With us today is fellow writer, Christina Lorenzen, talking about her favorite books:
When it comes to picking a favorite book, like potato chips, I can’t have just one. But there have been a handful of books, and their authors, who have shaped my reading tastes and my writing career.
Going back to my early teens, the most memorable book that I still remember so clearly today would be Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. My heart just broke for orphan Mary Lennox. At the same time I was enchanted by the great house on the Yorkshire Moors. What could be more fabulous than a house with almost a hundred rooms full of secrets? Between her locked up uncle and the spooky crying she hears coming from one of the corridors at night, I could barely stand to put that book down. I think related to Mary because the gardens were her escape as books were mine. I still reread this book every few years just for the sheer pleasure of it.
The second book is by now deceased prolific author Phyllis A. Whitney. Emerald is the story of Carol Hamilton and her small son’s flight to escape her husband’s violent threats. Her only refuge is to the home of her famous movie actress great Aunt Monica Arlen. Her aunt’s name has seemed magical to Carol her whole life but when she escapes to her great aunt’s home she finds danger she hadn’t counted on. Phyllis A. Whitney’s books were my first forage into the world of romantic suspense. Not only could you find romance and suspense in Whitney’s books, but what I loved most about Emerald and her subsequent books was the wonderful exotic settings. They were great reads for a young armchair traveler like myself.
Years later, as a aspiring writer and homeschooling mom, I connected with another writer who was, like myself, a book lover. She introduced me to Debbie Macomber with the first book of hers I ever read, Susannah’s Garden. At this time in life I could relate to main character Susannah Nelson, who at fifty is regretting paths not taken in her life. Like so many today, she is being pulled between her young adult daughter and aging parent, trying to find balance and what’s missing in her life. This book fanned the flame that became my passion for Debbie Macomber books and I can tell you that I own a copy of nearly every book she has written. My keeper shelves are jammed tight.
I feel my long time love of reading and the influence of favorite authors like Debbie Macomber have brought me to the place I am now in my writing career. I can’t imagine doing anything else!
A little about our author, 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. 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. “A Husband for Danna” was Christina’s first novel. She is busy working on her next. 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.
Christina’s next book, A Wife for Humphrey, was released on April 28, 2016.
To find out about Christina’s upcoming releases, visit her website at http://christinalorenzen.com/.
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Runaway bride Danna and her handsome new husband are happily setting up a new home and business in the small town of Harmony, where only months before they’d been stranded strangers together. While unpacking boxes Danna finds the gift from Minnie she’d never remembered to open. After finding the delicate silver locket with a young soldier’s picture in it, hopeless romantic Danna has to find out who he is. Once she finds out that the soldier was the only man Minnie had ever loved and lost, she’s determined to find out if Humphrey Lewis still loves Minnie. Is there a chance for Minnie to have her happily ever after? It couldn’t hurt to check, could it? Though she should be working side by side with her sweet new husband in their soon to be opening antique shop, Danna becomes more and more invested in this decades old love story. And when she finally tracks down Humphrey, nothing, not even his disapproving grandson or a minor fall, will stop her from reuniting these two sweet people who never stopped loving one another.
Thanks for visiting with us, Christina!