Tell us something about yourself
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.
Your book, Palace of the Twelve Pillars, came out April, 2013. How did you come to write the book?
I had written a short story about a character who doesn’t appear until the end of the second book. The first thing that happened was I was told there was too much story to be a short story. As I started the journey to convert it to a novel, I realized I wanted to know how the character got to the point where his story started. I wanted his history, to know his parents, his extended family and what they did to get to the point in the story where he came on the scene. Hence Princes Joachim and Brandan came on the scene.
You have two more books in the series coming out, one in September and another in February, 2014. What kind of planning did you do for the series? Did you have the second and third books plotted out when you wrote the first?
The only book that I really did any planning for was the second one due out Sept. 20. I had the first book Palace of the Twelve Pillars and what I thought was the last book written. Basically I thought I knew the beginning and the end so the middle should be easy. I put together an outline and started writing in November’s NANO Wrimo. About the second week into the month Joachim and Brandan revolted and wouldn’t let me write until I ditched the outline and just let the twins tell the story.
So no I don’t plot ahead, I just let the story flow. I really had no idea where the story was going, didn’t know where the characters would lead me.
What did you find most challenging about writing a series?
Since there were times that I was working on all three books at the same time, keeping the timeline in place was sometimes difficult. The other problem I have had is not that the series is finished, coming up with a new story and letting go of the characters so new characters can play in my head has been challenging. The characters in the Twelve Pillars series have become so much a part of my life and they don’t want to let go. I suspect that sometime in the future I will be picking up their story again.
Your novels are classified as Christian fantasy. How did you come to write this genre?
It wasn’t intentional. I was writing inspirational articles for women and I guess my faith leaked into my YA Fantasies. How could it not? As I wrote more of the trilogy and observed the books that were being published I realized that another option needed to be presented to our young people, because they are the future. Even when I first pitched my book to agents and publishers I wasn’t sure I wanted to put Christian in the genre, but did it anyway. Now looking back, I don’t regret sticking to my faith and letting God lead the way.
What about your novels makes them particularly appealing to Christians?
The young people are presented with choices and their decisions will be made based on their faith or their lack of faith. The books also show young people that there are consequences for their decisions. And I think the most important message: God is always waiting to be invited into their lives.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, what got you started writing?
I’ve always written, but haven’t always been a writer. Life side-tracked me when I graduated from high school. I got married, had three children, went back to school and got a degree in Interior Design. I lost my rosy view of the world when I was laid off from a job in the same industry. The time came to re-evaluate my life. While pregnant with my fourth child I began my journey to God and back to my writing.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve gotten? The worst?
Best: Butt in chair, hands on keyboard. (BICHOK) and Write, Read and Write some more.
Worst: Write what you know.
What young adult authors appeal to you? Any favorites?
Bryan Davis, Wayne Thomas Baston,
What are you working on now?
Finishing up the trilogy. I have a few starts for new series’ but so far none have really grabbed a hold of me.
Where can readers find you on the web?
Rupert looked through the window in his tower room at the landscape of Wyrzburg. Months had passed since the Battle of Harable Valley and the spring planting season faded into the wonderful summer growing season. The land progressed in its healing and would soon be returned to its former state. As he turned from the window, he thought about the things that hadn’t healed…the twins. Brandan and Joachim still had a long way to go to erase the darkness that infected them. Joachim seemed better, but at night he still dreamed of Sidramah, and the doubts about what happened still haunted him. Brandan appeared even further from the boy that left to find his brother. The darkness appeared to follow him day and night. He withdrew to chambers as far away from Joachim as he could get.
Walking down the stairs to the great hall, Rupert remembered when the princes first returned; both had seemed healed and better than ever, maybe. But it appeared as if the tentacles of Sidramah still lingered. Any small opening the evil one could find, he exploited, and both boys were once again haunted by dark dreams.