Author Interview

Interview with the author of Owned by the Ocean Christine Steendam

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m from Winnipeg, MB in Canada. I was born and raised here and despite the freezing cold winters (average temp of -40 this winter) I still find myself living here lol. I make my home on a small hobby ranch with my husband and two young sons as well as our assortment of animals.

Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

Heart Like an Ocean is my debut novel and started quite a few years ago while I was working on a ranch. I saw a single scene in my head of a girl running across an open field to her horse. From there the story blossomed and has gone through a few metamorphosis before becoming the book you see today.

Unforgiving Plains was a story that just wouldn’t leave me alone. I had gone to Alberta for a cattle roundup and the characters just came alive in my head and began to tell me their story. I just had to write it down.

 Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I usually write in my sunroom at a desk that has a view out to my horse pasture. But, you can find my writing anywhere. For the colder winter months I have a desk setup in my living room as well. When it comes to writing time I have to set up my inspirational music. With my Ocean series (Heart Like an Ocean, Owned by the Ocean) I usually turn to the music of composer Hans Zimmer. With Unforgiving Plains it was country music all the way. Once that’s set up I pour myself a steaming cup of hot coffee and go at ‘er.

 How do you get your ideas for writing?

Usually a single scene comes to me inspired by either emotion or experience and from there a story usually creates itself.

What do you like to read?

Anything and everything! By my favorites are historical, contemporary romance (especially westerns!) and science fiction .

 What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

Write, write, write. Don’t just come up with ideas and let them stew. Write them down. Get that story out. There is plenty of time to perfect once the first draft is done.

And after that you have to realize there is a time to stop editing and tweaking and start submitting.


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Owned by the Ocean

Prequel to Heart Like an Ocean

​​Brant’s life is planned for him. He will attend the best academic school in England, run his father’s estate, and marry well. But, with the sea calling to him, and a father that treats him more like a soldier to be commanded than a son, he takes off to find his own destiny.

What Brant doesn’t know, is that the sea is a cruel mistress, and once she owns you she won’t let you go.


Owned by the Ocean is a FREE ebook. Please pick up a copy in your favorite format and immerse yourself in the world of pirates in the 17th century.




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Heart Like an Ocean

Book 1 of the Ocean Trilogy

In a society where she doesn’t belong, Senona Montez, a strong-willed and free-spirited woman refuses to follow the path expected of a Don’s only child.

On the eve of her marriage to a stranger, she saddles her horse and flees everything she knows, only to discover the petty concerns of society did not prepare her for the harsh life on the open sea. She finds an unlikely protector in a reckless privateer, Brant Foxton.

Straddling the worlds of independence and privilege in 1600’s Europe, this captivating man challenges her in ways she never thought possible, shows her what living to the fullest really means, and allows her to follow her heart wherever it leads.
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Unforgiving Plains

Rayna Fields is a successful realtor in Calgary, but when she receives a visit from a lawyer, her whole life is turned upside down.

She hasn’t seen or heard from her father in twenty years. Not since her mother packed her and their belongings in a truck and drove off Fieldstone Ranch. Now, she has to make her way to Foremost, Alberta, the “wild west” of Canada and deal with the dilapidated ranch that was left to her by her estranged father.

Struggling with her feelings towards her father who has passed on, a ranch in financial distress, and other problems that crop up along the way, Rayna turns to the one person willing to help; Vince, the hired hand. But will his past destroy everything she’s worked towards? And will she be able to forgive, and find beauty in Alberta’s wild plains?
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Denise Alicea
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This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc

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