Author Interview with Christina Sinisi
The Christmas Confusion
By Christina Sinisi
Release Day: November 22, 2019
When Tiffany Marano’s high school sweetheart drove off to join the Marines and never looked back, she swore off men. Now, she’s content to teach at Summer Creek, South Carolina’s local elementary school, lead a Sunday school class, and spend weekends with her niece—until Nick Walsh suddenly reappears wearing a wedding ring and with a daughter in tow. Everything about Tiffany’s calm, quiet life is now one disordered mess.
Nick Walsh comes face to face with Tiffany after all these years, and sparks fly. But not the happy glittering kind, because each of them thinks the other responsible for their estrangement. Before they can work it out, though, Tiffany’s sister disappears. Left with custody of her niece and forced to work with new police detective Nick to find her sister, old feelings begin to resurface. As they start to unravel the truths that left them confused and apart for too long, Nick must learn to let go of his past. But can Tiffany let go of her fear and learn to trust that God isn’t the only one who won’t abandon her?
About the Author:
What is the inspiration behind your writing?
My inspiration varies. I’ve written manuscripts that started as a dream, others have begun as writing exercises in workshops, and others started with a person who fascinates me. I’m blessed that I can seemingly write anywhere and anytime so God sends inspirations through everyone and everything. I might look out the window and run the story through my head like a movie or visit someone’s house and pick up on their idiosyncracies. So, apologies to anyone whose life I borrow in some small way.
Do you have a favorite author or book?
I have so many! If I were to judge by my most read book,my favorite would be the Bible followed by C. S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. If one were to judge by my most read author, it would be Eloisa James in historical romance followed by Karen Kingsbury and Rachel Hauck (I’ve read everything she’s ever written but she has a few more books to write to catch up with Eloisa). Ah, I forgot Nora Roberts (over the years, how many has she written and how many have I read?) and Debbie Maccomber. Thank goodness for my local used bookstore or I’d be bankrupt.
Can you think of anything you wish you had known before you started writing?
I started writing in third grade so I don’t know that I’d tell my child self this, but perhaps my young adult self. Write because you enjoy it. If you write for any other goal, the frustration might be too much. It’s taken me years to sell a manuscript, but I can honestly say I’ve loved the writing no matter what.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Like so many authors (it seems), I love to cook and particularly bake. My specialty is cheesecake. For special occasions at school, I let my students choose the flavor and I’ll pretty much make anything they choose. I also love to be outdoors hiking and biking. And read. I read a lot.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. However, I had a need to make a secure living and picked being a professor (tenure, anyone?). I also majored in psychology so I could learn more about people so I could write better characters. There are also all those summers where I’m not teaching so I have some time to write. The only draw-back is, as much as I love teaching, grading takes up a lot of time!
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Finding time. I’m a full-time professor, a wife, a Mom (but now my kids are all grown up), an active member of my church, and I try to serve on various charities. Every one of these aspects of life is important, but I still really want time to write. I truly believe it’s okay to not necessarily write every day, because life doesn’t always let you, but at the same time, never stop.
What’s next for you as an author?
I’m excited to be working on the other sisters’ stories. I’ve started Shelby’s story and she’s a fun, feisty character who doesn’t know what to do about her need for a safe harbor. I’m leaving Emma’s story until last because she’s going to need a serious redemption arc. I don’t know that readers of the Christmas Confusion will like her so much, but she is still a child of God and worthy of love. I’m just going to have to convince the reader. I love a challenge! And I hope readers do, too.
Book review for Christmas Confusion coming soon!