Interview with Christy Raedeke + Giveaway! CLOSED

07 May 2010




I'm extremely privileged to have debut author Christy Raedeke over on Pages for an interview! She's the brilliant author of Prophecy of Days, ranked as one of my top favorite books!

Tell us a bit about yourself, anything!

Anything? Hmm, where to start? I love the color periwinkle, ice water with lemon, and yellow cake with bittersweet chocolate frosting. I am unintentionally secretive. Sleeping is very important to me and I look forward to it every night. I make big plans and run headlong into things that terrify me and then wonder why I keep doing that. I really want a full-body x-ray of my skeleton. I’m incredibly opinionated, even on things I don’t really know anything about. I am shy but I cover it up most of the time. Should I stop now?

What was your inspiration for Prophecy of Days?

I set out to write the book that I wanted to read as a teen. I’ve always been fascinated by ancient mysteries, symbols, and other esoteric stuff. Writing this book allowed me to delve deeply into the subjects that interest me and make connections that perhaps other people had not made.

What is the main message you’re trying to get out to your readers?

My message is this: the world is full of wonder and mystery. Look around, ask questions, try to put the pieces together. There are more people under 25 on the planet than ever before in history. You guys are a driving force—you can make the world what you want it to be.

How much research did it take to finish Prophecy of Days?

It took a LOT of research! But that’s really something I love. For the last few years I read far more nonfiction than fiction in an attempt to get things as accurate as I could.


The cover is beautiful! What do you think? Did you have any say on what you wanted it to look like?

I’m so glad you like it! My design input was pretty limited. I told my editor that my dream cover was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because I love the mix of modern design and fresh colors with an ancient symbol, and I thought this would work well with the content of the book. My cover designer, Kevin Brown, deserves all the credit for coming up with such a great look. Though darker and more masculine than I expected, the minute I saw it I fell in love with it—which is great since I have to look at it all the time!

Are your characters based off of anyone in your life?

Every character is completely fictional except one. The character of Uncle Li is based on a real person, Dr. Shan-Tung Hsu. Dr. Hsu has been my Feng Shui teacher for about fifteen years. He’s the head of the Blue Mountain School of Traditional Chinese Feng Shui, has a Doctorate in Chemistry, is a Qi Gong Master, and has written several books—he’s a true Renaissance man! Dr. Hsu has taught me so much about the subtle arts of Five Element Theory, Yin Yang Theory, Tea, and Feng Shui.


How did you come up with the name “Caity Mac Fireland”

I honestly don’t know! I don’t remember coming up with it but I do remember Googling “Mac Fireland” a million ways because I wanted a Scottish sounding name that did not really exist.


Is Math your best subject (like Alex) How did you work these numbers?

I laughed out loud when I read this question! No, math is not my best subject. I came sideways to it and learned what I needed to… My big regret is not pursuing more math and physics in college.


There are many Buddhist and Confucius beliefs and text used in this book; where did that come from?

This is probably weird to admit, but I’m kind of obsessed with Chinese and Tibetan hermits, those people who go off and live in caves for years and years to meditate. I think own every book ever written about Asian hermits! I don’t know why I am so drawn to them, but through my reading I’ve picked up a lot about Buddhism and Confucianism. Add that to what I’ve learned from Dr. Hsu, and you’ve got a serious undercurrent going.


Technology plays a key role in Prophecy of Days, are you a computer expert or something?

I wouldn’t say I’m an expert by any stretch, but I did start working in the high-tech world early on. I started at Microsoft in 1988 and had email and internet access before anyone else I knew. I think just by being in the world of computers I’ve absorbed enough to write technology into a plotline.


When you first looked at the Mayan Calendar (the one at the back of the book) what were your first thoughts?

I knew I was looking at something important, and I wanted to know everything about it. It’s difficult to look at the Tzolk’in calendar—to think about all the time and energy and knowledge that went in to creating it so many centuries ago—and not believe there’s some powerful stuff encoded within it. From the moment I saw it I was hooked and I had to learn more.

Are you fluent in another language other than English? (Like Mayan words, and Gaelic words?)

Not really. I took French in high school and college and studied in France my junior year. Nowadays I can read a bit of French but that’s about it.


(I know this is silly but…) Do you believe the world is going to end in 2012? If/when it does, what are you planning to do?
I absolutely, positively do NOT believe the world will end in 2012. I do believe we are on the cusp of a transformation, though.

The Shadow Government? How? Why? Really?

Yes. Really. I swear I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but after reading books like Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins, I was shocked into having to learn more.

Even though you explained it on the most basic terms in Prophecy of Days, I still don’t understand how the Mayan Calendar works?

For the one I talk most about in the book (the Tzolk’in) there are 260 days instead of 365, like our calendar. Each day has a symbol (there are 20 total symbols) and a number (1 through 13). Both the number and the symbol mean something, and when you combine them in different ways, you get different meanings for the day. If you want to find out what your Mayan birth date means, you can look here: http://xzone.com.au/maya/login.php

There are no acknowledgments in the book, is there anyone in particular you would like to thank?

This was a huge FAIL on my part—I thought the publisher asked for acknowledgements when it was time to put that section in. But then once I got all my last edits in, the book went to print! I felt terrible. The only consolation is that there is a second book and I’ll be able to properly thank all the people who helped me reach the dream of being published. The acknowledgement section is what I read first when I get a new book, so I’m kind of sad I don’t have one.

Thanks for the interview, Kirthi! I really appreciate your interest in my book.

Thanks for being interviewed! I'm so super excited!

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Christy's debut novel, Prophecy of Days and awesome silver-tasseled bookmarks!

Fill out THIS FORM to enter

This is an international contest and ends 6/5/10

For Europeans. it ends 5/6/10

For everyone, it ends June 6th 2010


72 thoughts:

  1. Looks great! Interesting interview :)
    (I'm glad I'm not the only one who looks forward to sleep.)
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Wow! Both the book and her, the author, sound amazing! I definitly want to find this at the library!

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  3. Ooh, how interesting!
    I really like the cover for this one although it's not something I usually like.
    Thanks!
    Love, Hannah

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  4. I really liked your questions. They were different, and her answers were very nice too. The book looks very interesting! I'll have to pick it up sometime...

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  5. Definitely adding this to my TBR list.

    P.S. The Mayan Calendar still confuses me :D

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  6. This book looks SO awesome! I just looked up a summary, and the part about the monkey that communicates through origami made me smile.

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  7. Interesting! That sounds like a very good book! Great interview.

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  8. This book sound great. I would love to read it. Great interview and thanks for the contest.

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  9. Great book! Cool author!! I can't wait to read it!!

    sf

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  10. Awesome interview! Prophecy of Days sounds like a fascinating book. Thank you for having the giveaway.

    By the way, I gave you an award on my blog!

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  11. Awesome interview! Now I can't wait to read it. :) Christy Raedeke sounds like an interesting lady. XD

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  12. The author sounds like an interesting person. I really can't wait to read Prophecy of Days, but it might be a while for it to reach my country. The cover and the title caught my attention almost immediately.

    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway! I filled out the form.

    Just to let you know...I can't select more than one link choice in the form. I linked on Twitter and my blog's right sidebar.

    Kelsey
    krae991 at yahoo dot com

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  14. Great interview! I loved the way she picked the name (hehe googling a scottish sounding name that doesn't exist). And I'm really happy she doesn't really think the world is gonna end cuz thats a lil scary!

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  15. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/ScottishRose16

    but it wouldn't let me on your form select both tweet n sidebar?

    and my sidebar can be found here: http://tryreadingmymind.blogspot.com/

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  16. Great interview! I love learning 'behind the scenes' stuff about books and how they came to be. I'm so excited to read Prophecy of Days. I've heard a fair amount about the Mayan calendar and 2012 (which I agree with Christy about - I believe we're set for a transformation rather than doom and gloom end). I'm really looking forward to sinking my teeth into her novel, it sounds amazing!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Wonderful interview! Thank you so much for making the contest open internationally!

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  18. Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

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  19. I linked in a blog post: http://shusky20.blogspot.com/2010/05/spotted-christy-raedeke-prophecy-of.html

    I realized there wasn't a space for the link, so I just commented it here.

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  20. That was great interview. I always like to hear how an author picks the "subject" of their books. The fact that she spent time researching the material means she really cares about "real" flowing with "fictional"!

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  21. First there was the movie 2012 now The Prophecy of Days... is something telling us about 2012? lol

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  22. I really enjoyed that interview! This book sounds like it deals with interesting stuff. Gotta check it out!

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  23. Great interview! I loved the questions!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway. Crossing my fingers on this one!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  25. I wasn't thinking in reading this book, but after your review I think I will try.

    I think it is interesting to base a character from someone in real life, it must be cool.

    It's comforting to hear her say the world is not going to end in 2012. It's "transforming" xD

    Thanks for the interview!

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  26. Thanks for this great interview and giveaway!

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  27. Tassels are awesome. I have no idea why, but I love them! :) Nice interview and contest.

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  28. Cusp of transformation? Interesting.

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  29. This book looks amazing! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  30. Wonderful interview, sounds like something I would be able to enjoy alot. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. Thanks for the interview

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  32. I want to read this book SO BADLY!

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  33. Thanks for the interview, Christy!

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  34. Wow you had me worried for a moment there!

    I have seen this book all over the internet and it is intriguing me.
    But when I saw the close date of the contest I was so disappointed.
    How had I missed it.
    Thankfully I double checked and realized the contest couldn't have ended before it was posted at which point I remembered that USians don't write the date DD/MM/YY like us Europeans :0)

    Grerat book, thanks for the giveaway

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  35. that sounds like a really cool book!
    i like the interview
    how do you interview so many people? that is uber cool!

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  36. Great interview, I really enjoyed it. I'm sorry to hear about the acknowledgements. At least you know you have a sequel to thank everyone on.

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  37. Wonderful interview! I love her main message about her book, what a beautiful message~ :D

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  38. Great book & great contest!

    Sounds so interesting :)

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  39. Thanks for the interview with the author. This sounds like a book I would like.

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  40. Cool interview! The book sounds good - the bit about the Mayan calendar sounds really interesting!

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  41. What a great interview!I can`t wait to read this book!

    And thanks for an international contest!

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  42. Great interview!! Can't wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I like that she mentions she did a lot of research for the book. It really makes a difference when authors take their time to get things right.
    This is already in my TBR! Can't wait to read it!
    Great interview!

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  44. I appreciated your explanation of the Mayan calendar. This sounds fascinating!

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  45. Great interview!And fun contest too.Thanks so much for giving an opportunity to win!

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  46. I REALLY wanna read this book!!! It sounds so interesting!!! Hope I win!

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  47. Great contest! I was really into this kind of stuff when I was a teen. I still like to "visit" for fun.

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  48. Great interview. I have read great things about her book and looking forward to reading it.

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  49. Great interview and great giveaway - I would love to read this and really love those bookmarks!

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  50. Great interview! This book looks really interesting!

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  51. Great interview! I'm really looking forward to reading this book!

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  52. This book sounds awesome! Another new to me author, I love finding them.

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  53. I want this. This books promises to be interesting.

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  54. Thank you for posting this! This book sounds very intriguing! Thank you for making this contest international! :)

    Giada M.

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  55. A BIG thank you for making this contest international. the book sounds interesting!

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  56. I would love to read this.
    debp
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  57. Nice interview. And thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. Thanks for this contest :)
    I'd love to read this book!

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  59. Nice interview. This sounds like an interesting book, I'll have to check it out!

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  60. "the world is full of wonder and mystery" - i cannot agree more!

    great interview and contest :)

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  61. awesome giveaway thanks for this!!

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