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My name is Christine Stobbe, and I am the author of the historical fantasy Dragon's Fire Series. My flagship novel, Dragon's Fire, was recently released on Amazon, and the second book in the series will be out soon! I love to create strong characters and fascinating stories. Ask me anything!

Christine Stobbe
Dec 1, 2017

I've been writing stories since before I could spell, and I've been observing the publishing world since the days of paper manuscript submissions. I've submitted work to big publishers, done online publishing through a smaller press, worked with vanity presses, and also discovered the opportunities for Indie Authors to self-publish easily and affordably. I believe in producing a quality, polished story that draws the reader in with a life of its own for an effortless and enjoyable read. I am really excited about my new series, and would love to engage with current and future friends about my work!

https://www.facebook.com/christinestobbeauthor/

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this forum. Chatting with you has been great! You can still ask questions - you can find me at 

https://www.facebook.com/christinestobbeauthor/

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Dec 3, 8:58AM EST0

How do you find the time to write books while you are juggling being a mother, house wife, cook, cleaner, taking care of your horse, grocery shopping, taxi driver?

Dec 2, 11:40PM EST0

Lol! Here's a question from someone who knows me personally! Hi, Barbroy - love this! I have to make the time to write. Most evenings will find me on the couch with the computer, but I usually don't get to sit down until between 8:30 and 9:30. The stories have been brewing in my head all day, by that point, so they usually flow reasonably quickly onto the screen. Sunday afternoons and evenings are also great for writing, or any spare time that I can find. Tonight, my oldest is out, my younger two are in bed, and hubby is working, so I am thoroughly enjoying the peace and quiet to do some editing. When my kids were younger, I didn't have any time to write, which is why I had to take a lengthy break from producing anything substantial. Now that they're older I am finding that with a bit of determination (and neglect of some housekeeping duties, lol!) I can make a bit of time almost every day to write. Thanks for your question!

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Dec 2, 11:48PM EST0

If a company offers you to make a movie out of your book, will you accept it? Why?

Dec 2, 9:37PM EST0

Great question! Off the top of my head, yes, absolutely I would, the reason being that a lot of people these days like to watch movies before they read the book and a film often makes sales of a book skyrocket. I would love to see my book made into a movie! It would be so much fun to watch! That said, I would definitely consult a lawyer and make sure that I retained the necessary rights to my work. Thanks for asking. Please check out the sneak peeks on my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com, and see if you think the books might make great movies!

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Dec 2, 9:44PM EST0

Hi can i chat with you on hangout ?

Dec 1, 4:58PM EST0

Hi Millyjo1. I would love to chat with you, but I'm not on Hangouts. Feel free to like my Facebook page at 

https://www.facebook.com/christinestobbeauthor/ 

and message me there. I will always try to respond as quickly as I can to everyone. This weekend, my primary focus is here on Amafeed, but I would be more than happy to talk with you by message on FB. You can also contact me through my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com. I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks for your interest!

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Dec 1, 5:04PM EST0

How did you get the idea?

Dec 1, 12:32PM EST0

Hi Ana. The original idea came to me one night when I couldn't sleep. I developed the story in my head for a long time before I tried putting anything down on paper. It was a simple romance to start, but it grew and became something much more significant as I spent time dwelling on it and began to write it out. Before I knew it, the story had run away and taken over - I couldn't get it out of my head, day or night, and I just had to do something about it! That little romance grew into five, interconnected, full-length novels, and there's more to come! Who knew? A spark of an idea can become something really fascinating, if I mull on it for a while! Please check out the sneak peeks for my books on my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com. Thanks for your question!

Dec 1, 12:47PM EST0

My teenage daugther is working towards being an author. What tips can you give her on creating a great story. Also, what advice do you have once the book is complete.

Dec 1, 12:24PM EST0

Hi Jennifer, this is a great question! Creating a great story: she needs to make sure that her main character faces a problem, and that the problem is introduced quickly, in the first few pages, or even the first few paragraphs of the book. The main character must end up solving that problem him/herself, and not have the story taken over by another character, or by circumstantial situations that end up resolving the conflict. Keep the story moving; don't linger on events and conversations that don't progress the plot or improve the reader's knowledge of the character. Keep the characters believable. Have them grow and change throughout the story in a way that doesn't astonish and disappoint the reader - don't have a timid character suddenly become the bravest one in the book for no apparent reason, for example. Let him/her grow into that role. Follow the basic story plot arc: beginning, rising action, climax, conclusion, and then flesh out the details, making the story as tight as possible following that outline. Write a second, third, fourth draft, improving the story every time. Once the book is complete, EDIT! Edit, edit and edit some more. Many authors hire editors to do the work for them, if they don't have a firm enough grasp of the mechanics themselves, but editing the story itself always should be the author's responsibility, ultimately. You don't want your work to be anything less than your own, and a good editor won't take your individuality out of your book. I always go over my work at least four or five times looking for things I can make better. Check grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure - everything you can make right so that when someone reads your story, they won't be distracted by mistakes, particularly repeated mistakes, that you could fix easily. After the story is the best you can possibly make it, share it. Share it with friends and family, get feedback, make more changes, if necessary. When it's once again the best it can be, if you want to look into publication, the options are currently to find an agent, or self-publish. Hope that is helpful. Feel free to follow up if you or she would like more information, and best of luck to your daughter with her writing!

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Dec 1, 12:40PM EST0

How long do you “develop “ characters in your mind before you begin describing them on paper? Also do you have a book where you write rough draft details as you think of things before the actual writing of the book?

Dec 1, 10:55AM EST0

Hi Brian-Louise, thanks for asking! How long I develop the character depends on how quickly the storyline progresses in my head, and how much I like that character personally. The heroine of Book Two, Princess Katherine, lived in my mind for several months before she made her way onto the computer screen, though to give her some credit, she was my first heroine created after years away from novel writing - and I was kind of hesitant to start. Once I got going though, Kate and the entire series ran away with me! The heroine of Book Three developed almost overnight, took over my brain, (making it very difficult to focus on anything else!) and had her story started within about three days. As I'm in the writing process, those characters stay with me mentally day and night, and their story works itself out in my head so that when I have time to sit down and write, the ideas flow very smoothly, usually. Most of my draft work, including the plot outline, is done on the computer, right within the document that will become the story, so I can chop and change and move and use it where I need it. I do have a binder containing a hand-drawn map, and timelines for each book, so that I can maintain consistency throughout the series.

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Dec 1, 11:04AM EST0

What was your very first book?

Dec 1, 5:20AM EST0

Hi Ashiqur. My very first novel was a story titled "Western Sunset," which I wrote at the age of eleven. It was a horse story, about 250 handwritten pages in length, which I tended to work on in the middle of the night when I was supposed to be in bed! LOL! The basic premise was two sisters trying out two different training methods on two different horses to attempt to produce the better mount. I never tried to publish that one, and would probably be quite embarrassed to read it now, and glad that I didn't try to share it, but I do have fond memories of it as a great learning experience! Thanks for asking!

Dec 1, 8:57AM EST0

Do you also watch tv shows about dragons?

Dec 1, 12:45AM EST0

Hi Neil. Actually, no, I don't. My dragon education has been primarily from books, and I have quite a few of them. That said, I wouldn't be averse to watching something that interested me, but I don't have a lot of time for television. Once I have leisure time in the evening, I'm usually curled up with the computer, writing! The most recent dragon-including thing I've watched would probably be The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which is not tv, I know, but close! Thanks for your question! 

Dec 1, 2:34AM EST0

How long has it been since you first publish your book?

Dec 1, 12:41AM EST0

Hi Paul. I published Dragon's Fire on October 10, 2017, in e-book format, and the paperback followed two days later, on the 12th, after I figured out how to format it so that the words would fit onto the page! (You can't just download your document from Google and have it magically fit, I have learned!) I am hoping to have the second book out in a few short weeks. You can check out sneak peeks for both of them on my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com. Thanks for your question!

Dec 1, 2:20AM EST0

What is it about the dragon that you find fascinating?

Dec 1, 12:35AM EST0

My fascination is with the fact that dragons have intrigued and terrified people for centuries. Almost every ancient nation in the world has dragon legends, including China, India, Australia, Europe, and Persia, to name a few. These are compelling myths, not only for their sheer number but also for their similarities. These numerous civilizations were very far removed from one another physically, linguistically, and culturally, yet their stories are closely linked. There are artifacts from these cultures that depict dragons on jewelry, drinking vessels, relics, and walls. Ancient writings from Marco Polo, Claudius Aelianus (speaking of the experience of Alexander the Great), Marcus Cicero, and the Bible mention dragons, along with many other works. I find these facts intriguing. How did so many different people groups, from such scattered locations, over so many thousands of years, come up with such similar tales and pictures of massive, menacing, sometimes fire-breathing, sometimes flying beasts? It sparks my imagination. What were the dragons? Where did they live? How did they behave? How did they interact with each other and the people around them? Were they real? If they were, why are they not around today? I had such fun creating my dragons for Dragon's Fire, and exploring some of those questions - the last one which I tackle in Book Five of the series. In fact, my dragons were so much fun that I had to go back in time and make Book Six a prequel, just so that I could play with them some more! The dragons are mentioned and make a small appearance, respectively, in the sneak peeks for my first two books on my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com, although you'll have to probe a little deeper than the first few pages to find out much about them! Thanks for your question!

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Dec 1, 2:11AM EST0

Who prodded you to pursue writing even when you were young?

Nov 30, 8:39PM EST0

Hi Rhoda. No one actually had to prod me to pursue writing. The desire to write just came naturally from a very young age. However, my mother was very supportive of my work right from the beginning. She spent hours listening to me read my stories to her, and I'm sure the experience wasn't always pleasant! I confided to her that I wanted to be a published writer, and she encouraged me to type up a novel that I wrote at the age of thirteen, print it, and submit it to publishers. She bought me a copy of The Writer's Market. She made trips to the bank for bank drafts, to cover the expense of companies sending my manuscript back if they didn't want it. She went to the post office to have massive envelopes full of paper weighed and mailed. I don't know how much I cost my parents in paper, ink, and postage, but I never heard her complain about it. She backed my efforts with more manuscripts after that one. Right up until the time I moved out, she was my biggest support and fan. When I was in my early twenties, I would read my stories to her over the phone, as I was writing them, and she would get annoyed with me when I would stop in a tense spot, and there was nothing more to read! She would then bug me to hurry up and write more, because she wanted the rest of the story. She understood somehow about my need to write, even as a child, even though it meant that I was up at night a lot, writing when my parents thought I should have been in bed. She wasn't a writer herself, but she supported me and loved my work, no matter what. She pressed me to improve, to send that book out again, in spite of rejection letters, and she promised me that one day it would come together. Thanks for your question!

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Dec 1, 1:37AM EST0

What are your projected copies sold?

Nov 30, 8:37PM EST0

Hi Syed. Being an unknown author, my primary focus at the moment is not the number of sales, although sales are the ultimate goal, of course. Instead, I'm turning my attention to what I'm doing each day to make people aware of my series and the first book's availability. That could be posting an ad on Facebook, writing a blog, dropping a business card here and there, or engaging with a stranger about my work. This weekend, it's about being online as much as humanly possible to interact with people here about my book, and I'm loving every minute! I've read that marketing has a rule of seven - seven exposures before a person will buy. That's a lot of work! Every new author would like to become an overnight sensation, but unfortunately, that doesn't usually happen, so it's one foot in front of the other, and one day at a time, right now. Indie authors have a big job letting people know about their books and persuading potential readers that their particular story will be worth the time and money invested in purchasing and reading it. Each day is a success if I've worked toward my goal, and those days where sales are high are even better! Thanks for your question!

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Dec 1, 1:01AM EST0

Why are you so passionate about writing?

Nov 30, 7:34PM EST0

Great question. I am passionate about writing because it's a huge part of who I am. Writing is my escape, my relaxation, my therapy, my reward. I look forward to the part of the day when I can settle down with the computer, on the couch or in the hammock, and write! I love creating worlds and characters, and controlling everything! LOL! I wrote my first story when I was six years old, about two months into first grade. I got the inspiration from a nightmare, and the story was titled Strangling Snakes, only I spelled it Stragling Snaks, a fact which my older sister found decidedly amusing. (Gotta love those stories about loitering junk food!) From then on, I wrote. I wrote poetry and short stories and even enjoyed school writing assignments, as long as they were fiction. (Reports and essays, not so much.) When I was eleven, I wrote my first novel: around 250 handwritten pages. I frequently worked on it in the middle of the night, by a dim lamp, with a blanket tucked up against the crack at the bottom of my bedroom door, so my parents wouldn't know I was out of bed if they happened to get up. (Incidentally, I only fell asleep in class once in my life, that I remember...) And I just kept going. Stories formed in my mind and had to come out on paper, or I felt that I would explode. I did take a break from writing books while my children were young, but last summer, I had a story that just had to come out, and I've been writing almost every day since then. I love it. I live for it. It's my passion. I have to write. And now I'm delighted to have the chance to share my stories with people. The knowledge that someone read and loved my book makes my day, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to share the Dragon's Fire Series with everyone!

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Dec 1, 12:47AM EST0

What is the usual theme that you like working with?

Nov 30, 5:09PM EST0

Hi Sash, thanks for your question. So far as theme, I've covered many of them in different works, and my favorites would probably include developing mental strength; abuse and retribution; and captivity and freedom. If you're asking more about my usual genre, most of my work over the last 25 years or so has been historical fiction. With the Dragon's Fire Series, I decided to branch out and include an element of fantasy, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I like doing a historical theme/setting best; the fifth book of the Dragon's Fire Series is set in a modern era, and I found that far more challenging to work with than any of the others. I hope that answers your question? Feel free to follow up if it didn't!

Dec 1, 12:18AM EST0

Who is your favorite author? What was his/her influence on your writing?

Nov 30, 3:37PM EST0

Hi Jesa. I've had a lot of favorite authors over time. My mother taught me to read when I was three, and I've been reading voraciously ever since. When I was a kid, my favorite was Walter Farley and his "Black Stallion" series. (I was a horse nut - still am!) In fact, I would buy pretty much any book, so long as it had a horse on the cover, and most of my early writing efforts were horse stories. I also loved (and still do) the work of Canadian icon L. M. Montgomery. (Canadian is important because I'm Canadian too!) When I was in my teens, I read a lot of historical fiction, including authors Janette Oke (also Canadian, for the record!) and Gilbert Morris, and they inspired my passion for historical writing. As an older teen and young adult, I dove into classics: Dickens, Austen, Thackeray, and the Bronte sisters among them, and I do enjoy Shakespeare, I confess. More recently, I've been exploring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and also read some J. K. Rowling. Every one of them has probably influenced me in some way or another, but subtly. They have given me, perhaps, a better way to phrase a description, a more powerful word choice, a more realistic turn of dialogue. And those classics are great for learning to use the English language effectively because they aren't light, fluffy reads. People don't consider them fun reads, for that reason, of course, but for working the mind and improving one's ability to use words, they can't be beaten! Thanks for your question, and feel free to check out the sneak peeks of my work - courtesy of all those authors! - on my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com!

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Nov 30, 11:35PM EST0

Hi Christine, do you have sales projections (hopes) for your first book? And do you expect your second book release to boost the first?  

Nov 30, 12:01PM EST0

Hi Sandra. Like most Indies (if they're honest!) I dream of seeing my book become a bestseller and selling millions of copies! Realistically, however, I'm taking things one day, one event, one ad, one effort at a time. The beautiful thing about this series is that it's timeless. It can be available for new readers as I find them until everyone knows that it's there and owns a copy! I try not to set number goals for sales at this point. I think that for an unknown author who doesn't have the backing of a large publishing house, that can be needlessly depressing. Instead, I focus on "what am I doing today to let people know about my book?" Sometimes that means doing a Facebook ad, or writing a blog, or even just dropping a few business cards in random places as I go about my day. For today and tomorrow, it's about being online as much as humanly possible to interact with people and talk with them about the books! I'm working within my budget and doing what I can, and the sales are an exciting bonus! Yes, I am definitely expecting the release of the second book to help with sales of the first. Advertising a "series" with more than one book will help to persuade readers that I'm serious about this project! And a reader can pay me no higher compliment than to read my first book and then buy my second, so I'm excited about the upcoming release of The Rose of Caledon. You can check out sneak peeks for both books on my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com. Thanks for your question!

Nov 30, 11:02PM EST0

Are some of the characters in the book related to anyone you know personally? or are they just pure fictional characters?

Nov 28, 6:53AM EST0

Oooh, this could be a dangerous question to answer! LOL! They are fictional characters, but they sometimes borrow traits or quirks from people I know in real life. My major male characters tend to take after my real-life husband in one way or another. Eric Grenleigh, from Dragon's Fire, for example, has adopted my husband's practical, logical side. My husband is one of my Beta readers (he never gets lost in my stories; he just points out everything I've done wrong - it's wonderful!) and he will frequently chuckle when he meets a new character because he sees the similarities between the character and himself. Other characters will take certain mannerisms or speech patterns from people I know, but I do try not to have anyone recognize themselves 100% - I might lose friends! Usually, each character is crafted to fit the story in which I need them, so even though they might share some traits with a real-life person in the beginning, they grow and develop through the story to become their own, unique individual.

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Nov 28, 11:48AM EST0

Are you already working on a new project? a new story?  

Nov 28, 6:52AM EST0

Yes! As I mentioned in your previous question (thanks for sending three, by the way!) the first five books in the series are finished, save for editing. I am currently writing Book Six between editing the others, and Books Seven and Eight are taking shape in my head. I'm having so much FUN writing these books that I have no intention of stopping anytime soon! (Book Three is my personal favorite in this series, and Book Six is running it a very close second right now. I'm loving every minute!) I'm hoping that readers will enjoy the stories as much as I do, and come along with me on this journey. You can check out a sneak peek for The Rose of Caledon (and for Dragon's Fire) on my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com. There's a blog there too, where I tend to write about the writing and editing process when I'm not actually writing or editing! If you would please like and follow my FB page at 

https://www.facebook.com/christinestobbeauthor/, you'll get all the updates on the books, the blogs, and the new releases! Thanks so much for your questions!

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Nov 28, 11:36AM EST0

Good morning, how are you?  How many hours do you think it took you to write this story?   Including all the books? 

Nov 28, 6:50AM EST0

Good morning, Marie Jo! I'm great, thanks, and loving every minute of this chat session! It's hard to guess how many hours it takes for a particular book, and each one of them can vary, depending on how easily the story flows once I get it started. I probably take an average of six weeks to two months to write the initial draft of an average-length novel (80,000 words or so.) I try to write as much as I can, but on an average day, I usually only get about an hour and a half to two hours to write. I started the first book I wrote in this series (which was Book Two, The Rose of Caledon) on July 31, 2016. By Christmas, I had the first three books completed - including Dragon's Fire. By April of this year, Book Four was finished and I was well into Book Five. I finished Book Five and started editing Dragon's Fire for publication by the middle of the summer. Editing, of course, is a whole different ballgame than writing. The time required for that can vary, depending on how much work the book needs and how long my Beta readers take to get through it and give me feedback. Then I usually have more corrections to deal with, and I go over the entire book myself at least four or five times before it's ready for release. I published Dragon's Fire on October 10th of this year and started editing The Rose of Caledon immediately after. I'm still working on Rose, and have at least one more complete read-through to do on it. It is my goal to have the first five books published by next spring. We'll see if that happens! I won't turn out a book until it is as good as I can make it.

Nov 28, 11:18AM EST0

Is this yet your first project for Indie publication?

Nov 27, 1:22PM EST0

Hi Carla, yes, it is my first Indie project. For the past several years, I've been busy with my kids, and haven't done a lot of writing. But now the kids are getting older, and I've got some time to get back to it - loving every minute! Sixteen years ago or so, when I last did any serious work, the Indie opportunities were not what they are today. Vanity publishing was pretty much the Indie Author's only option, and those contracts often ended in heartbreak, from what I observed. Lots of authors who invested in their work were left with boxes of books in their basements that they had no opportunity or clue how to market, while the publisher walked off with thousands of the author's dollars and coolly wished them luck. I never had enough money to risk that, so I stayed clear of it, except for a few poems that I gave away to vanity presses. But the more modern methods including Amazon, Createspace, Smashwords and others, are allowing authors to put work out without the massive investment of cash to start. The internet enables more marketing opportunities than we've ever had before, so I decided that now was the time to jump in with both feet and get my work and my name out there. I plan to publish my entire series myself, and hopefully, people will love the stories as much as I do and join me on the journey! If you are interested in learning more about the series, please check out my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com. Thanks!

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Nov 27, 1:32PM EST0

How many installments will these new series have?

Nov 27, 8:26AM EST0

Hi Paulynna, I'm not exactly sure at this point. I have written five books already, and I'm working on a prequel. Two more stories are firmly entrenched in my mind, being planned and populated with characters, although nothing is yet written down for them. So, we're at a count of eight, so far! The first five books are very closely interconnected, and the successive ones are going to tackle storylines that the original five suggested, but didn't include. They will add to the richness of the first five books and let readers have a more in-depth look into the story and the lives of some interesting characters - some familiar, and some new. I'm looking forward to working further with some of those familiar characters! I'm having a tremendous amount of fun in Caledon, and I have no plans to stop until I run out of interesting stories to tell. I'm not sure when that will be, but if you might like and follow my FB page at 

https://www.facebook.com/christinestobbeauthor/, you'll get all of the updates about new releases and more!

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Nov 27, 1:22PM EST0

How many books have you written in total?

Nov 27, 8:08AM EST0

That's a huge question, and a bit taxing on my memory! In addition to this series, where I have completed five books, got another one under construction, and two more (at least) in the planning stages, I have written at least nine others (that I remember) in addition to short stories, poems, and articles. I have two published novels so far: Dragon's Fire, and a children's historical fiction novel co-written with John Jenkins and published electronically in the early 2000s, titled Fool's Gold. (If it's still out there, floating somewhere in cyberspace, I haven't been able to find it.) A young adult novel which I wrote in the 1990s titled The Friendship Bracelet came very close to being accepted by a large publishing house but was rejected after a couple of readings when it fell under the scrutiny of the chief editors, and one of them said no. So those are the ones I can recall - but I know I've gone through an awful lot of paper in the last 37 years! Thanks for your question!

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Nov 27, 1:12PM EST0

What's the biggest setback you experienced as a writer?

Nov 26, 9:55PM EST0

Rejection letters. They are never fun to get, and I've had my share of them! I think that's probably the hardest thing I've had to deal with: keeping on writing and continuing to believe that I had something of value to offer, even after having doors slammed in my face. But I write because I love to write, so no amount of hearing "no, thanks," has ever stopped me, nor will it. I'm excited about the affordable opportunities for self-publishing that are available now. They are enabling talented writers to get great stories out in front of people without having to invest a fortune. So now, my biggest struggle is finding ways to let people know that my work is available, and I'm very grateful for this opportunity on Amafeed. Thanks for your question!

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Nov 26, 10:17PM EST0

Where did you get the inspiration for your characters?

Nov 26, 12:26PM EST0

Thanks for your question, Heenal. Usually, the inspiration for the storyline comes first. Once I know the general arc of the plot, I'll craft characters to fit the story. My heroine is almost always created straight out of my imagination based on the requirements of the story, and then I design the supporting cast to either assist or resist her goal and give them their respective dispositions and peculiarities accordingly. Many of my leading male characters take their personality traits from my real-life husband, and sometimes quirks that I have noticed in my friends and acquaintances will be used to give dimension to a character. Less often, a picture or a piece of music might inspire a character. My main characters live in my head for a while before they get transferred to the computer screen. They go through the day with me, and often keep me awake at night! I spend a lot of time thinking about them and getting to know them before putting them into the story. I usually create minor characters as I need them as the story takes shape. Sometimes the main character will dictate the plot as he or she grows - I've often ended up with plot changes because a character takes over the book! In one instance in this series, a minor character who was created merely for the heroine to bounce conversation off became the leading man in the next book, which was a twist I had not expected!

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Nov 26, 8:23PM EST0

If you will be given the chance to have a date with one of your characters, who will it be and why?

Nov 25, 1:55PM EST0

Lol! I love this question! Well, it would absolutely have to be the hero of Book Three, but unfortunately, I can't tell you details about him just yet, for fear of spoilers. If I pick from the characters in Dragon's Fire, I will choose Eric Grenleigh. He's a straightforward, down-to-earth kind of guy, who doesn't have a lot of time for nonsense or people who don't do what they say they're going to do. He's practical, logical, and common-sense-ical. Many of my major male characters take some of their traits from my real-life husband, so the qualities that I admire in him (or sometimes the ones that I find amusing) come out in the characters - therefore many of them would probably appeal to me on some level. But for this book, Eric, for sure.

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Nov 25, 2:15PM EST0

Are you already working on the next book as we speak?

Nov 25, 9:52AM EST0

Hi Sonia, yes, I have finished five books in the series, and am currently writing the sixth. I am in the process of intensively editing the second book, and am planning to release it in a few weeks when I am satisfied with the quality of it. You can view a sneak peek of the second book, titled The Rose of Caledon, on my website at www.dragonsfireseries.com. (A sneak peek of Dragon's Fire is there, as well!) The first five books are very closely connected, and coming up with a new idea or making a change in one of them often resulted in my needing to make changes in one or more of the others, so I wanted the stories for those five to be pretty much complete before I published the first book. The sixth book is a prequel, and I'm having a marvelous time working on it when I need to take a break from editing. There's no end in sight yet. Books seven and eight are firmly entrenched in my head! Please like and follow my FB page at

https://www.facebook.com/christinestobbeauthor/, for all the updates about current titles and new releases!

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Nov 25, 11:39AM EST0
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