Author Interview with Melissa Christopherson
I’m interviewing Melissa Christopherson today, author of fantasy “Dragon Called”. Welcome to my blog!
What inspired you to write Dragon Called?
What is your editing process like?
When I go back to the book, it undergoes a several step process. First, it undergoes a complete rewrite. This often means that I toss out about half of the book, reorganize what I did keep, write new scenes that better fit what the book is, and rewrite all of the old scenes. After the rewrite is complete, I go through and proofread – yes, by myself first. After I’ve fixed what I can find, I hand it off to a couple of people I trust. They’re paranoid about grammar and are always the first people to notice anything that might be missing from the book. Sometimes what’s ‘missing’ is supposed to – other times it’s something I’ve simply forgotten. After I have it back, and have made the changes that it needs it goes through one final step. My mom reads it out loud, while I follow along on my computer. This has helped us, several times, to catch pieces that just didn’t orally flow – and therefore wouldn’t flow in the mind’s voice either, as well as a few little mistakes that no one else quite caught. After that, I get in contact with my cover artist, and let her know what I need for spine-width, and what I want on the back of the book!
What was the most challenging thing about writing this book?
Did you set any writing goals for 2016? If so, what are they?
Are you working on something now?
About the Book
Title: Dragon Called
Author: Melissa Christopherson
Liliana’s life is perfectly normal. A young woman who has grown up in the kingdom of Kalvia, she knows all too well the importance of secrets. As a member of nobility, she is even expected to have a few of her own!
When her parents take her to a ball, Liliana expects her life to go on as normal after it’s conclusion. Instead, she finds herself swept into a betrothal with a man whom all of the whisperers say is crazy.
As the evidence builds up, Liliana must make the choice to stay in a nation where secrets are the currency…or step out of her human-ruled kingdom into a world so much bigger than she ever imagined.
Melissa Christopherson is an avid reader, passionate writer, and lover of everything literary. She serves as an AmeriCorps Service Member in the Iowa Reading Corps and is proud to help kids enhance their literary abilities. She served two years as a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo in the Iowa area to help other authors grow in both ability and confidence.
She was born in Mason City, Iowa, and has spent most of her life reading books and spent most of her younger years daydreaming. While in high school, she participated in Academic Decathlon for four years, and credits the reading assignments for the club for further expanding her literary horizons. She is currently pursuing a degree in English, with a client-centered distributive minor.
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