Literary Friday ya’ll…

Friday 🙂 Hope everyone has big weekend plans!

 

1. Deep South Mag– #literaryfriday is off to a great start! There was a Beth Hoffman Twitter chat (super-fun!) Other tid-bits: Beth Albright will guest post on Deep South Mag next week, news of TAMPA, Zelda and Hemingway news, and more!

If you missed the Beth Hoffman chat- use #southernlit to read a transcript on Twitter! Need more Beth Hoffman? Here’s the interview and author spotlight that posted on my blog this week!

 

2, I just finished (last night) reading Finding Colin Firth. It was fabulous! I enjoyed it! So much! Want to win a copy? Comment on my interview with Mia March for a chance! Need more Mia? Here is the Author Spotlight!

 

3. Wanting to know what the August Book Lovers Unite online book club selection is? It’s The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers!

 

4. My #fridayreads IF YOU WERE HERE by Alafair Burke, THE PAINTED GIRLS, and I’m trying to decide on a 3rd book!

 

5. Coming up soon on the blog: posts about meeting Stephanie Evanovich (Big Girl Panties), Susan Crandall (Whistling Past the Graveyard) and Anton DiSclafani!

 

6. Like Mermaids? Check out the blog next week- there’ll be talk about a Mermaid that live in NYC (Brooklyn, to be exact!)

 

Happy Reading 🙂

Author Spotlight: Beth Hoffman

looking for meBeth Hoffman, author of Looking for Me, was here on Monday for an interview. Today, she is back for an author spotlight!

Congratulations to Beth- Looking for Me (along with 20 other books!) was chosen to be part of Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List.

 

Author Spotlight: Beth Hoffman

What are some of your favorite books, Beth?

There are far too many to list, but among my all-time favorites are: Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price, A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White, and A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds.

 

If you could choose to be a character in a book- who would you choose?

I’d be Thelma Rae Goodpepper in Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I’m already a lot like her. Just give me a few years and an outdoor bathtub, and I’ll probably turn into her twin!

 

If you were not an author, what would you like to be?

At this stage in my life, I can’t imagine doing anything else. Though I loved interior design and spent twenty years in that industry building a clientele and opening my own shop, I have no desire to return. If I had to choose something other than writing, then I’d open an animal rescue and rehabilitation facility.

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

The only literary confession I can think of is that I’ve not read Jane Eyre.

 

Do you have a #literarycrush?

I’ve never had a literary crush. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be Tom Wingo from The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. He is whip-smart, vulnerable, flawed, incredibly human, and so damn funny.

 

What is your favorite song?

As odd as my answer is, it’s the truth. My favorite song is birdsong—especially red-winged blackbirds. It makes me happy to hear them sing outside my windows.

 

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I’m a quiet and simple person. What gives me pleasure is peace and solitude. But I will confess that I have a thing for quality sheets. I change my bed every single day (yes, you read that right…LOL), and I triple sheet like they do in fine European hotels. The sheets must be white and I prefer them to have some sort of lace or cutwork on the hems of the pillowcases. I love to take a hot bath at the end of the day and slip into crisp and cool sheets with a good book. To me, that’s bliss.

 

Beth- are you a hardback, paperback, or e-book kind of reader?

I like all three for different reasons. While I prefer hardback books, I do love to read on my iPad, especially when traveling.

 

What are some of the books in your TBR (To Be Read) list?

Thanks to all you bloggers, I have a huge TBR list! But a few titles on that list are: Benediction by Kent Haruf, Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall, and Elegies for the Brokenhearted by Christie Hodgen.

 

*Special thanks to Beth Hoffman for this author spotlight!

 

Beth Hoffman- when not writing, reading, or changing her sheets- can be found on Twitter, Facebook, or her website.

Be sure and check out the Interview with Beth Hoffman and Traveling With T’s  review of Looking for Me.