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Author Q&A with @CWhitneyAuthor | THREADS Book Tour and $50 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #HistoricalFiction #WomensLit #BookClubLit

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THREADS by Charlotte Whitney. The tour stops at Readeropolis with an aut...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THREADS by Charlotte Whitney. The tour stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. The historical fiction, women's lit, book club lit is available now. 

Whitney will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.


THREADS
by Charlotte Whitney

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GENRE:   Historical Fiction, Women's Lit, Book Club Lit

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BLURB:

It's a boring, hardscrabble life for three sisters growing up on a Michigan farm during the throes of the Great Depression.  But when young Nellie, digging for pirate treasure, discovers the tiny hand of a dead baby, rumors begin to fly.  Narrated by Nellie and her two older sisters, the story follows the girls as they encounter a patchwork of threatening circumstances and decide to solve the mystery.


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EXCERPT:

When I got home from high school today, Jeepers, I knew immediately that something wasn’t right. Aunt Hazel and Ma were sitting out by the milk house on a couple of turned-over pails, and Irene and Nellie were sitting on the ground close by. All of them were looking towards the lane that goes down to the two meadows and onto the woods and crick. The county sheriff’s car sat empty near the silo. No one was talking.
Worried, I raced across the yard. Could Pa have gotten hurt? As I ran toward Ma I looked over at the west field and saw Ace and King hitched up to the wagon piled with brush. Rover was sleeping near the wagon. 


It looked like Pa had finished about half of the field, but he was nowhere in sight. Pa never leaves the horses hitched up when he isn’t working. When he comes up for noontime dinner he al- ways puts them in the barnyard so they can rest, too. Naturally, I panicked.
When Ma saw me running over she jumped up and walked over to me, a strange look on her face.
“Is Pa all right?” I blurted out.
“Yes, yes,” Ma answered. “He and Elmer are down in the woods with Sheriff Devlon.” Nellie pushed me aside and threw her arms around Ma’s legs.
“Nellie thinks there’s a dead baby in the woods,” Irene piped up, all knowingly. “The Sheriff’s gone with them to look at it. Who in their right mind would bury a baby in that woods? Nellie musta gotten it all mixed up.” 

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AUTHOR Interview:


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

The book is written for anyone who enjoys twentieth century U.S. historical fiction.  This demographic  tends to be female, 35 and older, educated, and are frequently book club members.  Having said this I’ve been surprised by the large number of men that I have heard from who like the book.  Often they make comments about remembering their grandparents’ farms and stories from the Depression.  THREADS is definitely not chick lit, so I must apologize for originally not recognizing the male audience earlier.


How did you come up with the title of your book?

THREADS has so many different meanings.  I originally was thinking about email threads, and made the comparison that the “thread’ of each of the voices of the three girls, Nellie, Irene, and Flora telling their own stories was similar.  Next, I started writing the book with the opening scene where young Nellie sews on a button, and you have the literal “thread.” This comes up over and over again as the girls make their own clothes with the Treadle (an early, non-electric,  sewing machine).  However, in the end, I believe the most compelling “thread” was that of the connections of all three sisters.  They had so many common experiences woven through their lives.  In the epilogue, forty years later, Nellie ruminates about the threads running through their lives, connecting them to one another.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Definitely seven-year-old Nellie.  She’s so imaginative.  She talks to all the farm animals, carrying on conversations with them.  She has imaginary friends.  ZeeZee is a boy from outer space.  Two Pottawatomi Indian boys show her arrowheads and other artifacts.  She sees dancers in the sky, and hears heavenly music. Also, she’s spunky, not afraid to talk back if the situation is warranted.  Nellie likes to play games and pranks.  She’s clever in tough situations, and gets Irene and herself out of a scary situation toward the end of the book.  


If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why? 


I’ve never been asked this question so I need to pause and think.  . . .

Okay.  I wrote THREADS using Michigan farm dialect—the English I spoke as a child.  I chose to do this because I wanted a book that was “authentic.”  Think HUCKLEBERRY FINN, arguably the greatest piece of fiction in the American canon. THREADS is written in first person with three points of view, so this turned out to be a massive undertaking, as I had three sets of dialect to consider: one for a seven-year-old, one for an eleven-year-old and one for a seventeen-year-old.  As each progressed in school her grammar became more standardized.  I put together Excel spreadsheets to keep each one straight.  It took a lot of time and a lot of effort, and I’m not certain it was worth all the extra effort.  I’d like to hear from readers on this. Your opinion?


Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

The book is set in 1934 during the height of the Great Depression and the girls go to a one-room country school.  I chose the Century Schoolbook typeface for the paperback version.  If it looks familiar to you, it may be because you learned to read from the Dick and Jane and Sally Readers which were also set in Century Schoolbook.


What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

Counterfeiting techniques (not for THREADS, but another book.).  This turned out to be harder than I thought.  I was able to find out how to counterfeit today’s currencies quite easily, but for the time of Depression not so much, even though there was lots of counterfeiting rings at that time.  Ultimately my husband did some of this research for me.


How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Go to my website:  http://www.charlottewhitney.com
There’s a contact page.


What can we expect from you in the future?

My next book has the working title: VEILS:  A Depression-Era Tale.  Here’s the blurb:

After a hasty marriage to a man twenty years her senior, Polly finds herself widowed. Is her husband's death a bizarre farm accident, an act of kindness, or calculated murder? Told through the voices of Polly, her sister Sarah, and Sarah's husband  Reverend Wesley, the story unfolds with unexpected twists. Set against a backdrop of rural depression-era Midwest, the book covers themes of sibling conflict, bereavement, marital strife, and spiritual awakening.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Write reviews on Amazon.  There are some book promotions that won’t feature a book unless it has one-hundred reviews.  


Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Keep polishing it until you think you’ve got the absolutely best piece of writing ever.  Then seek professional editors and heed their advice.  Because I’m a good editor, I originally thought I could complete the whole project on my own.  Totally wrong.  THREADS is in much better shape having used a developmental editor plus beta readers, and proofreaders.


Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you all. I love hearing from readers and try to respond to everyone.
Go to my website and sign up for my free newsletter. I like to hear your thoughts about upcoming projects.  Who knows—you may end of voting on a book cover or title of my next book.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Charlotte Whitney grew up in Michigan and spent much of her career at the University of Michigan directing internship and living-learning programs. She started out writing non-fiction while at the University and switched to romance with I DREAM IN WHITE. A passion for history inspired her to write THREADS A Depression Era Tale chronicling the stories of three sisters on a farm during the throes of the Great Depression. She lives in Arizona, where she loves hiking, bicycling, swimming, and practicing yoga.

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GIVEAWAY:

Charlotte Whitney will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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9 comments

  1. Thanks for taking time to share your book with us and it's always a pleasure in our family to learn about a new one.

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting. I love the blog.

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  3. I'm looking forward to checking this one out, thanks for sharing!

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  4. I enjoyed the Q and A. thanks for sharing

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  5. I enjoyed getting to know you a little bit, Charlotte!

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  6. I love this cover it looks awesome

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  7. The cover looks amazing, love the colors.

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