About the Story:
The Peace Summit was in shambles, the prince kidnapped.
When the rival king realizes he kidnapped the wrong prince, hostilities escalate. Loyalties to each other and country are tested for the twin princes of Crato, Joachim and Brandan.
Joachim, captive of King Waldrom, faces deception and betrayal as he struggles to find his way home. Brandan, at home with a father focused on rescuing Joachim, wrestles with his own demons as he searches for his place in the world and the favor of his father.
Torn from the safety and peace of their childhood, they are thrust into a world where bonds of family, brotherhood and roles as heirs to Crato are tested. Through war, spiritual journeys, death and marriage, will they choose the path of good or evil? Who can be trusted, as the world they know slips into a whirlpool of chaos?
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
It usually starts out getting my daughter to school and then volunteering at the school or going to critique group. ? Somewhere in there I check email and facebook and a little writing or editing. Usually afternoons are spent writing and lurking on facebook. Evenings are spent doing things with my daughter, watching a little tv and some more writing. Throughout the day I search for opportunities to spend quiet time with God and then around 10 pm I head to my bedroom for a little reading time, more time with God and then sleep. Since hubby works at home he gets attention whenever I walk past his office or he walks past mine.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
I started out wanting to be a nurse, but then I saw the original Jaws and had nightmares that night. I decided that if I couldn’t stand all the blood and gore in that movie then maybe I wasn’t cut out to be a nurse.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
If I can only pick one, then I would have to say when my sister died. She was a year younger than me and we were the oldest of eight. We were always in competition with each other, for parental attention, sibling attention just about everything. Needlesss to say we were not close when we were younger, it was only as we got older and she moved across the country. (Ironically she moved to Alaska) Then on the verge of her 29th and my 30th birthday she was killed in an airplane explosion. I didn’t pick up my writing then, but I did start moving toward through the things that brought me to where I am now. And the ironic part of her moving to Alaska is that some twenty years later I also moved across the country to Washington. Not to follow her but it has been interesting to be close to the same place she was and see the same sights she saw.
Who are your favorite authors?
I always hate this question, because there are so many authors I like, it is hard to narrow the list down to just a few. But (screaming and crying in pain as I do this) Bryan Davis, Wayne Tomas Baston, Marguerite Henry, Donita K Paul, Terry Goodkind. See I told you there were too many, I could go on all day listing authors. Three that top the list though are Sarah J. Carr, Darlene Reilley and Ang Bouma. (Good answer!) ;)
What are you passionate about?
God, family, dragons and tea.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
Candy wrappers from the kids, a few coins, maybe some m&m’s. My husband is really anal about keeping the couch cushions cleaned out so stuff doesn’t get a chance to accumulate. Oh and sometimes when he escapes you might find a turtle head and chest.
What’s your biggest fear?
Currently besides moving back across the country in July, my biggest fear is not having another book in me. So much of the last ten years has been spent writing the trilogy and living with Joachim and Brandan fighting in my head that there wasn’t much room for any new characters. Now that they have been put to rest new characters are being a little slow to move into their spots.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
Reading a book or watching a movie with my daughter and hubby or out with friends.
What sets you apart from other writers?
My experiences or lack of experiences. I think until recently I have led a rather boring, quiet life. I’m a little late coming into my own and finding my niche, but now that I’m here I’m not going to slow down or stop.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?
Mojito, Daquiri or Reisling.
What are you currently reading?
The Thirteenth Year. I thought it was about Russian history and it is, but it is also about vampires, something I didn’t expect.
How do you deal with rejection?
Set it aside and keep on writing. I’ve been lucky in that I haven’t had as many of those as other writers I know, so it’s easy to say that I take them as another part of the process.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Write, Read, and Write some more.
It’s not easy. It takes a lot of work, but is worth it.
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
Someone once told me that my writing was immature. I still to this day don’t know if they were referring to my writing or the genre that I was writing.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?
Joachim probably, Brandan I’m not so sure about. Maybe by the end of the trilogy he would be more prone to hang with me, but at the beginning we are on completely different pages. His personality is more like the sister I mentioned in the earlier question.
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie?
Alan Rickman as the evil king, Orlando Bloom as the good king, the twin princes are a little harder because I don’t know teen actors as well as I know older ones. Kevin Jonas as Joachim and Harry Stiles (with a blonde wig) as Brandan.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?
If you’d like, provide an excerpt and/or back cover blurb:
Then his gaze fell on Waldrom. Here was the man, so smug and condescending, who sought to destroy Crato and threatened his parents. He didn’t seem the least bit imposing reclining upon his throne. Disgust overwhelmed the prince, and it was all he could do not to spit on the floor. The man was the antithesis of his father, who, with his broad shoulders and compassionate demeanor, commanded the respect of all who knew him.
The king rose from the throne and waved for the guard to bring Joachim forward.
“Prince Brandan, I presume. I’m King Waldrom.”
“Prince Brandan? No, I’m Joachim.” Waldrom stepped back, and Joachim saw the fire burning in his eyes.
“What do you mean, you’re not Prince Brandan?” Waldrom looked at the guard holding Joachim and waved his hand. A candelabrum flew from the wall, hitting the guard and igniting his beard. The guard swatted wildly at the flames while Waldrom advanced on Melvane, standing by the door. “How could you grab the wrong prince?”
The wizard dropped to his knees. “My Lord, our spies told us Prince Brandan would be in the training room.
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
That there are many choices out there both good and bad. Make sure when deciding that you have all the information in front of you be it life choices or which book you are going to read next. Feed your soul the best food available.
God is always on your side.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
Papa Murphy’s and an ice tea.
Read my book. Read Sarah’s book. (Another excellent answer!) ;)
Here is the link to the video trailer: http://youtu.be/PD0Jp99jZA4
Here is the buy link: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=571&category_id=69&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
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 Washington State after a lifetime in Pennsylvania. 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.