About the Book
Book: Falling Apart, Falling for You
Author: Chris Posti
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction with Elements of Romance
Release date: April 29, 2022
With their lives in a free fall, three women gather for their 40th high school reunion. At 57, is it too late to make a fresh start?
Suzanne – After spending most of her adult life working as a traveling trainer for an airline, untethered and mildly content, Suzanne feels a stirring in her heart for a seemingly perfect guy. But when she abruptly loses her job, she lands in surprising new territory.
Rachel – Seeking distraction in the wake of her husband’s sudden passing, Rachel helps organize her class’s first reunion in 40 years. Stunned by an old friend’s shocking secrets, she struggles to learn forgiveness as she tiptoes into her new-found freedom.
Marla – After selling her thriving business, Marla revisits high school friendships and her mysterious past. Seeking family and a renewed purpose, she adds her marketing expertise to the group’s strategy for revitalizing the blue-collar town that brought them back together.
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About the Author
Chris Posti’s writing experience comes in a variety pack: novelist, nonfiction author, newspaper columnist, blogger, freelancer, and business writer. She was self-employed for 30 years as a career and executive coach. She once lived in a tiny town similar to the Western Pennsylvania setting of “Falling Apart, Falling for You.” Her latest book, “Before You Write your Novel: What to Know from the Get-Go” was launched on July 25, 2022.
More from Chris
If you’re over the age of 50, you’ve probably noticed the female protagonists in most novels are younger than you. Yet the lives of older women are filled with challenges, changes, growth, fun, and even romance. They want to read about characters they can relate to. That’s precisely why I wrote “Falling Apart, Falling for You.”
All women, but particularly women 50+, will identify with three women whose lives are in a free fall when they reunite for the first time since high school graduation. The story is fun, clean, and wholesome, with plenty of reality and just a little bit of wine and a few beers.
Suzanne, who is divorced and dating the seemingly perfect guy, abruptly loses her job as a traveling trainer for an airline. She’s convinced it’s due to age discrimination, and even her normally disagreeable daughter concurs.
Rachel loves her rosary, cooking, and daily routines, but when she suddenly becomes widowed she must learn to support herself by running the family gas station. Her son Pete is eager to help, and so is her widowed neighbor Frank.
Marla has been known to have a fling, but in fact, it’s her business she’s in love with. After an offer to sell makes her an instant multi-millionaire, she celebrates too hard and lands in a hospital. Now, she needs to find a new purpose in life.
This is the first book in a series of three.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Anytime I hit a wall with my writing—which can happen multiple times in a day—I stop typing and read my last few sentences out loud. The next logical sentence or scene almost always comes to mind after that.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I can be obsessive about writing. When I’m on a roll, I do not like to stop, so my time at the computer can be many hours straight. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, and when that happens, I’ve learned to just get out of bed and go type. Otherwise, I’ll just roll around in bed trying unsuccessfully to fall back asleep.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I would dearly love to be a plotter. It would make everything so much easier. And believe me, I’ve tried to be one, but I’m not.
For both my debut novel, “Falling Apart, Falling for You,” and the novel ’m writing now, I spent many hours laying out plot points on my computer, on tablet paper, and on sticky notes. But once I begin writing, the characters take over, sending me in all sorts of new and unexpected directions.
Describe your book in five words.
“Sweet Magnolias” without the southern accents.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse, or is there a particular Bible story that really resonates with you?
I love to turn Romans 12:1-2 into a prayer: “Therefore, in view of Your mercy, Lord, I offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to You. This is my spiritual act of worship. I don’t conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but am transformed by the renewing of my mind, letting me know Your good, pleasing, and perfect will.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
The road to getting published in any format is challenging. If you are looking for monetary success, you might want to set your sights on a corporate communication job, rather than trying to become an author.
However, if you are up for the challenge, you will find this path monumentally rewarding. It will change your life. I don’t know how, of course, and neither do you, but I promise you it will change your life and it is worth all the effort.
And by the way, Colleen Hoover, who was a nobody just a handful of years ago, now has six books on the bestseller lists, and so far in 2022, her current book is outselling the Bible. It can and does happen! (Although I hope and pray the Bible will outsell all other books by the end of 2022.)
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