Author Interview: Christa Allan

October 27, 2016 Author Interview, Christa Allan 13

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Good morning all!

Today, I am honored to have Christa Allan join me on the blog!

christa1A true Southern woman who knows any cook worth her gumbo always starts with a roux and who never wears white after Labor Day, Christa Allan writes women’s fiction, stories of hope and redemption. Her upcoming novel, A Test of Faith is scheduled to release in March of 2014. Threads of Hope, one of the books in Abingdon’s Quilt Series, released in March (2013). Walking on Broken Glass (2010) and The Edge of Grace (2011) were also published by Abingdon. Love Finds You in New Orleans (Summerside Press) released in 2012.

Christa is the mother of five, grandmother of three, and recently retired after teaching twenty-five years of high school English. She and her husband Ken live in New Orleans.

Christa’s latest book, Since You’ve Been Gone, has been called “riveting, emotional and so powerful” by reviewers.

since-youve-been-goneOne moment, Olivia Kavanaugh is preparing to walk down the aisle and embrace her own happily ever after. The next, she learns that her fiancé, Wyatt Hammond, has been in a fatal car accident. Then comes a startling discovery: Wyatt’s car wasn’t heading toward the church. He was fifty miles away…with a baby gift in the backseat.

Her faith shaken, Olivia pores over the clues left behind, desperate to know where Wyatt was going that day and why. As she begins uncovering secrets, she also navigates a tense relationship with her judgmental mother and tries to ignore the attentions of a former boyfriend who’s moved back home. But when she starts receiving letters written by Wyatt before his death, she must confront a disturbing question: Can we ever know anyone fully, even someone we love?

When an unexpected path forward—though nothing like the life she once envisioned—offers the promise of a new beginning, will she be strong enough to let go of the past and move toward it?

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Welcome to the blog, Christa! I start my guests out with a “fast four” –

apples or oranges

Christa: Oranges. I like their dimples.

Carrie: haha! i love it!

winter or summer

Christa: I live in Louisiana; we have winter for about three days. So, I’d say summer.

dogs or cats

Christa: Dogs. Little dogs. Cats hate walking on leashes.

Carrie: Cats hate most things that require socialization lol.

coffee or tea

Christa: Coffee. It understands me.

Carrie: I have never shared my heart with coffee.  Perhaps I should try that sometime.

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower.  If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Christa: Making my husband understand that the dishwasher is just an arm’s length reach from the sink in which he deposits his dirty dishes.

Carrie: Haha! I think every wife wishes for that superpower!

Books are my favorite topic, and even though my TBR list has recently been upgraded to its own planet I’m always on the lookout for great books to add to it. So, I want to know – what are a few favorite books you’ve read recently?

Christa: It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover), The Perfect Son (Barbara Claypole White), Calling Invisible Women (Jeanne Ray), Manifest Your Destiny (Wayne Dyer)

Carrie: I have heard good things about Barbara Claypole White’s books! Need to add her to my TBR planet…

scarlett-and-ameliaOut of all the literary characters in all the books ever written, which heroine do you most closely resemble?

Christa: Equal parts Scarlett O’ Hara and Amelia Bedelia

Carrie: LOL LOL!! I don’t think I’ve ever heard those two characters used in the same comparative sense before. Love it! And now I’m insanely curious to meet you 😉

Since You’ve Been Gone tells the story of a young woman on the cusp of happily-ever-after, only to have it all fall apart. Describe Olivia Kavanaugh in five words.

Christa: Determined, Cautious, Passionate, Confused, Vulnerable

One of the questions that Olivia has to face in Since You’ve Been Gone is “Can we ever know anyone fully, even someone we love?” Why do you think this question so disturbs us, especially as women?

Christa:  We want to believe that our soul mate knows all the grimy and great parts of us and continues to love us anyway. Not disclosing secrets reeks of distrust. And if the person I love isn’t honest with me about one thing, what else is he dishonest about? What else is he withholding?  Then, because I’m a woman and prone to take guilt on like an old sweater I hate, I wonder what is it about me, what’s wrong with me that makes this person not want to be vulnerable? 

Carrie: So very true! One thought leads to another which leads to another which leads to another… and then we wind up in a book. 😉

What do you most want readers to take away from Since You’ve Been Gone?

Christa: We’re not victims of our circumstances; we’re survivors of them.  Years ago, John Ortberg wrote a book entitled If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat.  At some point in our lives, we learn that trust and forgiveness are waiting on the shore of redemption. But to reach them, we have to believe in ourselves and the goodness of others.

Carrie: “waiting on the shore of redemption” – i love that. Such a beautiful thought…

Connect with Christa online

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What about you? Which two literary heroines do you most closely resemble?

Carrie

13 Responses to “Author Interview: Christa Allan”

  1. Andrea Stephens

    Excellent interview! I love Christ’s answer to her super power! I have to say this because it was quite miraculous, two days ago, my husband actually put a few dishes in the dishwasher and turned it on! In the 33 years we’ve been married, this has only happened a handful of times.

    I cannot think of two literary heroines I resemble. I’ll have to get back to you.

      • Andrea Stephens

        I think he’s going to survive. He keeps reminding me he did it, though.
        Winnie is the winner! My sister’s husband does dishes but she trained him early.

        Apparently, I can’t spell Christa today either. Sorry about that. If you only knew how many words I’ve had to re-type in this reply, you would feel sad for me. 😉

        • Winnie Thomas

          Andrea, I definitely feel blessed, but lest you feel he is perfect, there are things he doesn’t do, simply because it wouldn’t occur to him that it needs to be done–like clean the sink. He’ll rinse it out, but he wouldn’t think of deep cleaning it unless it was coated with slimy, green stuff. I told him if I die before he does, he has to promise me he’ll clean the sink at least a couple of times a month. LOL He’s really good to help around the house if I mention what needs to be done. He was raised on a farm, so he’s great about doing outside stuff.

  2. Sonnetta Jones

    I have to say Rachel from O’Malley Series. She is a nurturer and loves deeply with a wicked sense of humor. I cannot think of another yet

  3. Winnie Thomas

    Well, ladies, I guess my husband has your husbands beat. He quite regularly loads the dishwasher and turns it on! On occasion, he even *gasp* washes the pots, pans, non-dishwasher things by hand! I think I’ll keep him! 😀

    I’ll have to think of the character bit for a while.