NefretitiM: Tonight on Literary Links we have Chrissy White; author of The Cursed Princess (Book 1 of the Eumetadotos Series). Thank You for joining us tonight. What inspired you to write this book?
Chrissy White: I had a dream one night about 2 ½ years ago, and I thought that it would make a good story. However, there was a lot of background questions that I didn’t have answers to, so I scrapped that book for a while. About 6 months later, I had another dream. This one was a pivotal scene in The Cursed Princess. I started thinking that this could be the epilogue to the book I was previously writing, but my characters had another idea, and kind of took over. I started writing and it just went from there. So, the original story is going to be a big part of book two.
NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?
Chrissy White: Originally, I was just going to call it Eumetadotos, which is the subtitle. But, I just thought that it needed something more. When we meet Arianna, the main character, she is still a princess. She’s facing a couple of curses, and it just popped into my head one day, and I liked it, so I went with that
NefretitiM: Cool. What genre does this book to fit into?
Chrissy White: Young Adult Fantasy. I’ve been told by a few people that it’s kind of a Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings with a fairy tale influence thrown in.
NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?
Chrissy White: I have always loved to write. As far back as I can remember, I’ve taken in interest in telling stories and entertaining people. Now, I have 2 daughters of my own. My older daughter loves it when I make up stories to tell her. My younger daughter is only 2, so she’s no that interested just yet.
NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?
Chrissy White: Writing is one of the ways that I relax. I know a lot of writers sit down and outline where their story is going to go. I can’t do that. I’ve tried, but my characters tend to take over and all of my plans go out the window. I’ve begun to realize that it’s not my story that I’m telling, it’s their story, so I just have learned to go with it.
NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Chrissy White: I have quite a few hobbies. I work part time and I volunteer at my daughter’s school a lot. I love to read. I also love arts & crafts. I’m my daughter’s Girl Scout leader as well. I love to shop, when my bank account allows. I like to go to the movies, a lot of the time, I wind up going by myself, which I love because I get some quality “me” time. I like to keep busy, so I’m always out and about.
NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?
Chrissy White: Never give up on your dreams. It doesn’t matter if it takes you a day, a month, a year or even a decade, but just keep going.
NefretitiM: Excellent advice! Get your copy of The Cursed Princess of one of the following locations below. Much success to you Ms. White.