Do you think a critique group is essential for a writer?
I think critique groups are essential for a writer. One mistake many authors make is to stick with the same critique group for far too long. You will stagnate this way. They can only tell you so much, and then you've figured out how to write for them, or you at least know precisely what they will say. When you get to this point, it is time to move on (although it is always good to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances, since you can help one another out in the future).
Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?
Of course! My website is http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/, and I try to keep it up to date with my latest news and book releases. The site includes a blog with book reviews and writing tips. My contact information is listed, and I love to hear from readers!
Do you have another novel on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?
Always! Although I should start by mentioning that Cassie needed four books, all of which have been written and accepted for publication. The publishing schedule always gets a little off-track, but tentatively, the final book in the series will be available in the summer of 2014, a little more than a year after the first. In other words – they're coming back to back to back, before you have a chance to forget everything that happened!
After that, I have a rough draft for a spin-off sequel, involving one of the minor characters in the Cassie Scot series who seemed to want a story of her own. I have set it aside for now to work on yet another fantasy series, this one involving a world of dreams. (I don't want to say too much while it is still so raw.)
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