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Thursday, March 12, 2009

S. Dionne Moore and Free Books!

When Polly Dent Loses Grip on the treadmill and has a fatal fall that's ruled an accident, LaTisha Barnhart uncovers a plot that'll put your teeth on edge.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of A.K. Arenz's novel, The Case of the Bouncing Grandma, is:

caree21@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right in order to participate in future book give-aways!

And now let's meet novelist S. Dionne Moore, author of Polly Dent Loses Grip (Barbour, March 2009).

Me? You want to know the status of my bunions? Actually, my bio says it all. I'm a bunion-free supermom, able to leap loads of laundry in a single bound, homeschool my daughter, and help my pastor husband, all with a deadline looming. No problem-O.

You are an amazing woman--no doubt about it. Now tell us a bit more about the novel's plot.

PhotobucketPlot! I knew I forgot something! Just kidding.

Polly Dent Lose Grip on the treadmill and takes a fatal fall that is ruled an accident. Helping her mother-in-law move into Bridgeton Towers Assisted Living, but the scars from LaTisha Barnhart's surgically removed bunions tell her something's afoot. The residents' gossip is revealing all kinds of motives for murder. Gertrude Herrman is out looking for love in the form of Thomas Philcher's fat wallet, and Polly's fall eliminates her competition once and for all. Otis Payne, the venerable director of Bridgeton Towers, is over a barrel when his wife demands cash, or she'll carry on without him. Mitzi Mullins's penchant for rhyme puts her in direct line as perpetrator of the crime, and Sue Mie's mistake seals Polly's fate.

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Definitely LaTisha, She's so unpredictable. Anytime I team her up with any other character, there's bound to be something fun happening. And when she gets together with Hardy? Ha. Those two are made for each other!

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Because it measures about eight inches in height and makes the perfect backscratcher when you just can't reach the middle of your back any other way.

I love a practical author. What facet of the writing craft comes easiest to you? Explain.

I can hear my characters voices. I hear Hardy as clearly as I hear LaTisha. Dialogue comes easy to me, but I also take great pains to make sure the voices of each character are unique. After all, no two people look alike or talk alike. Good characterization begins with knowing a character's backstory and forming their dialogue accordingly.

What do you struggle with in your writing?

Setting. I often go back in edits and write in sensory and setting.

A new writer is struggling to make her main character less "flat." In three sentences or less, give her your advice.

No two people are alike. Knowing a character's backstory is key to knowing how they will act and react in your novel and also gives rise to their unique vocabulary and dialogue. Flat characters are characters that the author doesn't get to know well enough before they begin writing.

What are you working on now?

A romance. Ashton made the biggest gamble of his life and lost everything, now he's back to reclaim the heart of the woman whose life he shattered.

Where else can readers find you or your writing online? Please include the link for purchasing your book.

www.sdionnemoore.com. I'm always running a contest. Plus, I've just started doing Podcast lessons on writing. Short snippets of information that will change the way you approach your writing. I've just finished a series on Backstory, and have started a new series on Characterization.

Since the Heartsong Presents Mysteries book club is closing this summer, I'm also directing people who are not members of the club to email me personally if they'd like to purchase a copy of Polly Dent Loses Grip. You can contact me through my Website, above. We're hoping that Barbour will release all three LaTisha mysteries as a 3-in-1. Your Goose Is Cooked, the third and final book in the series was contracted, so the only way anyone will see it is if it is chosen to release as an anthology.

We'll pray to that end, Sandra! Thanks so much for telling us about yourself and Polly Dent Loses Grip. Readers, Sandra has offered to sign a copy of her novel for the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 19. To enter, leave a comment for Sandra, below. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. If you subscribe to my blog, at right (or if you're already subscribed) you'll be entered an additional time to this drawing and all future drawings.

And check back on Monday, when we'll meet novelist Margaret Daley, author of Poisoned Secrets. And we'll draw the winner of Deborah Raney's book, Yesterday's Embers. You can still enter for that drawing under Deborah's interview, below.


mez said...

What a fun title, I love stories with sassy seniors. Please add my name. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I loved "Murder on the Ol' Bunions". I can't wait to read this one. LaTisha is such a great character!

Marilyn said...

The title is enough to entice me to read the book. Hope the triology is published, I would read that, too.


Lisa Jordan said...

Two of the funniest writers I know on the same blog. What a hoot! Looking forward to reading Polly Dent. I remember reading the first chapter a couple of years ago when you were in the writing it. :)

Anna said...

Sounds funny! Please enter me! I'm also a follower of your blog.


Anna said...

Sounds funny! Please enter me! I'm also a follower of your blog.


Janna said...

Loved the first one and would LOVE to read this one!


S. Dionne Moore said...

Anna. Anna. Anna. Do you realize you have a strange habit of repeating yourself? Hm. But I like that you're a follower of my blog. I think. What part do you enjoy most? Or is it Trish's blog you like to follow, in which case I must admit a great degree of envy and jealousy has risen in my heart. But that's okay. I can deal with it. I'm strong. *sniff* It won't give me a nervous breakdown to know no one appreciates my Website or my hard work. It won't. It won't.

Hey, before I sign off, should we run a contest on how many mistakes I made in my interview? Yeah, I think that would be way fun. Or not. But we'll give it a shot anyhow. So, all you English majors, tell me how many (don't name each one or we might have to write a book and we authors don't like to be reminded of grammatical errors, afterall, that's what editors are for!) grammatical mistakes I made in the interview and, uh, I'll send you a copy of Murder on the Ol' Bunions in addition to Polly Dent Loses Grip. Autographed, of course. That way you can sell it on ebay for an obscene amount of money. Right. Person closest to the number of mistakes by MY estimate (I'm NO English major), wins.

Donita K. Paul said...

You don't have to add my name, because I have this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love these to characters. What a hoot they are! And so much real love shown between them. By the way, Sandra is one of my original crit buddies who helped home my skills

Linda said...

First off, I found 5 grammatical errors.

Since I first heard the title of your book, I knew it was one I'd love to read. Please count me in. Love your sense of humor.


And thanks!

S. Dionne Moore said...

LOL! You're doing great, Linda. To take up this challenge. I'm impressed. Anyone else want to take a stab at it? Get it? Stab?

Donita! Old buddy, old crit pal. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You helped me out so much in those days. I appreciate your mentorship.

HUGS to all!

kalea_kane said...

Praying for that anthology! LOVE LaTisha. I am glad to know that we can pick it up via the website, because I totally want this book. I got very comfortable with LaTisha, and she quickly became a character I WISH I really knew. :)

Thanks for the chance and I will be ordering if I do not win.




Vie Herlocker said...

I am laughing out loud just reading the interview--so I KNOW I would love reading the book!

Shy Violet

Jo said...

The title of the book has me fascinated and I really would love to win a copy of this book. Please enter me in the drawing.


S. Dionne Moore said...

I've got to accompany my husband on a business trip, though I'll be doing my own business trip as I finish my new romance WIP. Thanks for sharing with me today and I wish you each the best. Girdles & Grins!

Bev said...

I enjoyed the interview. Need to head over to S. Dionne Moore's blog. I think I found 7 errors.

Sign me up for the drawing.


Debra Ullrick said...

Hi Trish! Waving profusely over here. This book sounds soooooooo good. Please add my name to the drawing.


From one of your biggest fans...

Debra Ullrick
The Bride Wore Coveralls
Déjà vu Bride
Dixie Hearts

windycindy said...

Great cover and title! Please enter me in this delightful book giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

Theresa N. said...

The book sounds wonderful I so love a mystery. I find the suspects to be a very interesting group.
Theresa N

Theresa N. said...

I'm a subscriber.
Theresa N

~Crystal A Murray said...

I love the creative twisting of words in both the book's title and your interview. As for mistakes, I counted eleven, but they are all mostly a repeat of the same verb tense mistake. (It is so easy to use "they" or "their" for single subjects, and I have to catch this one on myself quite often. I found these more because I was looking for them.) I will be praying for your anthology release.


~Crystal A. Murray

Bethany said...

Sounds like a fun book that my mom would love to read! Please enter me on her behalf.
And I hope you'll be able to get that anthology released.

Anonymous said...

If I win this book I could after reading it I could keep it on my coffee table and use it as my guide why I SHOULDN'T use my treadmill each night.


Gayla Collins

Ruth Dell said...


Please enter me for the book giveaway- LaTisha has wandered on and off my computer screen via various blogs that she has written or commented on during the last year or so, so now I'd like to read all about her escapades!

Sandra, I just love your play on words.

God bless

Ruth Dell



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