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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Historical Writer is born By Christina Lorenzen

I’ve been drawn to historical books for the last several years. I mean, come on. Those covers! Dashing heroes, heroines draped in fabulous, gauzy gowns and those back cover blurbs. When I go to my local Barnes & Noble they know me. A clerk never fails to come up to me and offer me a basket for my purchases. Because they know I’m not just ‘browsing’ and they know most likely my arms will be juggling more than 2 or 3 books.
I read in several genres within the romance genre and outside of that I love mysteries and women’s fiction. The idea of trying my hand at writing a historical romance has been dancing around in the back of my mind for several years. But the push I needed was when my publisher put a call out for a collection of romances that would take place in New York. Without even thinking I volunteered to write a historical. My first historical romance. I wasn’t sure what I was in for but by this point I had read lots of them and I felt I was up for the challenge.
I really didn’t know what I was in for. My first attempt was to write the story of my heart –a pirate romance. Because the story was going to be set on Long Island, New York, I was ready to write about the 1700s, when there was quite a bit of pirate activity here on the island. Flash forward to a lot of research, some dialogue challenges and one writer pulling her hair out. Next up, rum runners. I sure was learning a lot about my lovely Long Island’s history. But it just wasn’t gelling. I put my work away and sat down to watch a movie with my daughter. The Titanic.
My husband’s grandmother was born March 3, 1912. She loved to talk about all the stories she’d heard about one of the biggest events in the history of that year. When the movie came out in 1997, she was thrilled to see it with my mother-in-law. She talked about that movie for months to come. It was that night that my first historical novel was born. Well, not quite but the seed for the idea was planted. There’s an abundance of information about the famous ship’s ill fated voyage. I was like a duck in a puddle, rolling for joy as I read articles after article and perused the fashions worn during 1912. The more I learned the more my story took form.
I absolutely loved researching. I had so much fun creating characters that might have lived all those years ago. I loved all the little history lessons I learned along the way. Healing Seas is my first historical story, but in no way my last. I’m looking forward to getting started on my next. Now, what time period should I try my hand at next?
If you love historical novels, tell me your favorite time period to read and why. I loved to chat with you.

About Christina...
Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those 

stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door-­to-‑door saleswoman.

Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. Healing Seas, her first historical romance, is Christina's fifth book. She is also the author of A Husband for Danna, its sequel, A Wife for Humphrey, Snow Globe Reunion and Harvest Blessings. She is busy working on a modern retelling of the classic tale, Rapunzel. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.

Christina Lorenzen 

In just a matter of days, Addie Mayfield’s life is upended. Through an arrangement her father makes, she sets sail on the RMS Titanic as governess to the two young Fairchild children. When tragedy strikes, she finds herself rescued alongside strangers on the RMS Carpathia, headed for New York City. Far from home, she is taken in by the O’Reilly family to wait for her family to send for her. With no money for her passage home, she’s brought to the small hamlet of Montauk to become a caretaker for a great aunt she has never met. 

Captain Frank Shea is a man without a ship. Removed from duty as captain of the RMS Morrow, he’s come to Montauk to recover from a leg injury. More painful than the injury is his fall from grace after spending his entire life at sea. The ocean was his home and he has never needed anyone. Now faced with an uncertain future, he’s desperate for a way back to the sea. Until he meets Addie Mayfield, a woman who is just as lost as he is.

Can these two people find hope for the future after all they’ve lost? Can an unexpected love heal two broken souls?


Paris said...

Welcome, Christina! HEALING SEAS sounds like a wonderful story!

Christina said...

Thank you, Paris! I do hope you'll pick it up. I'd love to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

Melissa Keir said...

It's fun to hear about your writing process. Sometimes stories don't fit for a time but you may come back to your pirates! Who doesn't love a strong sailor lad?!

Healing Seas sounds fabulous. I wish you all the best!

Christina said...

Thanks Melissa. I still have that pirate story rolling around in my head so someday its bound to get out lol. Thanks for the well wishes. And thanks for stopping by!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

I do love to read historicals, but could never write one. Congratulations on your story.

Christina said...

Thanks Vicki! I hope you'll check out Healing Seas. I'd love to hear from historical readers. You guys have much good info to share. Thanks for stopping by!

jean hart stewart said...

I write some historical, and love doing them. Lots of checking and rechecking though. Yours sounds very interesting. Good luck with it!

Christina said...

I really enjoyed writing this one, Jean. I do see how you would need to do lots of checking for accuracy. Thank you for stopping by today.

Janice Seagraves said...

Historicals are notoriously hard to write but the readers are devoted.

Good for you. I'm glad you're enjoying the challenge.

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