Guest Post-The World is Full of Blank Pages- Christine Amsden (author of the Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective Series) | Miki's Hope

Guest Post-The World is Full of Blank Pages- Christine Amsden (author of the Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective Series)

Friday, April 18, 2014

I'm sure a lot of you remember Christine Amsden-she is the author that kept coming back to my blog and answering all your questions! When She asked me to review her newest Cassie Scot book in the series I said yes. She also asked if I would like her to write a guest post and what I would like her to write about. I told Christine to go over the questions on that post! Below is what she came up with. Now you know she will always answer any and all questions so don't be shy--ask away in the comments. I will be reviewing her newest book in this series "Mind Games" in the near future! April 23rd to be exact and there will be a giveaway! I loved her first two books in this series and have been waiting patiently (?) for this one!!

Here are the two reviews I did of the 1st two books in the series in case you missed them:

Cassie Scott-Paranormal Detective
Secrets and Lies

In Her Own Words-Christine Amsden


The World is Full of Blank Pages-My Duty is to Fill Them

A lot of people ask me why I write or what inspires me to write. To tell you the truth, the answer varies day by day and year by year. I have grown up writing, and writing has been a part of growing up. I have always worked out my own conscious and subconscious issues through the written word. Some people see music and hear it in their heads. Some see stone and picture the sculpture hiding within. Some see numbers and must bring order to the mathematical universe. My husband is an engineer; he is driven to figure out how to make new ideas work. I see a world full of blank pages and it is my duty to fill them.

Ever since I was a little girl I loved the beginning of the new school year. Nothing thrills me more than a blank, untouched notebook or a pencil freshly sharpened for the first time. Even now, as I type this into a word processor document, I can practically smell the wood shavings. I like to keep a notebook handy when I write and I confess I am a bit wasteful. I always want a new one. It's just not the same after I've filled in a few pages. I tear them out, throw them away, and try to pretend it's new, but that only lasts for so long. Cute, little notebooks with hard covers are my favorite because they look new much longer. I don't need inspiration to put words on a blank page (or even into a blank computer document). It is who I am. The more difficult motivation is to finish what I've started once the words have destroyed the perfect potential of the blank page.

People also often asked me how old I was when I started writing. I say I was eight, and my first story was about Cabbage Patch Dolls going to Mars. After some early short stories I knew I wanted to be a novelist, yet I did not finish my first novel until I was 27. (Note: This depends upon how you define “finish” – I do have a couple of completish manuscripts which were never peer edited, revised, or otherwise made it past a rough draft.) I finished Touch of Fate because I needed to prove to myself that I could. I needed to know that I had it in me to be more than the blank page. After Touch of Fate, I knew I could do it. So my motivation changed. Now I wanted to see if I could do it again. Those of you who are paying very close attention may have noticed that Touch of Fate was published in 2006 and The Immortality Virus in 2011. That's quite a gap! And indeed, it was harder for me to finish the second book than it was to finish the first. This was partly because of life – I had a baby late in 2005 and another in 2008. But it was also because I had gone from simply wanting to finish something to trying to decide what sort of writer I wanted to be. Touch of Fate is paranormal suspense. The Immortality Virus is far-future dystopian science fiction. The Cassie Scot series is urban fantasy. Who am I? What do I write? I didn't know, but I wrote The Immortality Virus while I was trying to figure it out and ended up getting that published too.

The Cassie Scot series has been the easiest and most natural thing for me to write. I fell in love with the character from the start and to be honest, I didn't care what genre it was. There was a story inside me that wanted to come out. I started work on that series in 2009 and had it largely complete when the first book came out in 2013, meaning I have been able to release the entire series in not much more than a year. The motivation for writing this series was Cassie. She made me do it! Two secondary characters from that series are now making me write sequels. I've finished Madison's Song and am working on Kaitlin's Tale as I type.

I've tried to write one other book in the midst of all this. It struck me that every book I've written for the past few years (5 books in 5 years, going on 6 books in 6) has relied on Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. This isn't a series meant to be read out of order. So what if that first book didn't do well? Out of near desperation, I forced myself to think of a new idea and spent many (disconnected) months working on it. The idea is... fine. The characters are... fine. The plot is...complicated. And ultimately the only thing motivating me to write it was a paranoid vision of how my publishing future would look over the next five years if Cassie Scot didn't take off. In case you're wondering, that's not a good reason to write a book. You'll be happy to know that I've buried it, though it was a costly lesson (in terms of time). Kaitlin needs me to tell her story right now, and when I'm done with her I've decided I need to let another character come to me. If no one shows up right away, maybe I'll work on a writing how-to book or something to pass the time.

After all, the world remains full of blank pages and it is my duty to fill them.

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25 comments :

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Ah, the scent of new books and the sight of blank pages on a notebook - two of my favorite things! It's good to know that there are people out there who love the same things that I do. :)

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

I love her eagerness to fill a blank page-- Cabbage Patch Dolls on mars MUST HAVE BEEN A GREAT ADVENTURE!!! =D

Patricia Figurski said...

So happy to hear about your passion...

Christine Amsden said...

Thanks for having me back here and for being a part of my Mind Games book tour!

Patty Woodland said...

I am always petrified of blank paper. Now my husband - he is the writer in the family.

mail4rosey said...

I love that you did a guest post here too!! I can relate to the excitement over a blank notebook, I get that way too (when a new class starts) and my husband gets that way for writing. :)

Carla WorkingMommyJournal said...

I wish I was like that with writing - some days are good days and others not so much. My passions seem to be in my art (photography and water colour) Looking forward to reading you work!

Elayna Fernandez-Bare said...

My daughters are 10 and 11 and their book will be in book stores in September. I love how you started at a young age and fostered the love of writing. As a mom, it's so important to nurture our kids' passions and - look author Amsden is proof!

Vinma said...

I am trying for years to write a book.. Life intervenes a lot and so is motivation to fulfill that dream. I haven't satisfied the craving to write a book yet but I know I will and it is just a matter of time. Your post is so inspiring and takes me bit closer to that dream. Thank you!

Sharon Ruggieri said...

I like that, life is a blank page. Never thought of it that way, but I have felt like I was born to write and I totally get her enthusiasm

Christine Amsden said...

"I wish I was like that with writing - some days are good days and others not so much. My passions seem to be in my art (photography and water colour)"

See, I think it's just awesome that you have that drive for photography and watercolor. We can't ALL be writers. What a boring world! I, on the other hand, didn't think to bring a camera to my son's first day of kindergarten ... honestly, I really *could* be a little better at the photography. :)

Christine Amsden said...

"I am trying for years to write a book.. Life intervenes a lot and so is motivation to fulfill that dream. I haven't satisfied the craving to write a book yet but I know I will and it is just a matter of time."

The first step to becoming a writer is to write -- doesn't matter how long. Fifteen minutes of day right before bed or just after you wake up (depending upon your personality). The early stages of writing are awesome because it's only for you. It's just a fun time to get away from "life" for a few minutes every day.

I've become passionate about the psychology of creativity over the past few years. It doesn't matter what kind of creativity it is -- art, music, writing, etc. -- but I think everyone needs to find that passion and just enjoy it. No need to "make it big" as long as you're loving what you do. This isn't another obligation, it's play time. :)

Ave T said...

Wow! I had no idea she started to write when 8 years old. Thanks for a great interview!

becca said...

Nothing better than a blank page of a journal and all the possibilities that await.

Couponing Away Debt said...

So true! Life is very much like a blank page. Its inspirational

Lawna Noe said...

I keep a notebook handy too. Sometimes when I am reviewing a product, I have to jot down notes so I don't forget them.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

What a fantastic post - I guess we are in a way each writing our own story - filling one blank page at a time. x

Kandi said...

To start writing so young and still have a passion for it is amazing! While writing is not my "must do" I do keep have a tool I keep handy at all times- My camera. I don't know what I would do with out it!

Maddi'sMommy said...

And I - as a reader instead of a writer love the smell of both freshly purchased books. I love the crisp pages and the stiff binding. The words waiting to be read.

But I guess, as a true bibliophile I love all of the opposites about worn, well read favorites too ;)

Kim Croisant said...

It's so nice to get the author's point of view about why they write and what inspires them. I love the title she gave. Very inspiring person here. Thanks for being a guest post here today.

Lisa said...

Wow Amazing Story/Interview We All Have Our Days When It Comes To Writing!!

Jennifer said...

I find this completely fascinating - I always wonder where and how writers find their inspiration! I can't wait to read your review on the 23rd!

Sheila said...

Sounds like a good read. good authors write great books. That's nice thought that she only not write good books she also shares some personal input and her passion and answers her readers curiosity.

Lexie Lane said...

Her passion is inspiring. I like that she really cares enough to pay attention to her readers. Makes a difference, especially with your audience.

theroadtodomestication.com said...

This is a great guest post! Always fun to get inside the mind of the author!

 
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