Name: Christina Escue
Where are you from: Just East of Nashville Tennessee in a town called Lebanon
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: I am the mother of two beautiful daughters. Besides writing I also edit for a few select authors and work a full-time job. I love to read, write, listen to music, play with my girls and spend time with my family. I like watching movies, but don’t watch much TV. I absolutely hate to clean house and I am deathly scared of spiders.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My second book is releasing on March 28th and I am so excited and nervous. I am also putting together a fantasy/paranormal/dystopian short story anthology under a pen name.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing A New Beginning in July of 2014 after an idea popped into my head and I just couldn’t get it out. A New Beginning is written for all the children out there who are lost and alone.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
This a tough one because I don’t really consider myself a writer yet. I just share what’s in my head with others. If I make it to a best sellers list, then I’ll consider myself a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired by all the children in the world who don’t receive the care and love they should have.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
When I sit down to write I let the characters fill my head and they take the lead. I try to mold them into what I want, but I work with teenagers and they have their own personalities and attitudes so what I want doesn’t matter most of the time.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of my first book is A New Beginning and it was chosen because that is exactly what it’s about, a new beginning. My second book, A New Hope, is the same as A New Beginning. When tragedy strikes close to the beginning of the book Karla must help her brother fina a new hope and a help him find the strength to go on.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Never give up on your hopes and dreams because even in the toughest situations there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
There was a lot of research conducted to write my book. The foster care system, the court system, some legal terminology and the DCS policies were all researched.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There are a few personal experiences, a few experiences of friends and a lot of experiences I have read about on websites that focus on abused children and teens.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
My first mentor, and really good friend, is Erica Stevens. She has been there whenever I needed her and I know that if I have a question she’ll do her best to help me. My second mentor, and also a very good friend, is D.L. Colon. He let me bounce ideas off him, he read as I wrote and he pushed me to finish.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Bree Pierce, her novella Balloons in the Yard is magnificent, and D.L. Colon, who ju
st released his second book.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am currently working on the third, yet untitled, book in The Second Chance series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My small circle of friends who are there whenever I need an ear, or an eye considering most are on facebook. They have been a tremendous help during the whole writing process.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? Eventually
I hope to be able to call it a career, but until then I’ll keep my full-time job.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. I am very proud of how A New Hope turned out and I absolutely love it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Honestly, it was never my intention to write. I always saw myself as a fixer, not a creator, until A New Beginning popped into my herd.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is a short excerpt from chapter one of A New Hope
“Elliot, dear. Can you come in here please?” Mary Matthews called out to her beloved grandson.
“I’m here Nana. What do you need?” Elliot asked as he walked into the room.
“Mrs. Peterson just called. Their plane landed half an hour ago and they’re headed to their hotel now. We’re meeting them at six for supper at their hotel.”
“Do I really have to go meet them, Nana?” Elliot asked, unsure of how he felt about meeting a sister he knew nothing about. “Why can’t I just stay here with you? I love you, Nana, and I don’t wanna leave.”
“I don’t want you to leave either, Elliot, but we’ve been over this. I am too sick to care for you properly and there isn’t anyone who can take care of you when I go into the hospital for treatment.”
“Can’t I just stay with you until that happens? I don’t wanna leave Texas. I love it here.”
“Elliot, from what I’ve heard the Peterson’s are wonderful people. Plus your sister is there. Don’t you want to get to know Karla?”
“What I want is for everything to be the way it was before Dad died. I want him back with us so we don’t have to be apart.”
“Oh, baby. Come sit beside me.” When he did as she asked she wrapped him into a hard hug. “It’s okay to cry. I miss him too.” Before she could say anything else she started coughing viciously. Elliot pulled away and got her some water.
“Are you okay, Nana? That was worse than last time.” He said when she finally stopped coughing.
“No Elliot, I’m not okay. That’s why you have to go with Karla and the Peterson’s.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Names. I go through websites with baby names to name my characters.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Erica Stevens and I love how she can pull you into the worlds she creates and make you part of them.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not as of yet, but maybe someday/
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Taurus Designs designed the cover for A New Beginning and I did the cover for A New Hope.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The writing part was easy, the publishing part was the hardest, but once I got it I had it down.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Patience. It takes patience to deal with all the ins and outs of writing and publishing.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up. Even when it feels like you can’t go on.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. If not for the readers then writers and aspiring writers would have nothing to work for.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I was 4 and have embraced reading since then.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My daughters do both on a regular basis.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
There are several, but if I have to choose one it would have to be Mya Angelo. She was an inspiration to many people.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Daughter, Mother and Friend because that’s what I am.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Editing, reading, listening to music, playing with my girls/
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love action/adventure and Disney movies. Not a big TV watcher.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
Favorite food is my dad’s taco casserole. My favorite colors are black and pink. I don’t have a favorite music genre. I listen to whatever I’m in the mood for.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
A Juvenile Psychologist.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Not yet, but I’m working on building a website.
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