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Interview: Christine E. Schulze, Author of Bloodmaiden

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Christine E. Schulze has always had a deep love for creating stories, which actually began before she was even old enough to write.  Now, as a published author, Ms. Schulze has a collection of YA fantasy books, The Amielian Legacy, which are comprised of series as well as stand-alone books and can all be read and enjoyed separately, or together, to create an amazing fantasy.

Ms. Schulze has also published several works in magazines such as Calliope and Kalkion.  She is an active member of the WE book online writing community, as well as having published several Christian/fantasy books which are available at various online retailers.  Christine E. Schulze has also published several eBooks via Writers-Exchange.

A few of Ms. Schulze’s works include: Tears of a Vampire Prince: the First Krystine, Lily in the Snow, as well as releasing The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange in both paperback and electronic forms.

Christine E. Schulze resides in Belleville, Illinois in her first apartment.  Readers can learn more about Ms. Schulze and her work by visiting the following:

Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Fanpage, Website

Please tell us a bit about your book, Bloodmaiden, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.

Bloodmaiden is a Christian fantasy for young adults, ridden with adventure and splashed with horror and romance. It is a tale of a young couple who choose to defy a terrible tradition to save their home. To do this, they must find and collect the Aria, strains of a magical song meant to protect the four dynasties of Sulaimon. Of course, the Aria are guarded by the dragons of each dynasty, and to complete their quest, they will need the aid of the sprite, Pan, and the traveling minstrel, Brydon, whom they meet on their quest — and who seem to share some mysterious past together.

In fact, as an aside, while there are some readers who love Crisilin’s character, there are others who really love Pan’s and Brydon’s side story best of all. I can’t really blame them there, because even though Crisilin is her own character and grows throughout the book, she also used as a sort of avatar to guide the reader through this new land of Sulaimon. Pan and Brydon truly shine as unique characters, and it’s easier for some readers to really care about their story. Then again, others really love Crisilin and Chalom. Depends on the individual reader, I suppose.

Bloodmaiden was a unique challenge for me because of how the book was written. The first few chapters of Bloodmaiden are flooded with rich imagery and metaphorical language, making many passages sound lyrical, a bit like poetry mixed in with the prose. The language used for these chapters was, in part, an experiment, my doing something new with my writing that I never had, focusing more heavily on the language and not just the story and characters. The language I used was also chosen because there are so many horrific things happening in the opening chapters, so much fear, terror, and sorrow, that the words used help portray what is going on in a sort of bittersweet, poetic way. Since the book is told in first person, it’s also as though the character is trying to avoid speaking about the horrors surrounding her outright; hence, her metaphorical instead of more graphic language.

Not only do I hope readers will enjoy the above aspects of the book, being able to really feel like they are right beside the characters, feeling everything they feel and experiencing a very rich visual experience, but I also hope they will appreciate the message which comes about by the end of the book, one of forgiveness. I won’t say too much there though, because then I might give things away that I don’t really want to.

Who are your favorite characters in the story?

I’m with many of my readers in that I really love Pan and Brydon and the dynamic they share. Theirs is a story of mystery; they care for one another and share a past, but the mystery doesn’t fully unravel until the end of the book, so it’s like this neat side story or, for video-game-lovers, a subquest of sorts.
One of my favorite dragons would be Zale. He sort of reminds me of Valcor from The Neverending Story, if only for his calm and kindness, though he is more ancient, wiser, and regal. He ends up being a sort of father-figure to Crisilin as well.

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