I am so happy to have fellow Anaiah Christmas author with us today! Let’s meet Christina Sinisi and learn more about her new book, Christmas Confusion.
Hi, Christina! Welcome!
First, what sparked your interest in becoming a writer?
First, I want to thank you so much, Melinda, for hosting me. I truly appreciate you!
I have always wanted to be a writer, almost literally as soon as I could write. In my Virginia farm community, there was no kindergarten. So, I learned the alphabet and how to write in first grade. By third grade, I was writing poetry and by fifth grade, I wrote my first play. I was and still am an avid reader and simply am in love with the world of story.
What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
In high school, I would stay with my Grandma Zimmerman for a month or so in the summers. She herself had only an eighth grade education, but there were books in a back bedroom. I found one by Victoria Holt, The Mistress of Mellyn. The combination of murder mystery and romance haunts me to this day. I still like there to be a story within a story.
I love that your Grandma had romantic suspense!
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
Surprisingly, the epilogue is my favorite scene. It was an add-on at the suggestion of my editor, Kara Leigh Miller. I won’t give away the content because I don’t want to spoil it for the reader, but I will say I get teary-eyed every time I edit it. There is a raw need for the Lord on the part of the hero that strikes a chord with me. We all have worries and fears, and then there’s the joy when God brings us out on the other side of our fear.
Oh, I can’t wait to read the epilogue! I always enjoy seeing the couple in their happily ever after.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
A few years ago, I saw Nora Roberts speak at a Romance Writers of America meeting. She said simply, get your butt in the chair. Treat writing as a job. Just show up. That advice has gotten me through the many years of waiting for something to happen. Many, many people have also stated that you write because you can’t not write. If you can do anything else, do it. If you love writing, so I’ll write no matter what–which is a good thing in this tough world of sales and competition for people’s attention.
And what about the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
This isn’t writing advice per se, but life advice. I’ve had many, many other people state that they didn’t understand how I kept writing. They would have given up long ago. My thought was what else was I going to do? Make candles? Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with making candles, but I’m passionate about writing and when something’s your passion, you don’t give up.
I totally get it! I think most of us writers get to a point of wanting to give up. Giving up is the easy part. Continuing with a difficulty is what makes the difference.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family is supportive. My husband is a history professor and has published several academic books. My son is a hopeful writer as well and posts fanfiction on Reddit that is very good. My daughter can write, but art is more her thing. At the same time, she was the first to post on Facebook when The Christmas Confusion came out saying how proud she is of me. Further, my church family has been incredibly supportive–the church book club is reading my book in December and they featured the cover in the monthly newsletter. Oh, and do they read my books? Do they have a choice? 😉
Thank you again, Melinda, and I hope everyone has a wonderful, blessed Christmas!!
Thank you, Christina! Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Readers, Christina’s book, Christmas Confusion, can be found at the link
behind the book image. I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy the season!