As the writer of novels of relationships, love, family, friends and life in general that span time, I can honestly say, as most authors would, that personal experience directly influences most of my stories. I’ve been asked, ‘What will you do when you run out of personal experiences?” I answered, ‘No one runs out of life experience until they die.” And I believe, even then, after that, life goes on and I sometimes write about this aspect, too—what happens after that last breath and the next new breath in a new form of living. There are so many ways to imagine this, or, in some cases, recall this, that there is an infinite number of stories to write about life in all its manifestations.
When I write, I include realistic human experience—from heartbreak, loss, abuse, pain in every way to the other end of the spectrum of love, kindness, kinship, healing, and growth among other aspects. Some of my stories show how the repercussions of these ‘acts of living’ are so deep-seated and profound that they might span life and death. Not all my books deal with this (the first two do—Eternal Seas and Echoes of Love), but most will have some form of mystical influences or events. Why? Because life is not ordinary or predictable. Life in its essence is unfathomable and reaches beyond the here and now. It’s miraculous, extraordinary, magical and inexplicable within our earthly comprehension.
My characters, plots and themes everyone can relate to—grounded, real people who face challenges like everyone alive. I’ve dealt personally with a lot of my subject matter, but not all. I’ve learned a great deal through others I have intimately known and shared their life experiences. That is the base from which my imagination springs to create fictional stories and characters. But I’ve known firsthand the pain of betrayal, loss both physical and material; divorce, single motherhood; tragic and early deaths of family and friends; unearthly wild bonds of love and devastating losses to the same degree. It’s easy to write the happy, ‘in-love’ and happily ever after parts. I choose to also write about the gritty aspects because it’s necessary and true-to-life—universally experienced and understood. The fun part is writing the ‘coming back’ and the healing part.
I grew up in a large extended middle-class family in NY 60 miles northwest of NYC near the Hudson River. As a kid I had a great imagination which I still put to use--observing people everywhere and conjuring stories about their lives. I put myself through college, worked hard and excelled at careers, worked on 5th Ave in Manhattan, owned a business, managed others, worked in graphic design and newspaper production. I was forced by varying circumstances to move every couple years or so and many times struggled alone. I lived and travelled from east coast to west, north to south, mountains to desert to near the sea; and a little overseas and Canada & Mexico.
I persevered and met people from all walks of life. At first I balked meeting people whose upbringing and lives were vastly different from mine. My initial reaction was to judge, to walk away out of fear. But life forced me to engage, to change my thinking. And I learned so much about human nature, about lives vastly different from my own, good and bad. All of it healing, potential, wonderful stories of the human spirit.
Now at a place of mostly peace, I create—stories I hope can touch others’ lives with whatever they connect to in them. I wish for readers to not only enjoy my books, but to learn or explore a subject formerly foreign to them; to not only lose themselves in an entertaining, engaging fictional story, but to also find themselves in the truth of the messages.
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Title HEART STORMS
Author N. Christine Samuelson
Genre Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
When three people’s lives collide in a perfect storm of heartbreak and ruin, betrayal and love, will they be destroyed or transformed by their fate? One woman and two men are drawn to coastal South Carolina to an oceanfront Victorian B & B inn. Jade Armstrong is newly divorced and left with nothing by her treacherous ex-husband. Gabriel Montoro is reeling from a cheating wife. Rick Stirling owns the inn and has suffered a devastating personal loss. Through work and friendship, their inner conflicts extend to each other while vying for the need for survival, healing, attraction and love.
None of them seek love or relationship, but as they move into and through the emotional storm of their lives, destiny brings them together in an extraordinary way. A charming oceanfront inn complete with mystical elements lifts the characters’ spirits and helps them on their journeys. Their passionate triangle must be broken for them to move on with their lives, but who ends up with whom, or do they, and when?
It had been a long time since Gabriel shared details of his life with anyone, let alone a woman. But it felt right with Jade. Even more so, as thunder shook the heavens outside and lightning blazed over the ocean, Gabe felt his insides rattle and his dark places illuminate. His soul churned until his secrets strained to be let out to someone he could trust.
Now the devil’s and the angel’s voices on both shoulders rang out in unison, each trying to drown the other out. Gabe heard them equally. The angel’s voice urged him to be genuine and honest—because with telling the truth he’d never be sorry. The devil’s voice told him to lie to look good, then seduce her, let her go and if he didn’t, he’d be sorry. But with the devil’s words came the glare of lightning and thunder growled over the bar, shaking Gabe to his core.
Rain poured down in sheets. Gabe didn’t want his life to be an eternal storm, forever threatened with disaster. He wanted his life to be the way he felt inside this room—safe and warm with a beautiful, caring woman to share it with. It was time to listen to the good angel, and so the story of Gabriel Montoro poured out of him as profusely as the rain from above.
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N. Christine Samuelson writes Women’s Fiction and contemporary novels of love, life and relationships, and of the eternal bonds that transform life and transcend time. Her stories reflect the challenges, fears and conflicts, tragedies and victories that manifest through a powerful connection of love. Her characters and story lines are grounded in reality but include a touch of mysticism and mystery.
From living in 14 cities in 10 states, with years of formal and self-taught education and three different careers, (from Fortune 500 to entrepreneur, to graphic designer and newspaper production) she’s always been a writer. Through this journey she acquired a wealth of personal, professional and life experiences which inspire the diverse settings, characters, and authentic storylines of her novels written in a unique voice.
Currently living in coastal South Carolina, the people, land and sea are constant sources of inspiration. She hopes readers of her books will be inspired to look at life and love through a different lens and realize no matter your circumstances, we all share similar stories in our lives and our hearts.
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