Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.
When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, or with the church theater group, volunteering at her daughter’s school helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.
Christina answers some questions
Christina answers some questions
What do the twelve pillars, three crosses and nine dragons represent?
Twelve pillars represent the twelve apostles of Asha or if you want to take it further the twelve apostles, the twelve tribes of Israel, Basically the tenants on which my faith and the faith of my characters is based. Three crosses; I struggled with the obvious reference because there are not three crosses or three deaths in the story, but the crosses became representative of the trials that the main characters face in the book. Nine dragons are just the nine representatives of Asha of which we really only see six as the other three have gone on to be with Asha. The specific numbers just started out as multiples of three.
Good and evil, light and dark or shades of gray? Can we find good and evil in the same person? How are your characters from this point of view?
I like to believe that you can find good and evil can exist in the same person. To that end I have had both of my main characters struggle with the choice between good and evil. I think more of it is evident in Brandan, but Joachim also has his demons to face and it those choices that make the story.
Why do you write young adult books?
Young adults are our future. In my opinion there seemed to be a lack of books out there for young adults that showed young people making choices from a Christian perspective. I wanted them to see that there were other choices to make and that there were consequences for the decisions, be they bad or good.
How did your interest in writing originate?
I always enjoyed writing, but I guess I first really was aware of it was when I was in seventh grade and took a Creative Writing class.
Is there anything you find challenging in your writing?
Some of my author friends always seem to have a new story idea. That is not the way for me. So one of my biggest challenges is coming up with a new story idea and then having enough to sustain a story the whole way through. One of my other issues and I have tried to overcome it a couple of times, is writing a short story. Every time I try I end up with a novel.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Write, Read, Write Some More. Don’t ever give up.
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