Character interviews are always so much fun, and today we get to meet Emma Marano from Christina Sinisi’s Why They Call It Falling. Emma is the middle sister–the one who always got into trouble growing up until the trouble caught up with her. Now, she’s a single mom working two jobs and struggling.

Before we get to know Emma, allow me to introduce you to her story.

Why They Call It Falling by Christina Sinisi

Formerly the wild child of three sisters, Emma Marano grew up to be a single mom working two jobs, estranged from her mother, and lying to her friends. She’d told everyone that her daughter’s father wanted nothing to do with his child, but in reality, her own inability to deal with her mistakes and shame led to the biggest lie of her life. But her daughter, Haley, is all Emma has in the world, so how can she regret keeping Haley to herself? Emma’s struggling, though, and her life is slowly imploding.

Right after high school, Justin Lee broke up with Emma Marano and joined the Army, leaving her and all her drama behind. Years later, he stumbles upon her and what turns out to be a daughter he never knew he had. Angry and confused, he insists on having a relationship with his daughter, but to do so, he’ll need to rebuild some sort of relationship with Emma, too. Justin has to decide if he can see past her flaws and forgive her lies, and together, they’ll have to work to reclaim their love and a faith in each other and in God, or they risk losing something precious in the process.

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Now for our interview with Emma.

CC: Hi Emma! It is so great to meet you. Would you please introduce yourself and your role to my readers?

EM: Hi, I’m I’m Haley’s mom. That’s the role that matters most to me.

CC: Being a mom is one of the greatest and hardest jobs a woman can have. How do you feel being a single mother makes others view you?

EM: Unfortunately, all they see is another cheerleader turned single mom.

CC: It is so hard to be judged by others, and that can make it really hard to deal with others. Who is the hardest person for you to deal with?

EM: Justin, at first, because he reminds me of who I used to be and I see him as a threat. It’s not that I don’t want him to be in Haley’s life. I just don’t want to lose her.

CC: That is so understandable. So who is Justin? 

EM: He was my high school sweetheart. In fact, one of my favorite memories with him is that concert Justin and I went to in high school. It was an old 80s band, but we sang every song. I danced and the look in his eyes, well, I guess that’s what started that fire. He graduated high school and went straight into the Army instead of following in his father and his grandfather’s footsteps and going to the state military college. He wanted to prove himself and he has.

CC: He sounds like a good guy, so why is he the hardest person for you to deal with?

EM: I never told Justin he was going to be a father. I think telling him meant admitting to myself that I was going to be a mom right out of high school, without finishing college. I’m afraid he’ll take Haley. No one has actually threatened to take her away from me, but I know I’m a lousy mom sometimes.

CC: With being a single mom, do you enjoy family holidays?

EM: Not so much. It’s not fun being the daughter who distracted your father and maybe got him killed. Christmas is especially hard because Daddy used to dress up like Santa Claus and stomp ashes from the fireplace and trace a path to the tree. I loved him caring that much. I miss him.

CC: Losing a father is never easy and it appears you have a lot to deal with during the course of your story. I encourage our readers to find how how things work between you and Justin and the healing of your father’s loss through reading your story. Readers, check out Why They Call It Falling on Amazon

About Christina Sinisi:

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Sinisi writes stories about families, both the broken and blessed. Her works include a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and the American Title IV Contest where she appeared in the top ten in the Romantic Times magazine.

Her published books include Christmas Confusion, Sweet Summer, and the Christmas on Ocracoke. By day, she is a psychology professor and lives in the Low Country of South Carolina with her husband, two children and her crazy cat Chessie Mae.

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