Blog Tour – Author Interview: Then I Met My Sister by Christine Hurley Deriso

Welcome to Author Christine Hurley Deriso:


Christine Hurley Deriso, a resident of North Augusta, South Carolina and a 1983 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Journalism, has written professionally for more than twenty-five years. Her work includes:

•Book-Writing: Her award-winning children’s book, Dreams to Grow On, was followed by tween novels Do-Over, The Right-Under Club and Talia Talk; the young-adult novel, Then I Met My Sister; and the self-help book, Green Tea and Beyond, co-written with Cell Biologist Stephen Hsu.
•Magazine Journalism: Christine has written feature articles, humor columns and inspirational essays for magazines including Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, Family Circle and Child.
•Newspaper Journalism: Christine began her career as a reporter for The Augusta Chronicle.
•Public Relations and Marketing: Christine has overseen editorial standards for Georgia Health Sciences University since 1988.
•Critique Journalism: Christine was The Augusta Chronicle’s restaurant critic from 1998 to 2005

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I guess I’d zoom ahead a hundred years or so. It would be great to meet my descendants and know how the seeds I’m planting now will shape their lives. But whether I moved forward or backward, I think I’d have a sense of how connected we are to the past and future. That’s what Then I Met My Sister is all about.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Living? Hmmm…. Okay, I know this is a cop-out, but I really think one of the joys in life is discovering the uniqueness and complexity of every individual. So yes, I’d like to pick the brain of someone like Obama or ask why-oh-why of someone like bin Laden, but I think that although their influence is more widespread than ours, they share the same basic human condition as the rest of us. So I’d like the challenge of gleaning the wisdom and insights of any five random people. (Yep … definitely a cop-out.)

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My guitar, my Kindle and my cell phone.

What is one book everyone should read?
A Christmas Carol, a timeless reminder to learn from the past, celebrate the present and cast seeds for the future.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to make telemarketers stop calling me.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Vanilla with just a tiny scoop of chocolate mixed in. Stir vigorously until well-blended.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Weirdly, a peanut butter sandwich.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Definitely quiet. I can’t listen to music without singing along or playing the drums on my keyboard, and that’s, like, way distracting.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Elliott Smith (RIP) has a beautiful song called “Going Nowhere,” and I thought of that song often while writing Then I Met My Sister.

What is your favorite quote?
“To thine own self be true.”

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Chalk. I’m way allergic.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Lunch. I’d jot down a shopping list while I was eating.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
B. (That’s what my daughter calls me. Don’t know why.)

What is your guilty pleasure?
True-crime books.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
The Hills, but under duress. My daughter makes me.

Write a haiku about your book Then I Met My Sister:
Step into the past.
Stay awhile and hold its hand.
Don’t forget its touch.

Then I Met My Sister:
Shannon has been the backdrop of my life since the moment I was born.

Summer Stetson lives inside a shrine to her dead sister. Eclipsed by Shannon’s greatness, Summer feels like she’s a constant disappointment to her controlling, Type A momzilla and her all-too-quiet dad. Her best friend Gibson believes Summer’s C average has more to do with rebelliousness than smarts, but she knows she can never measure up—academically or otherwise.

On her birthday, Summer receives a secret gift from her aunt: Shannon’s diary. Suddenly, the one-dimensional vision of her sister becomes all too solid. Is this love-struck, mom-bashing badass the same Shannon everyone raves about? Determined to understand her troubled sister, Summer dives headfirst down a dark rabbit hole and unearths painful family secrets. Each revelation brings Summer closer to the mysterious and liberating truth about her family—and herself.

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