Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Author Interview: Christina Lorenzen

Christina Lorenzen
author, Snow Globe Reunion

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? 

Oh wouldn’t that be a dream come true! Well, if I can pick the location it’s Italy, in particular Tuscany, hands down. I’ve been wanting to go for the last several years and that sure would help check that off my ‘dream’ list.

What is your favorite genre to write? 

I love sweet romance, but I’m playing with an idea for a cozy mystery series too. I think because I like to read widely, it often sets my writer wheels turning.

What got you started on your writing journey? 

I actually had a sixth grade teacher, Ms. Lorraine Bruder, that got me interested in writing. I remember it clear as a day. She had set up a creative writing exercise. Each student had to pick 3 index cards – one with a setting, one with a character and one with an event. The assignment was to write a short story using all 3 cards. I think that’s the day the writing bug bit me lol.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so? 

I have actually had a very productive writing year in 2016 with two books released, A Wife for Humphrey and SnowGlobe  Reunion, and a 3rd set to release in early October. I have an even busier year in 2017 with 4 novellas due to release. All of these stories are sweet romances, but I do hope to explore the idea of a cozy mystery series next year as well.

Where do your ideas come from? 

The idea for my first book, A Husband for Danna, came after passing a church where a bride and an older man, I’m guessing her father, were having a disagreement in the parking lot. The bride’s veil was blowing in the wind and arms were waving wildly. I thought “What if she doesn’t want to get married? What if the groom is her father’s choice and not hers?” And that became that book. Most of my ideas come from seeing or hearing tid bits here and there. SnowGlobe Reunion is part of the Snow Globe Collection and the publisher wanted stories that centered around magical snow globes. From there we writers could run with the story and it just came to me as my hands flew across the keyboard. That happens for me as I’m a pantster and my stories are visual; I see them playing in my head like a movie. Think Hallmark Channel lol.

Please share about your book

SnowGlobe Reunion is the story of Carrie Sanders struggle to get home to her family home for Christmas. As much as she’s dreading the questions about her recent breakup, she does want to get home. However, a snowstorm leaves her stranded in O’Hare International airport. In search of something to drink in the coffee shop she ends up sharing a table with an unlikely companion, a mysterious Mrs. Gibson. When Mrs. Gibson excuses herself for the ladies room and doesn’t come back, Carrie ends up holding on to the woman’s tote bag, hoping to spot her in the airport to return it. Unable to keep her curiosity at bay, she peeks into the bag and finds an old snow globe. Bored and unhappy about the delay, she holds the bench while lying on an airport bench. As she shakes the globe and watches the fake snow flurries fly, suddenly she’s not in the airport anymore but back home – only it’s 1941!

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book? 

Well, if you’re like many people, you probably are burning the candle at both ends, overburdened and overwhelmed. And with all the bad news and tragedy that assaults us each every day, we all need a little happy place to retreat to.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

Though I seem to fall in love with all of my characters and I hate to let them go when the story is done, I have to say that Danna is my favorite so far. I love her fun, optimistic personality and her sweet devotion to her family and friends.

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