Sands of Time - Christine Church
If you peruse my 2015 Reading List on my website, you'll see a lot of paranormal titles. It's a fun genre to write in - I totally get it. But what I really love is when an author takes a normal and everyday genre and transforms it into their own vision.
Sands of Time take the paranormal genre and turns it into a form of historical fiction, which I absolutely loved. What I would like to see more of is people researching these found texts and searching for more intermixed between the translated texts. But the story of Kesi is fascinated to read.
The text is extremely well written and reads extremely smoothly. Despite the break in texts, I had no trouble flowing from one chapter to the next. Overall extremely fascinating and I look forward to reading more from this author!
Some Bio Information
Christine began writing at the age of nine, penning and illustrating picture books, taping them together, and even creating a publishing company. In school, she could be found sitting in the back of the class, writing short stories (she aced English and literature). By 1992 she was professionally published in both nonfiction and short stories. In 1998 her book was traditionally published, which led to many more book deals (nonfiction). Her books and articles have won many awards.
She lives for the paranormal, writes in the deep dark night and has a closet full of Goth clothing rarely worn any longer. By day she works at a horse barn caring for 7 horses, including her own noble steed–her best friend, her “son" and therapist, a grey overo Paint named Kobeejo, who has a great personality and an expensive appetite.
She is also a professional photographer, (loving to capture beauty and make it immortal), an actress, and voiceover artist as well. In rare spare time, she loves riding, target archery, swimming, singing and auditioning for the TV show “Survivor.”
1. Tell us a little about what inspired you to write this book.
Actually, that’s a story in itself. In the mid 1990’s I wrote my first vampire novel, called “Love’s Timeless Melody.” It was inspired by the song ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler. But, I did little with it. Finally, in 2015 I decided to tear it apart and make journal entries out of it… scrolls and texts discovered by archaeologists through time and eventually put together. The reason I came up with that was because the original book was another character’s story, but Kesi was a main character in it. She had written letters to her father. I took those short letters and turned them into this book.
2. How long did it take you to put your work together?
If you count the fact the original book was written in the 1990’s, over 20 years! But, once I got the idea to do something with the letters in the original book, then 3 months.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
Whenever, and wherever, I can get a chance to write, I do it! I work at a horse barn at day (very physical, esp at my age). By night I am exhausted, so I lie in bed and watch TV with my little “spokescat” (she has her own Facebook page and she helps me ‘sell’ my books), Lucy cuddled with me for about 2 hours. Then I am up about 9-10pm to work in my office on marketing and writing until 4-5am. In the summer my barn hours are later, so I like to visit the gym. I go there about 1pm, work out for an hour, then to the library to write for 2 hours. Then it’s off to the barn to work. For a 50+ woman, I am very active.
4. What was your least favorite part of the writing process?
Writing! I’m not kidding. Believe it or not, the first draft is the hardest for me. After I get that down, the editing and revising is less painful.
5. How would you describe your writing style?
Literary, I think. I am “old school” and I like writing books that do NOT just “tell,” but really get into the character’s head. I am not too ‘flowery’ with my prose. But I think the description needs to match the character’s age, personality and the story; however it is told. For example, in ‘Sands of Time,’ these are ancient texts from a hybrid-half human. They need to ‘feel’ as if they were written in ancient Egypt and yet still be understandable to today’s audience.
6. What is your ultimate writing goal?
I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old. As an actress (with a degree in theatre and drama) as well as a writer, all I’ve ever wanted was to be a huge best seller with major motion pictures of my books (and to be IN the movies). So many fans have told me they think this series would make an amazing movie series. I’m only hoping they are correct.
7. What would you like readers to take away from your work?
The NEED for more!!! A GREAT read, wonderful entertainment, and the need to want the series to never end