Today I have an amazing interview with author Christina Bauer about her writing process, some great tips for plotting, some tidbits about the writing of the novel Calla, and more! Calla is book 2 in the series the YA fantasy Pixieland Diaries. The author describes the protagonist as a pixie version of Ferris Bueller. Check out this awesome, lighter take on faeries and don't forget to enter to win some awesome faerie-inspired swag.
(Pixieland Diaries #2)
Publication date: July 28th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Book 2 of the Pixieland Diaries
Big news in Pixieland! The Blue Fairy is sending our fave pixie, Calla, and her crush, Dare, on a mini-quest. Unfortunately it’s an adventure that requires a lot of togetherness. We’re talking tons of touching, people.
Blue believes that since Calla and Dare are just friends, this situation shouldn’t be awkward.
It’s totally awkward.
***A 30,000+ word diary written by Calla***
“I absolutely love Christina Bauer’s style, full of action, intense scenes, and characters that will test one’s imaginations to the max!” – Tome Tender Book Blog
1. Pixieland Diaries
An Interview with Christina Bauer
As part of the launch tour for CALLA (Pixieland Diaries #2), we’re interviewing the author, Christina Bauer! Here goes…
- Are you a plotter or a pantser? Any tips on that area?
I’m a little of both. Before I start writing, I know the key plot points I want to hit. How I reach each different point is more of a ‘seat of your pants’ type thing. My tip for other writers is to use the Save the Cat book and system by Blake Snyder. It’s pretty flexible in that you can use it to outline each sentence… or just stay on a high level.
- How do you approach worldbuilding?
I love worldbuilding! I’ve published more than twenty-five books. In each one, I build a new world or explore fresh parts of an older universe that I already created. For me, the process always starts with a question. In the case of my Angelbound series, I wondered what would happen if folks in the afterlife were just as confused about eternity as we are? After that, I’ll do lots of playing with characters and settings on Pinterest. I’ve got hundreds of boards and pins.
- What did you like most about writing Calla?
She’s like a pixie version of Ferris Bueller. If you know that character, then you know that he gets in lots of trouble, but things always work out for him in the end. Calla’s like that. She just knows she’s got everything under control, even when she doesn’t.
- Who's your favorite character in this novel? And why?
I have a soft spot in my heart for the hobgoblin, Bilge. In this book, he decides to find a girlfriend. His character keeps going in fun and new directions!
- Did anything unforeseen or unusual happen when writing Calla?
The character of Sammy the Scepter developed a lot as I wrote the book. I knew the scepter was going to be malfunctioning, but he really developed into a full personality all his own.
- Which books do you think have had the biggest influence on your writing?
For CALLA, there’s no question that the book that most inspired me was the book Faeries which was illustrated by the brilliant Alan Lee.
- Why do you like to write about fairies?
I like the mixture of dark and light in the fairy personalities. Plus, there have been a lot of books out lately where the dark fae are more emphasized, so it lit a fire under my butt to show the brighter side of Faerie.
- What advice would you give to someone who's just starting to write?
Keep writing! Only you can bring the stories in your heart to life!
- What kind of reader do you think will enjoy Calla?
Many of my readers are adults, men and women, who love young adult literature with lots of sass and light.
Thanks for having me by for this interview! I hope to see you again on a future tour!
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
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.
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