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Interview: P. Christina Greenaway, Author of ‘Written in Ruberah’

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P. Christina Greenaway
P. Christina Greenaway is the author of Dream Chaser and Written in Ruberah. A world traveler, Greenaway has a diverse resume filled with life experiences that generate themes for her novels. You can visit Christina at www.christinagreenaway.com or http://christinagreenaway.wordpress.com.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have worked in fields as diverse as advertising in London and New York, fashion modeling in Paris, and partnering in a frog farm in Costa Rica. I live in the United States, but I am a traveler at heart. I can write in airports, on planes, ships, and trains. I set my first novel, Dream Chaser: Awakening, a contemporary paranormal romance in New York City. My new book, Written in Ruberah, a paranormal romance/fantasy is set in Cornwall, UK, where I grew up.

What made you first decide to become a writer?

The myths and legends of Cornwall fascinated me as a child. The tales of Arthur and his knights, the Mermaid of Zennor and the chorister she stole from a church, and of Tamara and the giant brothers Tavy and Tawridge. I always wanted to know more about them. In Written in Ruberah I satisfy my curiosity by incorporating the latter two into the story.

Can you tell us about your latest book?

Miriam feels hard-wired to be in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Mitch, but she can’t realize that love because of a debt she carries from a previous life in ancient Ruberah.

As my lovers would time travel back to ancient Ruberah, I needed an immortal to guide them. I tuned to the legend of the beautiful nymph Tamara and the giant brothers Tavy and Tawridge. In its simplest form, Tamara’s father forbids her to meet the giants. Tamara disobeys him. Her father catches her with the giants and punishes her by turning her into a river of tears. Tamara forms the River Tamar. As a child, I traveled back and forth to boarding school by train crossing the Tamar. I imagined Tamara as a water spirit who helped people. Hence, I made Tamara the luminous Spirit of the River Tamar — the guide.

Written in Ruberah is the first book in my Age of Jeweled Intelligence series about people who lived in the ancient jeweled kingdom of Ruberah who made sacred promises to one day make amends for their part in the disaster that brought about the end of that land.

What inspired you to write it?

In all the times I’ve returned to Cornwall to visit my family, I’ve never crossed the River Tamar without wondering about Tamara. Why did her father turn her into a river of tears for the relatively minor offense of disobeying him? And how did he do it? I think these questions haunted me because my parents divorced when I was very young, and I seldom saw my father after that. I felt akin to Tamara. Giving life to her in this novel swept me into a father/daughter relationship that winds back through the ages revealing the many events and mysteries that led to her transformation into a river. Tamara’s journey shed healing light on my broken relationship with my father.

Written in Ruberah  CoverWhat is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?

Love is the strongest force on the planet.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

My website at www.christinagreenaway.com or http://amzn.to/1lCWR2T

If you could meet any writer (living or dead) who would it be?

Charles Dickens. He has that come-let-me-tell-you-a-story voice that sends shivers through my body. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Go on!

What is one fact about yourself you wish to share with our readers?

It’s easy to be critical of yourself, after all, who knows better than you just how much of a better person you ought to be, could be. I shut this diatribe up long enough to dare to claim my dream of becoming a writer, and I like myself for that. If you dream of writing a book, you can write a book. The dream lives in your subconscious waiting for you to unfold it. Author up!

What is up next for you?

The second book in my Age of Jeweled Intelligence series. This features a new main character, a seventeen-year-old boy, Ib, short for Ibiza, (Ib’s mother names all her children after the place where she conceived them), a sizzling romance, and a breathtaking adventure back to the ancient jeweled kingdom of Ruberah.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Thank you for your kind interest in my novel. I bid you goodbye with the phrase used by those who lived ancient Ruberah. Foretune to travel well.

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