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About Christina Freeburn
Since Christina can remember, books have been one of her loves. There was nothing better than picking up a story and finding herself in a new place and greeting new friends or becoming reacquainted with old ones. In the ninth grade, she and a friend decided to write a teenage romance together. The friend lost interest but it was the start of a lifelong passion and dream for her.
She served as a legal specialist at J.A.G. of the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, a librarian, and a church secretary. Previously, she had three mystery novels published. her first novel, /Parental Source/, was 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee.
Christina writes inspirational romantic suspense novels that feature heroines and heroes willing to risk their lives in order to find their hope, promise and a future in a world set to destroy them.
Also by Christina Freeburn:
Lost Then Found, New Beginnings Series Book 1
An Interview with Christina Freeburn
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Christina, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Led Astray and is part of your New Beginnings Series. First,how did the series itself come to be?
CF: I like exploring different jobs that would work well for mysteries and suspense stories and signed up for a newsletter by a former skip-tracer. One newsletter mentioned paparazzis used skip tracers to find out the secret locations of celebrity weddings and vacations. I wondered what would happen if a skip tracer was hired to find a person who had a good reason to have gone 'off the grid'. What would cause a person to make that choice? How would a person know how to hide themselves? More and more what and how questions developed and as I answered them, the New Beginnings series took shape in my mind.
HH: What can you tell us about the first book in the series?
CF: Christina: The first book, Lost Then Found, is about skip-tracers Renee and Jonas Knight, ex-spouses and former business partners, who find themselves on opposite sides of a case. After her sister's murder, Renee starts using her skip-tracing skills to relocate abused women. One of her first clients was a teenager running away from her guardian, an abusive uncle. Jonas knows a teenage embezzler hired someone to make her vanish and suspects his ex-wife is the accomplice. When Jonas' client acts suspicious and Renee's life is threatened, Jonas teams up with Renee...the woman he still loves...to protect her and also discover the truth about the young woman in hiding.
HH: How does Led Astray continue the series?
CF: Christina: The heroine and hero in Led Astray, Danita Ballinger and Pastor Riley Coole, made an appearance in the first book in the series. Danita is a partner in the New Beginnings skip-tracing business and had taken a client to Mourning, WV, one of the towns Riley pastors. When her client is terrified a brewing mine war will reveal her location, Danita heads back to take on the mining company. Riley isn't happy when the beautiful, head-strong woman barrels into town and inserts herself into his problem. He soon learns the mining company executive isn't the only one she plans on shaking up and setting right.
HH: What can you tell us about books to come in the series?
CF: Christina: The next book, Safe and Sound, will be released November 1, 2012 with two more books to follow (May and November 2013). Safe and Sound features widower Connor Stratford who is still grieving and now looking for justice for his deceased wife. When another woman is targeted by the man Connor feels is responsible for his wife's death, he opens up his home to the young woman. Connor soon learns the name the woman has been using isn't her true identity and who she really is pulls apart his past and present.
HH: What do you like best about Danita and why will readers relate to her?
CF: I like Danita's confidence and strength best. She has come to a point in her life where she accepts herself for who she is and intends to do the same for others. She is a defender of the 'underdog' and her goal in life is making sure everyone has a fair shot. I think readers will relate to her because of her giving nature, even though she uses her tough exterior as a barrier and way of keeping herself from being getting hurt by others.
HH: What do you like best about Riley and why will readers love him?
CF: I like Riley's control over his anger and also his heart. He's a good man who does his best to be the pastor he feels his congregation needs. Sometimes his determination in being who he thinks people need is the opposite of what is needed-- a pastor who is genuine so they can trust him. I think readers can relate to Riley because most of us have struggled with being someone else to please others only to discover it isn't what they wanted ... or discovered pretending to be the 'ideal' is not good for anyone involved.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
CF: There are three more books in the New Beginnings Series, and I've been working on an idea for a new suspense series. My scrapbooking mystery, Cropped to Death, will be published by Henery Press and released at the end of November.
HH: Where can readers find all of your works?
CF: The New Beginning Series books can be found at the Desert Breeze Publishing bookstore in all ebook formats and also at Christianbooks.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online retailers.
HH: What would we find in your to-be-read pile?
CF: I have a little bit of everything in my to-be-read pile located in my bedroom closet and in the 'piles' on my Kindle. My Kindle 'Currently Reading' category has 21 books in it right now. I'm not actually reading all of them but those are the ones I really want to read soon. Right now, I'm on a mystery kick which includes fiction and non-fiction. The book I can't wait to start is Agatha Christie's Secret Notebook by John Curran.
HH: What in person or online appearances will you be making this year?
CF: I attended Malice Domestic the end of April and the West Virginia Writer's Conference in June. I don't have any other personal appearances on my calendar yet, but probably will be attending an event or two in November and December. Online, I'll be blogging a couple of time on The Romance Studio's blog and am still filling up my schedule.
HH: Thank you!