Please join me today in welcoming author Christina Sinisi to the blog to chat about her contemporary romance, Why They Call It Falling!
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Sinisi writes stories about families, both the broken and blessed. Her works include a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and the American Title IV Contest where she appeared in the top ten in the Romantic Times magazine. Her published books include Christmas Confusion, Sweet Summer, and the Christmas on Ocracoke. By day, she is a psychology professor and lives in the LowCountry of South Carolina with her husband, two children and her crazy cat Chessie Mae.
You can connect with Christina on her website and Facebook.
WHY THEY CALL IT FALLING by Christina Sinisi
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Anaiah Press
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2022
Formerly the wild child of three sisters, Emma Marano grew up to be a single mom working two jobs, estranged from her mother, and lying to her friends. She’d told everyone that her daughter’s father wanted nothing to do with his child, but in reality, her own inability to deal with her mistakes and shame led to the biggest lie of her life. But her daughter, Haley, is all Emma has in the world, so how can she regret keeping Haley to herself? Emma’s struggling, though, and her life is slowly imploding.
Right after high school, Justin Lee broke up with Emma Marano and joined the Army, leaving her and all her drama behind. Years later, he stumbles upon her and what turns out to be a daughter he never knew he had. Angry and confused, he insists on having a relationship with his daughter, but to do so, he’ll need to rebuild some sort of relationship with Emma, too. As he gets to know his daughter—and Emma again—he soon realizes that his biggest mistake was leaving her all those years ago. What he dismissed as drama turns out to be a serious mental health issue, and Emma needs help. Now, Justin has to decide if he can see past her flaws and forgive her lies, and together, they’ll have to work to reclaim their love and a faith in each other and in God, or they risk losing something precious in the process.
Hi Christina! Welcome to the blog!
Christina: Apples—pie, baby. I love apple pie and baking.
Carrie: Right? yum!
Christina: Summer—we live in South Carolina near the beach, probably enough said. 😊
Carrie: see…. that would be my exact same reason for preferring winter LOL #toohot
Christina: Both. I love them both, is that okay?
Carrie: it is absolutely ok – especially when it comes to cute & lovable snuggle buddies 🙂
Christina: Tea. We just went to England, and I drank the tea. With milk. Now I love it. What is happening?
Carrie: haha! I keep thinking that maybe if I too drank it with milk I would start liking tea.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Christina: I would love to fly. When going over bridges, I have this strong desire to fly off the side and over the water. Don’t worry, I won’t, but how beautiful that view would be…
Carrie: being able to fly would solve a lot of travel problems too!
Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Christina: My five most cherished books are the Island Stallion by Walter Farley, Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott, C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters,The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, and Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Dress. Wow, that was hard. There are so many! Wait, can I add Pride and Prejudice? And Karen Kingsbury and…
Carrie: lol i know – it’s terrible to limit you to 5 😉
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Christina: I now have my own office at home! For years, I just wrote wherever I could find a spot—the couch, the kitchen table, anywhere. Now, I have a lovely desk looking out a picture window on to our green yard and trees with swamp moss. My quirk, though, is that I can’t sit still very long anymore when I write. I will write a page or two, then go clean the kitchen. I suddenly develop ADD. It’s a problem.
Carrie: that could definitely be a problem haha
Q: Which of your main characters in Why They Call It Falling is most like you?
Christina: I think I often identify with my heroine in some way. I certainly did so in Why They Call It Falling. While I am not a single mom and didn’t lose my father at a young age, I do sometimes struggle with feelings of inadequacy as a mother, and I sometimes spiral into thinking that nothing is ever going to be good again. From what I can tell, we all experience these fears and insecurities at some time. Emma suffers more than normal, though, and her fears interfere with her ability to function, though, and that is the crucial aspect of the story.
Carrie: I think, especially with the chaos in the world right now, a lot of people have fears that interfere in some capacity with their ability to function – what an important heroine to showcase in this story!
Q: Which character was the most difficult to write?
Christina: Also, Emma. When I write, I play the scenes out in my head like a movie. When she cried, I came very close—certainly got teary-eyed at some points. When she was happy, though, that is a wonderful feeling.
Carrie: awww ♥ I love characters that I can connect with emotionally.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Why They Call it Falling?
Christina: No matter what you have done or what your flaws, God loves you and is right there with you, on the floor, curled up in bed in a fetal position, lost. He will never leave you.
Carrie: amen & amen
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: You are welcome and thank you! I am working on a follow-up to Christmas on Ocracoke, titled Hope of Hatteras. I love the Outer Banks and the sense of isolation while being overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s creation.
Christina Sinisi is offering an ebook copy of Why They Call It Falling to one of my readers! (Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read Why They Call It Falling by Christina Sinisi?
I will try this a second time. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.
Debra, thank you so much for commenting! God bless you as well.
Sounds like a good book.
Thank you! I think it is. 😉 Have a wonderful day, Christina
Thank you. I really enjoyed Carrie’s questions. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Oh – this sounds like a wonderful story!
Cheryl, thank you! Have a wonderful day!
Cheryl, thank you so much! I hope you have a blessed day, Christina
I want to read this book because of book cover, title, excerpt, blurb and the author.
Looks like a great book to read and a best seller.
Thank you! Wow. 🙂
I enjoy reading about 2nd chances
Thank you! And me, too–the thing is, there is some truth to this story…there was a boy on the school bus who asked me to wait for him…and I forgot his name! Time is a funny thing.
Wait…that’s the book I’m working on now. Hmmm…I might like this kind of story!
This sounds like a book with such a positive message
I’m looking forward to the next story!
Thank you! 🙂