AUTHOR: Christina Weigand
BOOK TITLE: Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three
GENRE: YA Christian Fantasy
Please tell us about yourself.
Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.
When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, or with the church theater group, volunteering at her daughter’s school helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.
Please tell us your latest news.
The third book in the Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy: Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three was released on February 7, 2014.
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I’m not sure how to answer this question. I don’t have another occupation outside the home. I chose to be a stay at home mom for my now 12/13 year-old daughter and my writing came out of that as well as a desire to have something creative to do. So while writing is my career, I am also a mother and a wife. Somedays I am a full time writer and other days a part time writer. Most days I write while my daughter is in school. I’d like to say I limit my writing time to then, but often it bleeds over into the time when she is home. I also struggle with the facebook demons that suck up my time, but I am working on it.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written pretty much since learning to put pencil to paper. When I was a child we played that we were a greeting card company and we used to put on little plays for my parents. Since there were six of us we had enough actors.
When I got to middle school I took a creative writing course which I loved and submitted an essay to a contest. I didn’t win, but that didn’t make any difference, because I had been bitten by the writing bug. In high school I wrote for the school newspaper as well as a small local newspaper. After high school I took a few years off from writing, to raise a family and support my husband while he finished his college degree. After going back to school and getting my own degree I finally returned to writing. Like I mentioned in the last question, I had a baby at forty one years of age and decided to be a stay at home mom. However after being so close to empty nest and being out in the world I needed a little more stimulation than only being a mom. I took a Children’s writing course. And the rest is history.
What is your marketing plan?
Marketing plan? You mean I’m supposed to have a marketing plan? Seriously though; My marketing is kind of done like my writing, by the seat of my pants. I try and have a presence on social media, and visiting blogs like yours because I believe that is the best place to reach my audience. Unfortunately since I am no longer a YA myself this is like traveling to someplace I have never been before and tends to be hit and miss. I am never sure if what I am doing is working and sometimes I just get so tired of it that I take a brief hiatus. I would much rather be writing than marketing.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on another YA series that will cover a lot longer period of time with a lot more characters. My dragons are travelling through the history of Christianity and showing up at crucial points to interact with the characters as well as some Biblical characters from the New Testament and beyond.
What do you plan for the future?
To keep on writing. I have submitted a middle-grade fantasy to my publisher, where a few of my dragons play a role in helping a ten year-old girl and her friends save the world from evil. And of course the younger generation introduced in the Palace of the Twelve Pillars, are angling to tell their stories. So I have no lack of projects. I just have to decide which one is screaming the loudest to be told.
How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?
Email: palaceofthetwelvepillars at gmail.com
Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.
Joachim banishes Brandan to prison island of Hyogo. His infant son, Prince Airyn disappears from his cradle. A chain of events is set in motion that will pit brother against brother, friend against friend, parents against children as Brandan and Joachim struggle for control of their sanity and their very lives.
With Brandan declared dead and his son missing Joachim sinks into despair and anger, where those close to him fear he may never return.
Is Brandan really dead and if he is, who is manipulating the Mantion and enemies of Crato?
Can Maeve save her country and her husband from the tentacles of evil pervading the land?
What genre do you write in and why?
YA Christian Fantasy. I tried writing for young children and found that my stories were too long for that audience. Then I tried writing for women, and although I still do that, I discovered somewhere on the journey that the YA and middle grade audience was the best place for my message. They are our future and they need to see all the choices that are available to them. They need to see both sides, both good and bad before they make choices for their lives.
What is your experience working or being around children or teens?
I have raised three children and am in the midst of teen angst for the fourth time with my 12/13 year-old daughter. I also have a 10 year-old granddaughter who lived with us until the last year. I have volunteered in my youngest daughter’s school in the library and the classroom helping the kids with writing and reading.
What influences your writing?
First my faith in God; Secondly my desire to have my children and other children have something to read that has a good moral base.
Is this your first published children’s work? What other types of writing have you done?
Not counting the first YA novel that I published in 2010 the trilogy is my first. I also published a Bible study Women of the Bible: A Study.
What do you hope your readers will take away from this book?
That there are choices. And that the choices you make whether good or bad have consequences.
What book are you currently reading? What do you like or not like about it?
I just finished Dana Faletti’s Whisper and going to start the second book in the series Wake. These are YA books and like mine have a good moral message without preaching. So many books for YA have messages contrary to what we want our young people to hear and Dana’s book stands in the face of those books by offering a positive message.
Describe your writing space.
The Dragon’s Lair. We recently moved into a brand new house, so my space has been a work in progress. I have gone from white walls to purple walls. The color goes perfectly with my wood and glass L-shaped desk. Besides my desk, my office is filled with my dragons in all forms, from the stapler and calendar on my desk to the stuffed ones as well as the figurines. I also have a few globes scattered through my office as well as a piece of my own art and that of a few artist friends.
Joachim cringed as he thought about what he had to do. The council had decided. He didn’t agree completely, but in the end, Joachim knew it was the only way; something had to be done. Maybe Brandan would give him a reason not to send him away.
King Brandan stomped into the room. “Why, Brother, have you no throne prepared for your poor, missing brother? I’m hurt. I expected more from you and my sister-in-law. Maeve, dear, couldn’t you have helped him prepare better?” He stepped toward her, quickly grabbed her hand, and kissed it.
Joachim lunged at him, pushing him from the dais. Brandan staggered then regained his balance and gazed at his brother. “Why such violence, especially when I am so recently injured?”
Stepping off the dais, Joachim stood eye-to-eye with his brother. “Enough! You’re no more hurt than I am. And you have no business touching my wife, or sitting on Crato’s throne.”
Brandan laughed, pushed him aside, and stepped up to claim his throne. Joachim grabbed his twin's shoulder, spun him around, and punched him in the mouth.
Rubbing where Joa’s fist had landed, Brandan smirked. “Well, my brother has finally developed some stones.” He raised his other hand to hit Joachim.
Matthias stepped forward, sword in hand and grabbed his arm before he could hit Crato's king. He pulled the king’s brother away, so Joachim could reclaim his throne.
Jerking himself free, Brandan straightened his tunic. “This has been fun; but as you seem to be in no mood to visit, I shall take my leave. Come to me when you’re in a better frame of mind.”
“Stop! You are going nowhere until I say you can.”
Brandan stopped and looked at his brother. “What did you say to me? Is that how you talk to a fellow king and brother?”
“Yes, it is. As of this morning, you are no longer a king, and I’m not sure I should even call you brother.”
“Why dearest brother, whatever do you mean?” Brandan asked.
“Ever since we were boys, you have done everything you could to make trouble. I was always willing to forgive you and hoped you would change your evil ways. But no more! You have pushed me—pushed this country—too far this time,” Joa thundered at him.
“What are you rambling on about?” Brandan sneered and bit a fingernail.
“Brandan, I should sentence you to execution, but there are two things keeping me from that. First: you are my brother, and I hold onto a hope, however faint, you can be reformed…”
Brandan chortled. “Not a good bet, brother.”
“Second, I strongly suspect you of making two attempts on my life. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough evidence to prove it was you. I punished one innocent man because of the little evidence we do have. I do not wish to make that mistake a second time.”
Brandan laughed again. “So, if we’re finished here, I’ll be leaving.”
“As I said before, you won’t be going anywhere until I say so. I may not have what I need to sentence you to death, but after your actions toward the queen this morning, I have some recourse.”
“What are you talking about? I did nothing she didn't ask for.”
Maeve rose from her throne. Joa put his hand on her arm to stop her.
“Brandan, I suggest you remain quiet until I finish.”
“Brother, you do not have the authority to do this. We are equals.”
“Do you not see the Adept Council before you? We met and discussed this matter at length... They have given me the authority.”
“This tiresome group of old men?” Brandan laughed. “They have even less power over me than you do.”
Ignoring Brandan’s comments, the king continued. “First, I strip you of your title. You are no longer King Brandan but will henceforth be known simply as Prince Brandan.” He paused and swallowed. He didn’t know if he could continue. The lump in his throat felt as big as a koali fruit. He swallowed again. Maeve grasped his hand. Warmth and reassurance enveloped him. He knew what he had to do.
“When we have finished here, Rupert, Salochin, and Master Frederick will take you to Rupert’s tower. There, they will strip you of your magical powers. When they are finished, Matthias and Wilhelm will escort you to the Port of Wyrzburg, where you will be put on a ship bound for Hyogo, the prison island. There you will remain for the rest of your life. You are never to return to Crato or Mahorg. You will live in the mountain abbey with the monks and work side-by-side with them.”
“You’re a misguided fool.” Brandan sneered. “If you believe that by exiling me, you are saving yourself from evil—think again. You may have peace and rest comfortably for a short while, but don’t assume I won’t find a way to come back and destroy you.” He stepped up to the thrones and leaned forward, placing a hand on each. The guards on either side of the king stepped forward to stop him. Joachim raised his hand signaling them to stop.
Brandan glared at the guard and muttered, “Freisen!” The man froze where he stood.
Brandan turned back to his brother and sister-in-law. “No, Joa. This is not over and what I did to your guard is nothing compared to the evils you will suffer by my hand.”
While he was speaking, Rupert chanted a binding spell. Matthias came forward and placed his sword tip to Brandan’s back.
The king put his good hand on his brother’s shoulders and pushed him upright as he stood. “You have done enough! Matthias, escort him to Master Rupert’s tower.”
As the prince was escorted from the room, Joa slumped back into his throne. It was done, he thought as remorse washed over him. A tear crawled down his cheek as Maeve squeezed his hand.
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