Monday, 23 September 2013

Featured Author: Chris Weigand

A warm welcome to American author Chris Weigand, who kindly shares with us the inspiration behind her new YA novel, Palace of the Three Crosses. First a little about the book.

Palace of the Three Crosses
Brandan and Joachim have returned from the brink of Hell, but everyone questions if they are truly healed and one with Asha.

As each prince tries to readjust to life, they must face the funeral of their father and their missing mother.
They each take on the responsibility of ruling a country with new wives by their sides, but can they and the countries survive the trials that will ensue because of their choices?

Brandan and Joachim survived the war, but can their relationship and their countries survive the aftermath?
Palace of the Three Crosses is available from MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon US, Amazon UK and Smashwords.

Inspiration behind the Story
I dislike when people ask me this question. I’m never sure how to answer. But since Rosemary so graciously asked, I will take a stab at it.

The Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy was never meant to be a trilogy. When I was taking Writing for Children course, the second assignment was to write a short story. I didn’t get hit with any bolts of lightning. There were no dreams that compelled me to write them down. It was just an idea about a boy that woke up around his fifteenth birthday to discover he was a prince and wizard. He had been raised as a farm boy.
I don’t know where the idea came from, but there it was and I wrote it.

When I finished two things occurred to me. One: There was too much story to be a short story. And two: I had a desire to know what got that boy to the place he was; who were his parents and extended family and what brought them to this place in time.
Hence Joachim and Brandan along with a whole slew of other characters were born. About halfway through writing the third book I realized that it had become Joachim and Brandan’s story. And that fifteen year old boy that started it all: He comes on scene at the end of Palace of the Three Crosses and his story is revealed in the third book, Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons.

So to wrap this up: I’m not sure where my inspiration for this story came from. I like to think God is my muse and He plants the story seeds. Once I acknowledge and begin to write then He feeds and waters in the form of my characters and plot guiding the story to its completion and beyond.
Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.
When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, or with the church theater group, volunteering at her daughter and granddaughter’s school in the library as well as helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing. 
You can find out more about Chris on her Blog; Facebook and Goodreads. Twitter: @CAWeigand

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