Today, we want to take a moment and talk with Christina Rich, one of our own Writing Prompts Crew. Her debut book, The Guardian’s Promise, released today.
Congratulations! You’ve written a book and seen it to publication. What are three things you’ve learned from this experience?
Christina: You still get rejections. Revision letters are not rejections; they are a request for resubmittal after suggested changes are made. The publishing industry has their own time frame, sometimes it’s quick, sometimes it’s uber slow, but it’s all worth it!
What is your favorite sentence or paragraph in the book?
Christina: I’m sharing a short scene that centers around a great verse (Psalm 147:2-6 KJV) because it just speaks, you know what I mean?
Questioning God’s faithfulness did not set well in his soul. He knew once the questioning began, it would soon fester and eat away at his heart. Ari fought the urge to bury his face into his hands. Instead, he stared into the great void and waited for some sort of reprimand from God Himself.
The quiet was only interrupted by the bleating of a goat. Still, he waited, for God’s peace to cloak him. Just as he was about to give up and seek his sleep, a star streaked across his vision and faded into the dark night. He recalled a psalm memorized from childhood.
The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. The Lord lifteth up the meek; he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
If the Most High, in all of His greatness, cared to name even the stars and knew their number, would He not remember Ari?
Writers sit for extended periods of time. What do you do to combat fatigue?
Christina: I usually write in 500 word increments or edit a scene at a time. In between words and edits I do the dishes, start a load of laundry, start dinner or go for a short walk.
How do you personally handle “writer’s block?”
Christina: Writer’s block? I don’t really believe in such a thing. If I get stuck on a scene I will go do dishes, go for a walk or a drive. Sometimes I’ll chew on a scene for a few days trying to figure out various scenarios and what might work the best for my characters. I’ve also found that if I’m struggling to get words written on the computer, I need to pull out the good old pen and a pad of paper. It’s amazing what removing yourself from the computer will do for your creative flow.
What fun fact would you like your readers to know about you?
Christina: I like burnt popcorn and grilled cheese. Not too burnt, though.
Thank you, Christina. Don’t miss her new release, The Guardian’s Promise.
A Kingdom in Jeopardy
An evil queen and her royal guards will stop at nothing to find—and kill—the rightful heir to the throne of Judah. When their pursuit leads them to Mira’s village, only her father’s bond servant, Ari, a man shrouded in secrets, can keep Mira safe.
Abandoning his life as a temple guard and becoming an indentured servant was the only way Ari could protect young Joash, the true King of Judah, from Queen Athaliah. But his sacred duty prevents him from confessing his feelings for his master’s daughter. With the future of their nation on the line, Ari and Mira will risk everything to save their people.
When she was younger, Christina tried to dig herself to China, loved Three Billy Goats Gruff, and had an obsession with maps. She gave up her dig to China but still jumps at the chance to travel even if it’s just down the road. She loves watching modern takes of fairytales and mythologies on the big screen and still has a huge obsession with maps. The older the better.Born and raised in Kansas, where she currently lives with her husband and children, Christina loves to read stories with happily ever afters, research, take photos, knit scarves, dig into her ancestry, fish, visit the ocean, write stories with happily ever afters and talk about her family and Jesus.
To celebrate release day, Christina is giving away two copies of The Guardian’s Promise. Continental U.S. residents only, please.