Guest Blog and Giveaway with Chris Marie Green!

I recently asked Chris Marie Green, author of the Vampire Babylon series, to write a guest post for me on New Year’s Resolutions! She very graciously agreed and I’d like to welcome her to the blog! She has also generously offered to give away a signed copy (she’ll personalize it for you) of Book 3 in the Vampire Babylon Series,  Break of Dawn!
**Giveaway ends January 24th, 2011!

Hello, all—and Happy New Year!
Okay, so I’m kind of late to the party on that, butKristin asked me to blog about New Years’ resolutions and how they are helpingme to look ahead in my writing as well as other things in life.
This is actually a big year for me.  Not only do I write a vampire series (VampireBabylon) under my “Chris Marie Green” name, but I also create romances as“Crystal Green.”  Soon, I will have yetanother pen name (one to be decided) for a western post-apocalyptic seriescalled Bloodlands.  All pseudonymsincluded, I will have ten releases out in 2011. (Yikes!  And, yes, I do write alot, but some of my books were pushed back on the pubbing schedules so theycould come out one right after the other.)
Hence, my first resolution will be to Not.  To. Freak.  Out.  There’s a lot of publicity to be done for thefirst Bloodlands book, which is called BLOODLANDS and comes out in August.  So I *must not* be overwhelmed (!).  In September and October, the sequels, BLOODRULES and IN BLOOD WE TRUST will follow. As with all new things, I’m nervous/excited about this project.  At the same time, I had such a blast writing thesebooks because, with the post-apocalyptic elements, this was something untriedfor me. 
Basically, I describe BLOODLANDS as a paranormal“Shane meets Mad Max.”  It features adrifter named Gabriel who is searching for his missing love in what is now thetime-battered United States west.  Allclues point to his girlfriend having stopped by a hidden community of peoplewho have withdrawn from society and technology, and after the drifter isreluctantly welcomed into their midst on a temporary basis, the communityslowly finds out what Gabriel really is…and who he’s really looking for.  Like my Vampire Babylon books, this serieshas a lot of twists and what I hope are fun, interesting characters.
And that brings me to my second resolution for theyear.  I actually started this one in2010, but I haven’t completed it.  For along time, I was taking big trips—to Japan, Italy, England—and I made good onthe research that resulted from these travels by including it in my books.  Then I realized that I live in a pretty darninteresting place, myself—in southern Nevada—and I haven’t been takingadvantage of what I can learn from the area. I would love to visit the ghost towns that aren’t too far away—Goldfieldis high on my list—as well as other strange places, like the stretch of highwaynot too far off where people sight a lot of UFOs near Nellis Air Force Base andArea 52.
I’m also hoping to go to a few conferences, which issomething I wasn’t able to do much of last year.  I’m looking forward to ConDor in San Diego(February), Romantic Times in L.A. (April), Romance Writers of America in NewYork (June), Comic-Con San Diego (July), and perhaps an October writer’sconference (NINC).  I’ll keep my fingerscrossed that they all happen!
A brave new world is out there in many respects,from publishing to traveling, and instead of wondering what bad things mighthappen in 2011, I’m truly anticipating the good.  I hope you all are, too, and I would love itif you experienced some of it with me. You can check in with me at Twitter (http://twitter.com/ChrisMarieGreen),Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Marie-Green/1051327765) or my blog (http://crystal-green.blogspot.com/).  You canalso keep up with me on my web sites at www.chrismariegreen.com or www.crystal-green.com.
Thank you for reading, andhappy hunting!
Contest is now closed! Thanks to everyone who entered!

16 Comments:

  1. What part of Italy did you do to? I used to live near Venice when I was a little girl- my dad was stationed there.

  2. Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale

    Great interview!! Good luck with your resolutions Chris!

  3. Crystal Green's Blog

    Hi, all, and thank you so much, Kristen. 🙂

    BLHmistress, I've been lucky enough to travel through Venice, Florence, Rome, Bari, Naples, and especially Matera, which hosts the Women's Fiction Festival in the fall. It's really worth attending!

  4. I love finding new authors. I will have to read all of these books.

  5. I'm finding more spectular authors each and every day! 🙂

  6. The Vampire Babylon series sounds so good. I'm going to have to add it to my TBR pile.

  7. What made you use all those pen names? Why not release all of your books under the same name if you do use a pen name? lol

  8. I will definitely have to add this to my pile. Sounds great!

  9. I love authors who have different pen names for different personalities. It is like stepping into character before creating a character. Soo much fun.

    I have yet to hear of this series but you have now peaked my interest. If I"m not the glorious winner I'll be searching this series out.

    FF <3

    1000 Follower Giveaway info…

    Mad Scientist
    Steampunkery & Book Reviews
    Forbidden Steam  Adult- even the Mad Scientist gets naughty!

  10. Crystal Green's Blog

    Thank you, ladydi, W.B., Lisa, and Vivien!

    Hense, good question about the pen names–and, Mad Scientist, I like your comment about stepping into different personalities (and thank you for the compliment, too!). Mad Scientist is right on with that comment. Also, pen names help to "brand" my different kinds of writing. A different pen name lets the readers who follow me know that they're going to have certain expectations fulfilled (or not). For instance, in romance, the fulfillment of a happy/emotionally satisfying ending (where the hero and heroine live happily ever after or are at least on the road to it) is vital. When they pick up a Crystal Green book, I'm letting them know what they can expect. With urban fantasy, there usually isn't a nice, neat happy ending, and I don't want my Crystal Green readers to go into a book thinking that they can feel secure about getting that happy ending.

    : )

  11. iLuvReadingTooMuch

    OMG I would have loved to join this contest…but it's only for US and Canada :(. btw, thanx for dropping by my blog!

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

  12. Thank you so much for this give away. I look forward to reading you novels, Chris Marie Green. 🙂

    ChiKittie(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Crystal Green's Blog

    iLuvReading and Chi Kittie–I appreciate it. 🙂 iLuvReading, I wish postal rates were reasonable enough for me to have opened this up to other places.

  14. I was wondering if you ever envisioned yourself being where you are today?

    Thank you for this opportunity

    moonlightgleam(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. Crystal Green's Blog

    Hey, Moonlight Gleam–you know, from a young age, I always did envision myself as being a writer. I didn't know that I would be doing it professionally or have as many books out as I do, but I knew writing would always be a big part of my life. If I hadn't gotten published, I would have pursued that goal until it happened. : )

    Thanks for the question! Good luck to you all on the drawing.

  16. @Crystal thank you so much for your answer!

Comments are closed