Interview and Giveaway with Christina Henry!

Please welcome Christina Henry, author of Black Wings and the upcoming Black Night, to the blog!
Also up for grabs is a copy of Black Wings, which will go to one lucky winner! Please read giveaway rules and details at the end of this post!

Christina, welcome to the blog! It’s a pleasure to have you!

Thanks so much for having me here!

For those that haven’t yet read Black Wings, can you tell us a bit about it?
It’s a book about an Agent of Death named Madeline Black. She’s stressed, broke and has a hungry gargoyle to feed. On top of all this, her supervisor is a giant pain in the bottom. She’s pretty much just trying to get by with this crappy inherited Death gig when her whole world is turned upside down, first by a mysterious stranger who wants to rent the apartment in her building, then by a monster that shows up out of nowhere and starts eating people.

There’s quite a bit of angel and demon mythology at play in Black Wings. What kind of research did you do?
I didn’t really do too much research. I looked up the angelic hierarchy on Wikipedia and the definitions of the Grigori and the nephilim. I wanted the mythology of Black Wings to be my own so I tried to stay away from too much research – I didn’t want to be influenced by other sources.

When you started writing Maddy’s story, did you have in mind how many books you’d like to write?
I knew that I wanted to write at least a trilogy, and luckily Ace agreed with me 🙂 They’ve just offered me another three-book contract so the series will now be at least six books.

What were some of your favorite reads growing up?

I loved J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”. I still re-read them every year. Same goes for “Pride and Prejudice”. As a young girl I remember reading and loving all of the “Black Stallion” books. I also really enjoyed any fantasy by Robin McKinley and Elizabeth Boyer.

What are some of your favorite contemporary reads, and are there any that inspire or influence you more than others?
Jim Butcher is probably my favorite author working right now. I really admire the way he takes chances with his protagonist, Harry Dresden. Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Richard Russo are also must-reads for me.

When did you first realize you’d like to try your hand at writing a novel?
When I was 12 years old I read J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” for the first time and decided then and there to be a writer. I’ve never really wanted to do anything else.

Is there anything in particular that helps you write, and is it hard balancing writing with family life?

I don’t have a special routine but I do try to hit a certain page count each day that I write. At the beginning of the book I write 5-8 pages per day. As the book progresses I try to write 8-10 pages per day.I usually try to get the bulk of my writing done while my son is at school. He’s at preschool only 2 ½ hours a day right now so some days it’s a challenge to hit that page count. If I can’t hit my page count for the day I finish up my writing day after my son goes to bed, but it’s definitely harder for me to write in the evening. I’m a morning person!I don’t think it’s necessarily any harder to balance writing with family life than it is to balance a “regular” day job with family life. Once you have kids I think everything becomes a juggling act. I think that the key is just to really use your scheduled time to write and not get distracted by the dirty laundry.

I read that you’re a runner. So am I! Do you get some of your ideas when running?
I find running to be very meditative – I get into a zone where I just kind of let thoughts flow freely and don’t concentrate on any one thing. A lot of times dialogue for an upcoming scene in a book will occur to me while I’m out running.

Any favorite races?
The half-marathon distance is my favorite. I’ve done ten half-marathons. It’s just enough distance to be a challenge but not so long that the training eats up a lot of time. I’ve also done two marathons, and the training takes a lot more out of you.

Is there something about yourself you can tell us that not a lot of people know about?
I love to watch “Man vs. Food” on the Travel Channel. I just cannot look away from the spectacle of this guy eating huge amounts of food.

Your second Maddy adventure, Black Night, is due in July. Can you give us a teaser?
J.B. is definitely going to play a bigger role in the next book. You also get to meet his mother – he has a cryptic comment about his mom in Black Wings that I never expanded on. His mother is a major player in the world of Black Wings and both J.B. and his mom will be around for the foreseeable future. I can’t tell you too much more than that without giving away some of the twists in the sequel.

Is there any other news about upcoming projects that you’d like to share?
I’ve got an idea for another story right now but I’m not sure when I’ll have a chance to work on it, so I’m keeping it in my pocket for now 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by the job, Christina. It was a pleasure!
Thank you!

**GIVEAWAY RULES AND DETAILS**

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*Giveaway is for 1 copy of Black Wings by Christina Henry

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109 Comments:

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  2. thank you!!

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international too 🙂 !

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  4. Sounds great! Thanks for a nice giveaway!

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  5. This book sounds so interesting. I'm definitely reading it. Thanks for the giveaway. 😀

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  6. Great Interview Ladies! Its nice how Christina started writing because of J.R.R. Tolkien. I love his LOTR series. They were epic! Also, Pride and Prejudice. Come on who hasn't read P&P? 😀 Thanks for the giveaway btw. <3 I'd love to read some of Christina's work. 😀 She sounds great!

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  9. I'm sharing this post on Facebook & Twitter! I would love to read more of Christina Henry's books they look like exciting reads! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  10. Awesome interview & giveaway!

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  11. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. cool, thanks kristin!!

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  14. Really enjoyed the interview. Both of your books look very good!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  15. Thank you for the chance!!! 🙂

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  20. Great interview and those covers…blessed by the cover fairy!!!

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  21. Can't wait for this one! Read Black Wings not that long ago and fell in love! Wanted to kick myself for not reading it sooner! At least my wait for Black Night was somewhat shorter though!

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  23. OMG. I am sooo excited to hear that J.B will have a bigger role in the next book. I really ended up liking him in the second half of the book. excited. Thanks for the giveaway. XD

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  24. Thank you for the chance to win!
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  25. Thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention! It sounds so cool and so does Christina. I admire her for reading LOTR every year. That's dedication!

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  26. Rex Robot Reviews

    You don't have to enter me, I already have this book… just have to drop by and say GREAT INTERVIEW!! I LOVE Christina's work and this book is awesome. Can't flippin' wait for the next.

  27. Awesome giveaway! I would love to win a copy.

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  28. Extra entry, tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/marieimy/status/58302080087105536

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  29. I've had Black Wings on my wish list for a while now, and I guess I better hurry up and get to it before Black Night comes out. Both books sound fantastic and I'm looking forward to reading them.

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    I just checked out this book a few weeks ago! This must be a sign that I'm definitely supposed to read it!

  31. Ashley Christine

    Interesting interview!

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  33. Offbeat Vagabond

    Wow, this is interesting. I have added you to my TBR list for sure. Great interview. I am so with you on the anthology. I try to stray away from all we know or can find and put what I would like and think that is cool. I think it is important because it really pushes your imagination and creativity. I am also very happy to meet another Man vs. Food fan, I love that show and Adam is adorable LOL! Thank you guys so much for the great interview and giveaway.

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  34. Looks like a fun series.
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  36. Christina Henry you are a new author to me but I love the idea of an Agent of Death. The books look amazing.

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  37. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I've read a lot of good reviews for this, so I would love to win a copy to read 🙂

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  38. Juliana L. Brandt

    Wonderful interview, as always!

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  39. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh I like LOTR and I need to read some Butcher! Of course I've been wanting to read this book!
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  44. It's so funny you have this interview up today since I just picked up her book yesterday! That's just awesome and has me more excited to read it!

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  46. It will be interesting to see how the author has developed her own mythology. Sounds like a good read.

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  60. I think its awesome that you don't research too much and make the mythology your own as it keeps the series from being too much like others. The book sounds really good and i'd love to win a copy:)

    Thank you for the giveaway:D

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  61. Interesting…I'm thinking i will like the aspect involving the gargoyle.

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  71. Awesome interview. I would love to read Black Wings. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway.

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  79. Looks like a good read, thanks.
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  80. Thanks for the chance!

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  81. Interesting book!
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  82. Six books in the Black wings series!! *does a jiggy dance* I love Black Wings (here is my review: http://www.cherrymischievous.com/2011/01/review-black-wings.html) and so excited to hear that there will be more 😀

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  85. Black Wings looks awesome a must read for me .
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  88. great interview
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  89. Laura (All of Everything)

    Black Wings sounds so cool, I'd love to have my own copy! Thanks for the giveaway :]
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