She is the author of Darkness Betrayed, book two in her Torn Series. This lovely lady has offered not only a copy of her book, but also a mini poster and a TORN magnet to be given away during the Inspiring Teens Blog Hop.
I am so happy to be a part of this Blog Hop. During the entire week, you can visit with 27 bloggers and 35 authors and possibly win copies of some fantastic books. There is also a rafflecopter on the main blog offering 2 $10 Amazon gift certificates. To view the schedule and enter the rafflecopter, go here.
This event coincides with Teen Read Week. Our goal is to present great books written by Indie authors to encourage teenagers to read!
Now, let's meet Christine!
A former Army brat, Christine Hughes moved quite often. She spent much of her time losing herself in books and creating stories about many of the people she'd met. Falling in love with literature was easy for her and she majored in English while attending college in New Jersey. Not sure where her love of reading and writing fit, she became a middle school English teacher. After nine years of teaching others to appreciate literature, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Now at home focusing on making writing her new career, she spends her time creating characters and plot points instead of grading papers.
Questions for Christine:
Why do you think Teen Read Week is important?
I think reading at all ages is important. As a former middle and high school English teacher I found my most reluctant readers were those who weren’t necessarily encouraged to read. Dedicating time to open the eyes of teen readers is a great way for them to see the kinds of stories available to them.
How do you think we could encourage youngsters to read more?
I always start out small. Small passages from newspapers and magazines, books on topics of interest, genre related fiction. I find it’s often more difficult for a young reader to lose themselves in non-fiction. And they do need to lose themselves in ordre to fall in love with reading.
When you were a teenager what books did you like to read and did you have an all-time favourite character?
I read everything as a teen. Novels, magazines, poetry, shampoo bottles. You name it, I read it. I’d have to say, however, that my favorite character was Phineas from John Knowles’ A Separate Peace. He was so free, so open-minded. Some say he was blind to the strife around him but I disagree. I think Phineas is one of the most fully-aware characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Were you writing as a teenager? If so, what were you writing and what inspired you? Did a person inspire you to write?
I wrote mostly poetry as a teen. Angsty, dark poetry. Everyday life inspired me. My parents were divorced, I attended 13 different schools from the time I started to the time I graduated college. It was rough. Then again, being a teen is rough. Parents and adults often forget that. Their problems, no matter how trivial to an adult, are still very real.
Do you think today’s teens are in a better position if they want to be a writer than you were all those years ago (hee hee)?
No. I think the creativity in writing is being stifled in today’s classrooms. I think teens today can be creative, probably more so than ever before, but they aren’t necessarily taught the tools to express it.
What advice would you give a youngster who enjoys writing?
Don’t ever throw anything away. Keep writing, save it all and look back at it. The more you write the better you’ll get and if you save your first musings, you can look back and see growth.
3. Your books
What is your latest book about?
Darkness Betrayed is about the importance of embracing all aspects of ourselves. The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly and realizing that we have the choice to be who we want to be. Everything around us will influence us, sure but we, ultimately can choose the kind of person we want to be. It’s never to late to make that decision.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I am working on a YA thriller/mystery. Attempting to mash up Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. It’s fun but very tedious.
What do you love about being an author?
I love telling stories that get a reaction. Love it or hate it – if you react, then I told a story well.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Hughes/e/B0088YCINW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1359675992&sr=8-2
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Even the devil was once an angel...
Still reeling from a devastating betrayal, and a shaky relationship with Ethan, her Guardian Angel, Samantha reluctantly seeks comfort with Damien - the original fallen, the devil whispered about and part of the original deception of Adam and Eve. She learns of the real reason for his existence – a sad and twisted reason that would force even the most ardent Bible thumpers to show sympathy. He agrees to help Samantha fight Sebastian but what she doesn't know is there is a price for Damien's involvement. A price she would never allow. The only problem is, she isn't the one making the sale.
Amazon US link: http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Betrayed-Torn-ebook/dp/B00FGJ2Q6G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381325220&sr=8-1&keywords=darkness+betrayed
Amazon UK link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkness-Betrayed-Torn-ebook/dp/B00FGJ2Q6G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1381326429&sr=8-3&keywords=christine+hughes
Now the fun part!! Enter the rafflecopter to win an e-copy of Darkness Betrayed, a mini poster and a Torn magnet.