortunate in that we have an amazing Editor in Chief, GIE, who gives feedback as I write or she can wait for a full manuscript. The fact that she’s so flexible and insightful really helps me reach my grueling publishing goals. Thank you, GIE!
4. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
Again, Monster House has a team of writers and editors who help each other in a formalized way through every step of the writing process. I think it makes for fewer missed deadlines as well as higher quality books.
5. For fun, do you have a favorite:
Magical Novel: LOTR FTW
Magical Movie (not based on a book if you can): Matrix
Witch or Wizard: Glenda
Which Hogwarts house would you belong in?
I’d like to think I’m Ravenclaw but in all honesty, I’m probably Hufflepuff. Thanks for the opportunity to talk with you!!!
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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