Please tell us a bit about yourself.I’ve been a follower of Jesus Christ for over 35 years. My faith impacts every decision I make and every story I write. My writing has been described as “smart, fun, relatable” fiction. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, hosting a critique group, laughing with friends at book club, taking part in Bible studies, spending time with family, or involved in a home decorating project. I find humor in most every aspect of life. My husband and I live (and enjoy each other’s company) in Southern New Hampshire. Together, we have five married children and ten grandchildren.
As one of the winners in
the 2014 Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest, Double Header is my first published novel.
Casey Gallagher credits a carefully crafted game plan for her wins: her solid marriage to Sam;
her lucrative marketing career in Boston; and her popular sports column, Double Header, which
she writes with her brother, Griffin. When Casey discovers that her late father, the only man she
idolized, had an affair which produced a son even he didn't know about, she’s determined to
identify this walking threat to his memory before he can do any harm. When Casey attempts to fit
the changes that life throws at her into her idealistic plan, she’s challenged by the dialogue
running in her head. Is it her conscience or her imagination? Or is it the voice of the God she’s
not sure she believes in?
Congratulations on your newest release! Tell us a bit about your story.
Where did you get the inspiration for your story?The first novel I wrote—Party of One—was a finalist in the 2011 Operation First Novel contest. One of the characters in that book had a lot of my daughter’s characteristics. She was my inspiration for the protagonist in Double Header. Griffin, her brother in the book, is a lot like my two sons.
What do you hope folks will take away from your story?That God’s plans for you are always better than anything you can come up with. So let go of control and surrender to His will! It may not be easy, but it’s simple.
Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?The scene where their feisty literary agent, Roberta Herzog, scolds confident Casey and wise-cracking Griffin until they feel like they’ve been called to the principal’s office. She leaves them speechless for the first time.
I’m just finishing my third novel, Manhattan Grace. Set in
New York City, a young, confident actress is mentored in her faith by an older, wiser Messianic
rabbi, while she helps him pursue an unlikely romantic relationship with a famous Moldovan
opera soprano. Through a series of humorous misunderstandings, they find themselves embroiled
in a jewel heist at the Metropolitan Opera House.
What do you plan to work on next?
Where can readers connect with you?
Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest
Where can readers buy your book(s)?Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad, Paperback Amazon, Paperback Barnes & Noble
Last but not least, apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?I enjoy home decorating projects. I like choosing the colors and creating design, shopping, and putting it together—but I don’t paint or do construction.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, Crystal.