Author Interview, Spotlight and Giveaway: His Wounded Light by Christine Brae

Today, I am so excited to share with you a fun interview I did with author Christine Brae, author of The Light in the Wound and His Wounded Light.  Both of these books are emotional reads that will leave you gasping for breath.

THE LIGHT IN THE WOUND

The Light in the WoundAffected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.

When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.

Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.

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HIS WOUNDED LIGHT

The perfect life.

The perfect marriage.

The jilted lover.

Their worlds collide.

Fate intervenes twelve years later and their paths intersect once again. All three will question whether the heart is truly capable of dividing and being divided; each will decide whether it matters who you loved first or who you love last.

Together they will learn that in the end, there can always only be one.

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PROLOGUE
His Wounded Light

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Today, I see neither as I stare at the stranger in the mirror. There is nothing beautiful about me; I really don’t know what he sees. Even the dark circles around my eyes are cavernous and empty. They show no trace of someone who lives, only of someone who exists.

No matter how hard I try, there is nothing familiar about the person I used to be. I don’t know where to find myself because I don’t know where I’ve gone.
Who am I?
As I struggle to accept my fate, these are the things I know:
I am a mother and a sister.
I am no longer a wife.
I am someone else’s lover.
He took away my heart and the life we made together. I will never recover. This time, these wounds will never heal.
“Are you sure you have to leave tonight?”
The sound of his voice transports me back to the present, where I’m standing in his robe, in his bathroom, in his home. He encircles his arms across my chest and plants little kisses on my neck.
“Can’t you stay? I’ll take you home first thing tomorrow morning.”
“Sorry, I really have to go. I want to be home to see Eddie off to school.”
He tightens his hold and I relax my body against his. “You were absolutely amazing,” he whispers gruffly into my ear. “Stay with me a little longer. I’m not done taking care of you yet.”
One day at a time.
Tonight was all about forgetting but not yet forgiving. Filling but not replacing. And emerging from the abyss of loneliness knowing that I’ve pulled farther and farther away from the light.

 

Interview with Christine Brae

First off, thank you so much for taking time to chat with me, Christine.  Hopefully, my questions won’t be too difficult.  🙂

Megan: What was the most difficult scene for you to write in His Wounded Light?

Christine:  If I told you, wouldn’t it be like divulging a spoiler? Let’s just say that the hardest scene for me to write had to do with Isa’s spiral into her darker self.

Megan: *sigh* Fine, fine. I don’t like spoilers.  What was your favorite scene in either The Light in the Wound or His Wounded Light?

Christine:  Megan! I thought you didn’t like spoilers!  Like the first question, I’m going to leave my answer at this – I have many scenes that are near and dear to me, I can’t choose just one.

Megan:  Haha!  I guess it’s like choosing your favorite child.  If Alex and Jesse were to get in a fist fight, who would win?

Christine:  Alex would win simply because he’s Alex.

Megan:  What’s been the highlight of your career as an author thus far?

Christine:  Hmmm. Not sure if you can call this a career, but I think the best part of writing this book so far are the people I have met who have loved my book enough to actively participate in a Facebook group. These are the wonderful women (and man) who have become my friends. They truly care about me and spend their precious time selflessly helping me to promote the book.

Megan:  What’s your favorite thing about Isa? Alex? Jesse?

Christine:  I love that Isa is honest, with herself and with others. I love that Alex loves Isa enough to give her the independence that she deserves. I love that Jesse is deep and intense and ambitious.

Megan: What’s next for you?

Christine: Well, I’m going to take a few months off to relax and focus on my real job as well as make up for lost time with my family. Although I have to tell you that I am halfway into my third book – I don’t intend to publish it until late 2014.

Megan:  Ooooo! I can’t wait to find out more about your next project! You’re halfway already?  Wow!  Tell us something about yourself that no one would guess.

Christine:  I can be a bitch. No one ever sees that coming.

Megan:  No, no. I said tell us something no one would guess.  Haha! I’m just kidding.
All of the characters go through so much in His Wounded Light and have grown a lot because of that.  What have you learned in writing this series?

Christine: To be honest with you, I myself was going through a crazy time in my life just as I was finishing His Wounded Light. A lot of the emotions and feelings that I wrote about were very real. I really find myself so fortunate to be able to articulate my feelings for the readers as I am experiencing them. I have learned so much about love and sacrifice and human nature just by experiencing life as it came to me these past few months. In terms of how it relates directly to His Wounded Light, the most important thing that I have learned is to be happy with my words and not to give in to what people think will work and won’t work. Stay true to yourself and your words because at the end of the day, they are no one else’s but yours.

Megan: Do you have any good book recommendations for us?

Christine: Eeeek. Can you believe I don’t have any at this point? I haven’t been reading – I have so many books to devour now that I will have time to myself. So far, I have read a handful of books that I wouldn’t really recommend…. Sad isn’t it? But I’m sure I will find some gems once this book is released and I can get back into reading.

Lightning Round:

Chocolate or Candy? Candy

Beer or wine? Ginger Beer

Dirty or Flirty?  Definitely, Flirty.

Unicorns or Dragons?  Dragons

Shoes or Purses?  Both.

 

About the Author

I love to read, write about reading, shop, write about shopping, three day weekends, high heels and purses. I’m a wife, a mother, a corporate executive, a loyal friend and a passionate believer in true love. This is all you need to know about me. If you get my stories, you get my heart.

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