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Monday, April 9, 2012

Judy Christie and Free Books!

PhotobucketDowntown Green, the fifth novel in the Green series, tells of the ongoing adventures of a big-city journalist who winds up running a smalltown newspaper in Green, Louisiana.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island, by Cara Putman, is:

johudd@ . . .

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 visit with Judy Christie, author of Downtown Green (Abingdon Press, March 2012).

PhotobucketAuthor Judy Christie writes Southern stories from her home in North Louisiana, where she likes to chat from her vintage green Kitchen Couch and read in the porch swing. A longtime journalist, she’s kept a diary since she was nine and still has all of them.

In addition to the Green series, she’s the author of the novel Wreath and the Hurry Less Worry Less nonfiction series.

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

-- A monkey once chased me on a residential street in North Louisiana.

-- I had lunch at the White House with Nancy Reagan.

-- Looking for antiques with peeling paint in flea markets is a favorite way to spend a day.

-- I’ve run two marathons (26.2 miles) and plan to run a half-marathon in Seattle in June.

-- My journalism career started in elementary school, where I was editor of The Barret Banner.

The juxtaposition of those first two items is hilarious, Judy. Nothing like being kept humble, eh?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Downtown Green.

PhotobucketDowntown Green is about a smalltown newspaper owner who never gives up on quirky Green, Louisiana. When a highway bypass threatens to kill downtown, Lois -- with help from beloved Green residents -- agrees to renovate the quaint Bayou Freez Drive-In and runs into one challenge after another. Things are never calm when Lois Barker Craig gets involved. This is the fifth novel set in the fictional town of Green.

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

Lois Barker Craig is a smart, uncertain problem-solver. She wants to enjoy life – and she’s always in the middle of things, growing and learning along the way. She doesn’t have everything figured out, and I hope readers will enjoy watching her seek answers to life’s questions, with laughs along the way.

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

PhotobucketSandra Bullock as Lois Barker Craig.

PhotobucketAnd Harry Connick Jr. as Chris Craig.

What would you say has been the greatest challenge to your writing life that you’ve faced recently?

How hard it is to maintain the discipline of sitting down at the computer and writing. There are many distractions, from chatting with friends to wandering around Twitter and Facebook. My agent told me from the beginning to guard my writing time, and I try to live by that advice.

I hear you! I'm at a day job now, and I feel I never used my free time as well as I could have before I started this part of my writing life! I'm very eager for the Lord to open my calendar back up for me! You're smart to be aware of where you spend your time.

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

The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This is a wonderfully written Amish novel with a great character named Roman, a traveling beekeeper. The characters and setting drew me in.

What are you working on now?

In addition to introducing readers to Downtown Green, I’m launching Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms.

Where else can readers find you online?

I love to visit with readers at Facebook and Twitter. For free weekly tips on how to slow down and enjoy each day: Hurry Less Worry Less.

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

708992: Downtown Green, Green Series #5

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

What do you think makes a small town appealing? Would you like to live in a small town?

Thanks, Judy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Judy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Judy'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 interview with Jennifer AlLee, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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Soni B said...

oh after reading this page today I believe I have found a new author to check out this series sounds great as well as her other books... thanks Sonja

Abigail Richmond said...

Well I live in a Rural area not much people around so I kind of know what it's like. but yes I think the best setting for a book should be a small town.
That is so cool that you ate with Nancy Reagon, and also that you ran the Marathon.

Judy Christie said...

Thanks, y'all, for your comments! Small towns have so much personality, don't they? Happy Monday! Judy Christie

Barb Jansma said...

Grew up in a small town and loved it. Would you believe we still keep in touch with some of our classmates? Have moved several times since marrying to small towns big cities and back to a small town where we live now. I like the friendliness of the people and not the hustle and bustle of the traffic. One small town we lived in had the only traffic light in the whole county.:)

lgm52 said...

I do live in a small town in a rural area. It's nice to know most of the people in the town. People are friendly, and look out for each other.

karenk said...

i grew up in a small town...and still call it home

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Judy Christie said...

I think in retirement I'd like to live in a town where I could walk to church, the library, the grocery store, the post office and an art movie house. Maybe I'd spend time sitting on the front porch watching my neighbors stroll by. Doesn't that sound just about perfect? :) Judy Christie

Jo Huddleston said...

Small town settings are cozier. Like Debbie Macomber's books--everybody seems to know and love every one. I've lived in big and small towns and I'd rather live in a small one. Judy, interesting interview. Trish, thanks for the contest.

Nancee said...

Friendliness and knowing most people in the community are what draw me to small communities. I grew up in a very small village of about 200 people, and it was wonderful!

Judy Christie said...

Thanks, Nancee and Jo, for dropping by to visit about small-town life. My mom and dad loved to visit with neighbors on the screened-in porch when I was growing up ... and I hope some of that feeling comes across in the Green, La., novels! Happy day!
Judy Christie

Trish Perry said...

Every small town I lived in eventually grew up into far busier places. I like the conveniences, but I do miss that atmosphere where people say hello to each other as a matter of course. I do enjoy books set in small towns--there's a certain charm you just can't capture in the urban setting.

squiresj said...

I live in a small town. I thought it would be appealing. But I hate it. I prefer the large cities with shopping, places to go and see. People here have their nose in everything you do and judgement is the worst.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Trish, I would love to win Judy's book. Why I like small towns, it has a lot less traffic, and safer for your kids to be out and about. They can walk to their friends without worrying much. Also you get to know your neighbors, and everyone seems more willing to help others. Sometimes in the big cities, you don't even know who your neighbors are. Also a more peaceful atmosphere. Maxie (mac262@me.com )

Anonymous said...

I've never lived in a small town,but had friends who did. the way everyone seemed to be in everyone else's business would drive me nuts. If I could find a small town like the ones that are written about, maybe I would like that.

Thanks for having the drawing.


Soccerkidsmom said...

I live in a valley between two mountains in PA so I guess that's kind of like a small town although we have no stores or anything like that. I think it would be neat to live in a small town. And I enjoy reading stories about small town life too. Please enter me in your contest. Sherri sherrirmyers at hughes dot net

Lane Hill House said...

Hi, The highway bypasses our downtown too. A small town is appealing because of the friendly people you see again and get to know by name. We moved to a small town in a new state three summers ago and love it here!

Lane Hill House said...

I have liked you on Facebook previously!



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