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As a reader, I always enjoy finding out about "the story behind the story" of a work of literature. So, I decided to share some background about my novel Love of a Stonemason.
The initial trigger was an intense personal experience. At the end of 2005, I lost my mother and found myself to be the sole survivor of our immediate family in Switzerland, my only sister and my father having died earlier. Death and its impact--the pain of loss and loneliness--play an important in the life of the main character in the novel.
During that time, I spent several months in Switzerland, cleaning out our family home, getting it ready to be renovated. I came across my father's early paintings--he was an artist as a young man. I talked to a stonemason and sculptor about the tombstone on my parent's grave. That gave me the idea for my main characters and their professions. I spent time with my relatives in the Ticino, the Italian canton of Switzerland, so the Vallemaggia became the central location. My trips to Peru and Italy also found their way into the novel.
The final product was a completely fictional story. While writing Love of a Stonemason, I was rarely conscious of any one particular person, incidence or experience which influenced me. Some of it came to me much later. I had many "aha"-moments half-way into the novel or even after it was finished. One of the most fascinating aspects of the creative process is the way consciousness and the unconscious work together to produce something unique and new.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Christa Polkinhorn has always had the desire to explore the world outside of her beautiful but tiny country. As a young woman, she traveled through Europe, came to the United States on an exchange program, and ended up staying. Her travels led her to China and Japan as well as South America. She studied literature and linguistics in Zurich and California. Now, she lives and works as writer and translator in southern California and divides her time between the United States and her native Switzerland. The tension and excitement this “double life” creates informs her literary work. Most of her novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, Christa is an avid reader and a lover of the arts and dark chocolate.
This second "Family Portrait" book is about the relationship between the artist, Karla, and Andreas. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lawrence Enright
This is a sequel to a book that begins when the protagonist was young. In following the denouement of her life you learn more about her emotional reactions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Prindaville
This book brings us into the adult life of a child character from an ealeir book, but is strong and well written. Easily stands on its own. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by esomanybooks
For me, Love of a Stonemason was not an easy read. I personally think that this is one of those books that you either like or you don't. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by KindleJunkie
I guess this is suppose to be modern romance between two people with less than idealic childhoods who have to learn to trust each other.... Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Zarbo AZ
Christa Polkinhorn has written another engrossing, beautiful book. Its characters are believeable and its author's style so descriptive that you will feel you know the characters. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Joyce Holden
I, too, was impressed with the 5 star reviews of this book, but, unfortunately, it just wasn't my thing. The writing is great... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by gertie313
You know how you feel when you are reading a book you love and you just hate for it to end? I could not WAIT to be done with this book. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by Jane Manning
Karla is an aspiring artist who is almost hit by a car one day. After her and the driver, Andreas, yell at each other, she meets him again when she is at her mother's grave. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by liketoread