Q: What compelled you to write your first book?
A: My compelling reason to write my first book was that I was approached by a publisher. He had read some of the pieces I posted on my blog and asked if I had an idea for a novel and if I’d want a contract. Yep, it really happened like that. That’s when I started my young adult series, The Plague Legacy. Acquisitions was released in December 2013 and Assets will be coming out in April 2015.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At this very moment, I am revising a second fairy tale novella, a version of Hansel and Gretel that I’ve titled One, Two, Blood on my Shoe. It’s part of a collection that includes my first novella, Pretty Things.
Q: What are you currently reading?
A: I am currently reading Of Tangible Ghosts by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. I met the author at a conference called Life, the Universe, and Everything Symposium and he bought me a diet Pepsi and shared his fries and recommended it because I have some history background.
Q: Where you have lived and what you have experienced can influence your writing in many ways. Are there any specific locations or experiences that have popped up in your books?
A: I grew up very poor. We lived in a dome made of high school gymnasium scraps. No indoor plumbing (outhouse). Subsistence farming with a lot of hunting/gathering to survive. My dad was determined to stay off the grid and out of the world after Vietnam. That kind of survival shows up in the world of The Plague Legacy. The Grimm Chronicles, my fairy tale novellas, have more of a snarky sassiness to them that reflects some of my personality.
Q: What is your writing space like? Do you have a designated space? What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting? Typing? Handwriting?
A: I have a nice little office in my basement that has all of my favorite things, like books and dragons and fairies, but I tend to work all over the house. If I can, I stand up while I write because I like to move around a lot while I think. If it’s nice outside, I to work out on my deck.
Thank you so much for your time. I wish you the very best of luck! Let’s chat again soon.
A: Chat…and have very big cups of coffee.
YES!! Great plan.
When Maddie’s father catches her with a boy, he hauls her into town in a pig wagon and finders her a husband. But Peter’s cabin in the woods promises something very different than Maddie’s happily ever after.
Pretty Things, a retelling of “The Robber Bridegroom,” is the first novella in the Grimm Chronicles series. Warning: not your granny’s fairytales!
Christine Haggerty Bio:
Christine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion for life is to craft stories of strength and survival.
As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche in combining those skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.
The author of the award-winning young adult series The Plague Legacy, she is now launching her fairytale novella series The Grimm Chronicles.
Links for Christine Haggerty:
Facebook: Christine Haggerty, Author
Author’s Combat Academy: www.authorscombatacademy.com