1 As this is the first time I've ever heard of it, I have to ask what is Christian Speculative Fiction?
Good question. Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, superhero, utopian/dystopian, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, and alternate history in literature as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts. How is THAT for an all encompassing genre? Fortunately, the face of Christian publishing is changing, and hopefully, all these genres will be split into their own sections, because I’m not sure fantasy and post-apocalyptic belong in the same genre. But I digress. RUNAWAY CHOICES is undoubtedly in the fantastical fiction genre. We have suspense, a bit of romance, some supernatural, as well as some strange apocalyptic sprinkles, all of which is why it is labeled Speculative Fiction. It starts off with the main character having conned her way onto a flight to London, and when she hits the ground, the adventure explodes. At times, almost literally. Soon after her reality spirals out of control, she meets up with the swoon-worthy Colin. The adventures they encounter from there may have you going through a sea of emotions of your own as Beck learns that running away isn’t her only choice.
2 I know you have an MG series called Dragons Forever out there, was it difficult to write for another age group?
You know, I actually wrote RUNAWAY CHOICES many years ago. It was written in the calm of another Young Adult Fantasy series I’d written (Which will hopefully see the light of day within the next couple years). I needed a change of pace and RUNAWAY CHOICES ran away with me. It wasn’t until a year or more later that the idea for DRAGONS FOREVER came into the limelight. It wasn’t difficult for me to switch gears because I homeschool so I am in my childrens brains all the time. Writing from one of their point of view’s was pretty easy. ;) Now that I’ve written two books in the DRAGONS FOREVER series and working on the third (after writing PIECES OF ME- YA), I am finding it more difficult to adjust. In order to dive back into the mindset, I read through BORN TO BE A DRAGON and BLINK OF A DRAGON again, then buried myself in Magic Tree House and Adventures in Odyssey. That was I can really adjust my thinking back to a ten year old. So, to really answer your question… I have no idea. We will see shortly.
3 If you could runaway to another country, where would you go?
It’s funny you should ask that. I just got back from England, Ethiopia, Germany, Spain, Poland, and Czech. So right now, I just want to run away to the worlds in my head. But, if you were to ask me in six months or so, after the jetlag has been forgotten, I would probably say Italy. I’ve never been and I’d love to go!
I’ve actually been both. Usually a panster but recently turned plotter. When you have a series that you are working with, it’s much easier to plot what is going to happen because you are setting up details for later books. When they are stand alone novels, it’s okay to just fly by the seat of your pants (like I did with PIECES OF ME, my YA Fantasy). So while I love being a pantser, it’s safe to say I am currently a plotter almost as often as not.
5 If you could pick one of your characters to spend the day with, who would it be and why?
I would probably spend a day with a character no one has met yet, but will soon enough. Her name is Asmiath and she is a Hemmelighet Elf from another world. She is a graceful warrior who is slow to speak and quick to listen. I think I could learn a lot from her in the way she lives and moves about her day. Nothing is hurried and everything falls into place the way it should because she gives it time to do so. I’m a busy person and sometimes I let the stresses of my day dictate how it will go… if I could just slow down and take it easy, I think things would fall into place more often.
6 If you could invite six authors to dinner, dead or alive, who would you pick and why?
Oooo, well mostly likely I would pick C.S. Lewis, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Madeleine L'Engle, Lewis Carol, Jules Vern, and L. Frank Baum. Mostly because their stories have captured the hearts and imaginations of the children in their generations. I would love to just sit and listen to them talk about their love of words. All together, I think the conversation would never be lacking and I would never have to utter a word. Just sit and glean in the light of such word masters.
Runaway Choices - A Christian Speculative Fiction Novel
Everyone runs from their past; Beck has it mastered. She’s been running for so long, stopping is a foreign concept. With her conning skills and wits at the ready, she's on a plane to London, free of charge.
Beck believes everything is going as planned, but when reality twists on its axis, she soon wonders whose plan? Teaming up with the gorgeous bellhop, Colin, is a no brainer, especially when they discover their connections are anything but accidental.
In their quest for answers, both are confronted with the demons of their pasts. Beck panics and does what comes naturally -- runs. However, she's not only running from herself, but from the superhuman who has made it his life's goal to track her down and either remove her from the equation or convince her to join him.
Dragons Forever BOOK ONE - Born to be a Dragon
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup...
This is what Lord Edric wants you to believe. He will do anything in his power to see that humans never come in contact with dragons again. However, he doesn't plan for Meia, the foster child who dreams of dragons, believing they are real. Or Deglan, the ten-year-old dragon who bears the ancient mark that threatens everything Lord Edric has worked for.
Join these two unlikely friends as they discover the truth behind a legend so extraordinary it will alter each of their lives... forever.
Dragons Forever BOOK TWO - Blink of a Dragon
Discovering Meia's tied to the dragons is one thing, but when a rival dragon is caught hanging out in the fifth grade, Meia knows things couldn’t get any worse. Is she ever wrong!
Trouble is brewing in the cosmos, but Deglan can't put his claw on why. That is, until the sinister leader of the exiled dark dragons ambushes them and takes everyone captive.
The fate of the dragons and possibly the whole world falls to Deglan and Meia when they escape to search for the only creature powerful enough to send the dark dragons back into the abyss.
What they encounter along the way will make this adventure worth fighting for.
Let me know what else you need J
BORN TO BE A DRAGON – Book One (July 2011)
BLINK OF A DRAGON – Book Two (January 2012)
RUNAWAY CHOICES - A Christian Speculative Fiction Novel (January 2012)
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