Christine: It’s called Coming Home, and it’s a friends-to-lovers kind of story in which one friend has had unspoken feelings for the other for years…but now things are about to change. The heroine, Callie, carried a secret torch for her older brother’s best friend, Danny, when she was a teenager, and she realizes when she returns home several years later that old feelings die hard—whereas Danny starts noticing some new feelings for Callie developing. Naturally there are complications from their past that get in the way. Wouldn’t want things to be too easy, now would we?
Galen: What was the inspiration for Coming Home?
Christine: Longtime friends falling for each other has always been a favorite theme of mine in books and movies. I still think Duckie should have gotten the girl in Pretty in Pink!
Galen: I agree! What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Christine: Hmm…it’s a toss up between these two, I think:
But of all the people she had ever met, he was the one who had always left her most at a loss for words. At least for words that really mattered.
and [during an impromptu and very up-close pool lesson]:
“Is pool by any chance an excuse men use to get their hands on a woman?” she asked over her shoulder.
“It’s the reason most of us play, actually.”
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Christine: Well, I love writing, and I love romance. Even I can do the math on that one!
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Christine: Oh, golly…The very first? I’m not sure I can remember. I’m not sure if these count, but I do remember being, like, twelve or thirteen years old and discovering some books for teens at the local library that were kind of like choose-your-own adventure stories, but they were romance plus fantasy (sweet romance, very tame stuff). I think the series was called Heartquest, but I’m not positive—
—Yes, it was! I just googled them on Amazon, and there they are! Wow! Don’t mind me while I just drift off down memory lane…
But as far as just a straightforward romance, one of the earliest I remember reading and enjoying was Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer. The developing relationship between the two lead characters, both very damaged people in their own ways, struck me as deeply touching.
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Christine: Plotter all the way. I like to know where my story is going and whether or not I’ve got enough of a story to keep it going until it gets there. Plus I’m just way too uptight to do anything else. It’s like a disease with me.
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Christine: You mean books for pure entertainment, right? And not just survival handbooks like 101 Practical Uses For Palm Fronds And Coconuts…In that case, they would probably be something like The Lord of the Rings, The Stand, and Sense and Sensibility. At least I’d have great variety that way.
Galen: Name two blogs you read everyday.
Christine: It’s not quite every day, but two of the blogs that I read most often are Kristin Lamb’s We Are Not Alone blog (because it’s very helpful in educating and encouraging writers in the world of social media), and Tawna Fenske’s blog (because it’s laugh-out-loud funny).
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Christine: Living room couch and a laptop. Occasionally there’s a beagle on the couch with me.
Galen: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Christine: Ireland, Scotland, Tuscany, Provence, the island of Santorini, New Zealand…Those would be my top picks. And Canada. There are lots of places in Canada that I would love to visit, like Prince Edward Island or Nova Scotia.
Galen: If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?
Christine: Sometimes when I just feel like getting away from things, I think it would be lovely to be a park ranger. But then I read a Nevada Barr novel and rethink the safety of that decision.
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Christine: Housework. Nah, I’m kidding. I never do housework. I do, however, occasionally go ballroom dancing with my husband, which is a whole lot more fun than cleaning the bathroom.
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Christine: Best part: Anything I dream up, I can turn it into a story. It’s great to have a respectable excuse to indulge my imagination in fantasy like that! Worst part: When someone else doesn’t find my imagination nearly as wonderful as I do—and they say so. Then I just want to curl up in the fetal position and whimper.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Christine: It was kind of a variation of that John Lennon line about life being what happens while you’re busy making other plans. There’s nothing wrong with plans; in fact, they can be very beneficial. Just don’t be so focused on plans for the future that you neglect to appreciate what’s going on in the present. Easier said than done, maybe, but still worth shooting for, right?
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