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Monday, March 26, 2012

Mindy Starnes Clark, John Campbell Clark, and Free Books!

PhotobucketEchoes of Titanic combines a fascinating tale of modern-day corporate intrigue with the deeply moving story of Titanic’s fateful voyage.

Before we talk with today's authors, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Special Delivery, by Kathi Macias, is:

mitzi_wanham@ . . .

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Now let's meet Mindy and John Clark, authors of Echoes of Titanic (Harvest House Publishers, March 2012).

PhotobucketMindy Starns Clark is the award-winning author of 19 books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the #1 bestseller The Amish Midwife (co-written with Leslie Gould) and the popular The House That Cleans Itself.

PhotobucketJohn Campbell Clark is an attorney and CPA who works in the Christian nonprofit field. Married to Mindy for 23 years, he has served as her brainstorming partner, research facilitator, and first reader for each of her books. A lifelong Titanic buff, he was thrilled to coauthor with her on Echoes of Titanic.

John and Mindy have two daughters, both currently in college, and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, with their shih tzu, Belle.

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


--I grew up in a house that had a fireman’s pole.

--One of my favorite jobs was with a music company, where I recorded the sing-along vocal tracks for their line of female karaoke songs.

--I once broke an arm and a leg…playing tennis.

--Before I became a novelist, I worked as an “Entertainer to Seniors,” performing a mix of music and comedy at senior centers, nursing homes, and retirement communities.

--When I came back from classes after my first day of college, it was to find that my car had rolled down a hill, across a field, and up into a tree. (Being from Louisiana, which is very flat, I didn’t know to leave the car in gear when parking it.)


--I met my wife on the first day of college, when she came looking for people to help get her car out of a tree.

--My summer job all through high school was as a lifeguard and camp counselor.

--When I was first starting out in my career, I worked in the World Trade Center.

--I’ve been to 48 states (just Alaska and South Dakota to go!)

--I’ve been to 10 World Series games.

I'm sure you've both heard this before, but that "meet cute" belongs in a novel!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Echoes of the Titanic.

PhotobucketKelsey Tate’s great-grandmother Adele endured the sinking of Titanic and made it safely to America, where she not only survived but thrived. Several generations later, Kelsey is a rising star at the firm Adele helped to establish nearly 100 years ago.

Now facing a hostile takeover, the firm’s origins are challenged when new facts emerge about Adele’s actions on Titanic’s tragic last night. Kelsey tries to defend the company and the great-grandmother she has long admired, but the stakes are raised when a co-worker is found dead in the office—and police won’t say if it’s murder or suicide.

Forced to seek help from Cole Thornton, a man Kelsey once loved—and lost, thanks to her success-at-all-costs mentality—she pursues mysteries both past and present. Aided by Cole and strengthened by the faith she’d all but forgotten in her climb up the corporate ladder, Kelsey races to defend her family legacy, her livelihood, and ultimately her life.

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

Kelsey Tate is smart, funny, and likeable. She’s also driven and ambitious and has made a lot of mistakes in her climb up the corporate ladder. I think what makes her so appealing in this story is that she’s forced to confront those mistakes right off the bat and grapple with matters of humility and grace.

Five years ago, she unscrupulously out-maneuvered her boyfriend in a business deal, and it destroyed the relationship. Now she’s forced to go to him for help. Watching Kelsey come to terms with her missteps and her own worst tendencies is very gratifying. It’s also fun to see her rediscover her long-forgotten faith and try to rekindle the relationship she once destroyed through her own selfish actions.

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

PhotobucketLet’s see. Kelsey would be played by a 32-year-old Jennifer Connelly-type.

PhotobucketFor Cole, maybe Chris Pine.

Please share with us one quote that either inspires you or simply amuses you as you go about your efforts as a writer.

“Your worship of Him is more important than your ministry for Him.” Wish I knew who said it! I keep it posted at my desk.

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

In nonfiction, we both love Malcolm Gladwell and highly recommend Blink and Outliers. In fiction, Mindy is a huge fan of the The Hunger Games Trilogy. She finally got John to read the first one, and now he’s eager to go see the movie—and to start reading the second.

They're definitely addicting stories!

What are you working on now?

Mindy: I’m having a blast writing a new mystery series with supermodel Kim Alexis. The first book in the series, Beauty to Die For, will be coming out this summer.

John: It’s back to my “day job” for now, though of course I will continue to assist Mindy with her other books. If the right project came along, I would also happily pull out the pen (i.e. keyboard) again and start working away. Writing Echoes of Titanic was such a great experience, I hope to co-author again in the future.

Where else can readers find you online?

My websites are www.mindystarnsclark.com and www.morefrommindy.com, and I blog at www.thehousethatcleansitself.com and at www.amishreader.com.

The book can be purchased at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:

929460: Echoes of Titanic

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

I’ve been doing a lot of co-authoring lately and really enjoying it, so I’d like to ask about that. Are they any more or less likely to buy a book that has two authors? If a favorite author co-writes a book, are they resistant to embrace it or eager to see how it differs from that author’s regular fare? And so on.

Thank you, Mindy and John, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Mindy and John have offered to give a signed copy of their book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 1. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Mindy'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.

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Jo Huddleston said...

I am not at all reluctant to buy a book that is coauthored. The story of a fiction book is the important thing when I buy. And with nonfiction, it's the subject of the book.

Jo Huddleston said...

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Pam K. said...

Having a book coauthored doesn't make me any more or less interested in it. What does make a difference is if I have read books or at least have heard of one of the authors. If I've read books by both authors, it would really be a treat!
I've read several of Mindy's books (loved the Million Dollar mysteries); this sounds like another book I'd enjoy.

lgm52 said...

I am not reluctant to buy a book coauthored by 2 or more authors...nor am I reluctant to buy a book that a favorite author of mine would coauthor. I enjoy certain authors, but am willing to enlarge my list of "favorites"!

Jennifer said...

I've read several books that are by co-authors and I liked them. Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand did Beguiled, Ron and Janet Benrey do Cozy Mysteries.I think it's even cooler when it's a husband and wife team! Loved your story about how your car ended up a tree! Your book Shadows of Lancaster County is so very good and I have Secrets of Harmony Grove, Whisper of the Bayou and Under the Cajun Moon. I hope that your guys's new book does awesome!

Nancee said...

I often buy books that are written by 2 or more authors. I don't hesitate at all, especially if I am interested in the subject matter. If one of the authors is a favorite of mine I definitely am interested. I think that many times a team of writers can come up with some wonderful additional levels of variety. I'd love to win a copy of this book. It sounds like a great one.

Cheryl Barker said...

I have definitley enjoyed books that are co-authored, but if a favorite author teams up with someone else, I might be a little less willing to embrace it. Guess I'm not crazy about change :)

Lisa E. said...

I've usually enjoyed the co-authored books I've read so I won't hesitate to buy them if the book sounds interesting. I think if the authors are both good at their craft they enhance each other's styles. An example that comes to mind is the Kit Shannon series by James Scott Bell and Tracie Peterson. Her strength is historical research and his in the law made the books better than they wood have been if they had not written as a team.


Marianne said...

Having worked in the book distribution industry, i found that often publishers would have two authors (in particularly, a well known author with a debut author) collaborate in order to introduce the second to the community. It usually meant that the book was different, but not in a bad way. Now? it doesn't stop me from buying a book that looks and sounds great.

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Judy said...

I have read several books that have been co-authored and enjoyed them all. What grabs me is the story line. If it sounds good I will read it. I have favorite authors and if their name appears on the book with someone else..I will still buy it. I have loved reading your books Mindy.

I would love to win a signed copy from both of you! Echoes of Titanic sounds like a real page turner.


Sherree said...

I don't mind co-authored books and it can be really intriguing to see what each writer can bring to the story. This sounds like a fascinating book. I love something unique and I love the fact that you are co-authors with your spouse! My husband and I work together and people are always shocked that we get along so well after working at the office all day.:P Your "how I met my spouse" story was great; no wonder you can write so well, you have a lot of your own life experiences.

beemama said...

A co-authored book doesn't turn me aside. In fact, if I have enjoyed a book by one of the authors before I am more likely to read one the author has co-authored.
Mindy - love your work. Can't wait to read the new one.

misskallie2000 said...

I have enjoyed the co-authored books I have read so that would not prevent my buying a good book. The story usually is what draws me to a book plus the author so if a author I like co-author's a book I would buy it. I love to find new authors and this is one way to find them.
Echoes of Titanic sounds like a great story and I enjoy stories written about the Titanic. Mindy and John are new authors for me and I put this book on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Abigail Richmond said...

I've read a lot of books by 2 authors and loved them.

squiresj said...

I just finished a book written by four authors and I enjoyed it. But the last story wasn't as good as the first three so had to rate it a little lower on review and hated that.
I have read one book by Virginia Smith co-authored and about to review another one. I love them. Laura Ingalls Wilder co-authored some books and they still sold.
Each person has a different way of writing and it shows. One can strengthen the weekness of another in a story. So bring them on.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

It wouldn't really matter to me if I were interested in what the book was about. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Mindy said...

Wow, guys, this is awesome feedback. I'm so glad I asked! For some reason, I've always been a little resistant to co-authored books, like I thought maybe they would suffer from compromise. Now that I write with other authors, however, I realize the opposite is true. Like several of you said, each one's strengths come into play instead.

Thanks so much for weighing in. You guys rock!

Mindy said...

Ha ha Trish, you're right, John and I do have a pretty good "meet cute!" I never thought about it that way before.

Anonymous said...

If a book is co authored is not important to me. When it's a favorite author, I'll read it even if there were 6 or 8 co authors.

This book is one that will definitely be on my to read list,.

thank you for having the drawing.


Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

like most projects, input from more than one allows for greater idea pollination! i like it :)


Angela said...

It does not bother me one bit if a book is co-authored or not. I pick up a book because the story/subject sounds good to me. I have no preference over co-authored books or single authored books.

Thank you for the chance to win.

griperang at embarqmail dot com

Lane Hill House said...

"--I met my wife on the first day of college, when she came looking for people to help get her car out of a tree."

How awesome is that!!!

Co-authoring is twice the fun. Perspective and communication abound.



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