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Christine Stinson

Posted on 13 December, 2011 at 15:58
G'day! :)
 
Welcome to today's blog and thanks for popping by!
 
I cannot believe a week has passed since our last Awesome Aussie Authors feature but as they say time flies when you're having fun...or running around like a headless chicken trying to shop, entertain the kids and prepare for Christmas!
 
 
Today I have the awesomely talented, witty and kind hearted Christine Stinson with us. Her two books, Getting Even with Fran and It Takes a Village are absolute page turners and occupy a very special place on my bookshelf. It is feel good writing at its very best and being set in Australia makes it that much more magical!
 
 
Welcome, Christine, I’m so thrilled to have you here.  
 
 
Where were you born, raised, schooled and what was the most mischievous thing you did when you were a child?
 
I was born in Sydney, the middle child of three, and grew up in the southern suburbs. My parents sent me to the local primary school, which I loved, except for my second class teacher who used to cane me with a map pointer for making a mess of my ‘modified cursive writing’ practice sheets. Too many inkblots – and swollen knuckles only made me messier! Mum used to walk us the mile to school each morning and for a week, I beat her home again, refusing to go to school. After a week of that, she finally believed something was wrong, spoke to the teacher and the beating stopped. I went to a day/boarding school for high school and didn’t particularly love it, but it did have a great library. I was always in trouble for reading books under the desk during class.
 
 
 
 
How long did it take you to get published and how did you feel when you were told you had a contract?
 
I’ve been writing stories since I was in third class, so I guess you could say it’s taken me most of my life. I was over the moon when I was offered a two-book contract. Had to read the email three times then get my husband to read it, too, before I could take in the fact that there was no ‘but…’ That was such a happy day, particularly hearing my children say how proud they were of me for sticking with it through the rejections.
 
 
 
What time of the day/night do you prefer to write and where do you like to write?
 
I write anytime, but probably prefer to write in the morning. I have a study, a little room off the kitchen with a desk, bookcase, day bed and a mat for Benny the Beagle who loves to keep me company while I work. I don’t always enjoy his company quite as much – he’s developed a bit of a flatulence problem over the years…
 
 
 
Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming book? And what date it will be released?
 
My third book has the working title of “Epiphany”. It’s about two-thirds finished and there’s no release date as yet. It’s a story about friendship – and how far you’d go to save someone you love.
 
 
 
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
 
The inspiration always comes from life. Writers are busybodies by nature, I think, always wanting to know the how and why of everything. For “Epiphany”, I needed a new ‘career’ for my main character: all I know is teaching, since I was a high school teacher for a lot of years. I have a friend who’s a conductor, currently living and working in Hamburg but also conducting – or ‘making music’, as she calls it – all over the world. I asked if I could use her ‘job’ for the heroine of book 3 and was thrilled when she said yes. She’s been a tremendous source of information and, naturally, inspiration! But like the first two books, book 3 is set in Australia. After all, it’s the best setting in the world! (Totally unbiased opinion.)
 
 
 
What is your favourite meal?
 
Seafood is always a winner, particularly if it’s a seafood meal shared with family and good friends.
 
 
 
Who is your favourite Australian?
 
I had the privilege of meeting Nancy Wake some years ago and was mightily impressed by her spirit and courage as well as her wicked sense of humour. “The White Mouse” is an absolute ripper of a book, too.
 
 
 
What is your favourite Aussie saying?
 
Wouldn’t be dead for quids!
 
 
 
Where would be your ideal place to holiday?
 
Somewhere with beaches and mountains for swimming and long hikes. Since this is my dream place, there would be a self-contained apartment, big enough for the whole family. That way we could cook – my children love cooking as much as I do – as well as go out for the occasional meal. There would be just enough peace and quiet on offer to read a book a day. And write…it wouldn’t be the perfect holiday if I didn’t do a bit of that, too.
 
 
Thank you, Christine, for giving us a peak into your world, and what a wonderful world it is! I love the title of your upcoming book, Epiphany. It has me intrigued! What a wonderful name. And once again, congratulations on It Takes a Village winning cover of the year at the RWA awards this year. It is one of my favourite covers too :)
 
 
 You can visit Christine at her website…http://www.christinestinson.com
 
 
Thought for this week
“Listening to your dreams is a great way of keeping in touch with your soul”
 
 
Next week Anna Campbell will be our guest….how thrilling!
 
 
Until then, keep smiling and dreaming
 
 
Mandy :)
 
 
 

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624 Comments

Reply Christine Stinson
22:39 on 13 December, 2011 
Thanks so much for including me in your Aussie Authors blog, Mandy. It's a thrill as well as a pleasure to be here. By the way, I like your thought for this week, good one. All the best to you and yours,
Christine
Reply Helene
22:46 on 13 December, 2011 
Lovely interview, ladies! Your ideal place for a holiday sounds perfect, Christine:)
Reply Barbara
22:57 on 13 December, 2011 
Hi Christine and Mandy, loved reading this interview. I've heard great things about It Takes A Village and I'm going to add it to my reading list. Now! Today!! Your conductor heroine sounds interesting too, Christine. Great going!
Reply Josephine Ngu
23:21 on 13 December, 2011 
Hi Mandy What a nice Interview thanks for posting it on my page ,i will love to read Christine book soon.Thanks Christine for such a wonderful interview.
By the way nice thought for the day.
Reply Jenn J McLeod
7:38 on 14 December, 2011 
Oooh I have mountains and beaches. Come visit my village, Christine :) We're a dog friendly B&B so Benny would be impressed too BTW - loved Fran and all those POVs!!!!!!
Reply Christine Stinson
20:08 on 14 December, 2011 
Thanks to Mandy, Helene, Barbara, Josephine and Jenn. Will definitely have to come and visit, Jenn, but may need to leave Beenny at home. The poor fella gets car sick while we're backing oput of the driveway... Glad you enjoyed "Getting even with Fran". Have a great Christmas, everyone!
Reply Mandy Magro
5:24 on 15 December, 2011 
Christine Stinson says...
Thanks so much for including me in your Aussie Authors blog, Mandy. It's a thrill as well as a pleasure to be here. By the way, I like your thought for this week, good one. All the best to you and yours,
Christine

You are more than welcome, Christine. I was honoured to have you visit. Merry christmas!
Reply Mandy
5:25 on 15 December, 2011 
Helene says...
Lovely interview, ladies! Your ideal place for a holiday sounds perfect, Christine:)

Cheers Helene! Thanks for popping by. x
Reply Mandy
5:38 on 15 December, 2011 
Barbara says...
Hi Christine and Mandy, loved reading this interview. I've heard great things about It Takes A Village and I'm going to add it to my reading list. Now! Today!! Your conductor heroine sounds interesting too, Christine. Great going!

Hi Barbara, thanks for popping by. You will be gripped to the pages of Christine's books. Such gripping reads! xx
Reply Mandy
5:39 on 15 December, 2011 
Josephine Ngu says...
Hi Mandy What a nice Interview thanks for posting it on my page ,i will love to read Christine book soon.Thanks Christine for such a wonderful interview.
By the way nice thought for the day.

Thanks :) x
Reply Mandy
5:40 on 15 December, 2011 
Jenn J McLeod says...
Oooh I have mountains and beaches. Come visit my village, Christine :) We're a dog friendly B&B so Benny would be impressed too BTW - loved Fran and all those POVs!!!!!!

Sounds like you have a beautiful place there Jenn :)
Reply Fiona Palmer
1:42 on 16 December, 2011 
Ah Christine my dog also gets car sick. She threw up in my handbag once, all over my book i was reading. She's not been in our car since. Great interview, can't wait to read ITAV. Its in the middle of my tbr pile. Thanks ladies :) xx
Reply Mandy
6:03 on 16 December, 2011 
Fiona Palmer says...
Ah Christine my dog also gets car sick. She threw up in my handbag once, all over my book i was reading. She's not been in our car since. Great interview, can't wait to read ITAV. Its in the middle of my tbr pile. Thanks ladies :) xx

Hi Fee, thanks for swinging by :) Yep, my dog got car sick and threw up all over me when he was a puppy...lovely! xx
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