Author Interview & Ebook Giveaway: The White Lilac by Christina J. Adams

Welcome to Author Christina J. Adams

Christina J. Adams finds inspiration in the green rolling hills and farmland surrounding her home in Maryland. She loves hanging out with young people, and gets more excited about a new book coming out, from one of many favorite authors, that it’s probably not good for her health. She didn’t think being a writer was a serious profession until after high school, but has since decided it is the best career ever.


What inspired you to want to become a writer?

Stories inspired me to become a writer and not just the stories found in books, but in movies or family tales or even jokes. I love the patterns of storytelling and digging deeper into the motivations of characters.

What was your favorite book when you were a child? 
I loved the Chronicles of Narnia, still do. They were my family’s traveling book companions. We would drive 36 hours from Texas to Maryland and back and read through the books on the way. Every time I was somewhere new I always had to check the back of the closet, just in case…. (Although, if I had thought things through I should have packed some food and other survival needs before testing the closets.)

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Turkey Hill’s Mint Cookies and Cream. It’s the best of both flavors!

What is your favorite Quote?
“When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.” Raymond Chandler
(I originally found this in Plots and Structures by James Scott Bell on his chapter about creating suspense. A great book if you write.)

City or Country?
Definitely the country. I love hearing wind in the leaves and watching it move through fields of grass.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
My first career aspiration was to be a farmer, but that was before I discovered weeds and crop-destroying bugs.

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
I prefer to plan ahead. I like knowing my goals and aiming for a specific destination. But once in a while I like to break out of the mold and do something unexpected that I didn’t plan for. It keeps me on my toes.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I speak some Uzbek. I spent much of 2001 living in Uzbekistan, which is also where I was during 9/11. I didn’t actually see the footage of the towers being hit or when they fell until a month after I came back to the US. The Uzbek stations only showed reruns of the same clip of the towers smoking. It was really hard to find out what was happening and so heartbreaking. But during that time, many of my Uzbek friends and aquaintances came up to me and expressed their sympathy over the attack. They also told me of a terrorist attack on their bazaar a few years earlier and were concerned with how far terrorism was spreading.

Which authors have influenced you most?
Every author I have ever read has influenced me in some aspect, even if it’s what not to do. But reading a wide variety of books has helped me figure out what I like and what I love. It’s difficult to pick the few that are mostinfluential. Even my discoveries aren’t based on a single author, book or moment, but are built up over a period of time where the experiences I’ve had and what I have learned suddenly culminate to make one beautifully clear thought that wouldn’t make sense without the prior context.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Margaret Peterson Haddix, J.K. Rowlings, Suzanne Collins, Catherine Fisher, Eoin Colfer, C.S. Lewis, Joseph Delaney

Favorite quote from a movie?

“I like you temporarily.” Pixar’s Up

Action or Drama?
I love action! Fast-paced moments of do or die are awesome. I can get into drama sometimes, but it has to have a story angle I find interesting.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The Avengers!!! I loved Captain America and Thor and can’t wait to see what they will do in the next one.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

My first thought after sending off The White Lilac, my YA Dystopian novel, was that I could start working on something new. I have so many book ideas that it’s hard to pick which one to do next, but right now I am working on a retelling of Iron John, a Grimm Brothers tale. I also have a sequel in mind for The White Lilac, but it’s a bit of a murder mystery and I want to make sure I have all the angles figured out, so it will take me longer.

How did you know you should become an author?
It was a process over time. I thought about becoming an author as a teen. I had a hard time finishing the stories I started, but I couldn’t stop writing. It was this desire that refused to die even when I considered other dreams. So I decided to stop fighting it and became determined to make it work. I studied books and books on writing, I wrote several “practice” novels, and although there were days when it didn’t look good I knew I was learning and growing and I would keep getting better. And my current goals remain pretty much the same. I want to keep learning and growing and writing.

White Lilac

Fifteen year old Caryn Tobin is willing to sacrifice her life to save the world, and to atone for her part in the death of a friend. Kai Garrett will risk everything to discover his past and why he was abandon. When their paths join, they form an unlikely friendship that could change everything. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Giveaway Details
3 Kindle ebook copies of The White Lilac
Open to anyone who can legal receive a Kindle ebook
Ends 4/29

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