Letting go of a book once it makes it into the real world. That's a new answer for me … I usually say “marketing” but the truth is that I do enjoy responding to interview questions and talking to readers. I love that, actually. The hard part is that whether or not a book sells (and especially whether or not it sells well) is a bit of a lottery (no matter what the experts say).
Can you give us a short synopsis of Kaitlin's Tale?
It starts out with Kaitlin begging her best friend, Cassie, to take and raise her 1-year-old son so that he'll be okay when she turns (unwillingly) into a vampire. But the vampires have been intercepting her outgoing mail and she realizes that to save her son, she's going to have to save herself too. And that's just chapter one!
In chapter two, Matthew Blair (an arch nemesis of Kaitlin and especially of Cassie) learns that the would-be leader of the magical world is using blood magic to control people's minds from afar. Including his most trusted allies'.
Their paths cross a few chapters later and sparks fly – not all good ones. Kaitlin is terrified when she learns Matthew is a telepath, but she needs him – in more ways than one.
What inspired you to write this book?
The correct question is, “Who inspired me to write this book?” And the answer is, “Kaitlin.”
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
At the moment, 15 minutes. I'm working on priming joy back into the process. Meanwhile, I'm spending more time on editing and marketing. Normally, it's closer to 2 hours. More than that, honestly, and the stories tend to fall apart. You can spend more time researching, brainstorming, outlining, and daydreaming – and that I still do!
Name your top 5 books.
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective
Secrets and Lies
Title: Kaitlin’s Tale
Author: Christine Amsden
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.
When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin’s past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.
*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series
About the Author
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.
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