Christine Norris is the author of several works for children and adults, including the Library of Athena series and the Zandria duology. When she’s not out saving the world one story at a time, she is disguised as a mild mannered substitute teacher, mother, and wife. She cares for her family of one husband-creature, a son-animal, and two felines who function as Guardian of the Bathtub and Official Lap Warmer, respectively. She has also done several English adaptations of novels translated from other languages. She reached a new level of insanity by attending Southen Connecticut State University Graduate School’s Information and Library Science program, so that someday she, too, can be a real Librarian. She currently resides somewhere in southern New Jersey.
Her current book is a YA/Fantasy titled The Mirror of Yu-Huang.
Visit Christine on the web at www.christine-norris.com. Connect with her at Twitter at www.twitter.com/ cnorrisauthor and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Norris/131776641000.
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Q: Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?
A: I used to use a paper and pen, back when I first started writing my first book, 10 years ago. I would transcribe my handwritten manuscript into our family desktop. Now I have my own laptop, and a Netbook so I can write pretty much anywhere.
Q: Do you work from an outline?
A: Sort of. I use a 9 block plot chart to help me get all the major events down, and then I go from there. I look at it kind of like a road map; I can see the cities, but not what lies along the road between. It works very well for me, keeps me from veering off track.
Q: Worst rejection you’ve ever received?
A: A form rejection on a half-sheet of paper that wasn’t even cut straight, made out to ‘Dear Author’. LOL. I can’t even remember the name of the agent who sent it, but I’m sure I have it around here somewhere; I save them all.
Q: Nicest rejection you’ve ever received?
A: That was just recently, actually. This sweetheart agent, who I really wanted to sign with, sent me a lengthy rejection on a full manuscript, detailing exactly what she liked and didn’t about the story. I used her notes to help me with rewrites. She didn’t have to go to all the trouble, and it really meant a lot to me that she did. I kept that one, for sure.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I’ve finished a Historical Fantasy/Fairy-Tale retelling-with-bits-of-steampunk story that I’m shopping around now. And I’m working on the next Library of Athena book, which I hope to finish over the summer, and I have another Steampunk Fairy Tale in mind that I want to start working on soon. Somewhere in there I’ll sleep. Maybe.
Q: Where do you write from?
A: Anywhere and everywhere. I have the Netbook that I use when I’m on the road, so to speak, and it’s handy. I’ve written in McDonalds, when my son was small, and coffee shops and sometimes I’ll go outside to my backyard gazebo and write. It’s nice.
Q: Do you have a writer’s studio? Describe it for us and what is the view you see from the window?
A: It’s funny you ask that question, because I just finished moving from the space I had in the sunroom downstairs up to the attic. There’s a great dormer space that is perfect for writing. It’s going to take some work, but I’m going to gradually move stuff around so that I can use the whole attic, put up a comfy chair to read in and a table for tea and stuff. From the window near my writing table I see my neighbor’s house and the driveway, and trees and sky. I’m up high and I really like it. My old space was nice too, because there was a tree against the window and a pair of cardinals always nests in it.
About The Mirror of Yu-Huang
Confucius never said anything about this.
Megan Montgomery, spending her second Christmas in England, was expecting peace and quiet over the holidays. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.
First, the headmistress of St. Agatha’s College for Girls, Megan’s school, her school has strong-armed her father into hosting a huge New Year’s ball at their home. Next, she winds up playing hostess to a Chinese ambassador, his family, and his staff. While the guests seem very pleasant, Megan is still uncomfortable. She’s been unlucky with houseguests in the past—like one of the guests died kind of unlucky. Of course, he also tried to steal one of the precious magical artifacts that are hidden in the Library of Athena, a cavernous room hidden beneath her home, so it wasn’t totally her fault. Now hundreds of people will be crawling all over the manor.
Megan tries to relax and enjoy the holidays despite her home being turned into Grand Central, but her worst fears are realized when Megan receives a mysterious Christmas gift, one that links her to the Library of Athena. Now she’s on her guard, hoping to identify the culprit and learn just how much he or she knows about the Library, before someone gets hurt, or worse, she winds up inside another enchanted book.