Welcome, Christine Grabowski to Visiting Authors today!
Let’s kick this post off with a trailer for your debut release, shall we?
Ohh you have me intrigued!
What do you write, Christine?
I write young adult fiction. Dickensen Academy is my debut novel and it just released a few days ago, on Sept. 12th.
Congratulations! First releases are a fabulous experience!
When did your writing journey begin?
I’m a reader first and would sometimes finish a book thinking, I could do that if only I had a unique idea and the time. Four years ago, watching my daughter write for fun, I realized I simply needed to make the time…so I did.
What was your inspiration for Dickensen Academy?
The premise for Dickensen Academy came to me as I tried to recall my dreams each morning, hoping I’d be one of those lucky writers who dreamed up a great idea. Soon I began to wonder why I remembered some dreams so clearly but forget others the moment I woke. That thought led me to this book.
Do you find inspiration in your own life for your writing?
Absolutely. They say, “write what you know” and many of the characters, activities, and settings in Dickensen Academy are based on my real life. However, in my work in progress, I’m finding I am stretching a bit more and therefore needing to do more research on settings and characters.
Tell us about Dickensen Academy.
Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.
Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.
Although Dickensen Academy is labeled as a fantasy or a paranormal, at its heart it is a coming of age story set in a unique environment. Autumn must separate from her father’s controlling influence, learn to believe in her abilities, and begin to stand up for herself.
Caught between secrets and dreams, can Autumn find her true self?