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Author Interview Christine Haggerty

Christine Haggerty has recently been published with Fox Hollow Publications. I am lucky enough to work on a small project with Christine, and I can tell you that her writing is inspiring to the other writers involved. As a celebration for her recent successes, I have decided to probe into the mind of the author.



1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The main message in Acquisitions that I would want my readers to grasp is that the relationship between a bully and his victim can be more complex than just one person picking on another. During the story, Cam develops a degree of empathy with his bully, but it does not keep him from doing what becomes necessary to protect himself. Cam and his friends are also on different sides of a societal divide–even though they are orphans who are largely left to govern themselves in the absence of adult guidance, they live in a society that has structured them to believe that there are distinct differences in the categories of human beings. Cam struggles to define friendship on its own terms.
Other themes that are introduced in this book that continue throughout the series are grief/loss and self-forgiveness, defining friendships and family, survival (man vs. man and man vs. self), relationships (love interests), and leadership.
2. What book are you reading now?
My kids are forcing me to read Harry Potter. By the time we do an interview again for my second book, I will probably still be reading Harry Potter. I’ve resisted because, as a busy mom/author, the possibility of being consumed by the depth/breadth of that series scares me when I have so much of my own writing to do. I have the ability to become completely lost in a book, but what can you do?
3. Are there any new authors who have grasped your interest?
One new author I am interested in is Johnny Worthen who wrote Beatrysel. My review regarding his book was very sincere. I’m convinced he’s a genius.
4. What are your current projects?
My current projects include a fairy tale rewrite of a story about cannibals that will be a novella, and the second book of The Plague Legacyseries, Assets, which will be released Fall 2014. After that I have a sci-fi involving jellyfish that I want to write.
5. How much of the book is realistic?
Actually, as a dystopian most of the book is realistic. As I’ve been writing the series, bits and pieces of the news have started to reflect the context of the world in The Plague Legacy. It scares me because what I’ve written could conceivably happen, and the book’s world context is built on some major events and situations that already occurred in the history of our world. The first is called the Children’s Crusade during which the Pope shipped plague orphans out of Europe under the guise that they were going to the Holy Land as soldiers. The second historic situation that plays a role in this world is the culture of the Roman arena. Another historic context that plays a major role in the third book is the germanic comitatus, an early tribal social structure that existed in Europe during the years of the Roman Empire.
With the idea that history could repeat itself, I put these situations together and that is the world of the characters in The Plague Legacy. We’ll all be okay as long as nobody engineers a plague virus that wipes out at least 2/3 of the world’s population and sets this all in motion.
6. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, she is five years old and her name is Dylan.

My book is officially schedule to be out as an ebook on Amazon on December 6, 2013. I’m not sure when I’ll have a link to that, but right now I have my website, my Facebook page, and the book’s Facebook page, My publisher is Fox Hollow Publications


Posted by on November 23, 2013 in From the Desk of the Author


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