Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby: Interview: Orangeberry Tour Stop


Tell us a bit about your family. It consists of a wonderful husband and a furry white dog who is the boss of the house.

What is your favorite quality about yourself? I am a kind person with an open heart.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? That I am absolutely anal about perfecting my work; one little mistake and I beat myself over the head with a baseball bat (figuratively not literally)

What is your favorite color? If it is something to wear, either all black or all white. If is my surroundings, all of the warm colors – pink, red, rose, burgundy – but not orange. For some odd reason, I have kicked orange out of the group.

What is your favorite food? Um, is chocolate, ice cream or candy considered a food?

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Although I am very proud of having won ten different Literary Awards for my work, I am most proud of having earning the respect and friendship of my peers.

What inspires you to write? People and their relationships. Everyday life events. It can be a place we’ve visited or someone I’ve met.  Spare Change is a perfect example of this. We were visiting friends on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and drove through long stretches of road without seeing stores, houses or even a gas station. I commented to my husband that it was such a desolate area that a murder could take place and no one would be the wiser…that thought gave birth to Spare Change.

Who or what influenced your writing when you first began? It was an older gentleman named Dan Grant. He was the leader of a writer’s workshop I attended and he constantly challenged me to grow beyond myself.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years? I believe it was the quality of the books I read. Every time I lost myself in another wonderful story, I challenged myself to reach higher and create my own stories with that same magical quality.

What genre are you most comfortable writing in? Definitely women’s fiction. That said, several of my books that are set in the first half of the twentieth century are also considered historical fiction. Amazon has all of my novels under Literary Fiction, I suppose it’s because they are all very character driven stories.

Have you developed a specific writing style? Very much so.  I usually combine a number of different voices in any given story. Although the story of Spare Change is told in the narrative, There are first person segments from each of the main characters. It may sound confusing, but it’s not. As the story unfolds, certain characters step up and talk directly to the reader.

Buy Now @ Amazon
Genre – Literary Fiction
Rating – PG13
Reviewer’s Choice 2012 Award Winner! 
In a story that’s been compared to John Grisham’s The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature and then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.
Olivia Westerly is the only person Ethan Allen can trust, and he’s not too sure he can trust her. She’s got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions–one of them is the belief that eleven is the unluckiest number on earth. Olivia avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she’s a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.
With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he’d never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa’s dead too. He’s got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama’s will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.
Winner of Five Literary Awards, BookBundlz Finalist, Voted Goodreads Best Unknown Fiction,
FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal Finalist
Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction--the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.

Crosby's work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, and the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal.
Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), Cupid's Christmas (2012) and What Matters Most (2013). She has also authored "Life in the Land of IS" a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world's longest living quadriplegic.

Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write."
Connect with Bette Lee Crosby on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads

Next Stops on Tour
22nd May – Guest Post & Book Review at City of Reviews
23rd May – Book Review at Life Altering Reads
24th May – Author Interview at Gentleman Reads
25th May – Guest Post at Pastime with Books
26th May – Book Review at Just My Opinion

1 comment:

Teena in Toronto said...

I enjoyed this book.