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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Alice J. Wisler and Free Books!

PhotobucketHave you ever attended the wrong wedding?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Roseanna White's novel, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, is:

followsjc@ . . .

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 (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's chat with novelist Alice J. Wisler, author of A Wedding Invitation (Bethany House, October 2011). Tell us about yourself, Alice.

PhotobucketI was raised in Japan as a missionary kid, and spent twenty years in Japan. No wonder sushi is my favorite food. After college, I taught English as a Second Language in a refugee camp in the Philippines.

Since the death of my four-year-old son Daniel in 1997, I teach online grief-writing workshops and speak at bereavement conferences.

My four published novels are Rain Song, How Sweet It Is, Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation.

How heartbreaking, Alice, about your son. I'm so sorry. And how loving of you to help others struggling with grief.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--My first modeling experience was when I was eight, for a poster advertising melodeons (this was a hand-held instrument) for a Japanese company.

--I love turkey skin almost as much as I love the meat. (I do know it's not good for me.)

--I was in the Amazon Jungle when my daughter caught a piranha on a fishing trip.

--I skipped school after an Eagles concert in 1976 and went with friends to meet them at their hotel in Osaka (we'd gone backstage the night before and Joe Walsh invited us to hang out with the band).

--My uncle is Eugene Peterson (author of The Message) and is a wonderful person.

I feel as if my life has been awfully sheltered, in that I only identify with the turkey skin item. Sigh.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Wedding Invitation.

PhotobucketSamantha visits her Aunt Dovie in Winston-Salem, NC, (after attending the wrong wedding) and from there, things are set in motion for her life to change. She comes face-to-face with a student she once taught in the Philippines at a refugee camp, and later is reunited with a Carson, a fellow teacher---the one she fell in love with.

Together, Carson and Samantha are asked to help Lien, a young Amerasian girl, find her birth mother before Lien's wedding.

What is it about Samantha that will make your readers care about her?

Samantha is down to earth, a bit of a flirt, flawed, protective of her heart, and funny.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketI have no idea. I suppose Aunt Dovie would be someone sweet like Mary Steenburgen.

Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

Very tempting, but have not gone down that path yet.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

Under the Mesquite, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. This is a YA book about a girl who finds out her mother has cancer. Very touching and poetically written. (A review of it is at my blog.)

What are you working on now?

Thanks for asking! I'm writing a novel about a man who gives up his Amish heritage and moves to the mountains of North Carolina to help other dissatisfied Amish youth start new lives in English society. This novel, Still Life in Shadows (my title that may or may not stick), has just been accepted by Moody Publishers (the new River North) and should be out fall 2012. I'm excited!

Congrats on that! Where else can readers find you online?

My website is a good place to find me. www.alicewisler.com. I have a newsletter, Literary Lyrics, and love it when readers sign up for it at my website. It's free!

I have two blogs, too. One is Patchwork Quilt at: www.alicewisler.blogspot.com and the other is Writing the Heartache: www.writingtheheartache.blogspot.com.

The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:

207334: A Wedding Invitation

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

If I rented a beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, would you join me for a weekend?

Thank you, Alice, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Alice has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, December 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Alice's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my post about the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Susan Sleeman, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Susan's post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

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lgm52 said...

Oh my...a weekend on the Outer Banks! I've never been there, so....why not?
Yes, I'd be happy to join you there!

Marianne said...

i'd be happy to join you no matter where your beach house was (guess it would have to be on a beach someplace to qualify.)when does it work for you?

thanks for the great review on Under the Mesquite.


Anonymous said...

I would love that, but there are
family health reasons I could


kimmyl said...

I visited your blog and it amazes me how strong we find that we really are when we think we aren't. You have been thru alot and I think you are a very brave person to not only go thru losing a child but to help others.


Pam K. said...

I would be happy to join Alice if she rented a house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the weekend. Since we are being hypothetical, I'll just forget about not being able to afford the travel!
I read Alice's book, "Hatteras Girl" and enjoyed it.

Holly said...

I would love to go to the Outer Banks. My aunts and some of their cousins did a week there and said it was beautiful.


apple blossom said...

oh, that would be cool fun

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jordan said...

I would most definitely join you! I don't usually care for the beach, but I'm from NC, and the Outer Banks are pretty much the only beach I like. :) The one thing I do love about the beach is the nice quiet time for reading, and A Wedding Invitation looks great!

Jordan in SC

Lane Hill House said...

Yes, I would like to. I would like to find out about the Lost Colony, buy a Hatteras hammock, and go to antique stores for hidden finds. When are we going?

Merry said...

I'd love to join you and visit the Outer Banks. Seaside adventures are the best!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

I love the Outer Banks, Alice! I'm going to have to make a point of reading Hatteras Girl, and see how many memories it evokes.

Deborah M said...

Yes, I would join you at the Outer Banks. I've always wanted to visit there. Diane Chamberlain a romance writer, sets a lot of her books there.
Deborah M.
debbiejeanm at gmail dot com

Alice J. Wisler said...

Thanks to each of you for your comments here! I'm ready to head to the beach anytime, so let's get ready! :-)

squiresj said...

I would like too but doubt I could afford to travel there. Anyway enter me in contest as I love reading and reviewing books.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com



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