Today I am interviewing Christina Bauer, author of the new epic fantasy novel, Thrax, fourth book in the Angelbound Origins series.
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DJ: Hi Christina! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Christina: I’m an author, mom, wife, tech worker (for my day job) and all around smartass. In other words, I’m either your jam or you want to take me out and punch me in the throat.
DJ: What is Thrax and then the Angelbound Origins series about?
Christina: Growing up, I felt like there were tons of role models if I wanted to be a mom, nun, or saint (yes, I went to Catholic school!) But outside of mom, nun and saint? Not so much. So today I write stuff for young adults where girls kick butt and take names. The good news is that there is a HUGE market out there for this kind of storytelling.
DJ: What were some of your influences for the Angelbound Origins series?
Christina: I would not have survived adolescence without JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. As a child, I also loved Grimm’s fairy Tales. Not the homogenized version, either. I’m talking the action adventure-slash-horror stuff. Today, I’m all about trying to reimagine those stories for a modern audience. So Angelbound Origins pulls a little from all of those sources. And Catholic school; let’s not forget that!
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Christina: Myla is so fun to write because she really doesn’t give a shit. She loves to battle demons and be a badass. It’s a blast to put on her skin and just ‘be.’ Her love interest is Lincoln, who is as reserved as Myla is out there. They have a great dynamic and are a true team; I think that’s what makes the story compelling. No one is rescuing anybody else–the two of them take on the world together,
DJ: What is the world [What is the name of the universe] and setting of the Angelbound Origins series like?
Christina: Angelbound Origins takes place in the after-realms, which are Earth, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and The Dark Lands. The after-realms started with a question: what if, in the afterlife, everyone is as screwed up as we are? To answer that question, I started to build out what Heaven would be like, then Hell, and finally Purgatory and the Dark Lands (for ghouls). I decided that Purgatory would be peopled with quasi-demons and not so much be terrible as just… meh. It got rolling from there.
DJ: How have the reviews been from readers, bloggers, and reviewers for the first three book of the Angelbound Origins series? Is there anything that your audience seems to be particularly enjoying or is eager to find out more about?
Christina: I love getting feedback from readers. Often, they suggest something and then–AHA–another book pops into my head. For instance, my readers told me that they wanted to hear from Lincoln, so I just did a prequel in his voice called DUTY BOUND. For THRAX, readers have said that they love my crazy world building, as well as the way Myla and Lincoln team together to fight the big bads.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Thrax?
Christina: I just kept creating these insane scenes and thinking, well, here goes! I’m so happy that readers like the result. It’s not cookie cutter, that’s for sure.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Christina: Readers seem to really like how the story takes them out of their daily world and into an unexpected adventure. If I can stall out your reality for a little while, then I’m a happy woman!
DJ: Did you have a goal when you began writing The Angelbound Origin series? Was there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Christina: When I began writing Angelbound, I just wanted to create a story about a kick-ass chick kicking ass. Myla swears. She fights demons and her mother. She cries so hard, snot strings come out of her nose. She’s (hopefully) a fully realized character who happens to love a good battle. As a kid, I didn’t have any role models for how to focus my anger. So I hope Myla does that for some readers out there.
DJ: I’m always curious when authors finish a series, how close to the original course they stayed when it is finally completed or if it ended up evolving and changing. Did the plot stay the same as you had first imagined it? How about the ending? The evolution of your characters?
Christina: Oh. My. God. I always start out with these intricate outlines and then–WHAMMO!–I get into writing and the characters do whatever the hell they want to do.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Thrax that you can share with us?
Christina: This isn’t from THRAX, but it’s my personal quote about how I live my life: the darkness surrounds me, it doesn’t become me.
DJ: Now that Thrax is released, what is next for you?
Christina: I’m working on the next book in the series, called the DARK LANDS, which is due out in the fall. Myla and Lincoln battle ghouls! Fun!
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Stalk Me On Social Media – I Love It!
Web site: http://monsterhousebooks.com/authors/cbauer
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Thrax and the Angelbound Origins series that we haven’t talked about yet?
Christina: I’m working on a follow-on series called Angelbound Offspring which features DRAGONS! There’s a release due out in Fall 2019 called ZINNIA.
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add?
Christina: Thanks so much for this interview. I truly appreciate your support and patience!
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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*** Thrax is published by Monster House Books and is available TODAY!!! ***
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Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared. The man who’s sharing her bed is an imposter. Myla tries explaining about “Evil Lincoln,” but no one will listen. The reason? People think that Myla’s supernatural pregnancy is making her cray cray. Mostly because that’s what Evil Lincoln is telling everyone, and that man’s a great liar. What a creep. There’s no way Myla will take this lying down, though. She’s going to rescue her man, and she has a pretty good idea where he’s being held. With her best friend, Cissy, along to help, Myla sneaks off to Earth. All she has to do is blend in with the humans, avoid Evil Lincoln, and find her real man before the baby arrives. How hard can it be?
About the Author:
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass heroines. In her best selling Angelbound series, the lead character is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. 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.
The author of more than a dozen books, Bauer created the Beholder (epic fantasy) and Dimension Drift (urban fantasy) sagas in addition to her debut Angelbound line of novels. Her upcoming series, Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, marks Bauer’s introduction to high-volume print distribution with IPG.
Bauer 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.