Christine Sterling can no longer ignore the voices in her head. They are clamoring to get out and have their stories told and she is writing them as quickly as possible! She finally gained the nerve and published her first book in 2017. Her favorite pastimes are conversing with God, writing historical romance with strong female characters and hunky heroes, kibitzing with other authors and drinking tea.
A native of Virginia, she now lives in a Pennsylvania pre-civil war Farm House with her husband, three dogs and about a dozen barn cats that are too lazy to hunt. She has three beautiful grown daughters who are the inspiration for many of the stories she writes.
An Interview with Christine Sterling
I was a Navy brat and I travelled all over the world with my parents, visiting a good portion of the United Kingdom, Germany, France & Greece. When I hit high school, my father decided that we should stop moving, so we settled in Fairfax, Virginia.
One of the things I love about Fairfax, is the rich history of the area before and during the Civil War.
My Great Grandfather several times over was Brigadier General Edwin Stoughton of the Vermont Brigade (the Brigade consisted of five Vermont infantry regiments) which were camped out in the Centerville-Fairfax area My great-grandfather Stoughton, had his headquarters at the Fairfax Courthouse. In the dead of night of March 8th, 1863, John Mosby and his Mosby Raiders, silent broke into the Fairfax Courthouse and roused my Grandfather from his sleep by slapping him on the behind! He was taken prisoner along with 2 Union officers and 30 soldiers. It was the only raid that went off without a single person being hurt. Of course, my grandfather was released a bit later and subsequently humiliated, leaving the military. This was a huge blow for the Northern troops, but a fascinating part of my family history.
I currently live in Thomasville, PA, which is also rich in history. I’m surrounded by lush valleys, rolling pastures, livestock and I share the road with horse-drawn buggies!
What is your favorite part of writing Sweet Romance?
I love radical transformations. Where the main male character or main female character really have to overcome some obstacle that just transforms their entire world. It could be allowing themselves to fall in love again after a spouse dies; marrying because they fulfil the protector role, but then realize how vulnerable they are; repairing a broken relationship; standing up for abuse when they themselves were abused, etc. The transformation is really what keeps me writing!
The sweet romance is my favorite because it really digs into the character and story development without having all the secular distractions. You can really build that tension and create a couple that the readers just want to get together! And when that happens, it is all under God’s design for marriage.
And finally, the readers that tell me how much they loved a story or certain characters. I love getting messages and notes on how much one of my stories means to them. These notes always make me cry! The Sweet Romance readers are an amazing group!
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
In October 1984, my grandmother came home with a free book from the local bookstore back. It was a romance novel from the now defunct, Second Chance at Love line. The premise of this brand were heroines that had their
heart broken in someway and were ready for another chance at love (with a new hunky hero!). It was a little spicy, but I skipped over those parts. This was in the days before the internet, so I wrote a letter to the company asking if they had any more books by this author, Karen Keast, and how could I get copies of them.
Four weeks later I received a letter in the mail from Sandra Canfield, the real-life author behind the Karen Keast pseudonym. We started a 15-year pen-pal relationship that really encouraged me to keep writing and never give up. I wanted to be an author because of Sandra. Even today, she is still a little voice in the back of my head telling me to keep pushing and never give up writing.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
There were two things in my life I wanted to be: A farmer’s wife and a romance author. The road has been long, but I’m both now. I can’t even imagine being anything else.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I am owned by three goofy dogs – Brandi, Morgan and Samson.
Brandi is a 12-year-old rottie-lab mix. Her greatest passion is collecting as many squeaky toys as she can get. She will tear one up in a minute flat if you let her. She is the happiest when she has her toys and will give you the cheesiest grin when she is finally done destroying them.
Morgan, aka Momo, is a 4-year old Shih Tzu. She and I share the same birthday. She is the best dog, albeit a little neurotic. Her favorite past-times are sleeping, hiding Brandi’s toys, and protecting her Momma from the noises in the night.
Samson or “Sammy”, is the baby. He is a 7-month old black German Shepherd. He loves life on the farm. His favorite pastimes are eating, digging holes, allowing Brandi to steal his toys, nipping at my heels, herding the barn cats and chasing butterflies.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
After an abusive marriage I prayed (hard!) for someone to protecting me and love me unconditionally – no matter what! A few months later I met my now husband Dan, who is my protector in every sense of the word. He loves me even when I am not very lovable, he loves my daughters like they are his own, and he supports my crazy writing schedule. He can read my moods and knows when to bring me tea!
I am so thankful that God answered my prayers for a Christian man that had a strong relationship with Jesus. We read the bible together, pray together, laugh and love together and celebrate our love every single day. We got married on March 17, 2016 at 3:17 PM. It has been an amazing two years!
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
First – The Bible. That book has everything: adventure, action, murder, temptation, horror, redemption, love.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I love this book. I read it cover to cover in 1974 when my parents gave me a copy for Christmas. I’ve read it every year since. It is funny, serious, lyrical and nonsensical poems about everything. It teaches you to find the joy in living and to view the world through the eyes of a child.