Meet Christine

Hi there!

Thanks so much for visiting my website. My name is Christine Gunderson, and I wrote my debut novel, Friends with Secrets, in my mini van in the school pick up line, at piano lessons, during drama rehearsals, at swim team practice, basketball practice, crew practice, and in lots of other unglamourous and uncomfortable places where only a parent who writes would write.

Like all writers, I started life as a reader. I was born and raised on a fourth-generation family farm in rural North Dakota where I devoured Laura Ingalls Wilder books in my very own little house on the prairie. I also burned holes in my chenille bedspread while attempting to read Trixie Belden books under the covers when I was supposed to be asleep. During these formative years growing up on the farm, I learned to haul grain, drive a combine, and pick rocks, skills that have yet to be useful later in life. Growing up on the prairie fifty miles from the nearest McDonalds has also given me an aversion to trees, and lifelong craving for wide open spaces.

I eventually left the farm to attend college and seek my fortune. I pursued the kind of jobs where you get paid to talk and write and no one cares that you failed algebra. I worked as television anchor and reporter and a Capitol Hill press secretary, then left it all behind to stay home with my children, where algebra continues to baffle me all these years later. I currently live in the Washington D.C. suburbs with my three children, Star the Wonder Dog, and a very patient husband.

When not writing, I’m sailing the Chesapeake Bay with my family, playing Star Wars monopoly, re-reading Jane Austen novels or unloading the dishwasher.

If you enjoyed my book, I truly hope you will reach out and say hello. After years of rejection, heartache, and struggle on the road to publication, the fact that people are actually reading a book I’ve written continues to astonish me, and I love to hear thoughts and ideas from readers, or just delightful emails telling me that I’ve succeeded in making you laugh.

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Thanks for stopping by and happy reading 🙂

Christine Gunderson

Christine is a 2019 Golden Heart finalist and was the overall winner in the unpublished division of the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award in 2018.

Daphne du Maurier Award 2018
Romance Writers of America