Today we at MBA are honored and proud to welcome author Christa McHugh. Please sit back, relax, and enjoy. Giveaway at the end.
MBA: Tell our readers a little about you? Your likes and dislikes?
Christa: I’m doctor during the day, a mom of two young kids, and a writer who can’t keep the characters out of my mind. Likes include football, rainy afternoons, and indulgent chocolate. Dislikes include beets, hot humid days, and TSTL characters in books.
MBA: What made you decide to write the genre you write? Why?
Christa: I’ve always been fascinated with magic and the idea of “what if”. I also love the epic scope of larger than life heroes, strange lands and creatures, and the ultimate battle between good and evil.
MBA: In your own words tell our readers a little about “your current release”?
Christa: Tangled Web is a story about an assassin who gets too close to her target and begins to question her assignment. It’s a bit of Stargate meets Ancient Rome meets Game of Thrones (with a touch of 50 Shades thrown in)
MBA: Where did you get the idea for this story?
Christa: I was flipping the channel from Stargate to a documentary on the emperors of Rome and thought that would be a cool twist to replace the Ancient Egyptian world with Ancient Rome.
MBA: What was or is the greatest roadblock in writing and how did you overcome it?
Christa: I always dread the middle of a book. I know how I want to start, and I know how I want to finish, but it’s the journey from point A to point B that’s always a challenge. I want to show how the characters change and move the story along without leaving readers bored or confused.
MBA: What is on the horizon for you?
Christa: I’ll be writing the last book in my Soulbearer Trilogy next. After that, I have a few plot bunnies I’ve been dying to tackle.
MBA: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Christa: Hopefully, doing the same thing, but perhaps to the point where I’ll be able to write full time (although I still love taking care of my patients)
MBA: Can you give our readers a few tidbits about your next project?
Christa: My next release is A Soul For Chaos in December. It’s the second book in the Soulbearer Trilogy and continues where A Soul For Trouble left off.
MBA: Do you feel any deep connections to your characters? Why?
Christa: I tend to write about characters who are outsiders and feel like they don’t fit in. Isolation can either tear someone down or make them stronger with a better sense of themselves. But ultimately, they have to come in contact with the rest of the world, and that challenges them to grow even more as well as shows the world that one person – no matter how “odd” – can make a huge difference.
MBA: What advice do you have for those who’d like to write but don’t know where to start?
Christa: Read everything you can get your hands on. Then, start to analyze what you liked or didn’t like. Once you have an idea of what makes or breaks a story, then you have a better idea of how to apply that to the plot bunny you’ve been dying to write.
MBA: Back to your current release, who was your favorite character to write in this story? Why?
Christa: I loved writing Azurha. She’s strong, slightly cynical, and has these moments of wry humor that always took me by surprise.
MBA: Who was your least favorite or hardest character to write? Why?
Christa: Titus. I tend to write “beta” heroes, and I had to work on making him strong when he is a man of thought rather than action. Finding the balance was tough.
MBA: If you could change one thing in your writing career what would it be?
Christa: That I wouldn’t have waited so long to self-publish my fantasy stuff that didn’t fit nicely into a neat niche.
MBA: Where can our readers find you?
Christa: My webpage (www.cristamchugh.com) has links to my current books, upcoming projects, excerpts, free reads, and more, as well as links to my Twitter and Facebook pages.
Ebook Version available October 16, 2012
From the Back Cover
Azurha, a former slave turned deadliest assassin in the empire, has just been offered the ultimate challenge—seduce, then murder the new Emperor. But Titus is not the tyrant his forefathers were, and his radical ideas might be the glimmer of hope the empire needs.
Titus Sergius Flavus has yet to master the powerful magic of his ancestors—magic he must wield if he’s to protect his people—but his father’s death has left him no choice. Rule the Deizian Empire and attempt to right his ancestors’ wrongs, or watch her fall to his greedy kin.
More than just Titus’ ideas hold Azurha captive. Night after night, he awakens desires she thought lost, and uncovers the magic of her hidden lineage. As her deadline approaches, Azurha is forced to make an impossible decision—complete her job and kill the man she loves, or fail and forfeit both their lives.
About the Author
Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista McHugh relied on storytelling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained. Of course, that also means she’s inclined to suffer some of the same maladies that plague many southern writers like overuse of simile and metaphor, exaggeration, melodramatic writing style, and the ever-popular long-winded sentence.
She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and daughter, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
We are honored to offer a copy of Christa McHugh’s TANGLED WEB in ebook format to one lucky commenter. Just tell us what you think is most appealing, the cover or the blurb?
Good Luck. Giveaway is open to those who can receive a gift copy via Amazon. Givaway runs from today Oct 15th until Oct 19th, 2012.