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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Author Interview with Christina Henry (Includes Contest)

There have been a few new releases out this week that I had on pre-order. One of them is Black Howl by Christina Henry.

The series so far has impressed me a lot and I can't wait to delve back into the life of Madeline Black.

If you have already had the joy of reading this series or haven't come across it yet, I hope you enjoy this interview with the author and will take the time to enter this weeks contest.

Black Howl is the third book in the series and I can only recommend you try the series sometime soon!



Amber - Welcome back to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you here again as a guest! Could you start things off by telling us a little about your third book in the Madeline Black series, Black Howl?

Christina - Ghosts are popping up all over Chicago, and these ghosts have not had their deaths foreseen by the Agency. That means that they are outside of the natural order, and something big and bad is lurking around. As an added complication, Maddy's friend Wade (the alpha of the werewolf pack from BLACK NIGHT) has been kidnapped and Jude's asked Maddy to help find him. Oh, and Lucifer has been hanging around trying to trap Maddy into becoming the heir to his kingdom, which Maddy is definitely not interested in.

Amber - How did you come up with the idea for Black Howl?

Christina - In BLACK NIGHT we spent a lot of time away from Chicago in Amarantha's faerie court. I wanted more of the third book to take place in the city and for readers to feel more connected to the Agency again. The fae and the fallen are still a large part of BLACK HOWL, of course - once Maddy takes on a problem she has a lot of trouble getting rid of it!

Amber - Was it easier to write the third book or has it become harder as things progress?

Christina - In a certain sense it does get easier. You start to know the characters and the world, and you can better predict how a character would respond in certain situations. In another sense it's harder because you want to keep things fresh for the reader.

Amber - If the series was going to be made into a TV series or Film, who would you like to see playing the lead characters?

Christina - Michael Fassbender has always been Gabriel in my head, and I would love Richard Armitage for J.B. I'm not sure who would play Maddy, though. An unknown actress would probably be better for her. That way you would be able to see Maddy for herself and not as a character you'd seen in another film.

Amber - How do you pick the names for your characters? Do they have any special meanings?

Christina - No, I just pick names that I like. I'm boring that way :)

Amber - Will there be more books in the series? How long would you like to see things continue for Madeline?

Christina - There will be at least six books in the series. After that we will see how much more story there is to tell.

Amber - How much say do you have in the book publishing process? Eg. Do you get to pick the cover? The Title?

Christina - I do pick the title for each book. For the cover, my editor and I discuss some ideas and then we see what the cover artist comes up with. I think Kris Keller has done an incredible job on the covers!

Amber - How long on average does it take you to write a book? Do you have a process you follow? or do you just start at page one and see what happens?

Christina - It takes a few months for me to write the first draft. I usually have a rough idea of what I want to happen in the book, but since I write chronologically the books do tend to take surprise turns on me. I start with the first scene and then just seen how things unfold.

Amber - Are you working on any other projects you can tell us about? Any plans to do the YA thing?

Christina - I have a couple of ideas for another series, but I need to find time to write it! I'm supposed to write two BLACK WINGS books this year and that is taking up a lot of time.

I don't plan on writing for young adults at this time. I think it takes an amazing talent to write good YA and I don't think I have that ability.

Amber - Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job? If yes, How do you divide your time?

Christina - I am a full time writer - at least when my son is at school. When he's home I'm a full-time mom. So I try to get a lot of writing done during the school day!

Amber - What have you been listening, reading and watching lately? Any recommendations?

Christina - The last movie I saw and loved was DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME, a Chinese fantasy-mystery starring Andy Lau. I'm currently reading Bill Bryson's AT HOME, which is just full of fascinating trivia about human history.

I have several episodes of GRIMM and ONCE UPON A TIME sitting in my DVR right now. Someday soon I'll get caught up!

Amber - Who has been your biggest inspiration in life?

Christina - J.R.R. Tolkien who was the first author who inspired me to write. I read THE LORD OF THE RINGS when I was twelve and decided to be a writer then and there.

Amber - If you could live anywhere in the world. Where would you live?

Christina - I live in Chicago, and I love it here. I wouldn't pass up living in Italy, though!

Amber - Thanks for stopping by again!

Christina - Thank you so much for having me!

Madeline Black Series

#1 - Black Wings
#2 - Black Night
#3 - Black Howl


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tetewa said...

I recently watched Stephen King's Bag of Bones and enjoyed it!

Birgit said...

Slight panic breaking out here as I honestly don't remember the last movie I watched. I've been in kind of a series-watching-mood lately and am currently overdosing on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer from beginning to end (already have Season 7 in my DVD player).

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Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Heh heh, I watched Puss in Boots! Yup! And it was funny!!

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felinewyvern said...

Just watched Hidalgo again - love that film.

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miki said...

hum the last film i watched good question captain america ( dvd) it was perhaps one month ago but like Birgit i'm more series at the moment ^^;;

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Victoria said...

The last film I saw was Captain America. I enjoyed it.
You'll love all those back episodes of Grimm and Once Upon A Time.
Thank you.


Diane said...

My hubby and I went to see Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance last weekend and enjoyed it actually.

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Cheryl said...

I'm watching The Fugitive on TV right now. The last movie I saw in the theater was the second Sherlock Holmes.

Bethany C. said...

So here's an annoyingly specific answer- we caught some of Shrek/Shrek 2 on cable today. Last DVD I watched was Thor. And the last movie I saw in a theatre was Breaking Dawn.


BrigidsBlest said...

The last movie I saw was Trollhunter, a marvelously hilarious and tense Norwegian movie about a college film crew who follow a man they believe to be a bear poacher...only to find out it's not bears he's after.

Dovile said...

The last movie I've watched was Bring It On: All or Nothing with Hayden Panettiere. It ws quite fun if predictable, and the cheerleeding dances were great.

Aurian said...

Thanks for the lovely interview ladies, I am looking forward to starting this series one day. So if I win, I would love the first book.

The last movie was Pretty in Pink, which I watched with my young stepdaughter this weekend. It is a lot of fun introducing her to all the 80's movies I loved so much.

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Mary Preston said...

The last film that I watched was THE HELP & I was NOT disappointed. I loved it.

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SandyG265 said...

I watched The Help over the weekend. It was really good.

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Margay Leah Justice said...

LeThe last movie I watched was The Bounty Hunter (on cable).

Christina, Michael and Richard are two of my favorite actors!

sienny said...

my last movie.. it would be The Vow and This Means War, i watched it back to back. after a crying jag in the cinema, continued with a laughing jag :p

NoraA said...

The last movie I saw was the latest Sherlock Holmes movie. My partner and I made it into an evening out.

I would love to win the first book in this series "Black Wings". Then I would look for the other two in my local library.

Ironstrangeprompts said...

The last movie I watched was Ten Inch Hero. It was a great movie, had me in tears.


Julie S said...

I think the last movie I watched was One For The Money :)

Laura said...

The last movie I watched in the theatre was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The last movie I watched on TV was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

books first love said...

The last movie I watched was The help. Awesome adaptation, the actors were great. I need to read the book now.
thanks for the giveaway

Anonymous said...

At home it was LOTR - The Two Towers and in cinema it was The Lion King 3D. I love this Disney movie.

Amy said...

The last film I watched was Act of Valor, just last week. It was deeply moving and absolutely phenomenal. I loved getting a glimpse of "real" Navy SEAL life.

Barbara E. said...

I haven't been to the movie theater in a while, the last movie I saw was Thor.

Kristin said...

The last movie I watched (it was on TV) was Priest.

Unknown said...

The last film I watched Was The Rum Diary--with Johnny Depp ( I didn't watch it with him, it had him in it..ahhaha)

It was a really deep movie!


CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

I just watched the Mask of Zorro a few days ago!:) Haha, it was ok, but the lead actor and actress was SO HOT!:X

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Nickie said...

The last film I watched was The Women in Black. It was definately one of the sariest movies I've ever seen.

Audra said...

Puss in boots

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Cindy McCune said...

The last movie I watched was "Jennifer's Body"...SCARY!...and gross!!!

Unknown said...

The last movie I watched was Tower Heist. It was pretty good.