Monday, March 4, 2013

Interview with Dahlia's Author Christina Channelle!

Dahlia (Blood Crave Series) by Christina Channelle

Genre: Young-adult fiction

Print Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Christina Channelle; 1 edition (Dec 21 2012) 
What would you do if your dreams were more than just dreams? When you knew in the depths of your soul that you were unlike the rest?

For seventeen-year-old Dahlia Winters, this is her truth. Her coping mechanism is to simply forget and deny the strangeness that is her life. Orphaned, her past remains a mystery. Now residing with a foster family, she finally feels normal--or attempts to. Yet, dreams continue to torment her. Not only consumed by visions of miraculously healing wounds, but of a lust for something she should never naturally crave.

Then a green-eyed stranger enters her life echoing her inner thoughts and voicing warnings about others wanting to harm her. He knows things about her that no one should possibly know, and he awakens her in ways she never expected.

This leads Dahlia to discover who she really is, for she is more than just human. With this newfound knowledge, and the elements suddenly fighting against her, she finds it hard to trust anyone. And as she finally awakens and comes to grips with the power she possesses, she fights to stay alive.

Before the world, as she knows it, ceases to exist.
If you could jump into a book, and live in that world...which would it be?

Honestly…it would be the world I created in my books. I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I would LOVE to meet my characters face to face. Writing about them for so long…they almost become real to me. It would be like having a pen pal you finally get to meet face to face after so many years of writing letters to each other. Plus, who wouldn’t want to hang out with vampires and fallen angels all at the same time.

How do you react to a bad review?

I run to a corner and cry. Just kidding, lol. We are all entitled to our opinions, whether good or bad. I understand that not everyone is going to like my writing and that’s okay. I know they’re not attacking me personally. If a review is “negative” but provides feedback from a different perspective, I’ll welcome it with open arms. Writing is a passion for me so I will do my best to continually grow as a writer. No bad review is going to stop me from doing what I love.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

With Dahlia, it’d have to be the writing aspect that we share. On top of writing stories, I’m also that person who has thousands of sticky notes of random things posted everywhere. The Notes app on my iPhone is quickly filling up. Other than that, I really can’t see any similarities with my characters and I. They are their own unique individuals. If you happen to read any sarcastic comments from any of the characters, that might be me shining through, now and then.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

I’ve read so many books as a kid, no one particular book stands out. I really enjoyed Christopher Pike’s,Remember Me. I’m pretty sure I’ve read the series more than once, along with his other stuff. I’ve probably read every Lurlene McDaniel book, and the majority of them always made me cry.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?

I wanted to be a Family Doctor. It was either that or a dancer, even though I can’t dance.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?

I really enjoyed J.A. Redmerski’s The Edge of Never. I look forward to reading her other books. Sophie Kinsella and her Shopaholic series are a riot. Her other books are great, too.

Favorite music?

I like all sorts of music: R&B and soft rock would be my favorite. Also, certain rap songs…certain ones, mind you. 

Skittles or M&Ms?

M&Ms all the way! I’m a girl who loves her chocolate. :)

Print or Ebook?

Hmm. Six months ago I wouldn’t have hesitated and I would have said print all the way. I love the smell and feel of a book as I cozy up to it under my covers. I have to say though, I am enjoying this ebook thing. I’ve wanted to reject the technology for so long, angry about the potential obsoleteness of paperbacks. But now? Not so much. Ebook readers are so…simple and light.

Favorite Food?

As a kid, I’d say double cheese pizza. These past few years, I’d have to go with sushi. All I can say is, “Thank God my friends introduced me to it!”