Author Interview with Christina Lorenzen
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I fell in love with books from the moment I heard my first story from my grandmother, who loved to tell a bedtime story when she was babysitting. As soon as I could print my name I had a library card and reading, to me, ties directly into writing. I wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, and I wrote my first short story when I was ten. I was actually freelancing for a local paper during my senior year of high school. I spent over twenty years in journalism before I decided to get back to my dream of writing a book.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
Healing Seas is my first historical book. I’d been toying with the idea of trying my hand at a historical romance for several years. The nudge I needed came when my publisher decided to issue collections of romances based in each of the fifty states. I am a born New Yorker, so I knew I wanted to write a story about my home, which is actually on Long Island. Though I intended to write a pirate story since Long Island is rich with pirate history, after watching the movie The Titanic, I remembered how much my husband’s grandmother loved that movie. It was special to her since it took place the year she was born. Her passion for the event and the movie helped me find my way to writing this story.
I love that inspiration for your story. Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Most of my characters are totally from my imagination, but one or two are based on people I’d seen in passing. My first book, A Husband for Danna, was based on seeing a bride arguing with her father outside the church in my town. Otherwise they’re people that almost seem to come to me and I flesh them out when I have their story.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
I have to say I really enjoyed researching for Healing Seas, my latest release. There is so much information online about the sinking of the Titanic that it made my job easier and quite fascinating. For Harvest Blessings, I had to research the daily business of running an apple orchard and I loved that too. I love research, but the hardest part is knowing when to stop lol.
Where do you go to do your research?
I try to use an assortment of resources for my research, depending on the subject. I use websites, online documents and teaching blogs. But I also use library books and visits to historical societies as well. They’re a terrific resource since oftentimes you can be put in touch with an expert to talk to.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
When I get the idea for a story the first thing I do is create a document in Scrivener, the writing program I work with. I create my heroine and hero first by determining what their goals are, what motivates them to those goals and what conflicts stand in their way. I also use a virtual cork board for pictures of the hero, heroine, secondary characters and any settings that are used in the story. The process is fairly the same for each book, but if I need to veer off and do something different to write the best book possible I will. Right now I have four novellas and one novel out. Novellas usually take me about three to four weeks where as a novel, depending on its length, might take a month or two. I have deadlines for each stage of the process and try very hard not to miss any of them.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I am! I am currently writing a modern take on the age old fairy tale, Rapunzel. I’m especially excited about this novella, which will be part of my publisher’s fairy tale collection, because Rapunzel was my favorite bedtime story as a child. My grandmother who lived with us would often babysit when my parents were out. I couldn’t wait for those nights because I knew Nana would be telling my brother and I the story of Rapunzel. My poor brother must have suffered through that story dozens of times lol. The individual novella will be out in early July and the collection of several other fairy tales with it a few weeks after that.
Sounds like a very interesting read! Thanks so much for chatting with me. It was great getting to learn more about you, your writing journey, and your books.
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?
Meet the Author
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. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress, and door-to-door saleswoman.
Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. Healing Seas, her first historical romance, is Christina's fifth book. She is also the author of A Husband for Danna, its sequel, A Wife for Humphrey, Snow Globe Reunion, and Harvest Blessings.
She is busy working on a modern retelling of the classic tale, Rapunzel. 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.
Connect with Christina Online
A special thank you to Christina Lorenzen for guesting at Pandora's Box Gazette today.
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