1. Tell me about yourself?
I’m curious. I think that’s one of the reasons I love to write stories. My job gives me an excuse to learn about all sorts of things.
I’m also the mom of six crazy and wonderful kids. My husband and I have been married for 28 years, and we still really enjoy spending time together. We live on a little farm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I love the outdoor, especially the mountains.
2.What are your favorite books to read?
Oh. That’s hard. I love all sorts of books. I think my favorites are the ones with depth. Also, I love to see the world from a different perspective. I read from most genres.
3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
When I was a young mother of just four kids, my grandmother passed away. She’d been living on the farm with us. I missed her so very much, I needed something to help me deal with the grief, so I wrote. As it turned out, I loved writing books, so I kept at it.
4. How did you come up with the name of your book?
That’s an easy one. I didn’t. The amazing people at Bethany House created the title.
5. What are you working on for 2021
My next book, The Way It Should Be, releases February 2, 2021.
Here’s the blurb:
After years of estrangement, the lives of Zara Mahoney and her twin sister, Eve, are suddenly and completely intertwined again. Eve's troubled lifestyle causes the state to take custody of her two children and contact Zara and her husband, asking them to consider foster care. Newlywed Zara thought she'd finally been given a fresh start and feels wholly unprepared to care for a niece and nephew whose existence she wasn't even aware of.
Meanwhile, Eve may have a real chance to start over this time with the help of Tiff Bradley, who's dedicated to helping women everyone else has given up on after facing a heartbreaking tragedy in her own family.
6. How long have you been writing?
It’s been about twelve years.
7.What advice would you give other authors?
Be persistent. Keep writing every day. Learning the craft takes years, and that’s just the beginning. Continue learning even after you become contracted.
Don’t forget to love what you do. It will show in your stories.
8. Where can people find you online?
Instagram – @ChristinaSuzann
Twitter - @ChristinaSuzann
9. What is your favorite coffee drink?
I LOVE coffee. Most mornings I drink it with half and half, but my favorite is a good caramel macchiato.
10. What is your favorite coffee shop?
Imagine Coffee in Corvallis, Oregon. Not only do they make seriously great coffee, but they share the profits with an organization that’s close to my heart, Every Child Linn Benton.
11. Do you plan on making a new book in the future?
I’m working on my 2022 release, currently titled Beyond the Seagulls. It’s set on the Oregon Coast and takes a look at how shame impacts our choices.
12. How many books have you written?
I’ve written quite a few, but many of those should never see the light of day. Three are available now. Another, The Way It Should Be, releases in 2021. And I have a contract for a book in 2022.
13. Did you go to college to be a writer?
Nope. I switched majors more times than I’m willing to admit, ending up with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. And, actually, I never majored in any degree that would lead to a writing career. I am currently praying about pursuing a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing.