Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Bookish Snob Promotions Guest Post: Christine E. Shultze Author Of Bloodmaiden

Bloodmaiden Brought to Life: Schulze’s Original Art

One aspect of Bloodmaiden I really wanted to share was the artwork I created for it and which helped inspire the mood and motivation behind the story.

This is one talent I cannot claim sole resposibility--obviously, since I'm in most of the pictures. ^_^ All photography credit is due towards my excellent photographer and companion, Mr. J. A. Schulze. He is responsible for any posing, lighting, positioning, anything that looks really great about the photos.

My part comes in with tweaking the raw photos and enchancing them in Photo Explosion, my favorite photo editing software; I'm very biased, as it's very simple for me to use and I've done some pretty cool things with it thus far.

I also love composing music for my books; I have a collection of MP3s available for download at a site called Rmusic, under the collective title of "Stregoni Symphony." Many of these songs are those I carried in my head as a child or else found on the piano and there they rested, faithfully in my mind, until I could have the knowlegde and tools of how to put them on sheet music and release them to the world.

Here you'll find a sample of my work. Some of my favorites include Crisilin in the golden dress holding the red rose; the colors are so vibrant and so jarringly depict the what is happening in that moment. I also like the picture labeled "Quelda"; Crsilin's stare is so intense. The woodland scenes were fun too; they came out dreamy as they should be, for they depict Crisilin's short but pivotal dream scene. It was nippy on the day of the shooting, but I was quite determined, and I think most turned out wonderfully. ^_^

There is not much more to say; I will let the pictures speak for themselves and hope you enjoy. If you'd like to see--or hear--more of my artwork, consider checking out these links:

Bloodmaiden Trailer--One I made; it's ten minutes but shows much artwork and also includes the music I composed for Bloodmaiden.

Bloodmaiden site

The next stop on the tour is May 23rd - Books Devoured 
Author Info: Christine E. Schulze has been creating books since she was too young to even write them in words. Her collection of YA fantasy books, The Amielian Legacy, is comprised of series and stand-alone books which can all be read separately but which weave together to create an amazing fantasy. Her fanatsies also incorporate many other genres, such as Christian fantasy, romance, and even a spark of horror at times. She hopes to inspire readers throughout the world with these books by publishing in both traditional and electronic formats to make them available to all readers.

Christine has published several stories with Calliope and Kalkion magazines and is an active member of the WEbook online writing community. She has also published several Christian/fantasy books which are available at various online retailers, as well as publishing several eBooks via Writers-Exchange.

Her latest and most exciting venture includes her publications with Old Line Publishing: Bloodmaiden and Tears of a Vampire Prince: the First Krystine. She also anticipates her upcoming publication with Old Line, Lily in the Snow, as well as releasing The Chronicles of the Mira with Writers-Exchange in both paperback and electronic forms.

Christine currently lives in Belleville, Illinois in her first and most thrilling apartment.


Belinda said...

I love that there's so many different ways to express your creativity. Not just through books but through photos and artwork. Great post Christine and thanks for hosting Andrea!

Christine said...

Thanks so much, to both Belinda and Andrea!

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures, seriously awesome :)

Denise Z said...

How talented and blessed you are! Thank you so much for sharing.

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