Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Veronica Heley's False Wall is:
sydneyjames68@ . . .
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And now let's revisit with novelist Virginia Smith, author of the contemporary humor novel, Renovating the Richardsons, a novel in the Tales of the Goose Creek B&B series (Harvest House Publishers, February 2016).
An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.
Her books have received many awards, including two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit. The first book in the Tales of the Goose Creek B&B, The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade, is currently a finalist for the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award.
Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.
-- I live a double life by also publishing fantasy stories under a pseudonym.
-- I run a small publishing company, Next Step Books, in order to provide publishing opportunities for books I believe in that have not found a home with a traditional publisher.
-- Thanks to my research on the books in the Tales of the Goose Creek B&B series, I registered as a foster mother for homeless kittens.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Renovating the Richardsons.
Al and Millie Richardson are hard at work renovating a drafty Victorian house into a B&B, and the new veterinarian, Susan, has finally found acceptance from the town--not to mention a hunky new boyfriend, Justin.
But things never stay quiet for long in Goose Creek. The inner-county softball game is coming up, and Millie volunteers Al as team manager. The softball team is a disaster. If they're not going to embarrass themselves in front of the whole county, Justin needs to play. But Justin lives just outside the city limits, and the rules say that players must live in town.
As if that weren't enough to keep the town gossips busy, a massage therapist has come to town and opened up shop. Imagine--a massage parlor!--in Goose Creek! No decent Creeker will stand for it.
It's up to Al and Millie--again--to save the day.
What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?
This book has an ensemble cast, so there are about five “main” characters. Still, Al and Millie are front-and-center, and their relationship is so endearing. At times they drive each other nuts, but their love is deep and enduring.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
However, you can check out my Pinterest board for the Goose Creek B&B to see them, and also some other actors I’d cast for a few of the minor roles. It’s here: Pinterest
Could you share with us a quote about writing that you find inspirational?
Ernest Hemmingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.” I also really like something Stephen King said: “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
It's fascinating to see the different types of attitude that writers find motivating!
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s about two sisters who get involved in the French resistance during WWII, and is so realistic I felt like I’d been there. Definitely not a feel-good book, but one that absorbed me.
I've seen that novel advertised on television quite a bit lately. Good to hear it's well done.
What are you working on now?
I’ve just finished up writing The Amish Widower, which will be released by Harvest House in April, and am getting ready to write a fifth book in the Goose Creek series – a Christmas novella currently called Al’s Goose is Cooked at a Goose Creek Christmas.
Where else can readers find you online?
Pinterest (though I ignore my Pinterest page for long periods of time!!!)
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
My definition of a good book is one that so captivates me I don’t notice the author’s writing style or techniques. How do you define a good book?
Thanks, Virginia, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.
Readers, Virginia has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Virginia's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
I invite you to see the post below, about Harvest House's offer of a $1.99 e-copy of my contemporary romance, Tea for Two, through May. Purchase links are provided below.
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