SJ: What gave you the inspiration for the Angelbound Origins series?
CB: I grew up Roman Catholic and always asked the nuns fun questions such as, what’s it like in Purgatory? Needless to say, I didn’t get all the answers I wanted. When I got to be an adult, I figured I’d ‘fill in the blanks’ and Angelbound was born.
SJ: Who is your favorite character from the series and why?
CB: Every character is a part of me, both the good and so-called bad. In terms of being fun to write, I have to go with the main character from this book, Myla. She’s a part of me that’s irreverent and full of energy!
SJ: Why did you choose this specific genre?
CB: I’m big on myths, and there’s a reason the stories that really resonate and have staying power are set with young adults. It’s about reinventing yourself, not being a certain age. Changing lives for the better through storytelling--that’s what motivates me to write. Long story short, I write for
everyone but the age set is YA.
SJ: What is your favorite part of the creative writing process?
CB: There’s a time--usually late in the writing process on a book—where the words just flow and it’s like I’m taking dictation. It’s such a rush!
SJ: Who has influenced you the most as a writer?
CB: I began writing at age six because I idolized my Aunt Sandy, a brilliant woman who was both a hippie and a full-time author. She influences me to this day.
SJ: Did you always want to be a writer or did the inspiration come later in life?
CB: I always wanted to be a writer, but it was a ‘future thing.’ When I turned 40, I realized I wasn’t getting any less dead and I better get on it. Now I’m 50 and a full-time author.
SJ: What have you found to be your biggest hurdle?
CB: The business side of publishing is tricky. It’s always changing and I need to dedicate lots of time to cracking that particular nut. I know many authors who write phenomenal books, but that just gets you to the door, so to speak. What happens afterwards is also critical.
SJ: Tell me about your book covers and the inspiration behind them.
CB: For the Angelbound series, I wanted a badass sexy chick on the cover with a tail. I feel like I’ve really cornered that market.
SJ: What hobbies do you enjoy when you're not writing?
CB: Reading, listening to lectures, and watching AMERICAN GREED.
SJ: What's next?
CB: My next book in this series will be CLOCKWORK IGNI, which is a mash-up for steam punk and Ancient Egypt. Fun!
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
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.
Book Blurb: Quasi Redux (Angelbound Series Book 8)
Myla Lewis has her life back. Wife. Mother. Queen. Great Scala. Queen of the Thrax. Yay! Then one day, Myla runs across a supernatural waterfall that makes her igni screech like crazy. Our heroine speaks the fateful words, “Some days, I wish I weren’t the Great Scala.”
The waterfall grants her wish.
A moment later, Myla is back at Purgatory High. No husband. No child. No powers beyond her old quasi days. And without Myla around as the Great Scala, all quasis now live under Armageddon’s rule. That sucks. Hard. So Myla sneaks into Antrum—she simply must find Lincoln and figure this out. Once she arrives, two problems arise.
First, her husband doesn’t know her. At all.
Second, Lincoln is married to someone else.