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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Author Interview: Christopher Golden (When Rose Wakes)

It's my pleasure to welcome Christopher Golden to my blog today. I appreciate you taking the time out to answer my questions. You've all probably read Christopher's past releases, Soulless and Poison Ink, so I'm sure you'd like to check out his latest YA, When Rose Wakes. This tale is a modern day story about Sleeping Beauty. I love the whole concept of this novel and will soon be buying it. It's available in bookstores now go out and support Christopher!

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, Of Saints and Shadows, and the Body of Evidence thriller series. He has co-written a number of novels and comic books set in the worlds of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. There are more than eight million copies of his books in print. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

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When Rose Wakes by Christopher Golden
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: MTV
Pages: 320

Summary: Her terrifying dreams are nothing compared to the all-too-real nightmare that awaits. . . .Ever since sixteen-year-old Rose DuBois woke up from months in a coma with absolutely no memories, she’s had to start from scratch. She knows she loves her two aunts who take care of her, and that they all used to live in France, but everything else from her life before is a blank.Rose tries to push through the memory gaps and start her new life, attending high school and living in Boston with her aunts, who have seriously old world ideas. Especially when it comes to boys. But despite their seemingly irrational fears and odd superstitions, they insist Rose not worry about the eerie dreams she’s having, vivid nightmares that she comes to realize are strangely like the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The evil witch, the friendly fairies, a curse that puts an entire town to sleep—Rose relives the frightening story every night. And when a mysterious raven-haired woman starts following her, Rose begins to wonder if she is the dormant princess. And now that she’s awake, she’s in terrible, terrible danger. . . .

Author Interview:

1) When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It's strange. At one of my first conventions, the first time that I attended Necon (in Rhode Island), someone asked me if I was an author. I had written an article that was going to published, and some short stories and the beginning of a novel, none of which I had yet sold. At that point, I had already thought of myself as a writer, but not as an author. For some reason I drew a line between the two things. An author--in the mind of the twenty-two year old I was at the time--was someone with books that had been published and read and reviewed. Now I think the distinction is a little silly, but it seemed important then.

2) What inspired you to write When Rose Wakes?

Often, I can't remember where the germ of a book comes from. In this case, I actually think it started with the title. It drifted up at me from the subconscious pool where such things are born, and as soon as I had those three words, the rest of it came to me. I've written a lot of books that are predicated on a question--what if XYZ was real? WHEN ROSE WAKES is my answer to the question, what if Sleeping Beauty was real? What if those things, all those years ago, really happened? What if she was still sleeping? And what happens if she wakes?

3) If you had to describe your book in one word, what would it be and why?

One word? That's not fair. I want to say mysterious and dark and full of passion, but if you insist, I'll stick with sexy, because sexy, to me, is all of those things. Not that the book is full of sex--not at all. But it's full of longing, and we can all feel the spark of that.

4) Why did you pick Sleeping Beauty for your tale?

Those three words I mentioned before. The title came first.

5) Out of all the books you've written, which one is your favorite?

My favorite has always been STRANGEWOOD, which is probably the closest one to my heart. But the one I point new readers to is THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN. Or it has been until now. I'm definitely going to be pointing curious readers, people who haven't read me before, to WHEN ROSE WAKES.

6) Do you have any other projects you're currently working on?

Too many, which is why it took me so long to get back to you. Right now I'm in the home stretch on WAKING NIGHTMARES, the new book in my Peter Octavian series. Then I launch into my new book with Mike Mignola, and the movie script for THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON with Tim Lebbon, who is also my partner on that book series. (The first Jack London book, THE WILD, comes out in March of next year, in hardcover from HarperCollins.)

7) Besides being a writer, what else do you like to do in your free time?

What is this free time you speak of? :) I spend most of the hours I'm not working with my family. I love to read, watch movies and too much TV, and play trivia at the local pub.

8) What book are you currently reading?

Sunnyside by Glen David Gold.

9) Do you have anything to say to all your present and future readers?

Only the most important thing, which is thank you for giving me a shot at entertaining you.

10) What's the most craziest thing you've ever done that you wouldn't dare share with others (besides us of course)?

Quit my day job to become a full time writer!


Cecelia said...

Great interview! I just bought When Rose Wakes (I admit...I was swayed by the cover art), and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing these questions and answers!

Amber said...

Thanks for the interview! I really want to read this one. It's always interesting to read how an author came up with their story concept!

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