What inspired your latest story?
I was very excited to finally attempt to write a historical story. I’ve always loved pirate stories and I’d been doing some research about them, so when this opportunity from my publisher Forget Me Not Romances came up, I knew it was destiny. I would finally write my pirate love story. So I thought. After doing a lot of research and following endless links online, the doubts came creeping in.
Could I write an accurate story during this time period (1700s)? Would I be able to make the dialogue unbelievable? I was so frazzled after a few weeks that I put it away. One night my daughter, who was frazzled by her college thesis, asked me to watch the movie The Titanic with her. After the movie, we were talking about how much her great-grandmother, my husband’s grandmother, loved that movie. She was fascinated by the tragedy that happened just weeks after she was born in 1912. That’s when it hit me. I would write a love story using the Titanic as my backdrop. I was both excited and intimidated, but everything clicked and Healing Seas was born.
What is your writing process like?
I’m a pantser who is trying to come over to the plotter side. I play the ‘what if’ game. An idea or a character comes to mind first. Sometimes I’m inspired by something I’ve seen in life. My first novella, A Husband for Danna, was inspired by a wedding at the church in my town. I was sitting at the light when I noticed a bride and her father outside the church, their arms flailing and their faces very red. They were arguing and I almost missed the green light I was so interested. And that’s when I thought “What if the marriage is arranged and the bride just told her father she doesn’t want to marry the groom?” My runaway bride story, A Husband for Danna, was born. I write in a writing program called Scrivener so the first thing I do that is as close to plotting as I get is create my hero and heroine by figuring out what their goals are, what motivates them and what stands in their way of reaching that goal. I love using the cork board feature and I work with lots of pictures of the setting my story takes place in. I have pictures of every character in the story as well. I also save any research links I use in Scrivener so I can go back and forth to be sure I have everything right. Other than that I open up my story and jump in 🙂
Who are your favorite novelists?
My favorite novelists date back to my teen days when I started reading Phyllis A. Whitney, a romantic suspense novelist. I think I read every one of her books. From there I became a big fan of Mary Higgins Clark’s suspense novels. But a dear friend introduced me to Debbie Macomber and not only have I read every one of her books, but I have several bookshelves dedicated just to her books. It’s interesting to me how I loved suspense so much back then. Who knows? Maybe I’ll try my hand at that next. What I love about Debbie Macomber books is that the characters are so relatable and real. She creates characters that feel like a friend. When I sit down with her books, I grab a cup of tea because I feel like I’m sitting down with a friend for a chat. I think she’s covered so many subjects that most women can relate to today.
If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
I would love to be here on this wonderful, exciting earth when I am ninety years old. What a blessing! I think the first thing that comes to mind, that I would tell my present self, is to slow down. With the publication of each book, I often feel that I have to hurry up and get that next book out. And that rush to ‘do all, be all’ trickles into my personal life. I’m trying to juggle too many balls – spending time with my husband, my children, putting together events and worrying about covering all the bases. We live in such a fast-paced world and with the internet and all our gadgets I think we might feel we’re missing out on something if we don’t hurry up. So I’d tell my present self to slow down. Slow down and just enjoy where I am right now. I’m trying lol.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
When it comes to being an introvert or extrovert, I think I teeter between the two. First and foremost I’m an extrovert. I’m not good with crowds or big events. Ten years ago, I won a journalism award. It had been an effort just to attend the dinner because there were over two hundred prominent journalists there. But when they announced I had won my body went numb. The other guests at the table had to pull me up out of my chair. And the walk to the podium! Well, let’s just thank God I didn’t pass out on my way up there. I have never shook so hard. But when it comes to online events and appearances I would say I’m an extrovert. It’s so easy to be social behind your computer lol. This weekend I have a book signing coming up so I’m about to push myself out of my comfort zone. Let’s hope I do ok.
About Healing Seas
In just a matter of days, Addie Mayfield’s life is upended. Through an arrangement her father makes, she sets sail on the RMS Titanic as governess to the two young Fairchild children. When tragedy strikes, she finds herself rescued alongside strangers on the RMS Carpathia, headed for New York City. Far from home, she is taken in by the O’Reilly family to wait for her family to send for her. With no money for her passage home, she’s brought to the small hamlet of Montauk to become a caretaker for a great aunt she has never met. Captain Frank Shea is a man without a ship.
Removed from duty as captain of the RMS Morrow, he’s come to Montauk to recover from a leg injury. More painful than the injury is his fall from grace after spending his entire life at sea. The ocean was his home and he has never needed anyone. Now faced with an uncertain future, he’s desperate for a way back to the sea. Until he meets Addie Mayfield, a woman who is just as lost as he is.
Can these two people find hope for the future after all they’ve lost? Can an unexpected love heal two broken souls?
About Christina Lorenzen
Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. She is busy working on a modern take on her favorite fairy tale, Rapunzel for a summer release. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.
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