Let's start with you telling us a little about yourself, Christiane.
I truly believe love makes the world go round. But I know the path of true love can be a bumpy ride, so while the majority of my stories have a happy ending I sometimes find it necessary to settle for “happy for now” and hope my characters come to their senses and realize they really are made for one another.
Writing as Christiane France I have penned almost 50 short romance stories, including m/f, m/m/f, but mostly m/m.
Writing under my real name of Chris Grover, I also have three full length mystery-suspense novels to my credit.
I have been writing romance for the past twenty plus years and live near Niagara Falls with my husband and The Boys—two black and white Persian cats.
What would people be most surprised to learn about you, Christiane?
That I sang Funiculi Funicula with the Italians when I rode the funicular railway on the Isle of Capri—which I totally blame on the vino because I can’t sing a note. I’ve flown over the Hoover Dam in a helicopter--a hair-raising experience I wouldn’t repeat. I was told it was perfectly safe because the pilot had once flown ‘copters in Vietnam. I think he thought he was still there because he flew so low I was terrified we’d crash. It was like something out of MASH, the old TV series.
When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
It started as a joke—a friend saying we needed to earn some real money. I asked how, and she said write a best-seller and make millions. If others could do it why not us? This was shortly after my husband’s job forced us to relocate. I needed to find new friends and new interests and writing turned out to be the answer.
Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
Yes and no. I started writing shortly before e-publishing began. In those days NY was the only game in town and a new writer’s chances of selling a book about the same as winning the lottery. Then I went to the RWA national conference in Chicago and met the representative of an e-publisher and the rest, as they say, is history.
How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
Mind-boggling ? I received the news around 11 p.m. one evening. My husband and everyone in the house was asleep. I couldn’t wake anyone up because they all had work the next day. Then I remembered a writer friend I knew stayed up late and so I called her.
What's your favorite part of writing a book?
The beginning. Coming up with an idea, fleshing it out and then getting to know the characters.
Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
I read late at night to clear my mind, but it’s mostly police procedurals or mysteries.
Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
I’ve started a shapeshifter and hope one day I’ll find the time to finish it.
Please tell us a little about your most recent release.
A Happy Christmas Ending is the sequel to Raindrops and Roses. Drew and Michael first met in Raindrops, the day before Drew was to return home after a work-related stay in London. When Drew’s stay was extended, the couple were ecstatic, and spent every moment together. A few weeks later, Michael had backed off to the point where Drew thought he’d found someone else. The sequel starts off with Drew insisting on a face-to-face meeting and an explanation. If it’s over, he wants to know.
These are the first and the fourth stories in my London Calling series. The second in the series is Simply Irresistible and the third, One Perfect Night. The two main characters from One Perfect Night make cameo appearances in A Happy Christmas ENDING.
What can we look forward to in the future from you?
I have a new series starting in 2014 – Peninsula Heights is a small town in the Niagara Peninsula. The first story, It’s Complicated, involves Pete, the owner of Pete’s Gourmet Food Shop, and Mitch, the owner of a garage. The complications arise from the fact that Pete’s dad is the police chief, while Mitch’s was believed to be the local crime boss. Mitch’s dad is now incapacitated, and Pete figures Mitch has taken over the family business. There will also be another story in the Amethyst Cove series.
Anything you want to say to your readers?
I’d love to thank them for their loyalty. And, if there’s anything they’d like to see, maybe a story about a secondary character, or the continuation of an established relationship, please let me know.
Thank you so much for the interview, Christiane!
Christiane France's most recent releases:
A Happy Christmas Ending (London Calling 1.5)
One Perfect Night (Londin Calling 3)
Simply Irresistible (London Caling 2)
Excerpt from A Happy Christmas Ending (London Calling 1.5):
I waited until after dinner to call Michael. He answered on the third ring.
I didn’t want to come across as pushy or make it sound as if I was checking up on him, so I said, “Hi, it’s Drew. How’s things?”
“Can I call you back?”
It was the same thing he’d said the two other times I’d called and I was still waiting for a call back. Three times in a row was way too much. My internal radar was flashing red alert and I wasn’t about to get brushed off. “Why? You busy or something?”
“I am kind of. Is this important?”
I sighed loudly in the hope he’d hear me. “You mean you have company?”
“No. I umm… Look, Drew. I’m busy. I have a headache, and I really don’t feel like chatting.”
“What’s wrong, Michael? And please don’t say nothing. I’m not stupid or thick, so I know damn well there is. If we’re done, please say so. Otherwise, an explanation would be nice.”
“Okay! So I’m tired, overworked, and I really do have a headache. Satisfied?”
“No, I’m not satisfied. Far from it. You’ve been pulling this overworked and overtired shit on me for weeks. It’s getting old. You don’t want to talk, you don’t want to go anywhere, and now you don’t even return my calls. All of which I take to mean you don’t want to see me. If this is your way of saying we’re over, then spit it out. I’m a big boy, Michael. I can take it. What I can’t take is living in limbo like this.”
“Don’t be ridiculous, Drew. I don’t want us to break up. That’s the absolute last thing I want. If I did, I would have said.”
“Then prove it. I haven’t seen you in ages. Let’s get together for a drink. Either here at Jasper’s or I can come over there to you.”
“Sure, but can we please do it some other night?” I heard him suck in a deep breath. “I’m sorry. It’s not you. It’s me. I have a few problems. Things I need to deal with. I wouldn’t be very good company.”
“So what? I thought we were a couple.”
“Well for your information, couples are supposed to share things—the good times, the bad times, and especially the problems. Or didn’t you read the memo?”