They say that life is full of choices. When you’re young and idealistic, you believe that the path you choose is the road that will lead you to your destiny.
But what if, along the way, fate decides to step in, and no amount of logic or rationality or even prayers can save you from your fortune? When the sacrifices you make, the love that you find, and the bright promise of the future are all snatched away from you, you’re left alone to pick up the pieces of your life.
This is a story about love, found in a faraway place by two very unlikely people. It is also a story about friendship and loyalty and fighting for what you have despite the illogical mystery of fate. It is a story of faith and acceptance, and learning that even the best-laid plans are powerless against the alignment of the universe.
From the beaches of Thailand to the streets of New York, three friends, Anna, Dante, and Jude will learn the hard way that once providence steps in, there is nothing in the world that can change what is truly meant to be.
RCPR: Wow. Reading the book blurb for IN THIS LIFE gave me all sorts of chills. Christine, I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am to read this book. When will it be available for purchase? Is it a pre-order option?
Christine: Thank you by the way, RCPR, for having me here today. I’m so happy to hear that you are excited to read this book! We’re still working on a publish date but I’m hoping to have it out to readers by February, 2015. Don’t laugh, but I still haven’t checked into the pre-order option…but I will, very soon.
RCPR: Are you a believer in fate? Do you think every person out there has a Mr. Right we are destined to discover?
Christine: I am a strong believer in fate! There are so many things that happen in life that would only make sense if one trusted in the fact that they were meant to be. Here’s the thing, however – sometimes, it may not be in your fate to find a Mr. Right. There are those who look for him all their life and never find him. That’s why I always advice my single friends to stop looking and let destiny lead the way.
RCPR: True love…real or fairytale?
Christine: Real. And imperfect. Tested and tried and sometimes not meant to be. But when you look into that person’s eyes, if but for a minute, or a day or for as long as twenty five or fifty years – you know. You know that you’re loved and that it’s real.
RCPR: Where did the premise for In This Life come from?
Christine: Okay, this might be too much information – but this year, when I turned 50, I really struggled with it. I looked back on my life, on the things that I’d done and accomplished, and on the people that I had met. I thought about the people in my life who have stayed and those who left. I started to analyze the role that they played in my life – how I grew, or changed, or made mistakes because of them. And then this story just evolved in my head. I wanted to write about how everything we go through is meaningful and redemptive. That there is always good in sadness and happiness in tears.
RCPR: Will In This Life be a stand alone or can we expect more books in the future?
Christine: Definitely a stand alone. I could maybe write a novella about the life of the characters a few years after the book ends, but this book is truly meant to take the reader from start to finish. No cliffhangers, no unanswered questions.
RCPR: What do you think is the hardest thing about writing contemporary romance?
Christine: Connection, character development and the conveyance of feelings. You have to create characters that are different but that readers can also identify with in one way or another. This is contradictory and quite difficult to accomplish. The fact that the Contemporary Romance market is so saturated right now that you can’t really begin to skim the surface and attract that many readers is also very daunting. This is why it is so important to write for yourself, to remain true to your words, to stand up for what you believe in. Because whether you end up with 3, 5 or 10,000 readers, your message must always be the same.
RCPR: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Christine: Stay fearless. Jump in. When the water is warm and inviting and you need the time in the ocean to express yourself, just do it.
RCPR: What is the number one thing on your bucket list to experience?
Christine: I’ve done it. I’ve written a book. Books.
RCPR: Life as an author can be hectic on the best of days. How do you manage to juggle everything?
Christine: I’ve always been one to thrive in the craziness of my life. With a full time career that has me traveling every week and with a family who deserves most of my free time, it’s been tough, I’m not going to lie. But somehow, I’ve managed to survive with very little sleep and with the help of faithful and supportive friends and family who keep me on track. I need to be reined in once in a while and I have people in my life who have taken on this role, which I am very grateful for. Rick Miles from RCPR is one of those people – he forces me to take his calls and take a step back every so often, LOL. I also recently signed with Italia Gandolfo of GH Literary and her advice and guidance have been so invaluable to me.
Success is the product of hard work and I recognize that. It keeps me going.
RCPR: Will you be attending any events in 2015 where readers can meet you in person?
Christine: I’ve decided to cut down on author events next year simply because work has me traveling so much. So far, I know I’ll be in Manila, Philippines for a signing in September and at Penned Con in July. Things can change but I suspect I’ll be crossing that bridge when I get there.
Thank you so much, RCPR for such wonderful questions. I feel honored that you have taken the time to speak with me today.
When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.