Today I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine, a talented Christian Contemporary author and fellow beach lover … Christina Sinisi!
I met Christina at a library (makes sense considering we both love books)! A group of Christian authors were invited to a meeting about creating a new chapter of the national organization, American Christian Fiction Writers. God spoke to both our hearts that day; I walked out of that meeting as the new President and Christina, the Vice President. Along with our Secretary and Treasurer, we went through all the steps and paperwork to set up a new chapter. Now we’re in our third year! Christina took on the big job of securing our speakers for our meetings and boy, has she got some great ones. Our meetings have become one of the highlights I look forward to every month.
Christina had a new book out last month so what a perfect time to feature her here on the blog!
Christina, are you a reader of inspy romance, in addition to being a writer in the genre? Who are some of your favorite authors within contemporary Christian romance?
Yes, I absolutely am. Inspirational romance is my favorite genre. Now, even when assigned to read something else by my church book club or a friend, I feel like something is missing if there isn’t a faith component. I don’t want to live my life without Jesus, so why would I want to read about lives bereft of the Holy Spirit?
My favorite authors in the genre are Karen Kingsbury, Rachel Hauck, and Laurie Larsen (not kidding!). I also read historical Christian romance and love Jen Turano and Lori Wick.
Tell us about your Outer Banks Ocracoke Island books. Do you have a special draw to that area of the country personally?
Yes. In 2019, my youngest sister and her husband purchased a vacation home on Hatteras, the island north of Ocracoke. In September of 2019, Hurricane Dorian had come through Charleston and hit Ocracoke. We went to visit her after Christmas and the effects of that devastation could be seen all those months later. Piles of debris lined the road, restaurants were boarded up, and people were struggling. I wanted to write a book that would highlight their plight and perhaps give their need some attention.
Plus, the Outer Banks are stunning. The islands are the perfect setting for romance. Thus, my 2020 Christmas novella, Christmas on Ocracoke put all these ingredients together, plus a romance between a single mother who inherited a cottage on Ocracoke, and a contractor.
On June 6, 2019, I saw a call for Christmas novellas due at the end of the month. I sat my booty in the chair and wrote Christmas Confusion in three and a half weeks. I may have written it a little fast since I didn’t think about what came next. This book features Tiffany, the oldest sister in the Marano family. My mentor and reader friends wanted to know the other sisters’ stories.
So, next came Sweet Summer featuring Shelby, the youngest sister. I turned the manuscript into my editor in December of 2019, thinking the story would be published in 2020. She loved the book, but the publishing calendar was full for the year. It was released in July of last year.
Tell us about your latest release. What led you to write the story and what do you love most about it?
Why They Call It Falling is the third book in the Summer Creek series and features the middle sister, Emma’s story. She was somewhat the villain in the first book, and this is her redemption story. All three books are set in the Summerville, Goose Creek, and Charleston area. Why They Call It Falling also has a trip up to North Carolina since the hero is in the army and stationed at Ft. Bragg.
What I love most about it is Justin, the hero. I mean, he turns into a real hero in this story. When he finds out that he has a daughter he didn’t know about, he steps up immediately. He drives for hours to spend time with her and, then when he finds out how much he still cares for Emma, he is there for her through her mental health struggles and family issues. His proposal brought me to tears, just saying.
Thanks again for having me—blessings to you and your readers!