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Monday, September 2, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Christine Amsden


Please Welcome Christine Amsden to Creatively Green Today!

Christine, Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

At least, that's the book blurb. From the heart – this is about a young woman who is clever, brave, and compassionate. She's not the traditional fantasy heroine because she's not the “chosen one” or the most powerful one. Just the opposite in fact. She's everyman, but through her we see that there isn't just one way to be a hero. Cassie herself will also have to learn this over the course of the series (4 books). Her journey of self-acceptance only just begins in this first book, but it is one of the most important aspects of the overall story to me.

Are you a mom ?

Yes! I have two beautiful children, 5 and 7.

If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

Yes! In fact, this is the first year that both of my kids will be in school all day and I'm torn between missing them and being so excited at how much more time I'll be able to spend writing! This summer I spent months chipping away at a rough draft in between interruptions. School started and within two days I had it done. Lesson for future me: Just take the summer off. :)

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Not really, no. Of course everything I write is influenced by things I've seen, heard, and read. But I have never intentionally modeled an entire character after anyone, even if I might have borrowed a trait here, a name there.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

Readers are welcome to simply enjoy if they like, but yes, I've got a few themes/messages sprinkled throughout the esries. Self-acceptance is probably the biggest. Cassie struggles with her lack of magic in a magical world, but she has other talents if she can just learn to embrace who she is instead of who she thinks she should be.


What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I'm legally blind. I'm drafting this interview response in 36-point font. (Don't worry, I'll reduce it before I mail it in!)

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I love to play games – board, card, role-playing, whatever! I'm also a chocolate snob. I'm trying to teach my children the difference between real chocolate and, say, Hershey's, but they still seem about as excited to get a chocolate kiss as a Lindt truffle.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

The Time Traveler's Wife. Honestly, what a wonderful idea! But I really didn't care for the book. There aren't many books I feel this way about, but in that one case I wish I could write my own version. Maybe in twenty years or so, when the book isn't fresh in people's minds anymore? We'll see.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Cassie. She was vivid from the start and was one of those characters who demanded her story be written. I couldn't say no to her even if I had wanted to. She's strong, vulnerable, sassy, compassionate, and just so very real.


If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2) will be available November 15, 2013 – not too far away! It starts off right where the first book ends, with Cassie in serious debt to Evan Blackwood and having problems with her family. I'm excited for the upcoming release of book two. I think the direction I took it may surprise some readers. Hopefully in a good way!


What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2) will be out in November. Check out my website for more information on that one. Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3) and Dreamer (Cassie Scot #4) are under contract and scheduled for release in 2014. After that... a couple of characters demanded spin-offs so I'm working on those right now!

Thanks for having me here today.




Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
Cassie Scot Book One
Christine Amsden

Genre: Urban Fantasy (paranormal, mystery, romance, new adult)

Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Date of Publication: May 15, 2013

ISBN: 9781606197
ASIN:B00C7VR69I

Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 85,000

Cover Artist: Ural Akyutz


Amazon   BN

Book Description:

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family's reputation isn't easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.


About the Author

Short Version:

Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards.

 Long Version:

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.






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2 comments:

Christine Amsden said...

Thank you!

Eva Millien said...

Thanks for sharing the great interview and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com