Author chat with Sweet Summer's Christina Sinisi!



Hi Christina! Thank you for being a guest on the blog today. Congratulations on your new release.


Please tell us about yourself. What do you like to do in your spare time?


First, thank you so much for this opportunity to share with your blog readers!  I appreciate the chance to share and to get to know them a little better.

Second, about me—I have been writing ever since I learned how—in third grade, I started writing poetry. At the same time, I needed to make a living, so I am a psychology professor during the day and writer by night. I have been married to my husband, Kyle for 35 years (!) and have two grown children, Scott and Lindsey.


In my spare time, I love to bake, read, and bike. I would work in the garden if I could get anything to grow in this South Carolina dirt/sand.


What drew you to the characters you’ve written in your story, are they based on real life persons?


Sweet Summer is my most recent book. It’s the second book in the Summer Creek series, with Christmas Confusion the first and the upcoming Why They Call It Falling the third and final book. The heroine in Christmas Confusion was inspired by a sweet young lady in my church who, at the time I started the book, didn’t have a love interest, so I created one for her. Then, my mentor read that book and wanted to read the sister’s stories. I started writing. Sweet Summer is the youngest sister, Shelby’s story. Shelby is fun-loving and a risk-taker, but part of that is to hide her own fears of death and loss.


The hero, Tyler, on the other hand, is shy and definitely not a risk-taker. This time, opposites attract, and they stick.


As people read your story what are some things, you’d like them to take away from it?


God is in control, and we can trust Him. Yes, bad things may and will happen, but he will be there for us and with us. Also, maybe don’t judge a book by its cover—not literally, the actual cover is pretty cool—but in real life with real people.

Writers are also voracious readers, what’s currently in your “to-be-read” stack?

I’m writing this before Christmas, so I have several Christmas reads in my pile. First on the list is The Christmas Tin for my church book club. And then I have a whole list!  Included are my local ACFW President Laurie Larsen’s The Big Apple Christmas and an anthology titled, The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection.


Writers can be a tad bit quirky, myself included. What are some of the things you like to do while writing? Do you have a favorite snack, beverage, or music?


Actually, I may be quirky in my lack of quirks while writing. If I want to concentrate, I prefer silence. If I’m doing something tedious, like grading papers or editing for grammar and simple mistakes, then I’ll bounce around Youtube and listen to anything from Christian Contemporary to Country to Celtic music. And, horrors! I don’t like coffee so ice water is my drink unless there’s some sweet tea around. But, really, I’ll write anywhere, any time.


Could you share with us what is next for you in either publication or story creation?


The third book in the Summer Creek series, Why They Call It Falling, is set to be released in May of 2022. That book is the middle sister, Emma’s, story. She was somewhat the villainess in the first book of the series, and it was a challenge to tell her story so that people could understand why she did what she did. The hero, Justin, is the man who broke her heart their freshman year of college. It’s a second chance romance and I love how Justin steps up to be the man she needs him to be.


If you could share dinner with one literary figure, whom would it be?


If we include the Bible as literature, then I want to meet Jesus face to face. If not, then Jaime from Outlander is an obvious choice, but then, there are some not so obvious (I’m not good with choosing just one, in case you can’t tell) choices. I’d love to meet Alec from the Black Stallion just because I was obsessed with horses when I was growing up and then there was the love interest in Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott.

Ah, so many heroes and so little time!

It was a pleasure to chat with you, Christina! Congratulations again on your upcoming releases. Wishing you all the best. Blessings!



Back Cover Copy, Sweet Summer-

 Shelby Marano is the youngest of three sisters and was always Daddy’s baby girl—until her father was murdered when she was only eight years old. Ever since, she’s been running from anyone or anything that could truly hurt her. Instead, she seeks calculated thrills that leave her exhilarated, but when she’s caught outside during a summer storm, she quickly realizes not all adventures are within her control.

Tyler Burgess struggles with the responsibility of caring for a mother suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Forced to take a leave of absence from work and put his life on hold, his only reprieve is the volunteer work he does at the local museum. When a soaking wet Shelby barges in, he offers her both refuge from the rain and a safe place to land. She's the breath of fresh air he didn't know he needed.

Time spent with Tyler proves him to be much more than just a nerd in a history museum, but what she finds out about him is a dealbreaker for her. As Shelby’s perfect little world is threatened by family health issues and an unknown stalker, she learns the hard lesson that no one can hide from the dangers of life.  Can Shelby let her sisters, Tyler, and even more importantly, God, show her in one Sweet Summer that love is worth taking the risk?   

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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 The Christmas Confusion and 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.