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Christa MacDonald

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Christa MacDonald is a 2017 Carol Award finalist for contemporary Christian fiction. She began her writing career at the age of eleven, filling a sketchbook with poems and short stories. After publishing a few short pieces in her college's literary magazine she took a long hiatus during which she embarked on a few different careers, got married, had three kids, and renovated an old barn masquerading as a house. The Broken Trail, published by Mountain Brook Ink, was her debut novel. Her second novel, At The Crossroad, released in October, 2017.

When not working or writing Christa can be found ferrying her kids around, reading, or attempting something crafty. She and her family live along the coast of New England. Connect with Christa at www.
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Christa MacDonald In college I wrote what was probably one of the best short-stories in my life. It was one of those strange. serendipity things. The story came to me a…moreIn college I wrote what was probably one of the best short-stories in my life. It was one of those strange. serendipity things. The story came to me as I was writing something else. I started a fresh document and boom, out came the words. I was in an intensive workshop at the time with a professor I loved and I ended up submitting that story instead of the one I'd been working on for weeks. It was peer reviewed first and it floored my fellow students. The prof was effusive in her praise and I was thrilled. At the time I didn't back up my stuff. This was the dark ages of the 90s so we used shared computers and you turned in actual paper copies, not disks. (yes, at the time we had disks, not drives). Somehow I had failed to save an electronic copy of it and only had three paper copies. One got lost in the shuffle of class, the other two were supposed to be in my prof's office. When I let her know I'd lost it she helped me look and found the folder, the exact spot where they should be, but it was empty. No one else's was missing, just mine.

Devastation.

I've tried to recreate that dang story for years. It's gone. It's so strange that it came to me unbidden and then disappeared as if it never existed. I've thought that could make an interesting plot if it was a business plan or some other kind of high-stakes document like the Naval plans in that Holmes story.

It kind of haunts me still. Garrison Keillor wrote about losing work he'd been contracted by the New Yorker to write "The lost story shone so brilliantly in dim memory that every new attempt at it looked pale and impoverished before I got to the first sentence."

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Christa MacDonald Tough one. But, I'd probably say Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion. Anne has a strength of character that too few admire. Wentworth, b…moreTough one. But, I'd probably say Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion. Anne has a strength of character that too few admire. Wentworth, besides being a self-made man, was constant in his affection even when he thought it wasn't returned. Sure he acted like an idiot with the Musgrove girl, but I can forgive that.(less)
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