Today I have Ann Weisgarber, author of THE PROMISE, which is now in paperback today, stopping by to answer some questions. Her publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, has generously provided Traveling With T a giveaway copy- so ya’ll be sure to check that Rafflecopter link at the end of the post and give it lots of love!!!!
If you could choose to be a character in a book- who would you choose?
Charlotte, the spider, in E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. She’s kind, patient, loyal, a problem solver, and always knows what to say when things are bleak.
If you were not an author, what would you like to be?
I’d love to be an official scorekeeper for professional baseball. I’m a fan and when I’m in the stands at an Astros game, I keep score. I won’t eat or talk to anyone while the ball’s in play since I don’t want to miss the action. You never know. I might get a call from the official scorekeeper for a backup opinion.
Do you have any #literaryconfessions?
A few years ago, I read James Joyce’s Ulysses. I thought the experience would make me a better person, but I was wrong. It made me miserable.
Do you have a #literarycrush?
You bet I do. Maximilian de Winter from Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is mysterious, handsome, cuts a fine figure, and is drawn to a woman who brings him peace. What’s not to love?
What is your favorite song?
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
The TV remote control has a tendency to get stuck on The Bachelorette or The Bachelor. Once that happens, I’m doomed. The drama and the whispered conspiracies pull me in every time.
Are you a hardback, paperback, or e-book kind of reader?
What are some of the books in your TBR (To Be Read) list?
Queen Sugar – Natalie Baszile
The Purse Bearer – Joe Holley
Blue Horses – Mary Oliver
If you had to choose between being an apple or a pineapple- which would you pick?
An apple. It’s nature’s gift that helps us deals with crisp temperatures and shorter days.
Do you judge a book by the cover? What elements of the cover really catch your eye?
A beautiful cover with rich colors catches my eye but once that happens — and catching a customer’s eye is the goal of the cover — the art and author blurbs rarely influence my “to read or not to read” decision. Instead, I rely on the synopsis on the inside flap. If it’s well written and enticing, I’ll read the book.
Want to know more about Ann?
Ann Weisgarber’s latest novel is The Promise. The Promise was shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, making Ms. Weisgarber the first American to be a finalist for this UK prize. In the United States, THE PROMISE was a finalist for the Spur Award in Best Western Historical Fiction and The Ohioana Book Award for Fiction. The novel was a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Read, a Pulpwood Queen Pick for October 2014, and the Pulpwood Queen Bonus Book of the Year. Weisgarber’s first novel was The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, which actress Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions has optioned the film rights. For her first novel, Weisgarber was nominated for England’s 2009 Orange Prize and for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. In the United States, she won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. She was shortlisted for the Ohioana Book Award and was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writer. Weisgarber serves on the selection committee for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. Originally from Ohio, she now divides her time between Sugar Land, Texas, and Galveston, Texas.
And now for the GIVEAWAY:
Win THE PROMISE (US/ Canada only!) Check the Rafflecopter link for more info!
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T