Christy MonsonÂ how long have you been writing?
I have been writing for about ten years and loving every minute of it.
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in Medford, Oregon, and now I live in Ogden, Utah.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
I love to write historical fiction. So when I find something I’m interested in, I hope others will find it fun to read about also.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
I can’t think of just one person who has influenced me. I have always loved to read. My grandmother and mother loved to read, so I enjoyed books also. I would say all the authors I have read over the years have blazed the way for me to become a writer. I love a good story, and I wanted to write like those who have gone before me.
What is the name of your book?
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
Dre has waited twelve summers to become a man, but during his ceremony the chief banishes his uncle, his mother, and even Dre himself. Thrust into the desert, he struggles to protect himself and his mother from his drug-addicted uncleâ€”and certain death in the barren land.
With only a golden eagle to guide him, Dre struggles to find a source of food and water. Abuse from his uncle and trouble with a neighboring clan could destroy his chance for survival and keep him from finding his place in the world. Dre must learn what real manhood is if he hopes to survive in the harsh environment.
Do you have a favorite character, why?
The protagonist, Dre, is my favorite character. He’s so angry at the first of the book. The anger is covering up his fear. As he becomes more confident, he loses his anger and his fear. He becomes a happy kid, and I like that.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
Those who have read the book love it. It won the Marilyn Brown Award at Utah Valley University, and Dre won himself $1,000. He also won the Utah Arts Council Awards in Children’s Literature for $750. So he’s already made himself some money.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Write, write, write. Find yourself a good critique group. I wouldn’t be successful without them.
What are your new years goals?
I’m going to write another book this year.
Where can we find your book?
Links to buy Banished