1. Tell us about your newest release.
Coming Home is a contemporary romance about a woman with a troubled past who returns to her hometown only to realize that her long-buried feelings for a certain hometown boy from her teenage years are still very much alive and well. If you still remember that special someone for whom you carried a secret torch during your own adolescence—and you enjoy a good friends-to-lovers kind of story—then this just might be the book for you!
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
It’s tough to narrow it down. I like the emotion when the heroine, Callie, finally confronts someone from her childhood; but I also like the romance when Callie and Danny— the man she has never gotten over—finally come clean with their feelings. Humor and quick banter are favorites of mine, though, so I think I’d have to say one of my favorite scenes is about a third of the way through the story when Callie and Danny are manipulated into a dinner date by Callie’s mom that is purely platonic on the surface but has a clear undercurrent of attraction.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since I was about seven years old, and I used to write paragraph-long stories that were mostly about the Black Stallion; not surprisingly, I also planned to have a horse ranch when I grew up(seven-year-olds don’t tend to limit themselves). But I’m not overly fond of manure, so writing proved to be more the more practical choice.
4. What is a typical writing day like?
Right now it’s choppy since I also teach kindergarten full time—now there’s some rich material for a book! My writing periods tend to be during evenings and weekends. Now that I’m learning more about the importance of social media for today’s writer, my writing consists of both fiction-writing and blogging, so lately I feel like I’m joined at the hip/motherboard to my computer. It’s a good thing we get along so well.
5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
I wish I could say something colorful like I must have a dish of pickled herring beside me at all times or that I only write when I can have Engelbert Humperdinck playing in the background, but my writing habits are pretty normal. I think.
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
That as exciting as it is to be published, it’s just the tip of the iceberg for the whole writing process. I had no idea how important networking was, or social media, and I certainly didn’t expect to create and run my own website. Just the fact that I did that on my own without curling up into the fetal position was a huge surprise in and of itself.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I think there are too many authors to count. J.R.R. Tolkein, Barbara Michaels, LaVyrle Spencer, Clive Cussler, Jane Austen, Stephen King, Nevada Barr, Jennifer Crusie—I’ve enjoyed so many different authors and so many different genres, and I think they’ve all had an impact on me. And I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve had many friends who have been supportive of my writing, although for years I was too shy to share much of it with them.
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They’re very proud. They keep asking me to sign a copy of my book, but since it’s an ebook, we’re kind of stymied so far...
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
Reading, of course. Ballroom dancing (that’s how I met my husband). A little gardening. I like to dabble in a few things; I took bellydancing classes for a while, and that was fun, and I tried a fencing class for a semester but had far too much respect for the sport to do it again. I was NOT very good.
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
Yes, thanks for asking! I have another contemporary romance coming out July 22nd through Crimson Romance that’s tentatively titled The Bargain. Here’s a brief description from off of my website:
An awkward wallflower pursues her former high school crush by enlisting an unlikely ally–his estranged ne’er-do-well brother–in a wary bargain that ends up transforming them both.
Shannon Mahoney is a lot more comfortable with power tools than she is with high heels or lipstick, and she often wishes she could reinvent herself and finally tell her perfect boss that she has had a crush on him since high school. But when his ladykiller older brother Michael returns to town–a former bad boy looking for redemption–Shannon starts to realize that maybe love isn’t about reinventing yourself after all. It’s about finding your perfect match.
11. How can readers connect with you online?
I have a website at http://christinesfeldman.com/
a Crimson Romance page at http://www.crimsonromance.com/crimson-romance-ebooks/crimson-romance-book-genres/contemporary-romance-novels/coming-home/
and a Facebook Author Page at https://www.facebook.com/ChristineSFeldman
So please stop by, because I would love to hear from you!
Thank you so much for having me today!