Well, I don't know about you, but I'm having a blast telling you about some of my very favorite authors, celebrating their new books as well as my brand new etsy shop.
It's been a good week already and it's only Wednesday!
Today, we're adding to the prize package with another one of my very favorite authors, the fabulous Deb Raney.
Deb was kind enough to share five fun facts that you won't read on the back cover.
• My idea for this novel came after hearing my mother-in-law tell about taking unfamiliar backroads home on the three and-a-half-hour trip from Kansas City. Because I travel to so many conferences and speaking events, I often find myself on unfamiliar roads, occasionally lost. So, on a drive home from Kansas City, I purposely took the backroads the way my mother-in-law had done. It was a great adventure, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I remember thinking that if I had an accident, my husband would wonder what in the world I was doing so far off the beaten path. As with so many of my stories, a “what if?” question led to more questions and ultimately the result was The Face of the Earth.
• My husband’s three brothers helped me brainstorm the book when we were all together at a family reunion two years ago. They came up with some great ideas, even if quite a few of them were so "creative" they wouldn't have been believable for a novel! I dedicated the book to them, but I'm not sure any of them have read it yet! ;)
• The idea for Jill's magnifying glass collection came from my own collection of them. While I was working on the manuscript, I bought a really beautiful magnifying glass to use for a giveaway to promote the book. By the time the drawing was held I was pretty attached to that one and it was kind of sad to package it up and send it off. But the winner seemed to really enjoy it and the book, so that made it easier to let go.
(Above are the other covers that were considered for this novel.)
• Author Tamera Alexander has been my critique partner for ten years, reading everything I write (as I do for her) and giving wonderful insight and suggestions on the story. Because she is a city girl from Atlanta and I'm a farm girl from Kansas, we bring very different perspectives to the books we read. It's been so helpful to have another very different point of view as I write! I love having feedback on my writing before I ever send it off to my editors and count many family members and friends (including Courtney Walsh!) as treasured first readers. I have great respect for my editors and estimate I probably take at least 85% of the suggestions they make about my novel. I don't agree on every point, and since it's my novel, I get to have the final say, but I could never write a salable novel without the input from many readers and editors.
• When it comes to writing teenage or young adult characters, I often call on my own young adult kids for help! It's not unusual for me to shoot a blanket e-mail to all the kids and their spouses asking, "How would you say this?" Or "What does your generation call fill-in-the-blank?" I'm not sure what I'll do when they're all middle-aged!
The Giveaway Stack just keeps growing, now both Sweet Dreams and The Face of the Earth have been added to the etsy celebration prize pack.
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