Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Featuring Chrissy Peebles - Part 3

For this last part of the Blog Feature that Chrissy and I have worked on for the last few weeks.  This is the end of road for the feature but even though we’ve got to go our separate ways again, both of us – Chrissy on The Purple Brick Road and myself here on this blog – will be busy with our work and a number of exciting post over the next weeks and months.  But before we’re really done we’ve got a couple more things to share with you!!

If you’ve managed to make the jump over to Chrissy’s blog you’ll have noticed that she’s got a couple of her own published books listed and featured there.  So today we’re going to look at Chrissy’s books and then I’ll finish up by sharing with you the last couple of questions from our interview.

So I asked Chrissy to tell me about her books and this is what she told me…

[Chrissy] My first book is called Agartha’s Castaway. The genre is young adult fantasy, adventure, and light sci-fi. It’s about three teenagers who are shipwrecked on what they presume is a strange tropical island. Here’s the blurb.

Dinosaurs, abduction, and a hidden civilization were never part of seventeen-year-old Casey Smith’s vacation plans. That is, until a freak storm tossed her and two best friends, Mike and Jack, out to sea. When they wash up on what they presume to be a mysterious tropical island...they soon discover that being the least of their troubles. In a jungle that teems with impossible creatures, UFOs, and an unworldly landscape, the three friends need to team up to fight danger...without letting their emotions tear them apart. Can they find a way to survive the harsh jungle…and its deadly inhabitants?

Here’s the book trailer:

I think what makes the novel unique and different is the way it crosses dinosaurs with UFOs. It’s kind of like Jurassic Park MEETS Independence Day with Twilight-like romance. I’m pleased to announce that Agartha’s Last Hope (book 2) was just released November 12th.

Also I am ¾ of the way through a new adventure fantasy called, Eternal Vows. It’s about a twenty year old girl named Sarah Larker who returns to a cave where her sister disappeared five years earlier. She walks through a portal and is mistaken for a runaway princess on the run by a dangerous Immortal king in medieval times. Her plan is bold as well as daring—become this princess, wed the king, and slip on an ancient wedding ring that will unlock the portal. Then find her sister and run as fast as she can out of Dodge. But taking on the identity of Princess Gloria comes along with dangerous consequences; and slipping on the ruby ring comes with an even higher price.

I don’t know about everyone else but I’m certainly fascinated by these story lines and have already added the Agartha books to my TBR pile.

After reading about her books, and seeing the trailer, I wondered about and asked Chrissy one more question – a completely random but fun question – about the books.

If your books were to be made in to a movie or TV series, who would like to see play your lead character(s)?

[Chrissy] I’d have Sterling Knight from the Disney channel be Mike! (but before he cut his hair) He’d be perfect! He’s hot, funny, and a little conceited! Yeah, he’s Mike all the way. And maybe Joe Jonas could be Jack. (of course when he has the shaggy hair going) Since I’m stuck on the Disney channel, I’m going to say Victoria Justice for Casey.

And then I asked her one last question.  Is there any particular advice you would give to other new and aspiring writers? 

[Chrissy] It can be overwhelming to a new writer when they share their work for the very first time. Every writer pours out their heart and soul onto the pages. It can be frustrating and the criticism can be harsh. Not to mention, you don’t get paid a whole lot either. But let’s face it, negative comments hurt all the way down to the inner core of your being. My advice would be to write the best that you can, never ever give up, and always be proud. Keep working on writing technique, character development, plot, voice, dialogue, flow, style, and point of view. But most of all, have fun with your writing. Put on your favorite tunes, crack open a Pepsi, pop some Hershey Kisses into your mouth…and then tap away. That’s what it’s all about.

Thanks so much Chrissy! I’ve had a lot of fun putting this together and finding out more about you, your books and everything. 

[Chrissy] Thank you for having me here today on your lovely blog. I enjoyed it so much and for anybody who tuned in, I’d love to connect with you online. 

And one last time for all of you who have stopped by to see this, here are all the places online where you can find and connect with Chrissy: