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Author Interview: Christine Manzari

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Interview:

What do you like best about writing?

The thing I like best about writing is the ability to create something that will touch someone emotionally or make them need to turn the page to find out what happens. As a writer, I’m able to make my own schedule and choose what I do every day and that’s an amazing feeling. If I want to write about a sword fight, I can. If I want to dream up a sexy scene, I can do that. The freedom and sense of power that comes with writing and creating is something I’ve never experienced at any other job.

What is your favorite genre of book and why?

First and foremost, a book has to have some sort of romance to it. If it doesn’t have at least the chance for someone to fall in love, I lose interest. I read a wide variety of genres, but my favorite is fantasy. I grew up reading the Chronicles of Prydain and the Chronicles of Narnia and I still gravitate to those types of books when I’m shopping in a bookstore. I love getting lost in magical made up worlds and I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of it. I guess the reason why I love fantasy so much is because the impossible can happen. Characters can cheat death or win a war against impossible odds. Fantasy is limitless.

What is your favorite book you have written?

I’m going to choose from my solo works on this question. My favorite book that I have written is Hooked. Not only did I enjoy writing a strong, confident female lead, but writing Hooked was cathartic for me. My mother died of pancreatic cancer and many of the scenes are things I went through with my own mom as we dealt with her illness. Writing down my pain was a way of letting it go. But Hooked isn’t just a story about grief and loss. It’s funny and brave and sexy and it was a lot of fun writing a book that was so out of my comfort zone at the time. I knew that I took a risk with writing a main character who was opinionated and flawed, but it was so rewarding when readers fell in love with her anyway.

If you could pick one character of yours to be who would it be and why?

If I could choose one character of mine to be, I would choose Arabella from The Sophisticates Series. As a Deviant, she has been genetically altered to have skills that are similar to that of the Indonesian Mimic Octopus. She’s exceptionally strong, she can change the way she looks with just a thought (even hair color), and she can stretch her body. I’d never have to go get a step stool again. In addition, Arabella is hilarious and loyal. She’s willing to sacrifice herself for her friends and I’d like to think if it came down to it, I’d be that loyal too.

If you could live in a different type of world what kind would it be?

This may be cliché, but if I could live in a different type of world, I would definitely live in the world of Harry Potter. I’m a die-hard potterhead and I would love to go to Hogwarts and study magic. I’d like to think I’d get to have en English accent too.

When did you discover that you wanted to write?

I discovered I wanted to write in the seventh grade. I’d always enjoyed reading, but the summer after seventh grade, I went to writing camp. I stumbled off the writing path in high school and college and got lost for a little bit, but I found my way back to the written world once my kids were born. It wasn’t until I read Twilight and read Stephenie Meyer’s bio about how she would write while her kids were at swim practice that I realized that just because I was a mom, that didn’t mean I had to be only a mom. I could be a writer too.

Who is your number one book boyfriend?

For a while, my number one book boyfriend was Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. Now, the number one spot has been taken by Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sara J. Maas. I really like bad boys, especially when they’re snarky and turn out to have good hearts. I also really like Drew from Tangled, Bennett from Beautiful Bastard, Morpheus from the Splintered series, Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles, Arin from The Winner’s Curse, and Alex from Pucked.

Christine

Bio:

The first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. She even turned her dining room into a library—reading is more important than eating. She also has a weakness for adventure and inappropriate humor. Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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Review: The Color of Us

Title: The Color of Us

Authors: Laura Ward & Christine Manzari

Date of Publication: June 20, 2016

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Goodread’s Summary:

Eighteen year old Alexis Sinclair is lost in the darkness of grief. Since the death of her sister in a car accident, she can’t find the will to get out and enjoy life again. When she’s forced to face her biggest fear and take a summer Driver’s Ed course, she’s surprised to find hope in the most unlikely person.

Liam O’Connell is trouble. He isn’t proud of his dark past, and he knows Alexis is the one girl he has no business pursuing. Doing the right thing has never been easy for him, but this time, it just might be impossible.

The perfect girl and troubled boy are all wrong for each other, but as Liam helps Alexis cope with her grief, they realize nothing has ever felt more right.

That is, until Alexis uncovers a secret about Liam that breaks her heart.

Liam knows he can’t allow the one good thing in his life to walk away without a fight, and he’s determined to convince Alexis they can find their way out of the darkness together.

Can he prove he’s worthy of her, or is some love too tainted to be saved?

My Review:

This book was an emotional and beautiful ride with such a gorgeous cover.  I think I might actually go paint my nails rainbow today.  Alexis aka Lex is the good girl that follows the rules and has become understandably the sad girl after losing her sister that died in a car wreck with her drunk boyfriend.  She starts drivers ed at eighteen before going off to college where she meets Liam who is the bad boy with a beautiful heart.

“Because every time I look at you, I see heartbreak. And trust me I look at you a lot.”

They form a special bond as they get to know one another, and he helps pull her out of that bubble that she seems to have trapped herself in and becomes more adventurous and although still missing her sister Sam, she starts to let herself go.  Swoon alert!!!  This book had a lot of it!

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Alexis and her sister Sam also had this thing when they were younger with rainbows, and that part was my favorite piece of the story just finding the color in everything.  Rainbows become her and Liam’s thing as well which just drives the force of the story.

I don’t want to give too much away but things happen and they are separated for a while in the story which most of the time I wanted to strangle Alexis and talk some sense into her, but fear not she wins me back.  The book is also told in both point of views which I really liked, and I loved I mean I really loved how much Liam grows throughout the book and the man he becomes not only for himself but for Alexis.

“And I know I’ve made mistakes, but when I’m with you, I want to be better. You make me feel like one day I could be worthy.  I want to be good enough for you, Lex.”

The side characters were great besides Alexis’s mom most of the time, but I loved her Dad, Stacy, and Julie. Stacy is such a beautiful character who is a rainbow in herself, and can I have her style please??

This is not just a story about romance, it is about growing up and still be yourself but a truly better version of yourself without losing your identity. It is about friendship, family bonds, and letting go.

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This is an absolute perfect read for the summer or actually anytime in general! I was rooting for Alexis and Liam the entire time.

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