Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Christina Suzann Nelson & What Happens Next

Posted January 18, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christina Suzann Nelson, contemporary, giveaway / 26 Comments

I’m delighted today to welcome Christina Suzann Nelson to the blog to chat about her brand new release, What Happens Next!

Christina Suzann Nelson in an inspirational speaker and Christy award-winning author of The Way It Should Be. Her debut novel, If We Make It Home, was honored as one of Library Journal’s top five inspirational novels of 2017.

In 2017, Christina was named the OCW Cascade’s Writer of Promise and received a Cascade award for her novel, Swimming in the Deep End.

Her stories have been published in the Cup of Comfort for a Better World, Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, as well as other publications.

Christina is over the top about her passions, including the stories created somewhere in the twists and turns of her less-than-focused brain. When she’s not writing, Christina serves on the board of the non-profit, Every Child Linn-Benton, where she has the opportunity to influence the lives of families and children in the foster care system.

On a typical day, she chases escaped farm animals, reads, hikes with her dog, and enjoys her husband and six kids.

You can connect with Christina on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT by Christina Suzann Nelson
GENRE: Inspirational Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: January 17, 2023
PAGES: 366

“Everyone has a story, and maybe everyone needs a little help toward healing.”

Popular podcaster and ex-reporter Faith Byrne has made a name for herself telling stories of greatness after tragedy–but her real life does not mirror the stories she tells. While her daughters spend the summer in Hawaii with her ex-husband and his new wife, she must manage life on her own. But all that changes when she’s asked to spotlight her childhood best friend’s missing person case on her podcast.

Dora Crane has never accepted that her younger daughter could be dead, keeping her home looking the same as when her daughter disappeared. But when her husband leaves her, and her older daughter intervenes, she agrees to counseling and to pack up her missing daughter’s belongings under one condition: Faith Byrne comes to Deep Valley and sheds light on the cold case.

As the investigation moves forward, the two women uncover desperate secrets, and Faith and Dora must face the long-hidden truth before they can begin to move forward.

Award-winning author Christina Suzann Nelson masterfully leads readers on a journey of discovery, healing, and friendship in this suspenseful and poignant tale.


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Hi Christina! Welcome to the blog!

Christina: Audiobooks! I’m an audiobook junkie. One of my great fears is getting out of cell service and not having a book downloaded.

Carrie: that would be bad!

Christina: Under, because that is the correct way to hang toilet paper.

Carrie: exactly! 🙂

Christina: So, I thought Coke was my favorite for many years, but recently, I did a blind taste test. It turns out I prefer PEPSI! Also, Pepsi is fun to say.

Carrie: oh that’s interesting! And I won’t hold it against you 😉

Christina: Mountains. Living in the valley that runs through Oregon, I have mountains and ocean available within an hour’s drive. Both are amazing, but the mountains are my place.

Carrie: yes! for me too!

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

Christina: This is going to sound lame, but I’d love to be able to heal past traumas. Wouldn’t it be great to touch someone and have their brains suddenly rejuvenate? If that wasn’t possible, I’d love the superpower to clean my house in under 60 seconds.

Carrie: I don’t think that’s lame at all – it would be a wonderful superpower to have ♥ And so would the cleaning one 🙂

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.

Christina: I had the privilege of reading for the Christianity Today Book of the Year award. I was so impressed by Michelle Shocklee’s Count the Night by Stars.

I also really enjoyed Shadow in the Mind’s Eye by Janyre Tromp, The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo Wright, and Fall Out by Carrie Stuart Parks.

Carrie: excellent reads!!!

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Christina: Honestly, my favorite place to write is alone in the mountains. However, I have six kids, so I write locked in my office or while my youngest hangs over my shoulder.

Carrie: haha!

Q: What surprised you about What Happens Next or your characters as you wrote their story?

Christina: Heather. Her point of view was like writing a coming-of-age novel for me. I loved stepping back into 1987. It felt like dreams were so alive at that point in the story.

Carrie: i love that!

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing What Happens Next, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?

Christina: I was even shocked at how far this story strayed from the original synopsis. The characters take control no matter how hard I fight them. I find the story comes out better when I let them do it their way.

Carrie: i remain ever fascinated by that process haha

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from What Happens Next?

Christina: I’d like readers to take away a new level of empathy and to feel they have permission to grieve not only the loss of a loved one but the loss of their visions for the future. Life is full of joy, but there is a time for lament.

Carrie: 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: I’m working on a follow up to my debut novel, If We Make It Home. Jenna, Vicky, and Ireland are taking a road trip together in an RV. What could possibly go wrong?

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What about you? What makes you want to read What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson?

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26 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Christina Suzann Nelson & What Happens Next

  1. Anita Yancey

    I really like the story and the fact that it has a mystery and secrets. I haven’t read any books by this author, but I will now.

  2. Regina

    Thank you for the interview. I love the cover of this book. It leaves me wondering what happens next! 😉

  3. Roxanne C.

    I am so intrigued by the book blurb and wondering what happened to Faith’s friend and what else is uncovered.

  4. Laura C

    I love what Christina said at the end of the interview, “Life is full of joy, but there is a time for lament.” Sounds perfect! Plus I’ve never read any of her books before, though I have several on my TBR, and she’s from my home state of OR!

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