Christina Yother–Part of A Journey

 

christina yotherChristina Yother is a historical and contemporary romance writer. She says, “I grew up in “quarter-pony” town in Ohio, at least that’s what my grandfather called it.” Christina blessed with fresh vegetables, seasons of sitting in front of the TV yelling during the football games and the time to spend writing–you could always find her with her journal under her arm. Moving South in college she said, “I had found my home.”

You will find this full-time writer living in Georgia with her family. She has carved out a niche for her writing and her family that works nicely together.

We are delighted to have you visit us today.

Let’s talk about your books.

reverieIn 2014, your book Reverie was released. The first book in the Hollow Hearts Series.

“Reverie is about a girl orphaned at a young age, her name is Hetty. She  is convinced that her circumstances make her unworthy of having a family of her own. When a job opportunity as a housekeeper presents itself Hetty accepts believing that working for Isaac Wheeler and his family is a welcome, if not temporary, surrogate for her own family dreams. As she’s faced with learning to trust, she discovers that wanting a family and building a family are two very different things. Will she learn to see herself as worthy of God’s gifts? Or will she return to the solitary existence that defined so much of her life?

“Isaac Wheeler, successful furniture maker and dishonorable bachelor, finds Hetty’s presence in his home to be disturbing and a haunting reminder of his past sins. As he struggles with his growing and unwanted feelings, he can’t help but torment himself with mistakes from his past. Can he navigate the family tensions, infidelity, and sudden choices destined to keep them apart? Or can Isaac endure each struggle and seek forgiveness before discovering what truly makes a family?”

Interesting. I like the creation of the orphan background.  

Three months letter in 2014 your second book in the Hollow Hearts Series was published, Reliance.

reliance  “Reliance is about two strangers. One clandestine wedding. Many hidden stories. Discouraged by his limited prospects and tired of trying to find a bride in a traditional manner, Elias Wheeler places an advertisement requesting a mail-order bride and mother for his young daughter. Rebecca Malone, eager to escape an abusive past, travels to Montana to become Elias’s wife despite only exchanging a few letters. Learning to care for one another proves easy; learning to trust proves much more difficult. Elias and Rebecca must navigate the waters of blending families while learning to depend on one another with confidence, loving support, and faith. Together they must learn to rely on each other and what they hope to build while accepting that perfection isn’t the goal; love is.”

I’ve always thought mail order brides was fascinating, how that worked, if it worked.

Now, in March of this year, your third book in the Hollow Hearts Series Reconcile was released.

reconcile   “Reconcile–Facing the truth of the past. Accepting the hope of the future. It’s about Joshua Miller’s struggles to care for his ailing father, run the town livery, and meet the demands of a spoiled fiancé. When an unexpected woman enters his life and exemplifies true compassion, he begins to question the path his life is taking. When changing his plans means destroying all he has built, Joshua will have to decide what matters most.

“Lilly Johnson arrives in her sister’s home in the frontier town of Hollow, Montana hoping she left the shame of divorce behind her. With her sister’s support, Lilly begins to build a new life and gain a sense of independence. After accepting a job as a caregiver for Joshua Miller’s father, she discovers it’s more difficult to keep her heart closed than she imagined. But when her past catches up with her, she must reconcile her beliefs in order to brave an uncertain future with an open heart.”

I really like this description, looking forward to reading this book.

Christina was a guest in Southern Writers Magazine 2015 March/April issue in “What’s the Story” Section. Thank you so much for participating in that segment. It was nice to learn more about the writing of the story of Reliance.

Cover March 2015 medFor those of you who would like to read that article you can get the magazine here.

In your writing, you have a beautiful talent of being able to capture the stories and strength of families you write about. Truly you are a woman who has pursued her dreams.

Tell us something some of our readers may not know about you.

“I am a big supporter of women learning how they can build community online. Whether it’s motherhood, writing, adoption, health and wellness, or a variety of other areas I believe women can find authenticity and camaraderie in an online forum.  In 2012, I finished my Ph.D. by writing one of the first dissertations to examine how women build communities online and how that changes or enhances the discourse surrounding their journeys.  From there I built Project Underblog, a blog dedicated to allowing all voices (no matter their social media following or website statistics) a safe and welcoming place to share their authentic stories.  The site is now three years old and we are featuring three unique stories each week without ever focusing on branding or monetizing. It’s just about good stories.”

Christina, we love to ask authors how they feel when their new book is delivered to their home. Fresh off the presses, as it were. Tell us how you feel when your books are delivered. 

“Holding my book in my hands is very surreal.  When that box arrives and I know it’s holding copies of my book I almost fear opening it.  Seeing it, touching it, smelling those pages makes is so much more alive.  I usually have to take a deep breath, find a quiet place, and try to savor the feeling of cutting through the cardboard and removing the packaging.  But when I do put my hands around it for the first time I feel butterflies – and it’s wonderful!”

What is the one thing you want your readers to take away from reading your books?

“I hope that my readers leave my books with a feeling that the time reading was well spent. I also hope that my readers understand that a spiritual journey is not stagnant. It’s constantly evolving and changing – and my books are just a piece, a small look at part of that journey.”

Thank you so much Christina for visiting with us today. It was a pleasure having you and learning more about your books and life. We look forward to hearing about your next book. So please let us know when it comes out.

Be sure and visit Christina Yother on her website, Facebook and Twitter. Addresses below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccyother
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ccyother
Website: https://www.christinayother.com

And don’t forget to visit www.southernwritersmagazine.com

 

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