Today we have the lovely and awesome Christina Hollis here to talk about her latest release, Weight of the Crown! I'm sure you'll all enjoy this interview (I know I did!) and Weight of the Crown, which I personally cannot wait to pick up and consume. Let's get started, shall we?
What inspired you to write this novel?
I love a man with principles. Lysander, hero of Weight of the Crown has been forced by circumstances to abandon his louche lifestyle to become regent of the kingdom of Rosara. He doesn’t want to do it, but loyalty to his late brother means he’s going to give the job his best shot. After that, it was a case of finding a heroine capable of keeping Lysander on the straight and narrow when he suffers the occasional wobble in his resolve. Finally, I was intrigued by the idea of creating a fictional country. Rosara includes bits of all my favourite real-life countries: beautiful weather, stunning scenery and lovely people.
Do you use the same writing process for each novel you've written or does it change from work to work?
I use pretty much the same system for every novel I write. Weight of the Crown began with my idea of a gorgeous hero, Lysander, and his internal struggle. This is the conflict between his playboy character, and his embedded loyalty to his family and country. Then Lysander needed a heroine who’s as strong willed as he is to bring out both the best and the worst in him. Alyssa has a tragic past which she tries to forget by immersing herself in her work as nanny to the boy king of Rosara. From there, I worked up their characters and backstory before producing a detailed outline, which became the basis of a three page synopsis. After that it’s a case of refining my original thoughts, and working hard until Weight of the Crown was complete.
Is being a well-published author different from what you had expected when you had first started out?
Definitely - I thought I’d have the luxury of spending my whole time writing. Actually there’s a lot of behind the scenes work to be done before I can start each morning: business correspondence, emails and social networking now have their place alongside housework and family life. I really love Twitter, where I tweet as @christinabooks but Facebook’s still a bit of a mystery to me so I’m feeling my way there. However it’s done, I really love keeping in touch with readers but I have to be careful, or I’m left with no time to write!
Promotion is essential for all authors in building a fan-base and reaching new readers. How do you promote yourself and your work, and what would you recommend to other authors?
I think a website is essential, closely followed by a blog. As a reader, I love these little insights into the lives of other authors - what they have to say about themselves and their work. As a writer, My Website and Blog showcase my work and, more importantly as far as I’m concerned, they are great ways in which I can communicate with readers.
Here's a fun question to wrap it up: If your hero could honeymoon anywhere, where would that be?
Lysander would definitely go somewhere nobody knew his name: where he could kick back and relax without having to sort out everyone’s problems. A tropical island would be perfect. Azure sea, clear blue sky, waving palm trees and miles of deserted beach with Alyssa by his side would be his idea of heaven.
Thanks for this chance to chat, Marlena!
Thank you, Christine, for stopping by! Best of luck with Weight of the Crown!
Where can readers find you on the web?
Author Page created by Romance Book Paradise Promotions.
Now duty is his only mistress.
For notorious playboy Prince Lysander Kahani, playtime is over…Left with a country to run, he draws the line at playing nanny to his orphaned nephew!
Instead he sends for a professional. But one glance at buttoned-up Alyssa Dene and Lysander’s wicked side re-emerges! Wary of his scandalous reputation, Alyssa tries to keep her distance – but Lysander draws her like a moth to a flame.
Lysander is fighting a battle between public duty and private desire, but he is determined to make Alyssa a royal offer she won’t refuse…
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