Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Loves of Our Lives by A. C. Chenier

Please welcome A. C. Chenier author of Loves of Our Lives.

The author will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Loves of our Lives

by A.C. Chenier

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GENRE: Romance

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

About 18 months after my husband passed, I met singer/songwriter Ross Kennedy. He was in the process of completing his first CD “Your Friend”; the bulk of the songs he had written himself http://www.rosskennedymusic.com

 

Watching him during the creative process re-awoke in me my long held desire to write my own songs. (I had been a pianist when I was young, and always had this ‘need’ to write music, but never managed to put anything together that was any good) Anyways, I dabbled a bit with music, and then started to write some poetry. That eventually led to thoughts of a book. I guess being around Ross, and his creative methods finally stirred the long dormant creative side of myself.

 

The inspiration for the novel itself was Dr. Brian Weiss and particularly his book “Only Love is Real”. That true story of soul mates finding each other through time seemed to be a siren call to my creative side. Soon I was crafting the stories of Katie, Elinor and Catherine.

 

 

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

 

The first two books are a direct result of my interest in Dr. Weiss and his studies of past lives and reincarnation. The potential for stories is pretty much endless. Most of my ideas for characters and interactions start as dreams or as “what about?” A few have come from my attendance at Dr. Weiss’s workshops. He does do short regression work with the audience at his Many Lives, Many Masters workshops. So, a few ideas have been born from those sessions.

 

I’m actually thinking about finding a past life therapist, and maybe seeing if I can tap any of my own past to come up with ideas. (or perhaps I already have?)

 

 

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

 

 

Well my second book, “Love by Knight” is currently in final edits. I’m hoping to start working with my publisher in March to get that one in the process. My goal is for a June release.

 

I’ve also got a third book mostly crafted. I’m in the middle of the first re-write at this time. It’s a completely different novel, based solely in current times, and really about the “one that got away” when you were young; and what would happen if you met again ten years later. It’s tentatively titled “That Muskoka Summer”, and yes, based in Toronto and Muskoka cottage country.

 

I’ve also written a few past life scenarios that are ready to be incorporated into a third book in the Past Life series. What I need is the link to the present. I’ll admit I have a few characters that are begging to have their stories told; from “Loves of our Lives”, Kevin and Sara and their romance in Singapore calls to me. Another character in my second novel, Jason Carter, is also clamouring to have his story told. So, I’ve got lots of options for the next book. I just need the inspiration to tell the story.

 

 

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

 

That’s a hard question to answer. There is a piece of me in each character that I write. I would say that I would gravitate to Kelly Taylor, who is the heroine in my second book. She has a love of history, and a bit of a travel bug, that takes her to some of the greatest temples, churches and homes in Europe that hold the secrets of our past.

 

Another character I really identified with while writing “Loves of our Lives” was Elinor Davenport. There is something about that time frame in England that calls to me. Perhaps it’s why I find Jane Austen’s books so intriguing. As Katie says in the opening page of Loves of our Lives

 

How she loved the rhythm of the words. The feelings of the period Austen invoked felt so familiar to Katie. She chuckled; perhaps she had lived in that time period. Isn’t that what Dr. Weiss talked about in his books about past life regressions? We have lived many times in the past, so maybe she had lived in

England in the early 1800s

 

 

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

 

For Katie – Amy Adams, Kristen Bell or Anne Hathaway

For John – Jude Law or Justin Long (Colin Firth would be dream actor)

For Ward – Josh Duhamel, Andrew Lincoln

 

 

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

 

At this time, I do not. I’m still working on my own voice. I don’t want to get caught up in trying to craft a story based on someone else’s version of what my voice should be. I do work on and off with a couple of groups that do editorial assessments and coaching. I find this professional critique and assistance better for my way of working.

 

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

From the minute I started to craft the book, I knew that I wanted to publish it. My first efforts at writing were actually for a non-fiction self-help book. My vision was that if my own story and journey could help even one other person, then my book would be a success. That thought process crossed over after I put the self-help book aside when Katie and Elinor wanted their stories told. I’ve been quite amazed at the number of women who have read the book and said “I relate so much to Katie”. And I’ve met any number of people who already believe, or are intrigued by the whole past lives concept. That’s worth the effort of getting the story published.

 

 

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

Best advice – hire an independent, professional editor. You become so blind to your own writing by the time you’ve finished, you can’t possibly see the missed words. My biggest challenge is repeating words, and that second set of eyes is crucial to pick that up.

 

Worst advice – you have to outline your books. I can’t work that way. Every time I try to outline I engage the left brain and my logical side. I just can’t be creative and write stories when I start from logic. As a side, I’m finding it incredibly hard to work on my new book while I’m engaged in the business aspects of marketing for the first 2 books. It’s just not how I’m wired to be able to flip between my logical business side, and my creative juices.

 

 

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

I just start writing. I’ve tried outlining, and the stories just don’t come for me. So, I’ve gone back to letting the characters tell me where their own story goes. What I have found useful is to take the first draft, and then complete an outline based on what had unfolded as I wrote. Then I can find the holes that need to be filled during my re-write/ first edit. This is also where I’ll engage in an editorial assessment, to get another set of eyes on the work to help plug those missing pieces.

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

 

I have three main hobbies; horses, golf and as of this winter curling. At this point I’ve not really incorporated any of these into my books. For some reason I’ve just not felt the need to have my characters engage in these hobbies. Perhaps in time I’ll write a story about an equestrian or golfer.

 

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

 

I would say its Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Something about that period appeals to me.

 

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

 

Well, as I shared earlier, my next project is called “Love by Knight”. It’s in final edit right now, and I hope to start working with my publisher in March on it.

 

I still haven’t written my “elevator pitch” for it yet, but here is a brief bit about it. It’s a novel about past lives, and soul mates journeying through time, but with a deep mystical tie to the Knights Templar.

 

Imagine visiting a ruin from the 1100’s and feeling right at home, as if you knew every nook and cranny in the place. A siren call to heed and find the mystery that stirs your soul. And a man who’s every look and touch speaks to your deepest needs and desires. What a combination that can’t be resisted. But what does the past hold? It beckons to you, but is shrouded in mystery, pain and terror of the unknown. Would you resist or follow that siren call?

 

 

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

 

Actor – Colin Firth

Actress – Kate Winslet

 

 

 

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

 

I don’t watch any of the reality shows at all. As close as I come would be The Voice. My reality TV is sports. Give me a good golf tournament or a hockey game…. that makes me happy.

 

 

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

 

Well, I’m just in the middle of writing this series, so I don’t know any other way to write. There are so many characters that want their stories told. Even minor ones want to be heard.

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BLURB:

 

For Katie Benjamin, finding the perfect soul mate was just a fairy tale until a chance encounter on a train changes everything. What she discovers takes her on a journey that spans lifetimes.

 

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Loves of our Loves Teaser

 

EXCERPT:

 

It felt so peaceful to just sit quietly beside John after the bustle of the rest of the party. The silence felt…well, she wasn’t sure how it felt. The best way to describe it was that it felt just right. The music and chatter from the other rooms drifted on the edge of their ears, but otherwise it was peaceful and restful. She realized John was still holding her hand in his. And that felt right, too. She turned to look at him and found his eyes on her. Their eyes met and the world faded around them. It was just the two of them.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

I am a CPA, CGA and live in Southern Ontario. After working for many years in the high pressure worlds of banking and IT, I decided that it was time to have a change in pace. Leaving Toronto behind I embarked on a new career in retail sales. The change was wonderful, but I felt something was missing.

 

Then, the unthinkable happened, and I was widowed at 46. That was a truly life altering experience. In time, I was introduced to the books and work of Dr. Brian Weiss. I discovered in his research a new purpose in life, and was driven to start writing, something I had always enjoyed, but never thought of as a career choice.

 

And now here we are in 2015, and my first novel is ready to be published. My second, also in the Past Lives series, will follow shortly. I continue to write and dream of a future that I had never even considered in my wildest dreams.

 

LINKS:

 

http://www.acchenier.com

 

http://www.facebook.com/ACChenier

 

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Loves-Our-Lives-Novel-Past-ebook/dp/B01AMLI0GW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452822698&sr=8-1&keywords=loves+of+our+lives

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

The author will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1538

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Loves of Our Lives by A. C. Chenier

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    March 1, 2016

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    March 1, 2016

    What are you reading right now?

    • AC Chenier
      March 1, 2016

      Right now I’ve got some historical romance on my Kobo, and a fantasy novel on my Kindle. I actually find I don’t read as much now that I’m writing as I did before.

  3. AC Chenier
    March 1, 2016

    Thanks for hosting Christine.

  4. achristay
    March 1, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • AC Chenier
      March 1, 2016

      Thanks Christine. I am enjoying the first two days!

  5. Rita Wray
    March 1, 2016

    I liked the interview.

    • AC Chenier
      March 1, 2016

      I’m glad you enjoyed. I admit the question about which character would I want to be took me a while to answer. It was very hard to narrow down which one appealed to me the most, and why.

  6. Victoria
    March 1, 2016

    Really great interview, I enjoyed reading your post! I’m looking forward to reading the book 🙂

    • AC Chenier
      March 1, 2016

      Thanks! Enjoy the book. Always good to share…especially best and worst advice.

  7. Becky
    March 1, 2016

    Awesome giveaway.

  8. Patrick Siu
    March 1, 2016

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Joann Downie
    March 1, 2016

    I love historical romances, how do you do the research for them?

    • AC Chenier
      March 1, 2016

      I’ve always loved them too. They are probably my largest collection. Google is my best friend when I’m researching historical periods. There is a wealth of information from libraries and private collections available on the web. I spend a great deal of time working out timelines and the significant historical events in any period. My second novel is set in the times of the Knights Templar. That took a lot of research as there is almost no written records available; sorting the truth from the fiction took time.

  10. Betty W
    March 1, 2016

    I enjoyed your interview-very interesting, thank you for sharing!

    • AC Chenier
      March 1, 2016

      Thank you for stopping by. I’m happy you found it interesting. It’s been fun to work on all the interview questions for this two week blog tour.

  11. Ree Dee
    March 1, 2016

    Thank you for sharing the post and the giveaway!

  12. Tammy Dalley
    March 1, 2016

    awesome giveaway! Thanks

  13. Tammy Dalley
    March 4, 2016

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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