Thursday, June 9, 2022

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Chris Posti!

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Chris Posti

Linda: Welcome to my blog! Congratulations on your debut novel, Falling Apart, Falling for You. It sounds fantastic. Where did you get your inspiration for the story? 

Chris: Chairing my own 45th high school reunion served as the germ of the story, but of course, the Lord provided every single word and idea. 

LM: What sort of research was required for the book? 

Chris: The novel’s setting is near my home, and it’s a contemporary story, so except for looking up where “red-dog” driveway stone came from (the coal mines), there was no need for research. 

LM: How did your former career as a career executive coach, newspaper columnist, and radio show host prepare you to be an author? 

Chris: Writing a novel requires a vivid imagination, and the more experiences an author has to draw from, the easier it gets. In my case, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact with people from all levels in business and from all walks of life. These experiences enabled me to make my characters more realistic. 

LM: You’ve also written two non-fiction books. How was writing a novel different? The same? 

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Chris: Writing a novel is much, much, much harder! Nonfiction is factual; the information can be arranged in a variety of ways. The writing is simpler, with fewer constraints. Fiction requires so much more from the author – I had no idea how difficult the transition would be! I spent hours reading comps and books on craft, listening to podcasts, and attending webinars and conferences. Then the real work began: applying what I’d learned! 

LM: What advice do you have for fledgling writers? 

Chris: First, learn as much as you can. Before beginning your story, write your logline and synopsis. This will save you much time, pain, and suffering later on. 

LM: Here are some quickies: 

Favorite childhood book: Harold and the Purple Crayon 

Favorite Bible verse: Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” 

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Favorite place to vacation: I was raised in Pennsylvania, but I’ve also lived in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Carmel, California, and I’ve traveled much more than most. At this point in my life, I am content to stay put—except I would like to return to Poland, where I was once able to visit some of my relatives. I would love to see my cousin again! 

LM: What other projects are on the docket for you this year? 

Chris: At the moment, I’m deep into the promotion of Falling Apart, Falling for You, and later in 2022, I expect to write the second book in this series of three. 

LM: Where can folks find you on the web? 

Chris: My book website is 

About Falling Apart, Falling for You

With their lives in a free fall, three women gather for their 40th high school reunion in tiny Port Mariette, Pennsylvania. At 57, is it too late for them to make a fresh start? 

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. 

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. 

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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