Author interview with Christina Sinisi: Christmas edition

Congratulations on your new release! 

Give us a quick one paragraph summary of your latest release.

In Christmas on Ocracoke, Annie Hanahan is desperate for a new start—and when she inherits a cottage on Ocracoke Island, she may finally get it. Without a second thought, she packs up and leaves everything behind: her first name, her job, and her ex-husband. Maybe now she can get her son I like all changes except this first phrase. away from his father’s partying and neglectful ways. But when she arrives in the Outer Banks, she finds the island—and her promised refuge—ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.

When their parents died in a tragic car accident, Trey Kingsley dropped out of college to raise his sister. Now that she’s grown and moved away, it’s his turn to find a life of his own. As a contractor who has given so much of his time to helping Ocracoke recover from the devastation, it surprises no one when he offers to help the beautiful newcomer, but something is holding her back. Life keeps throwing them together, though, or perhaps God’s hand is giving them a nudge. Will a little bit of divine intervention be enough for a Merry Christmas on Ocracoke?

What’s your favorite holiday movie and why?

My favorite Christmas movie is, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” For years, it made me cry—to think about the impact of an individual and to wonder if I’d made an impact. Now that I’ve been a teacher for decades, I’ve stopped being afraid and am just grateful to have been blessed.

What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season? 

My favorite thing about the holiday season is the birth of Christ. Anything else, any tradition, any delicious dessert, anything else, pales in comparison.  Second place is the music. 

What did you enjoy most about writing a book set around Christmas?

I get to slip in some of my favorite traditions—in last year’s novella, the story included things my family and I actually do. In this year’s, I got to write about some events unique to Ocracoke last year after the hurricane devastated the island.

What’s your favorite holiday dessert?

I’m a baker and love challenging myself, so a yule log complete with meringue mushrooms is my favorite. I always let every family member (immediate family) choose a dessert and I present a buffet of choices.  

What do want readers to take away from Christmas on Ocracoke?

Christmas on Ocracoke is about starting over and giving away your fear. God has us in his hands and we somehow need to remember that fact. We also get to help each other through those tough times, and what a privilege that is.

Was there anything in your book inspired by real life experiences?

Here’s a not-very-well-kept secret—I put all sorts of stuff in there from real life. I use friend’s names, but give them different characteristics. My church members had a lot of fun with this last year. This time, there are fewer characters from church but more from family and friends. I still preserve privacy, because none of the ideas match!

What’s the most important thing about the Christmas season?

The fact that God lowered himself to become a part of his own creation so that He might save us from ourselves. It’s the greatest gift, but oh, so easy to forget among the tinsel and hurry.

Where can readers find you? 






Christmas on Ocracoke is available now!

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