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Monday, July 27, 2015

Interview Beyond Heights and Depths by Christian Brown







Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

My name is Christian Brown. My love for writing is only rivaled by my love for reading. I read pretty much everything, but I write young adult. Beyond Heights and Depths could be considered YA/Paranormal Romance. I don’t use a pen name. I live in Hawaii, where I was born and raised.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Beyond Heights and Depths is the first book of the Beyond Heights and Depths Trilogy. The book follows the journey of Emmett and Ash. Emmett moves to a better neighborhood with the hope of leaving his troubled past behind and doing everything he can to reconnect with his lost love, Ash, who is dealing some personal demons of her own. An accident brings them together, but before they can enjoy their new relationship they find themselves at the center of a battle between good and evil that has existed since the beginning of humanity. They are forced on a nightmarish journey through this world and beyond to stay together.

Are you a parent?

I am a proud parent of two rambunctious boys.

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

Yes, it seems like I have been trying to find a balance between writing and parenting forever. In the beginning, just finding time to write anything was the goal. Fortunately, I was able to get a lot of writing done late at night while they were sleeping. I schedule time to write on a daily basis. However, I’m realistic and know I won’t write every single day. I try to make sure I don’t go more than a day or two without writing anything, whether it be a chapter, page, or paragraph.

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

Yes, Beyond Heights and Depths is my first novel. As such, I had to start with what I knew: places, people, things. Some of the characters and events are loosely based on people and events from my own life, sure, but eventually the characters took on a life of their own.

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

When I am not writing, I can usually be found at the beach. I surf, dive, body board, body surf, and skimboard. I love to be around water. My kids love the beach. The beach is also where I thought up a lot of my books.

Is there a genre that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

People keep asking me to write a mystery novel, but I don’t even know where I would begin. The thought of tackling that type of project is frightening to me. It would be a great challenge, but I really don’t know if I will ever give it a shot.


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

Beyond Heights and Depths is the first book of a trilogy. The final book of the trilogy was released earlier this year. Book two and three continue on the journey begun in Beyond Heights and Depths. Emmett and Ash face new challenges, continue to build and learn about their relationship, and try to figure out what their purpose is in the universe.

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

My latest project is another young adult novel, but it is much darker than Beyond Heights and Depths. It is inspired by a true story. At it’s core, the book is about a boy and girl who meet again in a psychiatric facility and their journey from that point. They are both deeply troubled, so it is a rough journey for them both.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. So far, I love it.

 What is in your to read pile?


My to read pile is humongous, lol. It’s part of the reason I had to switch to a Kindle. My house was starting to look like a messy library.

Beyond Heights and Depths
Beyond Height and Depths Trilogy
Book One
Christian Brown

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Young Adult

Publisher: C. Brown Publisher

Date of Publication: January 22, 2013

ISBN: 9781301231515
ASIN: B00B5SKSOO

Number of pages: 200
Word Count: 67,170

Cover Artist: Charli Infante

Book Description:

As I awaken in the dark warmth of this terrifying place, laid out on the strangely uneven ground, I open my eyes to see the true horrors this place was built upon…She is supposed to be near where I landed. If I don’t reach her soon, we will be doomed to remain in eternal fire and pain forever.

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Are soul mates real, or just a fairy tale? What if you found your soul mate, but you had to fight your way through heaven and hell to stay together. Could you sacrifice everything, even your own soul, for the one you love?

Emmett Goode moves to a more affluent neighborhood with the hope of leaving his troubled past behind, starting fresh at a new school, and more importantly, reconnecting with his lost love, Ash, who is dealing some personal demons of her own. A tragic accident brings them together; unfortunately, before they can enjoy their new relationship they find themselves at the center of a battle between good and evil that has existed since the beginning of humanity, and forced on a harrowing journey through this world and beyond to stay together. Their bond, and the supernatural power it creates, could mean the difference between saving the world, or its destruction.

Is love enough to overcome seemingly impossible odds?

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Excerpt:

          As I awaken in the dark warmth of this terrifying place, laid out on the strangely uneven ground, I open my eyes to see the true horrors this place was built upon. The hills and valleys are not made of dirt at all but rather the bodies and remains of various humans and unidentifiable creatures. The uncomfortable warmth quickly turns to searing heat; with each second that passes my skin slowly burns away from my body, literally turning to ash and dispersing into the fiery air. The pain is excruciating. I want to scream in pain, but I quickly realize that all I can hear are the tortured screams and moans that seem to be coming from everywhere and nowhere at the same time. I try to move and the skin on my legs tears away in large grotesque chunks. What am I doing here? I think to myself, and I remember that I am here for a very specific reason. Where is she? She is supposed to be near where I landed. If I don’t reach her soon, we will be doomed to remain in eternal fire and pain forever.
          I turn franticly, looking everywhere, all the while hoping the pain that feels like burning needles in my eyes doesn’t mean that my eyes are about to fall out of my head. I feel a sharp jolt in my chest as I peer into the noxious haze that seems to be growing right before my burning eyes. There, there she is, she can’t be more than fifty feet away. I can make it to her, just as I thought. This plan has to work; I only have a minute or two to make this work. Just then, I realize just how difficult this is going to be. To my left are the shadows I had seen before, on my right I see the disfigured faces of what I can only imagine were once human beings descending upon me, and right in front of Ash is the menacing figure of a twenty foot tall man-beast. Suddenly the screams and moans stop, only to be replaced by something more sinister. All I can hear is the malevolent laughter of the creatures that have come to make sure that we never leave this unholy place. Wake up, Ash, please; I can’t do this without you.

About the Author:

Christian Brown is a Pastor at Reunion Hawaii. He has been working with youth and young adults for most of the last 10 years. His passion is in helping others. He is the author of the Beyond Heights and Depths Trilogy and has other projects in the works. He currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife and two young sons.




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2 comments:

Maria Behar said...

This was a very interesting and enjoyable interview to read. It was great to get some background on the author of this exciting YA series!

Thanks to Wenona and Christian for bringing us this interview! And thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for the tour and the giveaway!! If I don't win the books, I am definitely going to buy them!! : )

Kahu Christian said...

Thank you for hosting!