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14 July 2011

(Blog Tour) Character Interview: Ashlei (THE PRISM OF ASHLEI)

Christine E. Schulze has been creating books since she was too young to even write them in words. Her collection of YA fantasy books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books which can all be read separately but which weave together to create an amazing fantasy. She hopes to inspire readers throughout the world with these books by publishing in both traditional and electronic formats to make them available to all readers.

Christine has published several stories with Calliope and Kalkion magazines and is an active member of the WEbook online writing community. She has also published several Christian/fantasy books which are available at various online retailers, as well as publishing several eBooks via Writers-Exchange.

Her latest and most exciting venture includes her publications with Old Line Publishing: Bloodmaiden and Tears of a Vampire Prince: the First Krystine. She also anticipates her upcoming publication with Old Line, Lily in the Snow, as well as releasing The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange in both paperback and electronic forms.

Christine currently lives in Belleville, Illinois in her first and most thrilling apartment.

Tell us about yourself in a few sentences.
My name is Ashlei, and I am of the race of the Fyres, a red-headed people with a gift in magics of fire and light. My brother, Merritt, and I, orphaned as infants, have lived all our lives with Bromwell, a kindly old swordsmith. In the midst of the Forest-footer elves, I often feel like an outsider, like I don’t belong. I long to break free someday and find where I really do belong.

Describe how you felt at the beginning of your quest. Were you scared, excited?
Well, when the attack came on, it was so sudden. That was when I was first really launched into the quest. Before, talking to the princess in the shard, it was all so surreal, you know? But when the attack fell, I was lurched jarringly into reality. A combination of fear and adrenalin drove me to fight. When I was defending Bromwell, I almost forgot my fear, only caring about him and protecting him.

By the time I fled into the woods and met my first quest member, Aryl, I was snared by both sorrow and anger, both at the enemy and at myself. Sometimes, I think these emotions were greater than the fear and helped me get through the adventure.

What was your first impression of Aryl?
Well, obviously, I seem to find him a little annoying when we first meet. Well, back up a few steps—when he changes from that tree into a Nymph, I’m a little shocked, then thinking he is a little bizarre. But mostly, I find myself attracted. Besides being very handsome, he is so unique; I’ve never met anything like him. He’s clever, if a bit conceited, and so very confident in himself, which I am not. He intimidates a bit, and I try to hide this by returning his smart-alic remarks. Soon enough though, his layers will unravel, and he’ll proved a steadfast, faithful friend, as well as a real person with his own troubles and inner struggles.

What five words (or less) would you use to describe your adventures?
Exhilarating. Beautiful. Dangerous. Mysterious.

If you could go back in time and not find the prism, would you? Why/why not?
Yes, I think I would, especially having been through everything and looking back now. I found new, brilliant friends. I found the man who will one day be my husband. I found a mother and a father. I witnessed the reuniting of an entire kingdom, its being healed and made whole again. And most of all, I learned a very important lesson about myself, about friendship and forgiveness, about love and sacrifice, and about who I truly am.

THE PRISM OF ASHLEI cover art and author bio courtesy of GOODREADS.

I received an electronic copy of THE PRISM OF ASHLEI as part of a blog tour arranged by TEEN BOOK SCENE

Want to win THE GAILEAN QUARTET and have a character named after you? Enter author Christine Schulze's contest HERE

For more information on THE PRISM OF ASHLEI, THE GAILEAN QUARTET and author Christine Schulze, visit THE GOLDEN HEALER


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