I am happy to welcome Christine Schulze today. Christine is the author of Bloodmaiden.
Zale. Gauthier. Varden. These three dynasties… They all sound like something out of an ancient, oriental myth or fairy tale. The concept of humans and dragons helping and living in harmony with one another, without fear. To me, that's exactly what they are. A distant dream only read of, whispered secretly, quietly yearned for. For, you see, I am the new Quelda of Tynan. These words echo the mystery, horror, and romance found within Schulze's fantasy novel.
What does a super-busy author of fantasy and Christian fantasy do when she’s not writing, promoting, editing, or trying to obtain an agent?
Glad you asked! I feel this is one of those questions author fans often wonder about, and I’m glad to share a bit of “me” with you all; of course, a lot of “me” goes into the emotion and characters of my books, but here’s a little more.
Well, a lot of what I do on the side actually corresponds to my books in one way or another. For example, I love drawing, photography, and composing music. I used to create anime character illustrations for my books. While I haven’t done that in ages, you can see by some of the photos I used to have at least a little skill. Lately, I like experimenting with photography. I have several great photographer friends, and I really enjoy using Photo Explosion (simplest and funnest photo editor EVER!) to alter the pics and make them what I want for covers, promo art, etc. Some books, such as Bloodmaiden, are actually inspired in part by photos I’ve taken or have had taken of me. As mentioned, I also enjoy composing. I do mostly instrumental; I have songs available on Amazon for MP3 download under the title “Stregoni Symphony”, which accompany many of my books. If any of them are ever made into a movie, I like to think of them as part of the soundtrack. I do come up with songs with lyrics but hardly ever get round to putting those notes on paper; the words and tunes just store in my head.
Lately, I’ve actually gotten a bit into fashion and modeling. I’ve never been a big shopper, very thrifty; but, in celebration of my new apartment (my very first!) I have bought a few new, unique outfits for my wardrobe. I actually hope to get into modeling and/or acting, on the side of my writing, working at a daycare full time, working at Quiznos part-time, and—drumroll for the best part—
TAKING CHOIR IN SPRING 2011!!!
“Why is that so exciting?” you may ask. Well, The Gailean Quartet, one of my favorite series, was actually inspired by the SWIC choir and its most wonderful teacher ever, Dr. Gail H. Fleming. It’s her last semester to teach it, and I don’t wanna miss a thing!
Besides all of the above, I also enjoy watching movies—fantasy, independent, anything new and fresh—reading (huh, like I have time for THAT anymore), exploring various walking trails with my BF (especially the wooded kind), and playing video games—especially those which provide great inspiration for books, such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker. I am also enjoying learning to cook new foods in my apartment.
I also love going to church, fellowshipping with fellow Christians, and spending time with God and learning about Him. I’m in the choir there too, and we are having a brilliant Candle-lit Choir service with awesome songs! By the by, that reminds me I just saw Voyage of the Dawn Treader; the story, imagery, symbolism—all of it is beautiful, and though some parts vary from the book, it was all wonderfully done and well worth the watch. Another movie I definitely recommend is Tangled; a brilliant success on Disney’s part, AND, if you wanna get to know my life a little better, that is the way to do it. I AM Rapunzel. No joke or exaggeration. Her character, mannerisms, naivety, genuine sweetness, her finding good in people, even her green eyes, freckles, and golden hair—not to mention her story! Girl with overprotective parent who wishes to just break free and see the world, yet is held back, not by fear of leaving but of even suggesting and because of guilt; but then, guy who her mom would most NOT want her to be with comes, and she sees good in him while mom warns he’s all bad and—
Well, there you have a little glimpse into my life. I’ve enjoyed sharing with you and hope you enjoyed too. Thanks so much for stopping by, God bless, and happy reading to all!
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