Hey lovely readers- today, Jolina Petersheim is back today at Traveling With T talking about her newest book, THE MIDWIFE. You might remember Jolina last year from THE OUTCAST– a book that Traveling With T really enjoyed. In the coming weeks, look for a review of THE MIDWIFE- which early praise indicates might even be better than THE OUTCAST! Today, Jolina is not only answering questions, but she’s being so generous and having a BIG giveaway. Check the Rafflecopter link for your chance to win a Starbucks Gift Card and either THE OUTCAST or THE MIDWIFE.
Interview with Jolina Petersheim:
Jolina, welcome back to Traveling With T!
Thank you for having me here, Tamara; what an honor to visit with you again!
After last year and the success of THE OUTCAST, did you feel nervous about writing THE MIDWIFE?
Thankfully, I turned The Midwife in to my publisher on June 1, 2013, and The Outcast released one month later on July 1, 2013. I had no idea The Outcast would do so well, and therefore—having completed my novel—didn’t have the opportunity to haggle with writing insecurity, which unfortunately rears its ugly head if your novel does well or not.
This deadline worked so great for me, I am planning to turn in another work-in-progress right around the same time as The Midwife’s June 1release. As we all know, the publishing process takes a lot of time, and the way to prevent stagnation — or, in other words, writer’s block — is to keep the words flowing.
How do you balance your roles, Jolina? Mother/wife/author-your plate is full!
My husband is wonderfully supportive. He has his own business, so his schedule is pretty flexible. He can come home early if I have a publicity engagement or if I just need to go to a library or coffee shop to write. I definitely could not do it without him; plus, he’s my first reader and editor, so this publishing journey has really become a team effort. The family involvement is one of my favorite aspects of my career. Sometimes my toddler daughter even tries to help me type!
What is your favorite thing about being on a book tour?
Meeting people! I’m more extroverted than a golden retriever, and yet I’m a stay-at-home mom who lives in the mountains of East Tennessee, so the opportunity to chat with readers and writers is just a dream come true. My summer book events hold me over during the quieter winter months, when I get so desperate I sometimes find myself talking to my characters from my work-in-progress for entertainment!
Can you share a book that you are excited about for 2014?
Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen. Something about the cover just catches my attention, and you cannot go wrong with anything published by Knopf!
Here is the blurb:
It is 1938 when Eveline, a young bride, follows her husband into the wilderness of Minnesota. Though their cabin is rundown, they have a river full of fish, a garden out back, and a new baby boy named Hux. But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father, the unthinkable happens: a stranger arrives, and Eveline becomes pregnant. She gives the child away, and while Hux grows up hunting and fishing in the woods with his parents, his sister, Naamah, is raised an orphan. Years later, haunted by the knowledge of this forsaken girl, Hux decides to find his sister and bring her home to the cabin. But Naamah, even wilder than the wilderness that surrounds them, may make it impossible for Hux to ever tame her, to ever make up for all that she, and they, have lost. Set before a backdrop of vanishing forest, this is a luminous novel of love, regret, and hope.
About THE MIDWIFE:
The story about a mother who risks everything to save a child not genetically hers . . .
The Past — Graduate student Beth Winslow was sure she was ready to navigate the challenges of becoming a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities with the baby, Beth is unprepared for the parents’ decision to end the pregnancy — and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen Haus, a home for unwed mothers deep in a Tennessee Mennonite community.
The Present — As head midwife of Hopen Haus, Rhoda Mummau delivers babies with a confident though stoic ease. Except in rare moments, not even those who work alongside her would guess that each newborn cry, each starry-eyed glance from mother to child, nearly renders a fault through Rhoda’s heart, reminding her of a past she has carefully concealed. Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives in the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia’s due date draws near, Rhoda must face her regrets and those she left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free.
Jolina Petersheim is the award-winning author of The Midwife and The Outcast, which Library Journal gave a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. The Outcast also became an ECPA, CBA, and Amazon bestseller, and was featured in Huffington Post’s Fall Picks, World Magazine’s Notable Books, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and The Tennessean. Jolina and her husband’s unique Amish and Mennonite heritage originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their young daughter. Whenever she’s not busy chasing this adorable toddler, Jolina is hard at work on her next novel.
About the Giveaway:
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T