Book & Banter That's "Bound" to Be Riveting: Angelbound Series Author Christina Bauer Interview
Ancient Egyptians. Powerful gods. Lost loves. And one bad@$$ warrior with wings.
Fans of Christina Bauer know the heroes in her books are no angels, and Angelbound: Archenemy, the first installment in the Angelbound Xavier trilogy, is no exception.
But exactly where do these heavenly creations come from? From the percolating brain of one creative writer, that's where!
Here at InkSpired, we love to sit down with talented authors and chat about their process and their books. Join us today as we banter with Christina Bauer about how she brings her hot and hunky heroes to life on the page in this author interview. Then "fly" to grab YOUR copy of Angelbound: Archenemy!
Archenemy by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Xavier Trilogy, #1) Publication date: March 9th 2023 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Welcome to the beautiful land of ancient Egypt… only it may not stay so lovely for long. The chaos god, Set, plans to destroy the human world. Fortunately, the angel Xavier has the perfect plan to imprison Set and fast. Even better, Xavier can enact his scheme alone… which is just the way he likes it. No partners. No complications. No problems.
Suddenly, a gorgeous woman materializes. Calling herself Camilla, she declares she’s from the future. All of which is strange enough, but things soon go from bad to weird when Camilla announces that she and Xavier must work together—it’s the only way to defeat Set.
Wow, does Xavier ever hate that idea.
The warrior angel decides on a strategic retreat. In other words, Xavier works to avoid Camilla at all costs. Turns out, that isn’t so easy. This mystery woman has set Xavier’s blood on fire in a way he’s never felt before. No matter how hard he tries, Xavier simply can’t desert her. But is Camilla another element of Set’s destructive chaos magic… or is she Xavier’s only chance to save both himself and humanity?
Angelbound Xavier Trilogy
1. Archenemy 2. Archnemesis 3. Archangel Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60731369-archenemy Purchase: Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ybKDem B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/archenemy-christina-bauer/1143169780?ean=2940161116388 iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1608721900 Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/archenemy-5 Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Christina_Bauer_Archenemy?id=_OdcEAAAQBAJ
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the author of 45+ books in four different languages as well as eight audiobooks. I write epic fantasy with heroines who kick ass without being assholes. I’m here with you today as part of the launch tour for my new book, ARCHENEMY!
What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
I just love YA.
How important is research to you when writing a book?
Not so much research, but I do have to careful about what stories I put in my head. Garbage in, garbage out!
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
It’s always been my goal. My first-grade teacher, Sister Virginia, had to set aside time for me each day to tell my stories or I’d just launch into them in class.
What inspires you to write?
The need to pay my bills ☺ And it’s something in me where I feel compelled to tell stories. I’ve always been that way.
How often do you write?
Every day! Some produce more quality content than others…
Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?
Sometimes. Depending where I am in the book writing process.
What makes being a writer so special, or is it just another job?
Writers are awesome. Every job can be an art if you do it right.
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you
A mix of both. I have key beats to hit, but I’m open how I get there.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
I believe that good writing is about putting part of your soul on the page. I call it, “open a doc, open a vein!” To write good stuff, you have to leave blood on the page. It’s never easy. What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
Proofing the final draft. Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?
Now that writing is how I pay my bills, writer’s block isn’t something I can afford :)
Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
When you can’t pay your rent unless you publish, it tends to clear out any obstacles!
Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
Around book #40, I got better at plotting.
Have you ever left any of your books to stew for months on end or even a year?
Yes, for years and years!
If you had the choice to rewrite any of your books, which one would it be and why?
I’ve already rewritten a few books because I didn’t have the editing support I needed at the time.
Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Keep going! The stories in your heart can only be released by you!
Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?
My stuff is very conversational. I also have a potty mouth. Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?
Book Two in this series! It’s Angelbound Xavier #2! Do you think it’s true that anyone can be a writer?
Sure. It’s not sucking that’s the trick. Which of your books took you the most time to write?
The first in this series, ANGELBOUND. Name one book that you like most among all the others you have penned down?
My favorite is always my most recent book. What is that one thing you think readers generally don’t know about your specific genre?
Readers know what they want far better than I could ever define.
Are you satisfied with your success?
Not yet. If I did, I wouldn’t have written 40+ books. Satisfaction doesn’t lend itself to extended creativity, at least in my experience. What do you do in your free time?
I’m still writing How do you celebrate the publishing of a book?
I order a bad-for-me-meal from Five Guys. Did you have a specific audience in mind when you wrote the book?
This book is written for readers of young adult books, which means it will be enjoyed by folks of all ages!
What are the main themes of your book?
The power of true love!
Do you have any book signings or other live events planned to promote your book?
There’s a book tour with Xpresso book tours that’s happening now!
What do you hope people take away from reading your book?
Romance. Tears. An exploration of the different ways we deal with chaos.
Do you have any plans for a sequel?
There will be at least three books in this series.
Did a specific person or event inspire you to write this book?
Xavier is a character in my book, ANGELBOUND. A reader asked for his story years ago and I’ve been tinkering with it ever since.
If someone were to make a movie based on your book, which actors do you envision playing the leading roles?
I’d like for an unknown Egyptian actor to play Xavier.
Which character do you like most from your book and why?
In ARCHENEMY, my favorite character is the protagonist, Xavier. He’s such a strong and passionate guy!
Have you ever had a secondary character try to steal the spotlight? If so, how did you handle it?
Oh, I have lots of secondary characters appear! All I’ll say is this: as an author, you have to be willing to kill those you love. What would you like people to know about your book they might not glean from reading the synopsis?
This is arguably my most romantic book ever. I hope readers enjoy it!
A heartfelt "huzzah" to author Christina Bauer for taking the time to talk about herself and her writing. If you love a good story and a great romance, be sure to check out ARCHENEMY!
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. Be the first to know about new releases from Christina by signing up for her newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/CBupdates Blog: http://monsterhousebooks.com/blog/category/christina Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorBauer/ Twitter: @CB_Bauer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christina_cb_bauer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-bauer-481b12139/ Web site: http://monsterhousebooks.com/authors/cbauer
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