I've known Christine for awhile through online writer connections but finally had the pleasure of meeting her in person this past October. She is an amazing, dynamic and passionate person. I am so excited be part of the whirlwind tour for the release of her novella DIES IRAE--the story of three angels sent to live as teenagers on Earth, where they discover rumblings of demonic activity, romance and an adventure no one ever foresaw. Once you read DIES IRAE, you'll be longing for the publication of the rest of the novels in her Requiem series.
I asked Christine to talk a little bit about her title choices and how music inspired the series.
The series is based on a mass - the natural progression through the judgment and reconciliation process. The four titles are DIES IRAE, LACRIMOSA, LIBERA ME, and REQUIEM. And like the titles (and the mass quotes that go with them) imply, each book deals with that "topic". This whole thing started with my LOVE for Mozart's Requiem. I listened to it non-stop when the original idea for LACRIMOSA started. My agent at the time made me retitle the story. That never sat well. So after I parted with her, shelved the story and then had some doors suddenly open for the book - and a series - I restored the title. Anyways, I researched angel and demon lore from every major spiritual point of view - Christian/Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Zorastrian, etc. That research embued me with the mythos I wanted for the storyline. The rest came on its own. The titles were specifically picked when I went BACK to my original LACRIMOSA, using an English translation of the DIES IRAE and the Requiem mass - I chose the titles based on the themes each story represented.
So, you need to know more, right?
Coming in March!
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 found 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.