Interview with Christina Weigand, Author of Sanctuary of Nine Dragons


Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a middle school daughter. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania, returning there after a short sabbatical in Washington. Currently, she’s working on fantasy novels and inspirational writing. Through her writing, she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.

When she’s not writing, she’s active in her local Church as a lector, Bible Study, or with the church theater group, volunteering at her daughter and granddaughter’s school in the library as well as helping the children develop a love for reading and writing. Jesus fills her home with love as she shares Him through her writing.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I remember first wanting to write when I was in middle school. 

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

First of all, I think I have a message that young adults need to hear. Secondly, there seem to be a lot of books for YA that do not necessarily have the good messages that our young people need to hear. I wanted to give them something with a better message and supply them with more choices when looking for books. 

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

They can handle more of a story than a child and their minds and ideas aren’t so set in stone that I can’t have the possibility of influencing them. They are at an age where they are making choices for their lives and I  hope to be able to steer those decisions.

The greatest challenge is getting the books to them. They are more tech savvy and an author has to be in the place where they are. The traditional means of finding your audience don’t work as well with YA. 

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Joachim banishes Brandan to prison island of Hyogo. His infant son, Prince Airyn disappears from his cradle. A chain of events is set in motion that will pit brother against brother, friend against friend, parents against children as Brandan and Joachim struggle for control of their sanity and their very lives.

With Brandan declared dead and his son missing, Joachim sinks into despair and anger, where those close to him fear he may never return.

Is Brandan really dead and if he is, who is manipulating the Mantion and enemies of Crato?

Can Maeve save her country and her husband from the tentacles of evil pervading the land?

What inspired you to write it?Sanctuary of Nine Dragons 333x500

I always credit God with my first inspiration. After Him then my family. But since this is the third book in the trilogy the characters were a big impetus behind this book. Brandan and Joachim had a story that needed to be finished. Funny thing, I realized when I was writing this particular book and introducing a new generation to the world that it really was Brandan and Joachim’s story, and I really needed to wrap it up before I could continue with Enit and Airyn’s story. 

Where can readers purchase a copy? 

What is up next for you?

I’ve got several projects started and need to decide which one screams at me to be told. A few of the younger characters from the trilogy are also wanting their story continued. So as I said it is a matter of finding the one that wants to be told.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Christina. We wish you much success.

From the Family Bookshelf

Is it possible a month has passed since my last From the Family Bookshelf column appeared? I swear it couldn’t have, but the last one is dated September 21st, so I guess time slipped away from me.

All of us have been busy. Swimming lessons and dance lessons have started. Dad has been working like crazy. I have been up to my eyeballs with promoting my first children’s book, Little Shepherd, coordinating book tours, and reading. Not to mention family stuff.

Dad finally finished Vince Flynn’s The Third Option. Now he is reading Prince Caspian, which is part of The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. Though I have seen various movie adaptations of this book and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I’ve never read the books. We have the set here, so I’ll have to change that one day.

The Lil Diva is back to reading thanks to school. She read Ginger the Stray Kitten by Holly Webb again. She’s also read a couple of books on Justin Bieber and one on the Jonas Brothers. Just think of what she’ll be like in five years if she’s already into teenage pop stars now. She is currently reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. We saw a stage production of Charlotte’s Web while we were in North Carolina. She came home wanting to read the book, but hasn’t gotten around to it until now.

The Lil Princess is reading anything and everything. We’re on our second round of Pink Princess Rules the Schoo l by Alyssa Crowne. She has brought home books from her school library every week since it opened. This week she has a nonfiction book about puppies. She’s hoping we buy her Green Princess Saves the Day, also by Crowne. Green is her favorite color.

As for me, little ole Mom, I’ve been reading and reading and reading. I just finished Invisible Path by Marilyn Meredith.  This is the latest book in her Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. Marilyn is going on a virtual book tour with this book next month.

I also recently finished A Despicable Profession by John Knoerle, a post-WWII spy thriller, and the legal thriller, Buying Time by Pamela Samuels Young. Both books are excellent and I would highly recommend them.  Before those two I read:

The Lil Princess and I also plowed through a box of books from tiger tales. These books are all part of their Fall/Winter collection. You’ll see review coming for them soon. Last night I polished off the award-winning  Call Me Kate by Molly Roe. This is a young adult historical. I began reading Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten.

That’s it for this issue of From the Family Bookshelf. Until next time, keep reading!