Thursday, March 20, 2014

PUYB Virtual Book Club: Q&A + Book Giveaway with P. Christina Greenaway, Author of 'Written in Ruberah'


Christina Greenaway grew up in Cornwall, England in a small fishing village. One of her favorite pastimes as a child was to write a story, stuff it in a bottle, toss it into the sea, and imagine all her characters - pirates, kings, and others - come to life. Her life twisted and turned, however, in so many ways that she never ventured into writing until now, many years later. Her novels include themes generated from her life experiences including: trust, the fantasy parent, empowerment, work and travel and spiritual power.

Christina has worked at BBC radio in England, a NYC high-powered ad agency, as assistant to the president of a perfume company in France, as a partner for a frog farm in Costa Rica, and numerous other venues. She has traversed the globe.

She is the author of Written in Ruberah, published by Girl by the Sea Publishing, and Dream Chaser: Awakening, published by Girl by the Sea. You can visit Christina at www.christinagreenaway.com or her blog at http://christinagreenaway.wordpress.com.

Can you start off by telling us where the idea for Written in Ruberah came from?

I wanted to set a novel in Cornwall, UK, where I grew up. I felt the lush countryside, the moors, and the rugged coast would feed my imagination. They did. Lovers came to mind—lovers who must time travel to the ancient past to heal rift between them. I would need an immortal character to guide them. I turned to an old Cornish legend that had fascinated me as a child: the legend of the beautiful nymph Tamara and the giant brothers Tavy and Tawridge. In its simplest form, Tamara’s father forbids her to meet the giants. Tamara disobeys him. Her father catches her with the giants and punishes Tamara by turning her into a river of tears. Tamara forms the River Tamar.

The legend always felt a bit flimsy to me, and I sensed there was more to it. As a child, I travelled back and forth to boarding school by train crossing the River Tamar. Gazing into the river, I imagined Tamara as a water spirit who helped people. In all the years I’ve returned to Cornwall to visit my family, I’ve never crossed the Tamar without thinking of Tamara. I felt a sense of destiny when Tamara leaped to mind and became the immortal guide in my new book.

Did you draw from real life for your characters or are they totally fictional?

They’re fictional, although I drew certain aspects of character and mannerisms from people I’ve met, and a few from myself.

Written in Ruberah is the story of woman who realizes she has lived a past life. Do you believe in reincarnation? How do those beliefs influence your writing?

I’m going to come down on the side of belief in this matter. I pose a fictional world where this is true. I write fantasy about the mystical connection between lovers travelling through time, trying to heal a rift that keeps them apart. On a practical note, I look at reincarnation this way; believing I’ll return to Earth in another life makes me more diligent about how I live my present life.

Without giving anything away, what would you say is a pivotal point in the book?

The main character Miriam longs to be in a committed relationship with her boyfriend Mitch, but she can’t realize that love due to a debt she carries from Ruberah. Miriam, a down-to-earth real estate broker from New York City, is skeptical of past lives, time travel, and water spirits, until she meets a blood relative from a life she led in ancient Ruberah. This brings a rush of love and memories as close and as real to Miriam as her own breath.

On your blog, you talk about what you learned from self-publishing your first book. What do you feel is important for authors to know before they take the self-publishing plunge?

Blogs abound on this topic. To reiterate the essentials: write a wonderful story. Have your book edited, copy-edited, and proofread before publishing. Start promoting it on social media as soon as you begin writing it.

Prior to my first venture into self-publishing, lots of authors warned me that it’s very hard to be successful, meaning to sell self-published books. That’s true, but some authors break through and do well. I’m all for holding an image of success in your head as you plunge your book into the teeming waters of the Amazon ocean.

In addition, I listed things about writing that enrich me as a person.

I’m not dreaming about writing; I am writing.

Being the creator of all characters has increased my ability for compassion. The hero cannot complete his journey unless he meets and beats his enemies along the way. This teaches me that everyone I meet is a necessary link in my own personal evolution.

Writing is discovery. You will learn things about yourself and the world that you might otherwise never unearth.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

I write by Rumi’s quote: “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

I bid you farewell with the phrase used by those who lived in ancient Ruberah, foretune to travel well.


Readers can leave a comment or question for Christina for a chance to win a digital copy of Written in Ruberah. 

TERMS & CONDITIONS:


  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Random.org
  • This giveaway begins March 20, 2014 and ends March 23, 2014
  • Winner will be contacted via email on March 24, 2014. Comment must include email address so we can contact you.
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED





12 comments:

  1. Great to have you with us today, Christina. Your book sounds intriguing. I love stories that use legends as inspiration.

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  2. Welcome to the book club, Christina! Do you feel that having your setting in Cornwall where you grew up was a good idea because you could get on a more personal level with the book to have it more authentic?

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    1. Yes.The land where you grew up is magical, as it is where you first viewed the world. As I visited the cliffs where I sat as a child dreaming up stories of pirates and lost princesses, the free-flowing imagination of my child’s mind came rushing back to me. I visualized the jeweled kingdom of
      Ruberah as a land that had once been adjoined to Cornwall. Quite naturally, there followed a Princess of Ruberah, one who would be central to my story.

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  3. I love Cornwall--for me it's the land of mystery and young adult vacations. I couldn't believe the first time I found real caves on a beach! And I love your advice to "unfold your own myth." I already have my copy of your book and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, Dot and Sheila. I hope you enjoy your copy of Written in Ruberah, Sheila.

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    1. Cornwall is a young person's paradise. Mysterious caves to discover, rocks to be climbed, some stretching far out into the sea, and pretty good surfing on the north coast. Not to mention climbing to the top of Tintagel, the ruin of the castle where King Arthur was born. Happy reading!

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  5. Christina, I enjoyed having you at my website, thanks for connecting with me on LInkedIn and for contacting your webmaster for me, really appreciate it.

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    1. Rebecca, thank you for hosting "Written in Ruberah." I'm reposting the book tour on my blog at Wordpress. The journey lives on.

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  6. The book sounds like a great read! Thanks for including me in your giveaway.

    Mayra

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  7. This sounds like a beautiful story about lovers, I hope to find time to read it in the future:)

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    1. Come to Cornwall in the book. Stay at Penrose Hall high on the rugged cliffs. Be swept away, literally to the ancient jeweled Kingdom of Ruberah. You might even remember having lived there once! Happy reading.

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  8. Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner. Sick kid at home. The winner is Mayra. I'll be sending a digital copy over to her by email. Thanks to all for participating.

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