The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That’s exactly what they tell her when they deliver the news—Joel was taken by the enemy in Afghanistan. Her husband is dead.
In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties—The Marcus Ranch in Texas, inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin.
New beginnings are only an illusion...
The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel’s past surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets—even to his brother’s widow. It’s only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel’s tainted past. Devastated by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold layers of pain and grief.
Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens…
Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive.
In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.
No matter what.
Getting to Know Cristina
Five Fun Facts
- I love writing to music, it sets by mood and puts me in the zone.
- When I was little, I believed one day I would really fly just like Supergirl!
- I have jumped out of a plane, by choice!
- I know the words off by heart to over 20 movies, but I can never remember song lyrics!
- I love the water but I can’t swim.
- Google is essential, so I must have internet (I’m a writer not a serial killer!)
- Music (I cannot write without it.)
- A notebook and pen (I have to write down ideas immediately.)
If you are going to invest hours, weeks and months writing a book, make sure that you are deeply connected to it. Don’t write about zombies and vampires just because that is where the market is right now, if you really want to write a World War love story. Writing is a very personal art. If you don’t believe in your own story, how can you expect others to?
If your aim is to be a published author, don’t expect an easy ride. Even famous authors have had rejections, just remember that failure only exists if you quit!
Q: That ending....Many Readers didn't see it ending as it did. How much of that ending was you and how much was you letting the characters take the wheel?
A: That ending was all them. I didn’t even know what was going to happen until my fingers typed the final words. Suddenly, my mind raced right back to the opening chapter of the book where Mimi was dreaming about Joel; his body, bloody and wet. All of the feelings and emotions I had throughout the story came together in the final scene. The best way to describe it would be—putting a needle and thread throughout the book and stitching it all together. Truly, it felt like I was right there with them. The ending resulted in showing readers what I saw…even I was shocked!
Q: Favorite Scene of TILL DEATH US DO PART?
There were quite a few scenes that I loved writing. If I had to make a firm choice then it would have to be Chapter 30 titled: Joel. This is where my emotional investment to the story hit its highest level. It is the moment that my voice was no longer my own. It was all theirs.
Q: Team Joel or Team Austin?
Ultimately, Team Austin. But I loved writing about Joel, he was very complex, there was far more about him than meets the eye.
Q: Who is your celebrity dream cast for TILL DEATH?
Scott Eastwood would make the perfect Austin. I’d love to see Zac Efron play Joel, although he would have to be more rough around the edges.
Looks wise, Shay Mitchell would fit Mimi perfectly but I have no idea if she could pull off a British accent!
I think that Julianne Hough would also fit the physical profile of Meg, but again, she’d have to be able to pull off being a Brit.
Q: If you can pick one song that encompasses the whole story, what would that song be?
I won’t give up by Jason Mraz. I wrote the end scene to this song. It could have been from either Joel or Austin’s POV.
Q: Do you have plans to write more with the characters from TILL DEATH?
No. I truly feel like my journey with the characters has ended. That being said, they will forever be a part of me.
Q: What is in the works now?
I am working on a new standalone novel about a woman that fakes her own death to escape from her abusive husband. Some of my research is being carried out by working with a lady who has been a victim of domestic violence. She has offered to share her experiences with me. It is not based on her life, however she is helping me to understand what some women may be feeling that are or have been in an abusive relationship. This one is going to be emotional for sure.