I have enjoyed the Summer Spotlight Series so far. I hope you have too. Today’s guest is Christina Lorenzen.
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. Rapunzel’s Lighthouse is Christina’s sixth book. She is also the author of A Husband for Danna, its sequel, A Wife for Humphrey, Snow Globe Reunion, Harvest Blessings and Healing Seas. She is busy working on a sweet romance that is set in the small town of Marion, Massachusetts, a town she spent all of her childhood summers in at the home of her maternal grandparents. 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.
Her most recent release, Rapunzel’s Lighthouse, is available on Amazon now.
Georgie Daniels rarely leaves the cottage attached to the Salt Cliffs lighthouse, except when necessary for a trip into town for food. For the last two years, since the lighthouse was declared a historic landmark, she’s lived in the cottage out of sight and, she hopes, out of the minds of the town. With the defunct lighthouse in arrears and in disrepair, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse will be on the auction block of the town hall’s steps. With long hair that no one has seen before, except in the fabled fairy tale Rapunzel, things were going well until new neighbor Colby Ford shows up on her doorstep.
Colby Ford didn’t intend to retire from the Navy, at least not right now. When he finds himself with an injury that pushes him into an early retirement, the possibility of opening a sailing school in the coastal town of Salt Cliffs is his only hope. Renting the Moore cottage, he needs to find the right location for his school and a place to store the boats. While in town, a conversation with a store keeper makes his curiosity about the lighthouse burn even stronger – what kind of woman lives alone in a defunct lighthouse? In need of paint for the cottage porch, he pays Georgie a visit. Feeling like he’s seen her before, that’s when it hits him – Georgie Daniels is a real life Rapunzel. And this Rapunzel wants nothing to do with being neighborly. Until she’s forced to save him during a storm.
Georgie and Colby have both had their share of disappointments and heartache. Just as Georgie is beginning to open up to him, a letter she finds threatens to shut her down again. Can their shared desperate need for a home bring them together?
Your newest book is Rapunzel’s Lighthouse. What about the classic Rapunzel story attracted you the most? Honestly, what compelled me to write Rapunzel’s Lighthouse was not only my love for the story, but the fact that it was my bedtime story as a child. My grandmother lived with us and on the nights she babysat she would tell me that story every time. She’d always offer a ‘new’ story, but Rapunzel was my choice. I must have heard her tell it a hundred times lol.
If you could say you learned one thing from one of your characters, what would it be? If I were to choose a lesson from a character, it would be Georgie, my heroine. Georgie suffered a few losses that made her give up on people and shut out the world. I’d say she taught me that there are always good people in the world. Don’t shut everyone out. Take the time to heal and then give people a chance.
What is your life like outside of writing? Well, I have much more free time now that I’m not homeschooling my children anymore. My daughter has graduated college, and my son is married and lives in the city. Writing is my job, and so most of the hours of the day are devoted to writing and administrative tasks. I do love animals. I have three cats and a dog and take care of a stray cat in my yard. I teach writing classes at the library and adult education center. And I love reading and spending time outside with my family.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse? If so, what is it? Yes. It’s the first verse that spoke to me years ago when I was going through a personal crisis after the loss of a young family member. Matthew 6:26-27. Though it’s an ongoing process, I have learned to worry less and trust God more.
To find out about Christina’s upcoming releases, visit her website at http://christinalorenzen.com/.
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Thank you so much for appearing on my blog, Christina! I wish you the best of success in your writing career! If you have questions for Christina, feel free to leave a comment below. See you all next week with Author Carol McClain.