A Christmas Chat with Christine Schimpf (Giveaway)


Christine Schimpf

on Inspirational Moments





I'd like to welcome Christine Schimpf to Inspirational Moments! She's a wonderful Christian author who has just released a Christmas book called A Christmas Kind of Perfect. More details about that book at the end of the interview! Did I say she's wonderful? She's even giving away a free e-book this week. So, make sure you pay attention to the interview and comment at the end for your chance to win! Here we go.

Renee: Hi there, Christine, welcome. I guess we'd better get started. Everyone's chomping at the bit to get to know you. First things, first....what brings you joy about writing?

Christine: There are times during the editing process that I throw my head back and laugh at some of things I have my characters say and then comment to my husband on how funny they are. It’s then I realize they're not real people and laugh at myself again. Writing is such a wonderful creative outlet for me and melding it with a faith statement that gives the story some bones and meaning make it all the more fascinating for me as a writer.

Renee: We do get submersed in our characters, don't we? They are very real to us! Speaking of your husband, what does your family think of your writing?

Christine: My husband, Ernie, is my biggest fan and cheerleader. He asked me to write his grandparents’ love story. That’s when my writing career really started. My family feels pretty special walking into a store and seeing my book on the shelf or on Amazon’s book page. My oldest granddaughter, whom I dedicated my Christmas romance, helps me edit my work when she visits. We sit behind the computer screen, chairs touching, and go through the lines together. My two little grandsons ask me, “Nana, are you a real author? Cool!” That’s pretty special right there.

Renee: There is nothing like a little bit of respect and admiration to make it all worthwhile. It's hard to sit down at the computer or paper day after day, especially since we see buck a big system, when our reward as Christian authors is not of this world. I'm so glad you have your family behind you. I know you have a current release but is there anything on the horizon for you?

Christine: Actually yes. In September, I finished a romantic novella entitled, A Perfect Fit, a spin-off romance from A Christmas Kind of Perfect. The story steps into the life of a young woman who typically chooses the wrong kind of man until she turns the decision over to God. But it’s not always easy letting go, even of behaviors that hurt us. 
Presently, I’m working on A Perfect Ending another spin-off romance from A Christmas Kind of Perfect with intentions on finishing that work by summer 2018.  This story peeks in on a woman with a professional career. Her intentions are to keep moving forward and achieving more and more success until God places her in an unexpected situation and turns her world upside down.

Renee: A trilogy of romance! This is exciting, folks! I can't wait to read all three. Thanks for stopping by Inspirational Moments, Christine. It's been a blast visiting with you. Let us know when your next book pops out on those store shelves so we can add it to our collections.


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E-BOOK GIVEAWAY


ANSWER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW TO ENTER (with email address):

1. WHAT WAS CHRISTINE'S GRANDSONS' RESPONSE WHEN SHE VERIFIED THAT SHE WAS INDEED "A REAL AUTHOR?"

2. WHO HELPS EDIT CHRISTINE'S WORK?

3. COMMENT ON BLOG POST.

One winner will be selected by random draw on 12/20/2017 from all eligible entrants (all comments which include a valid email address). Prize includes one e-book of A Christmas Kind of Perfect by Christine Schimpf. Winner will be notified via email provided in comment. 

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About the Book: 


Conrad Hamilton thought his life would be easy. A great job running his own construction business, living in his hometown in Door County, Wisconsin, with Lila Clark by his side. He planned on marrying her as soon as she returned from her Chicago internship but it never happened. 
Lila never expected to become a successful writer nor did she plan on spending the last decade in New York. But she did. 
Can the magic of Christmas turn two hearts back to one another again or is it too late to capture that special kind of perfect?






Excerpt:

Chapter 1 
Lower Manhattan, New York  
 
     Lila almost tripped over her suitcase as she swept into her apartment. Hand to chest, she willed the panic to subside. It seemed that everywhere she went lately, she saw a tall, broad-shouldered man who reminded her of…him. Her first love. He was even showing up in her dreams.  
     Taking a deep breath, she locked the door and kicked off her high-heels. She dragged the suitcase to her bedroom and quickly unpacked as if by doing so she could set memories from ten years ago back in the closet of her mind where they belonged.  
     It hadn’t mattered where her book signing was or that she’d been out on the west coast working on the movie versions of her books, Conrad haunted her.  
     Ah, the mind of an author was a terrifying place at times. She’d been working too hard. At least that’s the excuse she gave herself. Settling into more comfortable clothes she headed to the kitchen. 
     Lila walked to the window of her apartment cradling a cup of chamomile tea sweetened with honey. She watched the street traffic below, which reminded her of a busy ant colony. How she wished the city would sleep, if only for one night. Oh, the blessed silence. She’d walk for miles. Better yet, she’d run. Although Lila feared the attempt wouldn’t be easy. Like so many other activities she used to enjoy doing, she’d abandoned running since moving to the Big Apple years ago.  
     She padded over to her favorite chair, a chaise lounge in dire need of new fabric, and snuggled in like a fat cat finding its spot. The chair stuck out compared to the eclectic-themed room, but Lila refused to reupholster the piece despite the persuasive arguments from her friends. In an odd sort of way, Lila drew comfort from the inanimate object. They shared the same flaw—an inability to fit in with their surroundings.  
     Lila’s bones ached. Now that she was back in the city, her life would return to normal. She’d hibernate for the next few weeks and start outlining her next book. Ugh. At this point, she’d much rather clean her uncle’s morning catch of fish.  
     Goodness, what had made her think of her uncle? He’d died years ago.  
     Reaching for the remote, she flicked on the receiver. Sounds from an acoustic guitar filled the room. Ooh, much better. She placed her emptied cup near her phone on the end table, leaned her head back on the cushion, and stared up at the ceiling.  
     Her smartphone buzzed. Ahh. The phone always seemed to ring at the worst of times, scaring her half to death. The clock had barely moved five minutes, and she’d bet her last chocolate donut that her agent Andrea was calling with another idea for a book tour. Lila swiped the call through. With tired eyes and a worn-out spirit, she forced a pleasant tone. Sounding irritated was not how Lila wanted to present herself. “Hello.”
     “Hi, I’m calling for Lila Clark.” 
     Lila’s heart stopped as if she’d skidded on ice and slammed her vehicle into a fire hydrant. This wasn’t Andrea. She recognized the sing-song melody in the caller’s voice, so reminiscent of someone from the past. Was her memory going as well as her stamina?


About the Author:

 
Christine Schimpf was born and raised in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and is an award winning essayist.

Her debut novel, Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime (2011) is based on the life of her grandfather-in-law. "It's about love, immigration, risk, fear and success all rolled into one powerful story," says Schimpf.  Five years after its release, the book remains the #1 best seller in her hometown at a local book store and gift shop. 

The Ticket (2015), an inspirational romance set during the construction of Titanic centers on a young woman overcoming selfishness. The book won the 2014 semifinalist seat in the American Christian Fiction Writers Association’s Genesis Contest in the Historical Romance Novella category.

Christmas 2017 Prism/Pelican Book Group will release Schimpf's, A Christmas Kind of Perfect, an inspirational romance that tests the strength of forgiveness in a love thought lost. The story is set in Wisconsin's Door County, in a small village known as Sister Bay.  

Christine is a member of the national and local chapters of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, The Wisconsin Writers Association. 

She lives on five acres in the country with her husband and golden retriever and is now fortunate to devote most of her time to writing. She always has a work-in-progress, but in her spare time, she enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and simply being outdoors as that is her source of inspiration.

Her advice to those wanting to take the leap into writing is to join a writing/critique group, read as often as you can, and study the craft.

You may contact her anytime at cschimpf57@yahoo.com.

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Comments

  1. Loved reading more about you and your work, Christine. Can't wait to read the book.

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    1. Hi, Lisa! Thanks for stopping by the blog. :)

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  2. 1) Grandson said Cool! 2) oldest granddaughter helps edit when she visits. 3) I was glad to meet you and read this excerpt. You are a new author to me, and I look forward to reading your books. Thank you! Becky lelandandbecky AT reagan DOT com

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    1. Awesome! Thanks for stopping by, Becky! Lol

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    2. The winner of the giveaway is Becky! Congratulations, Becky and thanks for stopping by the blog! Christine is a fabulous person. She'll be inn contact with your prize soon. :)

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