Three sisters. A two-headed dragon. Aliens, fairies, and genies—oh my! Diona, Nixie, and Brook love each other, but their fighting is out of control. One day, their bickering gets them lost in the woods, where they are each given a special task: find a way to make the Weeping Two-Headed Dragon happy again. If they can do this, they will find both their way home and a great treasure. Hmm… Cheer up a two-headed dragon, win awesome treasure. Sounds like a good deal…ri-i-ight? The task soon proves to be trickier than any of the three sisters had thought. To help the dragon and get back home, they must find a way to remember that two heads are better than one—and three are even better!
*Note to readers: 25% of all profits goes to ALFA, a charity helping adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in Southern Illinois live more full and abundant lives!*
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Christine E. Schulze whose book The Puzzle of the Two-Headed Dragon charmed me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love adventure filled children’s books but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Christine E. Schulze, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Christine E. Schulze will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Christine E. Schulze!
Christine E. Schulze has been living in castles, exploring magical worlds, and creating fantastical romances and adventures since she was too young to even write of such stories. Her collection of YA, MG, and children’s fantasy adventure books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books that can all be read separately but also weave together to create a single, amazing fantasy.
One of her main aspirations for The Amielian Legacy is to create grand fantasy adventures with characters that connect with readers from many different backgrounds. She has always believed strongly in including diversity in her books; right now her focus is on including racial diversity and characters with developmental disabilities. The latter is inspired by Schulze working with adults with autism and other developmental disabilities at Trinity Services in Southern Illinois. She also donates 25% of all royalties to ALFA, a local charity that supports many of Trinity’s programs.
Some of her exciting ventures include the publication of her award-winning Bloodmaiden, as well as The Stregoni Sequence and The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange. Her published books for younger readers include In the Land of Giants, The Amazing K, and The Adventures of William the Brownie.
Her most recent project includes the professional re-writing of two YA fantasy series, The Gailean Quartet and The Hero Chronicles, the latter of which will be released under the new name A Shadow Beyond Time. For this series, she has also brought an amazing new co-author onto her team, Kira Lerner, whom she has used many a time as her editor for other works.
Christine currently lives in Belleville, IL, but you can visit her on her website:
Now, how wonderful does Christine E. Schulze sound?! Christine E. Schulze is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Christine E. Schulze’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Christine E. Schulze, I hope that you enjoy Christine E. Schulze’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.
Hullo, and thanks so much for having me! I’m an author of fantasy adventure books for children and young adult, with a focus on including diversity in my books. I’m also a full time Independent Living Counselor at Trinity Services in Southern Illinois. Trinity offers both residential services and a day program for adults who have autism and other disabilities. My favorite is doing art, music, and gardening with our folks. Many of my newer stories are inspired by my time at Trinity. I donate 25% of all my book sales to ALFA, a local charity that helps provide volunteers and funding for many of Trinity’s programs. When I’m not working or writing, I also enjoy hiking and adventuring to new places with my best friends aka my adopted family. Shout-out to my mom, as well as the besties squad: Sarah, Adam, Loryn, Amy, Bethany, Emma, and Kris!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
I was inspired to create this book by my three nieces, who are represented by the three girls who share its adventure. I was also inspired by the work I do at Trinity and have included both a blind character and a deaf character.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Be patient and persistent, and always be learning! The quality of my writing has grown exponentially since working with my brilliant editor, Kira Lerner. It’s great to have a natural gift for story, but in order to bring that gift to life and to its fullest potential for your readers, it’s important to be constantly learning and growing and practicing.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
For me, it’s the characters. While my stories are all fantasies, most of my characters are inspired by people from my real life. The characters are what bring a story to life; they must be real and relatable and likeable.
What is your writing process like?
A lot better than it used to be. Lol. I used to write so hodge-podge and just throw things together. Nowadays, thanks again to Kira, I’ve learned the value of an outline and am a lot better at planning things out and thinking about various questions to avoid plot holes. I still rarely write “in order” though. If I’m inspired to write the last scene before the first, then that’s what I’ll do. Honestly, beginnings and endings are my favorites. It’s the middle that can be trickier to construct; but again, that’s what outlines and having a solid plan are for.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I honestly don’t have need for a lot of research, though I’ve done some. An example would be Bloodmaiden, where I looked up various types of dragons to gain inspiration to create my own dragon races. And my editor has me doing some research right now for how castles are built. I enjoy reading historical fiction but could never write it, because it doesn’t allow me enough creative freedom. I’m always wanting to do my own thing, and fantasy lets me create anything and everything I want.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
Kind of both? As mentioned above, if a scene “comes” to me, I’ll write it down, regardless of where it’s at in the book. If I’ve got an outline put together, I’ll try to make myself write something every day, even if it’s just a little. They say it’s better to have something on the page that you have to edit later than nothing at all. For me, I feel like is true. Since my writing has improved so much, there are times I’m not in the mood and feel like I’m writing absolute crap, but then I’ll go back later and it’s not so bad after all. So again, better to have something than nothing. If I’m editing one of my completed books, I’ll set goals and make a schedule for myself. I used to hate editing, but now I find that I quite actually enjoy it.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
With working fifty plus hours a week at Trinity and focusing on my own books, I don’t have much time for reading. But one of my favorite authors is the late Diana Wynne Jones. I recently took my first overseas trip to England and, she being a British author, I found loads of her books over there, books I’ll get around to reading eventually lol.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I’m always working on something! Right now, I’m still re-writing and editing my YA fantasy adventure series, The Gailean Quartet. There are other things in the works, but I’m not quite ready to reveal those. I’m also in the process of converting many of my current books, such as Bloodmaiden, The Crystal Rings, and Time Dancers, to ebooks, and should be able to start publishing them via Smashwords and Kindle in the next couple of months. One of these ebooks will also be a free download of Demon Queen, my second Zelda fanfic. I wrote one years ago called Silent Hero, which as some of my oldest writing, is not the best. But readers loved it and wanted a second fanfic, and after being inspired by one of my favorite villains, I decided to do another. I plan on releasing the free download in December.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Christine E. Schulze! If you have liked what you have read about Christine E. Schulze and are interested in learning more about Christine E. Schulze and reading Christine E. Schulze’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,