“One Starry Knight” Grand Release!!

one_starry_knight_notext8_frontThis morning at midnight (Dec 30, 2015) marked the grand release of One Starry Knight! The book will be available in paperback at online stores like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, though of course, I will eventually release an ebook version as well.

I want to take a moment to share with you why this book is so important to me. I haven’t started let alone completed a project quite like this in some time, and it is special to me for a number of reasons:

1. It’s the first romance inspired by someone in my personal life that I have completed since high school. I have started many since then, but finished none. But I completed a first draft of this one in about a span of only two weeks. The majority of it rushed to me in one fell swoop. When God inspires, God inspires. This also serves as a compliment to the person who inspired the book, for what an impact they made in my life in such a short time to allow me to craft such a book as this so quickly yet completely.
2. It’s a great fantasy romance, yes. But early on, I knew I wanted it to be more than that. Because the person who inspired it has such a depth to them that I thought it was only fitting this story did as well. Hence, more than simply being a fantasy romance with splashes of adventure and mystery, it is also a story of forgiveness, friendship, the close bond between brothers, and spiritual rebirth.
3. It’s a story which features an interracial couple. Those who know me well enough know by now that one of my big focuses in my books, whether for lil kids or young adults, is diversity, from racial diversity to including folks with disabilities.
4. This is possibly the greatest work I have written to date, and no, I don’t say that out of vanity. As mentioned before, the story seemed to come to me in a single breath, but the short span in which it was written in no way diminishes its quality. I have learned much with my editor, Kira Lerner, over the years, and while I did not use her for this project, I did implement much I have learned from her in its creation. The writing is some of my best; it’s one of those books I read as if standing outside myself and think, “Hmm, I really wrote this?” But like I said, when God inspires, He inspires. Sometimes there’s no further explanation than that.

I suppose that about sums it up. I could go on and on about this book for hours, but that would involve boring y’all to death and probably giving away every last spoiler. I recommend you just read it for yourself. Go pick up a copy on one of the websites I mentioned. Or, starting on January 2, try your luck at winning one of the twenty-four copies I have available in my give-away at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/168182-one-starry-knight

Thanks so much for your support, and God bless you all, dear readers, with a happy and healthy New Year!!

~ Christine E. Schulze

My Future Dream Cast

I am so totally supposed to be doing edits for one of my books right now. I so totally don’t feel like it and am gonna so totally keep stalling by trolling Facebook and posting this lovely blog post for y’all.

I am sure many of you are aware of the recent hype that there is gonna be a live action version of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson as well as a live action version of “The Little Mermaid” starring Chloe Moretz. Both these girls are favorite actresses of mine and secret (well, not after I publish this) girl crushes. I absolutely adore them.

So I decided I was inspired to whip up a quick post honoring all of my favorite actors and actresses that I would love to see star in a film made after one of my books, if such a film was ever made. I think meeting and/or working with any of these lovely, talented folks would be a real treat.

Here they are:

  1. blog12Elijah Wood. I fell in love with his adorable rosy face from the moment he was Frodo. Of course, I was already in love with Frodo from story-travelling into the Lord of the Rings books (I had quite the imaginative, adventurous childhood). Frodo was my first husband that really mattered, after Darkwing Duck. He is still my favorite and probably always will be (shh…don’t tell Draco or James from Pokemon or any of the others). Striking eyes + eternal boyish innocence = eternal heartthrob.
  2. blog11Emma Watson. I mean, do I need to say more? She is Emma Watson. Smart, talented, pretty and cute, and with eyes that could kill–in a mischievously seductive good way.
  3. blog2Chloe Moretz. From Carrie to Let Me In to every creepy or non-creepy thing in between, she is a kick-ass actress and absolutely gorgeous besides. Those lips. Ugh.
  4. blog3Saoirse Ronan. Everything I have ever seen her in are amongst my favorite films. Always with fantastical elements and a deep message at their core. I love the innocence and realness she brings to her characters. If you haven’t, you should definitely check out the following coming-of-age fantasy/dystopian films starring this talented lady: Byzantium, How I Live Now (warning: YOU WILL CRY SO MUCH), and The Host. Like Emma, her gaze is striking, but in a pure, sees-down-to-your-soul type of way.
  5. blog10Tom Felton. Because Draco Malfoy. That’s pretty much all I need to say.
  6. blog9Alan Rickman because he is some kind of magical acting genius.
  7. blog8Elle Fanning. Look at her. Just LOOK. AT. HER. Too damn adorable. You just feel this insatiable need to cuddle her to death.
  8. blog7Like, the entire cast of Game of Thrones.
  9. blog6blogBut since #8 is probably an unrealistic expectation, at least Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Jacob Anderson. If I need to tell you why, you have lived under a box the past few years. A sad, moldy, dilapidated box. These people are all beautiful, I would date each and every one, and their characters and how they portray them are amazing.
  10. blog5Gerard Butler. Because The Phantom of the Opera was the first movie in which I literally had a breakdown and sobbed so hard my mom thought I might need to be taken to the hospital. Well done, Mr. Butler. Well done, indeed (he was also one of my husbands, after the late Mr. Frodo).
  11. blog4Liv Tyler. Because everything that is Arwen.

 

There may indeed be others, but these are the favorites that come immediately to mind.

What are your own favorite actors and actresses? Who would you love to work with, if you could? Feel free to comment in the comments.

Purposing the Plot: More Than Just a Love Story

kaos1I am finding that a lot of folks are amazed at the amount of books I produce, and at such a quick rate. People act like I’m a bit of an anomaly, and maybe I am. Or maybe I am just really good at planning. Or just anti-social enough to have nothing better to do than write and finish books in my free time. Or maybe it’s just the way God made me.

I have always believed that God has a purpose for my writing. He gave me the talent of not only writing, but of finishing tons of projects in a much shorter time-frame than most. In return, I feel I should make certain that any project I seriously take on has some important spiritual message woven inside, whether it’s a message of friendship, love, forgiveness, acceptance, whatever the case may be.

Because of this reasoning, I am very selective in what projects I actually choose to pursue. I might get a lot of ideas for stories, but I don’t choose to follow through on all of them. With each new story idea, I have to ask myself questions like: Why? What is the purpose of this story? Have I done something similar before? What can readers learn from this? To be breathed into life, the story must be worthy of being not just created, but shared with the world. Allow me to use my latest work as an example.

Last night, I received what should be the FINAL version of my newest fantasy romance, One Starry Knight. I say “should” be because I still have this internal debate going on as to whether one of the characters should end up in a red or blue tunic. May not sound like a complicated decision, but trust me, it really is. From the symbolism of blue vs. red to the question of which color the character looks the most handsome in, it’s a serious, serious matter to decide.

But I digress. The creation of One Starry Knight has been a very special, personal journey for me. The romance aspect of it was inspired by real incidents and people in my life, especially the emotional journey that Evren, the main character, goes on as she falls in love with Kaos and as she grows as a person, learning much not just about him, but about herself. I wrote the entire story in only about a month or two–not counting the many read-throughs for spelling, grammar, tweaks, and fixes–but that in no means decreases the power of the writing. I consider it to be a strong piece and possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever written, next to my children’s book, In the Land of Giants, which has it’s own message to share.

Yes, the message: that’s what this post is about. The message or purpose behind the stories I create. That, perhaps more than anything, fuels me to create a story and see it to completion. As in the case of One Starry Knight, beautiful as Evren’s and Kaos’ story is, at some point I realized that I wanted it to be more than a just love story. Oh, true, the love story itself had many things to teach readers about the selflessness and sacrifices and heartaches of love. But that wasn’t quite enough for me.

With the help of ideas from a friend, I was able to take the story beyond a beautiful romance. It has since blossomed into a tale of forgiveness, redemption, and spiritual rebirth. It’s a story for the ages and one that I hope the masses can take to heart and be truly encouraged by.

Because that’s what it’s really all about for me. Being a Christian and an author, I can’t help but know God would have me combine these two greatest aspects of myself and use them to inspire, uplift, and encourage others. If a book isn’t doing that, even in the subtlest way, it’s probably not worth my time to write, nor yours to read.

As for One Starry Knight, I hope it will be well worth the read, as I believe it to be. Keep a look-out for the print release on December 30 on websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I will also be hosting a massive give-away of the book on Goodreads.

That’s all I have to reflect on for now. As ever, God bless, happy reading, and may you be inspired!!

~ Christine E. Schulze