Guest Blogger: Christina Weigand
First I’d like to say hi to all of Janelle’s and Rob’s followers. Second I want to take this first post to introduce myself to you.
My name is Christina Weigand (Chris). I could tell you my whole life story, but it would probably bore you, so I will just pick up where my writing journey started. Fifteen years ago I gave birth to my fourth child, a baby girl. Her siblings were already in college or finishing high school. I was seconds away from the empty nest syndrome when we discovered I was pregnant. I was married and would celebrate my twenty fifth anniversary when my fourth child was two years old. I had pretty much finished raising my three children, gotten my BS in Interior Design and worked at a couple of jobs in and out of the industry although for the most part I had been a stay-at-home mom for most of my adult life.
So here I was, having a new baby almost seventeen years after her older sister, and my husband and I decided that I would be a stay-at-home mom again. The problem with that plan, although it really wasn’t a problem, was that I was a little restless. I had spent the previous years going to school and then working while raising and juggling family life and now the work and school were gone and all that was left was the family life, not that I have anything against it, but I needed something more. So after some soul searching I took an online writing course.
Over the next few years I did the exercises and took care of my baby while watching the rest of the family grow and continue on with our lives. I started out writing for small children, but my stories were always too long for the younger read-to-me’s. Then I played around with writing inspirational articles for women, and although I enjoyed that I still didn’t feel satisfied. It was then that I started writing Young Adult. I found my niche and the stories flowed out. Fast forward a few years and a few books and it was time for a new challenge. So while continuing to write Young Adult I decided to try my hand at Middle Grade. Passion expanded.
So now that you know how I got here, I’ll tell you a little bit more about me and my books. When I started writing my YA trilogy it was at the time when the Twilight series was all the rage. My youngest daughter and oldest granddaughter were hovering near the tween years and all the girls were reading books like Twilight. I read them and while I do not fault any author for writing their passion, because I would not want someone to do it to me, I wasn’t impressed with Twilight and some of the other books for young adults that were being published at the time. I didn’t like the ideas and images that were being promoted to our young people through those books. Well if I didn’t like the choices being presented to our young people then I had better see to it that there was something else for them to choose. So I wrote the Palace of the Twelve Pillars trilogy.
My mission statement that can be seen in its entirety on my blog www.weigandchris.com states:
To provide to middle-grade and YA readers
a balanced reading palette. While they may be
reading vampire books and the like I also want them
to see God’s side and to have a fuller, more well-balanced
vision of what is out there, so they can make
informed choices in their lives.
To help young writers explore and embrace their God given talent.
Something for my blossoming teenage daughter and granddaughter…
I wanted something that my blossoming teenage daughter and granddaughter could read that showed positive relationships, young people not afraid to stand up for what they believed and there were consequences to the choices that you made be they good or bad.
Like I previously mentioned I recently started writing Middle grade for the 8-12 year olds and my goal has stayed the same, to give them options, something different from the books that are out there for them to read. In my MG books, since the audience is a little younger, my stories are not as sweeping or as complex as the YA books. They tend to focus a little more on a single issue with a few minor subplots that support that issue.
It is a challenge to write for these two age groups in that they are still molding and developing the ideas that they will carry into adulthood and they turn to peers more and more as they rely less and less on their parents ideas about things. So the goal is to show them the way to grow without turning them off.
Inspiration for Adults
I also still write inspirational things for adults. Here is the part of my mission statement that addresses that:
To promote hope and encourage women and men in their faith journey. Show that in spite of all the darkness in today’s world that we can still find the light of God’s love to guide us through the darkness into His glorious love.
So that’s me.
I am a daughter of God, a mother of four, a wife to one and a writer/author. I have a YA Fantasy Trilogy; Palace of the Twelve Pillars, Palace of the Three Crosses and Sanctuary of Nine Dragons.
Recently the first book in a six book MG Series The Galactic Safety Ambassadors was published; Sir E. Robert Smythe and the School Bully.
And finally Women of the Bible: A Study that explores how twelve women’s lives are still relevant in today’s world.
As time goes on and for as long as Rob and Janelle will tolerate me I will explore my stories and my writing process. Thanks Rob and Janelle for this opportunity.
Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of four and Nana to three. Through her writing she strives to share God and help people realize His love and mercy.
Nathan and Paul have a bully problem. Billy, the school bully, has chosen them to be the target of his aggression. Paul, along with Sir E. Robert Smythe of the Galactic Safety Council, discovers the root of Billy’s issues and strives to convince the bully to change his ways.
When Billy runs away from home, Paul goes after him. Billy’s dad, the cause of Billy’s anger, finds the boys and threatens them. They are rescued but not before each are injured and Billy’s dad escapes.
During their recovery they learn more about each other and face Billy’s dad once again. Can they overcome their differences and confront the bullying going on in their school before someone gets seriously hurt? Click here for your copy.
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