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  1. Question – Where do you get your ideas for the Mariard Volumes?
  2. Question – I read you just let the characters drive the story; surely, you have some ideas of what’s going to happen.
  3. Question – What is behind the motto for the Mariard Volumes, ‘Take nothing for granted, nothing is what it seems’.
  4. Question – Is book one really misleading in its conclusion?
  5. Question – Does the word Mariard have a meaning, other than what is in Volume 1.
  6. Question – Mariard Volume 1 doesn’t have a set formula like most books. The start - setting the scene, middle - introducing the problem, end - solving the problem. It’s almost like many books in one. Do you deliberately do this?
  7. Question – What got you started writing books?
  8. Question – Which of your written work is your favourite?
  9. Question – Who is your favourite author?
  10. Question – You went to an all girl Catholic college, are you Catholic and did it influence you in any way?
  11. Question – Are you religious?
  12. Question – What is your favourite film or TV show?
  13. Question – Would you like to see your books made into films?
  14. Question – Does your family support you in your writing?
  15. Question – Where were you born? Who are your parents.
  16. Question – You dedicated Mariard Volume 1 The Gifting to your father and brother, why?
  17. Question – Did you ever think you would be an author as a child?
  18. Question – Where you bullied as a child, teased about your imagination?
  19. Question – What talents do you have besides writing, your hobbies etc.
  20. Question – How much of the books influence your life? Do you believe in what you write?
  21. Question – Why do you say ‘Be challenged’?
  22. Question – How would you describe your personality?
  23. Question – Would you say you have had a hard life or an easy one?
  24. Question – Anything you would change in your life if you could?
  25. Question – How long do you intend to write for? Do you still think you will have the passion and motivation you now have in twenty years time?
  26. Question – What is your motive for writing?
  27. Question – Is it true you have a weird sense of humour?
  28. Continuation from previous question.
  29. Question – You prefer to write fantasy, sci/fi so why do you write for other genres?
  30. Question: Why did you dedicate Mariard Volume 1 to your father and brother and not other family members?



  1. Question – Where do you get your ideas for the Mariard Volumes?
    Christine’s Answer – Devine intervention and I’m sticking with it. If I remember rightly, I was just doodling on some paper, drawing what became a Milonight. I just write what I see and hear in my head. Other books I've written came about from events and what was going on in my life at the time. Mariard Volume 1 was scribbled down over 20 years ago then forgotten about. A few years back, I was transferring all my writings to the computer when I came across it again. The moment I finished it, I couldn’t move onto other works, as Mariard Volume 2 wanted to be written. I know that sounds strange, but that’s how it feels. Like I’m merely a secretary to these characters who want to be heard and share their journey.
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  2. Question – I read you just let the characters drive the story; surely, you have some ideas of what’s going to happen.
    Christine’s Answer – NO. Simple as that. I just see it in my head and my fingers can barely keep up with what’s going on at that moment. So many times I have wanted to kill off characters, crush love or beat the life out of something, but the blighters just keep finding ways to keep it together or steer me elsewhere. As you read the Mariard Volumes, you will know what I mean. These dudes dictate the entire story line. I sometimes don’t feel like I have a say at all. And NO, I don't make notes at all.
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  3. Question – What is behind the motto for the Mariard Volumes, ‘Take nothing for granted, nothing is what it seems’.
    Christine’s Answer – Exactly what it says. There are 10 Volumes and by the end of Volume 1, most like to think they know what this series is all about. It is a journey, an unpredictable journey. So, take nothing for granted, as nothing is what it seems. Believe me, I ought to know, I’m writing it and I can’t even predict what’s going to happen next.
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  4. Question – Is book one really misleading in its conclusion?
    Christine’s Answer – Oh yes, even I was deceived. I'm not going to spoil it for anyone, but this is no game. Each volume reveals more and more of what this entire journey is all about. Every character is learning and growing during their trials and tribulations. The truth is unfolding volume by volume. Each book is very different in where these characters, and many more to come, are going. There are secrets that even I missed whilst writing the manuscripts. I'll be typing away, lets just say on Volume 4 or whatever and go, blind me teddy, so this is what that was all about in book 1, 2 or wherever. I am constantly being surprised at what these characters reveal throughout their journey. I don’t go out to mislead the reader, just give what comes to me, moment by moment. Sometimes I think, I know where a particular event is heading then suddenly whoosh, we go somewhere else.
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  5. Question – Does the word Mariard have a meaning, other than what is in Volume 1.
    Christine’s Answer – Yes, but don’t ask me what it is as I don’t know. I have done 7 of the volumes and it hasn’t been revealed yet, but I keep getting this feeling it does have a special meaning. I’ll have to wait like everyone else to find this out.
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  6. Question – Mariard Volume 1 doesn’t have a set formula like most books. The start - setting the scene, middle - introducing the problem, end - solving the problem. It’s almost like many books in one. Do you deliberately do this?
    Christine’s Answer - I get told this a lot and No, I don't do it deliberately. I see each Volume like being handed an onion to peel. Layer by layer, issues and challenges arise that get exposed for that particular volume. Each book is revealing more and more of the truth of this journey.
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  7. Question – What got you started writing books?
    Christine’s Answer – Bullied as a child and escaping into my imagination, my way of leaving the pains of the world behind. I was always drawing or scribbling down things as a kid. Being illiterate, I didn’t read and any writing I did was illegible. Leaving school at 16, I didn’t have a lot of job options as you can imagine. Between looking for work, I continued to put my imagination down on paper. After joining the Royal Australian Air Force, I brought myself a typewriter. I wasn’t much of a socialite and spent most of my free time typing illegible manuscripts. During my first marriage, I lost not only my home in the Ash Wednesday fires but all my work. It was a few years before I got another typewriter and started all over again. Though I loved putting to paper what was in my head, I didn’t have confidence in grammar, spelling and punctuation. Ever seen a 200-word sentence? It doesn’t exactly make it easy reading. I still to this day can’t stand my own handwriting. It’s been a long journey from illiterate to author. I would say to anyone who loves writing, don’t do it the hard way like I did; go back to school if you need to polish up on your English. Don’t use your kids as living dictionaries; they will never let you forget it.
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  8. Question – Which of your written work is your favourite?
    Christine’s Answer – I’d have to say the Mariard Volumes, though I do love and cherish everything else I’ve written. As I do love humour, I get a real buzz out of stories like, ‘They died and moved in’. Every book I write has many elements of me in them. They also contain real life events, though altered to fit a story. The Mariard Volumes are taking me on an incredible journey, which I didn’t experience whilst writing my other works. I believe I am on a journey of healing, learning and greater understanding. What I have personally already received out of the Volumes has not only changed my life but has done this for others also.
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  9. Question – Who is your favourite author?
    Christine’s Answer – Well as I haven’t read a great deal of books, I can’t say I have a favourite author. In my opinion, every writer is unique and creative in his or her own way, whether published or not. It’s up to the reader what they get out of a book, poem, short story or whatever. Even great, great, great grandma’s letters can be so incredibly inspiring because of the emotions that went into them. What I read has to touch me personally. Whether fact or fiction, I want my emotions, imagination and thoughts stirred.
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  10. Question – You went to an all girl Catholic college, are you Catholic and did it influence you in any way?
    Christine’s Answer – No, I am not Catholic. God, not religious teachings, influenced my life in a big way. Although my parents were brought up Church of England, they were not religions people and didn’t go to church. So, I had no understanding of the subject. As a kid, I heard other children talk about Sunday school, but I was never invited to attend yet was curious. I use to tell my mum I was going to a friend’s house on Sunday mornings and walked miles to this church. I would stand outside and just listen. Most of the time I didn’t hear a thing and went home. If I heard singing, I would stay awhile and hum along. At College, for a long time, I thought God was the Pope and Jesus some poor teacher who got killed for being a nice guy. It wasn’t until I saw the film Jesus Christ Super Star that it all clicked. Then I wanted to take over where Jesus left off. I even wanted to become a nun, but I was too much of a black humoured comedian to be one. I also didn’t see religion in the same way as the establishment. I go where angels fear to tread. I’m so curious, I’m always asking questions, which can drive people nuts.
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  11. Question – Are you religious?
    Christine’s Answer – I hate the word religious, to me it means stuck in one spot and led by fear and ritual. I am very spiritual; some would say Christian, others New Age. I don’t go to any church and I’m not part of any group, sect whatever one wants to call it. I have studied many religions from Mormons to Buddhism in my search for answers. I keep coming back to the same spot. It’s mine and God’s walk, our journey, no one else’s. A topic I can easily talk about for hours, amongst other things.
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  12. Question – What is your favourite film or TV show?
    Christine’s Answer – As a kid, I loved Star Trek, Dr Who and cartoons like Space Ace, Prince Planet and the Thunder Birds. I love fantasy, sci/fi, humour and digitally animated kids films, which get preference over other genres. I do love the new Battle Star Galactica, Lord of the rings, I Robot, The Terminator movies and Transformers. I'm a big fan of Spielberg, Jackson and James Cameron. Comedy, Whoopi, Williams, Barrymore, Sandler, Chris Rock, Jacki Chan etc.
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  13. Question – Would you like to see your books made into films?
    Christine’s Answer – I’d love to see all of my books made into big budget box offices smashes with tons of special affects. When I watch a film and see a good actor or actress I think to myself, he or she would make a good Tegan, Malcom or whoever from my books.
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  14. Question – Does your family support you in your writing?
    Christine’s Answer – Very much so, my husband especially, as he is my number 1 fan and I couldn’t do what I’m doing now without him. Who do you think does the laundry and fetches my coffee and meals whilst I’m typing away. My mum is also very supportive, she would rather purchase the first copy than have it given to her. I also have a daughter with a bachelor’s degree and another who is also great with English, very handy for pointing out my typos. All my kids help me in one form or another. Between my husband and I, we have 9 kids. Only 3 live at home now. We out do the Brady Bunch.
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  15. Question – Where were you born? Who are your parents.
    Christine’s Answer – In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Helen and James Jones. Both migrated from Britain and have been inspirations in my life. I’m first generation Australian and never stopped reminding my dad when he was alive of this. He taught me to be an individual and the stories he used to tell me of his life, especially as a kid growing up in the war, I couldn’t get enough of. He was a very creative man, an artist, loved painting. He was a fantastic storyteller himself, however, the stories were true and he could just bring them to life, as though you were there with him. My mum, she is one of those lovable people, who would do anything for you. The type who cooks for an army, making sure there is enough in case the enemy surrenders and needs a feed. If my kettle or toaster blows up, I know where to get a spare at 3 in the morning. We might have been poor, but rich in family unity. I now reside in Tasmania, which I love.
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  16. Question – You dedicated Mariard Volume 1 The Gifting to your father and brother, why?
    Christine’s Answer – Both are deceased. My father died in January 2004, and my brother David, in 1987. I have no other biological brothers or sisters, well not that I know of. I see my friends as family and I play aunty Chris to a few kids. I also see all writers as brothers and sisters in creativity, so I suppose I have one hell of a big family.
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  17. Question – Did you ever think you would be an author as a child?
    Christine’s Answer – No way and I bet it would shock many people from my childhood to learn what came of me. I wanted to be an astronaut, but you need an education for that. Ignorance was bliss, until the real world hit me after leaving school.
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  18. Question – Where you bullied as a child, teased about your imagination?
    Christine’s Answer – Well put it this way, I became the fastest tree climber on the planet. I could get up on a roof faster than Captain Kirk beaming to another planet and slip under anything better than a commando. Does that answer your question? Yes, I was bullied and it didn’t stop after leaving primary school, it continued for many years after that. I really hate bullying, however saying this, I also have a better understanding of it. We can all be victims in one form or another. Bullies have self-worth or family orientated issues themselves; unfortunately, they manifest their pain outwardly on others.
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  19. Question – What talents do you have besides writing, your hobbies etc.
    Christine’s Answer – I love drumming, congas etc. I also like making music on my computer, a concoction of Celtic, techno and Middle Eastern, I call it Celethtronic. I’m a real renovating nut, like making something from nothing so every house I’ve had has been a real fixer upper. Gardening clears the mind, relieves stress and I don’t wear gloves, which isn’t gentle on the hands. Wild gardens I create and have a tendency to fill every spot with anything I can get my hands on. I enjoy camping, a time to go feral and leave technology at home. I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades master of none. I’m so curious about everything I’ll try just about anything, at least once.
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  20. Question – How much of the books influence your life? Do you believe in what you write?
    Christine’s Answer – Very much so. For me personally, the Mariard Volumes are taking me on a journey, in depth soul searching. The books have helped me change my perspectives on life, relationship and what I personally believed in. Each volume opened up for me to look deeper into myself and make some dramatic changes.
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  21. Question – Why do you say ‘Be challenged’?
    Christine’s Answer – Because looking deep into one’s self is challenging. Over the years, I personally had created many inner barriers and defence mechanisms, putting on masks for others so to speak. Wanting to be loved and liked only led to trying to prove myself, be someone I wasn’t. It’s like being an alcoholic, you have to realise the truth before you can face the problem and find solution. The realisation of what I was doing to myself came with writing the Mariard Volumes. Although I feel I am meeting the challenge, my personal journey is far from over.
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  22. Question – How would you describe your personality?
    Christine’s Answer – I asked my husband this question and he said, I am talkative, controlling and most threatening. In addition, I’m gorgeous and he would have me no other way. I now like to be in control of my life, take responsibility for what I do, think and say. It is true I can talk underwater with a mouth full of sand. If you want cattle herded, call me in. Threatening, yep, I can yell and scream like the best of them. One of my daughters’ added, I have more advice to give than Dr Phil. Yes, I have advice on anything and everything. My other kids say, I’m kind, a hard worker and a real laugh, they are glad I’m their mum. By the way, I bribed them to say that. I’m great at thinking out side the box and would have made a great inventor. Put simply - I’m too curious and go were angels fear to tread.
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  23. Question – Would you say you have had a hard life or an easy one?
    Christine’s Answer – A counsellor once said I had lived the equivalent of 3 life times, as so much had happened to me over the years. She even thought it a miracle I wasn’t an alcoholic, drug addict or in the nut house. I suppose I utilize experiences in my writing, in one form or another. I now look back and see it all as a journey of learning, greater understanding, not a journey of punishment. I also think I have had a good life, especially having such great parents and supportive friends.
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  24. Question – Anything you would change in your life if you could?
    Christine’s Answer – Yes, I wish I’d payed more attention when I was at school. I would like to have a report card with A+++ in something other than my imagination. Unfortunately that is not a subject listed on report cards, though I think it should be.
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  25. Question – How long do you intend to write for? Do you still think you will have the passion and motivation you now have in twenty years time?
    Christine’s Answer – Until the day I die, and even then, I think I will be scratching ideas into the lid of my coffin. Yes, I want to be buried. I want to own land that no one wants to put a house on. I have so much going on in my head; I don’t believe I will live long enough to get it all out. I can see myself on my deathbed, my last words will probably be, ‘bugger, ran out of ink’. My hospital gown will have a million ideas scribbled all over it and you will be able to read notes all over my body. My last will and testimony will be on my big toe and even that will have a story to it. I will never lose the passion to write and I will always do it the way I am now, straight out of my head.
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  26. Question – What is your motive for writing?
    Christine’s Answer – It goes beyond the love of writing or seeking fame and fortune. It’s like my mission in life is to put all what’s in my head out on paper. What else can I do with it? I could put it all down on tapes and bury them in the back yard. I can see futuristic archaeologists digging them up and thinking them artefacts from a psychiatric clinic.
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  27. Question – Is it true you have a weird sense of humour?
    Christine’s Answer – I won’t deny it; I’m guilty. I can find something to laugh about in any situation and I mean any situation. For instance, my brother was cremated and his ashes were to be delivered to a church within our town. The minister of this particular church went away for the weekend having forgotten he had an appointment with the funeral director. Not knowing what to do, the funeral director showed up at my parent’s home with a parcel. As this upset my parents, I took my brother for the weekend; well it was more like a week. My ex-husband would not have this container of ashes in the house, so my brother had to stay in the car. The container and a plaque were on the front seat. People getting into the car would say, ‘what’s that’? I’d say, ‘my brother, sorry Dave you have to ride in the back seat today’. I would place the container in the kiddies seat and buckle it up, tell the person I didn’t want him fined for not wearing a seat belt. My kids were young at the time and naturally asked questions. How did they get uncle Dave in there? My answer, the way mummy grinds coffee beans. Your uncle wanted to be turned into a percussion instrument. The kids thought it great shaking this container and hearing it all rattle. They were also happy that uncle David got his wish.
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  28. Continuation from previous question.
    Another example of my humour. - When my father passed away, I horrified the lady taking care of the funeral. I didn’t know people could be buried on top of people. When she said to my mum we could bury him 12 feet down, I jumped in and said, ‘what, you scared he’s going to get out or something’. She added that when mums time came, she could be buried on top of dad. I said, ‘wow, bury him 50 feet down and we can have a high rise family plot’. Here is a plug for that kids film, ‘Toy Story’. My dad had a big buzz light year; he too had a sense of humour. Any way, he used to tell the kids he had a U.F.O club and they couldn’t join unless they had one of these toys. There was a viewing before the burial and mum and I couldn’t help ourselves, we put good old buzz in the coffin with him. I was so tempted to set the thing up, so it would go off during the service. From here to eternity and beyond. I could tell you stacks of funeral stories about my brother and father, but we would be here all week. So yes, I am guilty of a weird sense of humour. I blame God for that; he created me and I’m his personal entertainment and I think I do a great job amusing the big boss. I think he has even made an action figure of me. www.heaven.failedexperiment.com Info – We may have failed, but the results are hysterical, daily postings not to be missed, bring your camera.
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  29. Question – You prefer to write fantasy, sci/fi so why do you write for other genres?
    Christine’s Answer – Multi talented I suppose. I use my weird gift to write comedy novels such as, ‘They died and moved in’, paranormal comedy, rated hysterical reading. Be careful what you think about, especially if death is at your door. You will never look at your home in the same way again. The Snakelex Report, a spiritual comedy, again rated hysterical reading. You think God is funny, well hell’s realm is hysterical. Signature for sunshine, a romantic comedy with balls. I intend doing sequels to these books.
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  30. Question: Why did you dedicate Mariard Volume 1 to your father and brother and not other family members?
    Christine’s answer. Both my father, James Elwyn Jones and my brother David have passed away. My father had a fatal heart attack a couple of years back on Australia day and my brother committed suicide over 20 years ago, having suffered with schizophrenia. Both were very talented people. I have dedicated other titles to family members and will continue to do so until I run out of family, friends and books.
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