Beyond Height and Depths Trilogy
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Young Adult
Publisher: C. Brown Publisher
Date of Publication: January 22, 2013
Number of pages: 200
Word Count: 67,170
Cover Artist: Charli Infante
As I awaken in the dark warmth of this terrifying place, laid out on the strangely uneven ground, I open my eyes to see the true horrors this place was built upon…She is supposed to be near where I landed. If I don’t reach her soon, we will be doomed to remain in eternal fire and pain forever.
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Are soul mates real, or just a fairy tale? What if you found your soul mate, but you had to fight your way through heaven and hell to stay together. Could you sacrifice everything, even your own soul, for the one you love?
Emmett Goode moves to a more affluent neighborhood with the hope of leaving his troubled past behind, starting fresh at a new school, and more importantly, reconnecting with his lost love, Ash, who is dealing some personal demons of her own. A tragic accident brings them together; unfortunately, before they can enjoy their new relationship they find themselves at the center of a battle between good and evil that has existed since the beginning of humanity, and forced on a harrowing journey through this world and beyond to stay together. Their bond, and the supernatural power it creates, could mean the difference between saving the world, or its destruction.
Is love enough to overcome seemingly impossible odds?
As I awaken in the dark warmth of this terrifying place, laid out on the strangely uneven ground, I open my eyes to see the true horrors this place was built upon. The hills and valleys are not made of dirt at all but rather the bodies and remains of various humans and unidentifiable creatures. The uncomfortable warmth quickly turns to searing heat; with each second that passes my skin slowly burns away from my body, literally turning to ash and dispersing into the fiery air. The pain is excruciating. I want to scream in pain, but I quickly realize that all I can hear are the tortured screams and moans that seem to be coming from everywhere and nowhere at the same time. I try to move and the skin on my legs tears away in large grotesque chunks. What am I doing here? I think to myself, and I remember that I am here for a very specific reason. Where is she? She is supposed to be near where I landed. If I don’t reach her soon, we will be doomed to remain in eternal fire and pain forever.
I turn franticly, looking everywhere, all the while hoping the pain that feels like burning needles in my eyes doesn’t mean that my eyes are about to fall out of my head. I feel a sharp jolt in my chest as I peer into the noxious haze that seems to be growing right before my burning eyes. There, there she is, she can’t be more than fifty feet away. I can make it to her, just as I thought. This plan has to work; I only have a minute or two to make this work. Just then, I realize just how difficult this is going to be. To my left are the shadows I had seen before, on my right I see the disfigured faces of what I can only imagine were once human beings descending upon me, and right in front of Ash is the menacing figure of a twenty foot tall man-beast. Suddenly the screams and moans stop, only to be replaced by something more sinister. All I can hear is the malevolent laughter of the creatures that have come to make sure that we never leave this unholy place. Wake up, Ash, please; I can’t do this without you.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Yes, I always wanted to be a writer, but to be honest, I never thought I could be writer. I was always insecure with my writing. I thought it might be too difficult, or I might not have what it takes to write a whole book. Then, when I finished a whole book, I wasn’t sure if I should publish or not. It took some pushing and prodding for me to publish my first book, but I am very happy that I did.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Honestly, I don’t know. I really didn’t feel like a writer until I was working on book two. A lot of people call me a writer, but I’m not sure I’ll ever consider myself a writer. I just enjoy writing. It’s nice that other people like my works too.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
My first book took almost a year to publish, but part of that time was me being unsure of whether or not I wanted to publish. I let a few readers check it out first. I did some research on channels for publishing. I even thought about throwing the whole thing away before I published it. In the end, it took some serious pushing for me to publish.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I do, I work with children, youth, and young adults. I work in various teaching and counseling roles. I wish I could write full-time, but writing doesn’t pay all the bills yet.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I explored many channels, but I chose to self-publish.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
In general, at least a year. My first book took around two years. I schedule time to write on a daily basis. However, I’m realistic and know I won’t write every single day. I try to make sure I don’t go more than a day or two without writing anything, whether it be a chapter, page, or paragraph.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
My latest project is another young adult novel, but it is much darker than Beyond Heights and Depths. It is inspired by a true story. At it’s core, the book is about a boy and girl who meet again in a psychiatric facility and their journey from that point. They are both deeply troubled, so it is a rough journey for them both.
What genre would you place your books into?
The Beyond Heights and Depths Trilogy is Young Adult/Paranormal Romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
My sisters and wife are young adult paranormal/supernatural romance fans. I started reading what they were reading because what they were talking about seemed so interesting. When I began writing Beyond Heights and Depths, I wanted to write something that would fit into the genre, but also be considered different from the norm.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
It’s hard for me to choose a favorite. It’s like trying to choose between my children. I love them all.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Yes, I have a routine. I usually wait until late at night to write. I have a specific desk and chair I sit at. I usually have the television playing somewhere in the background barely loud enough to hear. I also play different types of music from time to time for inspiration or setting the mood.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Another writer told me a while ago that I shouldn’t. He said doing so can only hurt you in the long run. Good reviews go to your head. Bad reviews hurt your heart. I took his advice to heart, so I don’t read reviews.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
For me, I always choose the title after writing the book. I have trouble with titles. I don’t like to be frustrated before I even start writing.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I start writing, and then I try to go with a name that fits the character. Most of the time I have a vision of the character in my head as I am writing, or even before I start writing. The character starts to take shape, and then I add a name.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
As I go along. I start with basic traits, of course. Everyone has to start somewhere. However, I find that the characters begin to take on a life of their own as I write. As they do, their traits begin to make their way to the surface.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Yes, I hope you’ll forgive me if I just leave it at that.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I love all formats, but I tend to favor eBooks now. I had to switch to a Kindle. My house was starting to look like a messy library. I have books everywhere. I will say that my favorites are in hardcover, though.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I think it depends. Some movies are done really well, but the book is always better. I don’t think I have ever seen a movie that was exactly like the book. If I have to choose a favorite, probably Harry Potter (The extended versions on ABC Family, preferably), although Prisoner of Azkaban was barely anything like the book. The worst is probably The Cat in the Hat. That movie could have been good, but the whole thing is just creepy and weird.
Your favorite food is?
Really good hot dogs and cheeseburgers.
Your favorite singer/group is?
I like a lot of different kinds of music.
Your favorite color is?
Christian Brown is a Pastor at Reunion Hawaii. He has been working with youth and young adults for most of the last 10 years. His passion is in helping others. He is the author of the Beyond Heights and Depths Trilogy and has other projects in the works. He currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife and two young sons.
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