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Monday, February 27, 2017

Laura Polk and Free Books!

 photo CrispyMom-FrontCover_zpskydsj0mn.jpg Just as she's about to crack from the pressures of motherhood, Delia Gray  discovers letters from her own mother revealing her advice, though she died of cancer when Delia was only ten years old.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of The Amish Wanderer, by Laura Hilton, is:


Congratulations! I'll email you to get your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. 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! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Laura Polk, author of the Southern Fiction novel, Confessions of a Crispy Mom (Lost Sock Publishing, release November 2016).

Laura Frances grew up in the south, residing in North Carolina for most of her life. While she is southern, she is no southern belle. She loves the genuine, authentic people who call the south home, and is constantly inspired by the stories of their lives.

She pulls much of her inspiration from her passion for families and especially the relationship between mothers and their children. She hopes to inspire moms of all kinds to live life to the fullest.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I’m addicted to crafts and I’ll try just about anything. This past Christmas I got two gifts that I loved. One was a wood burning kit. The other was a felting kit. I never knew stabbing something with a felting needle could be so therapeutic. It’s so fun!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Confessions of a Crispy Mom.

 photo CrispyMom-FrontCover_zpskydsj0mn.jpgA frazzled working mom of three, Delia Gray struggles to keep her career, family, and sanity in tack. During one particularly bad day, she lashes out at everyone around her, including her father who has stopped by to visit. When she goes to apologize to him, he gives her a stack of letters from her mother who died when Delia was ten... something her mother asked him to hold onto until he felt Delia needed it most in motherhood.

Delia's conflicted feelings towards her mother, and the cancer that stole her life leaves her uneasy about whether or not to read them. But, when she does, she discovers a woman she never knew who struggles with the same things in motherhood that Delia does.

Funny and poignant, Confessions of a Crispy Mom is a deeply encouraging novel that will have you asking yourself: How do I make my years as a mom count the most?

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

Delia is like every other mom you’ve ever met. She’s struggling to do her best, and often feeling like she’s missing the mark. Her journey to find her mothering style is both funny and endearing. Reading about her story is a lot like looking into your best friend’s life.

From what I’ve heard from readers so far, they feel like I’ve been hiding in their closets and taking notes. I take that as a complement that Delia’s that relatable.

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

 photo images_zpstoscljsr.jpegI actually just had a reader ask me this same question the other day! She and I both agreed that it would have to be Emma Stone. Hey—a girl can dream, right?

What fictional character would you like to meet, if that were possible?

I would love to meet Jacob Jankowski from Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, but the old man version of his character as he is looking back on his life. He just seems like an interesting man, and a little feisty. Who doesn’t love that in an elderly man? I think we’d have so much fun just sitting and talking about his time in the circus.

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

After You by JoJo Moyes. I loved the first book, Me Before You, and was so connected to the main character that I felt like I couldn’t move on without knowing what happened to her. I love books that connect me to the characters that way. She was so quirky, and weird. I’m not sure what it says about me that I related to her so much, lol. But, if you love novels that are character driven and connect you to them in a very personal way, you will love this book.

What are you working on now?

I’m getting ready to release my next book, Wide Planked Porches, so I’m working on finalizing that and prepping it for publication. I’m so excited to get another one out there and can’t wait to hear what readers think. That’s the best part of writing for me.

Short blurb: Wide planked porches, sweet tea, and southern charm—the perfect breeding ground for a family cover-up.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: laurafrancesauthor.com
Facebook: Facebook

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

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

I’d love to know what book they’ve always wanted to write? I think we all have a book in us. And if there’s not one we’d want to write, there’s one we’d like to read. So, either one.

Thank you so much for having me! If it’s ok, I’d love to offer your readers a free download of the first chapter of the book. They can find it here and download it in any format they prefer:


Thanks, Laura, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura'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. 

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1 comment:

Donamae Kutska said...

Sounds really good. Overcoming problems and a hard life makes for a great story. I like crafts too.



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