I am so pleased to introduce you to author Christina Coryell today!
USA Today bestselling author Christina Coryell was born and raised in southwest Missouri, where she lives with her husband and children. She had plenty of people tell her that her degree in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing would be useless. They were probably right. Added to her dual major in History, she became the least likely candidate for nearly every career on the planet, save being a writer. That suits her just fine.
Christina has written from the back hatch of an SUV, in a lawn chair while at soccer practice, in the front seat of her car, with kids climbing on her, and often with extremely loud noise in the background. At least half of her books have been written during baseball games.
She believes great fiction mirrors life, and great life contains a little humor, so it’s difficult not to sprinkle a little funny business throughout her work. Oh…and character is everything.
Her latest book, Written in the Stars, begins her new “Backroads” series!
Roundabout these parts, dirt roads don’t just get you from point A to point B. They intersect to create a maze of life often missed when outsiders drive through a sleepy town.
The number on the population sign might seem insignificant, but a few short steps from the beaten path, there’s more than meets the eye.
Look a little closer… That sleek out-of-town convertible is bringing former pageant queen Brooke Langdon back into town for the first time in a decade. She’s dragging nothing with her but the hyphen in her last name.
Gatlin Moore is running his tractor along the fence line, spending his days keeping up his parents’ farm instead of living out his dreams in Nashville.
The sheriff is pulling into Holly Christian’s driveway, preparing to tell her that her life’s about to crumble.
And Hunter Pearce, the guy everyone calls when they need something fixed? He’s racing to Holly’s place too, wondering if things are too broken to put back together.
Welcome to Hope Canyon. This is our backroads story.
(That might be my favorite book blurb ever, by the way!)
Hi Christina! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Christina: Oranges – I’m a big fan of that citrusy flavor. Orange sorbet in a waffle cone is one of my favorite things. (Big departure from fruit, I know.)
Carrie: Hmm… I do love orange sherbet but orange sorbet? I’m not sure…. but I’ll take your word for it! 😀
Christina: That’s a hard one. I prefer summer but am not a huge fan of air conditioning (I know – nuts) so it’s easier for me to be comfortable in the winter, clothing-wise. If I have to dress for air conditioning and summer heat simultaneously, I’m doomed.
Carrie: Oh my goodness. Our air was out for two days and I was SO CRANKY! My poor husband.
Christina: Half of my household is allergic to cats, so we’re dog people by default.
Carrie: You’re still dog people – that totally counts! 😉
Christina: Sometimes I wish I liked one or the other so I could be a trendy caffeinator or a classy tea drinker, but alas, I’m not a fan. You’ll usually find me with plain old water.
Carrie: I feel the same way!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Christina: Probably lyric memory. My son thinks I know the words to every song ever written. The trick is tuning in to the stations from when I was a teenager, but he’s none the wiser. 😉
Carrie: Haha! I love it!
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Christina: I usually find myself in the history section, because learning new things about the past fascinates me. Those books are the kind I have to possess in hard copy. It makes me feel accomplished to get through one of the huge volumes, and I like to stare at the old paintings of presidents and generals and such. Tell me something I don’t know about history and I’ll geek out listening to you. In a virtual bookstore, I migrate towards the romantic comedies first.
Carrie: Yes, history books definitely need to be read in print. I agree!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever googled while researching a book?
Christina: Let’s see… Most recently I’ve researched how to fix a barbed wire fence and fly fishing, but I think the oddest thing I Google is dates, because I get a little too specific. I Googled a baseball game on a specific date for my last novel, and just my luck, the thing had gone into extra innings. Of course I had to include that detail in the story.
Carrie: Oh I love that attention to detail!!!
Q: Tell us about Hope Canyon and what can be found on its backroads. What will we see? Who will we meet?
Christina: Hope Canyon is a blip on the map in Arkansas, marked by fishing holes, gravel roads, and hay fields. To get groceries the residents have to drive at least twenty minutes, but in a pinch they can stop by The Filling Station to gas up their vehicle or purchase an overpriced food item. You’ll meet the four main characters who live on the gravel roads, of course, but you’ll also run into family members. Small-town gossips. Neighbors who bring casseroles when you’re down. Friends who’d drop everything to assist in your time of need.
Carrie: love that small town state of mind! 🙂
Q: Brooke, Gatlin, Holly, and Hunter – these 4 lives are forever linked as only small towns can do. Which character do you most identify with personally?
Christina: Wow, that’s a hard question. There are bits of each of them that I can relate to, but I would have to say probably Gatlin. He’s a dreamer deep down, but he’s willing to put in the hard work in the meantime and wants the simple things in life.
Carrie: He sounds like a great guy!!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Written in the Stars?
Christina: That there’s hope beyond the current circumstance, even if the starting point is rock bottom. That those things that change us for the better can come from the unlikeliest places. And of course I’d like readers to see the kind of flyover town I grew up in – where there’s really only a gas station and not much else. Where the population is barely three digits and sometimes less.
Carrie: I love that!! Yes.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Christina: The second book in the Backroads series will release on October 3rd, Written in the Dust. The same little town of Hope Canyon takes center stage. After that, I’ve got some romantic comedy coming up and the characters from my first series decided they had more to say.
What about you? Are you a small-town or big-city kind of person?
There’s still a few hours left to enter this giveaway for a Kindle copy of Written in the Stars over at Julie Jobe’s blog! Click the graphic to head over there and enter.
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