To celebrate the release of Embellished to Death, Christina Freeburn dropped by the Hen House to answer our burning questions about the third Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery! Check out her insight on scrapbooking, family ties, and love triangles, and grab your copy of Embellished to Death today!
Congratulations on the release of Embellished to Death! We’ve heard you’re heading to a cropper’s retreat to celebrate. Any specific activities planned?
Thank you! I’m excited about this book as it takes Faith out of her comfort zone and introduces new people into her life. From September 26-28, I’ll be cropping away and having the book launch for Embellished at the Heavenly Scrapbook Retreats in Flatwoods, WV. Besides holding a special drawing at the retreat for attendees, no real plans yet, but the organizers are still working away. I can’t wait to hear what the theme will be this year. I might even get brave enough to decorate my cropping table!
Embellished to Death takes place at one such cropping weekend. How often do you attend these events? What is the most memorable thing you’ve experienced or witnessed at a cropper’s event?
I usually attend one retreat a year where I stay at a hotel and then two local weekend retreats where I go home every night. I find I get more scrapping done when I’m at a crop then when using my craft room. Less distractions like laundry to vie for my attention.
At a weekend retreat I attended over ten years ago, the organizer hired a night security guard to stay in the cropping room as the doors didn’t lock. Some of the tools we use for scrapbooking are expensive (like die cutting machines… whether manual or electronic). Quite a few of the women were smitten by the attractive security guard. After much begging and pleading, he agree to “flash the ladies” by undoing his bullet resistant vest (the security guard was also a police officer and had just come off of duty… we weren’t that rowdy that he needed protection.) and allowed them a peek at his chest. Someone turned up some music, and a few of the croppers (not me, I swear) asked him to dance. He did decline that request.
Family and the bonds between them are an ever-present theme in the Faith Hunter series. Even when they’re not physically present, Faith’s grandmothers are still an important part of Embellished to Death. How does her relationship with them affect her?
Faith is very family-driven and her grandmothers are the most important part of her life. She believes they sacrificed for her and wants to do the same for them. A lot of the decisions she makes, and most of her worries, stems from wanting to make her grandmothers proud and ensuring no one thinks badly of them because of her actions. She’d do anything for her grandmothers, including putting herself at risk.
Embellished to Death deals with the current issue of identity theft. In your research, did you focus more on the point of view of the thief or the victim? Do you know anyone who has dealt with identity theft personally?
In the beginning of my research, I focused more on the victim and how identity theft affects them. Later, I switched to the thief because the why became just as important as the how a thief would prey on the women at the crop.
Fortunately, no one I personally know has been the victim of an identity thief but for a few years my husband and I worried about it because we were vulnerable to having ours stolen. We were driving back from a family vacation and our van was broken into. The thieves stole our camera, laptop, and other items. We had switched over to a digital camera and had brought the laptop to transfer pictures over if the memory card was full. I had used the laptop to do our taxes and was certain the Turbo Tax software… and all our personal information… was on it. Now, I don’t use our “traveling” computer to do our taxes or store other personal information on.
Now that Faith has finally made her choice between Steve and Ted, is this the end of the love triangle, or is there more to come?
I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s a big game-changer in Embellished that might be change the period on Faith’s decision to a question mark.
Scrapbooking is a big part of your writing and your life. Are you working on a project now? Any fun themes?
Currently, I’m working (still) on a Disney cruise album. Eight of us went on the cruise (one of them a toddler at the time), so hundreds of pictures were taken. It’s taking me some time to get everything into the albums. Yes, this one week-long trip needs two (might even be three) scrapbook albums for all the pages I’m making. I might even have to make a separate album for all the pics I had taken with just me and the characters!