{Guest Post+G!veaway} Dies Irae by Christine Fonseca

February 12, 2012 author post, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Post 8

Today I have Christine Fonseca with us to share 10 facts about Dies Irae as well as an awesome giveaway. Thank you so much Christine! Be sure to come back tonight to check out my review of Dies Irae.

Top 10 Things You Don’t Know About DIES IRAE and the Requiem Series

Thanks for inviting me Michelle. I had a blast thinking about ten things readers don’t know about the series. After collaborating with my teen group a bit, I think I finally came up with something:

1. The first book written was actually the novel, LACRIMOSA. The idea for the DIES IRAE came more than a year later, though the premise for it was always in the novel.

2. After DIES IRAE was written, I had to change several things in LACRIMOSA, including reviving a character—one I had cut during the millions of rounds of edits the story had in its early stages.

3. I came up with the name Mikayel after mis-typing Michael on a million emails at work. I seem to naturally type Michael, Micahel. Mikayel was morphed from that.

4. When I was in the early stages of writing LACRIMOSA, it was suggested that I change Azza’s name as it was too close to Aydan, a main character in that book. So, I tried many other names including Belial. BUT…in the end, I had to stick with Azza. Nothing else seemed to fit.

5. Thank goodness my youngest daughter just finished studying Ancient Greece in school. Her notes came in handy during the initial drafting of DIES IRAE. I should probably thank her sixth grade Social Studies teacher for that.

6. My typical Google searches while drafting DIES IRAE included “sword fighting”, “Jinn mythology”, “the anatomy of a cave”, “ancient Greek maps” and “demons”.

7. LACRIMOSA was intended as a stand-alone book until some writer friends—all of my writer friends, actually—suggested that it was really a series. Thank goodness they did. The entire storyline has so much more depth now.

8. The series is built from the structure of a Requiem Mass (thus the series name). Each title comes from a piece of the mass. The specific lyrics that inspired each book are in the books as well.

9. LACRIMOSA and the rest of the series is actually set about 3000 years after DIES IRAE. Amazing how long an angelic feud can last, yes?

10. It took about 20 hours at my favorite Starbucks, and at least 10 sugar-free cinnamon dolce coffee mistos to write the first draft of DIES IRAE. It took at least 20 more mistos to finish revisions. Maybe 30. 

About Christine Fonseca
School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her debut YA Gothic series, The Requiem Series, including DIES IRAE and LACRIMOSA, examines the role of redemption, sacrifice and love. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.
Short Blurb for DIES IRAE

Some sacrifices should never be made—even for love.  Mikayel lives by one rule—obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. But when he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth as teenagers, following the rules is more difficult than they expected.
Being human isn’t the only problem facing the three angels. Unbeknownst to the Council, demonic activity is on the rise, threatening to break a tenuous peace that has existed for a millennia.Caught in a struggle for power with unseen demonic forces, and fighting against his rising emotional, Mikayel must now decide how many rules he is willing to break to save his friends, a decision that could reignite an ancient war and will threaten the only thing that matters to the angels, the survival of humanity.

Author Endorcement(s):
“Dies Irae is the perfect introduction to Christine Fonseca’s Requiem series. The beauty of the words will tempt you, the tragedy of the story will break you, and the love, woven throughout like music through the trees, will haunt you for days afterward. Dies Irae promises a tale unlike any you’ve read before.”
~Ali Cross, Author of BECOME


 The book trailer can be seen by linking to YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwTQoOFKEZg

For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.comor her blog http://christinefonseca.blogspot.com.

Christine has generously offered to provide one winner with an ecopy of Dies Irae as well as an additional copy that they can gift to someone! What a cool way to spread some book love.
-contest policies apply
-open internationally
-must be 13+
-ends 2/27

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8 Responses to “{Guest Post+G!veaway} Dies Irae by Christine Fonseca”

  1. Heather

    I had no idea you came up with the name Mikayel by mistyping Michael. That’s kind of cool. Thanks Michelle for teaching me things that even I didn’t know about Christine and Dies Irae. Truly great interview!

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