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.
How do you overcome writer’s block? Do you have any advice for others in finding their process to overcome it?
For 30 years, I was a self-employed career & executive coach. Companies hired me to help employees they “let go “ (aka fired!) to land a new job. As you can imagine, these folks were always stressed about having to write their resume, especially under such trying conditions. It’s the ultimate writer’s block challenge.
Here’s what I’d tell them: “Just barf something out and email it to me.” And then I’d turn it into a professional-looking, well written resume that generated interviews and job offers.
The principle is the same with our writing. No one writes a good first draft. No one. Just sit down at your computer, put a timer on, and force yourself to barf something out for the minutes or hours you have available. Save the document, close your computer, read it again the next morning, edit it.
Then, barf out your next draft.
The following morning, do another edit and then write in your allotted time.
Repeat until you’re satisfied you have a solid manuscript.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
My working title was “Baby Boomer Reunion,” but that didn’t test well with several dozen women over the age of 50 (my target audience).
I was in the final editing stage when the title “Falling Apart, Falling for You” popped into my brain. It’s a mouthful, but it does summarize what happens in the book—the lives of the three main characters are indeed falling apart, and each of them have some kind of romantic interest, so that’s the “falling for you” part of the title.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?
I’ve been a writer for many years—fiction, nonfiction, newspaper column, blogs, articles—and early on, someone warned me: “There will always be people who don’t like your writing and will be vocal about it.” It helped me develop a thick skin, and I relish getting suggestions from critique partners, readers, and editors.
How did publishing your first book change your writing process?
Writing my first book (which was nonfiction) overwhelmed me. I had no idea what I was doing or how to do it. I muddled around for quite some time, and the book finally came together. After that, I had a better sense of all the steps involved, making the other two nonfiction books I’ve written much easier.
However, writing my debut novel, “Falling Apart, Falling for You” was a brand new experience. It took about eight months to write it. I’m now writing the second book in that series, and it will probably take about half that time. I’m hoping I can complete the third book in the series even faster.
Is your writing space pristine or organized chaos?
If we are looking at these two possibilities on a spectrum, I am as far as one can be on the “chaos” end. I’ve got piles and files and Post-It notes scattered all over my office. As if that’s not bad enough, I’ve also taken over half of a very long dining room table and a nearby countertop.
Lucky for me, my husband believes in that adage—“Before marrying, have both eyes wide open; after marrying, keep them half shut.”
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6 thoughts on “Falling Apart, Falling for You Author Interview and Giveaway!”
Sounds like a good book.
Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Falling Apart, Falling for You
Looks like an excellent book.
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This sounds like a wonderful book!
I enjoy reading interviews with authors. Thank you.