Welcome to YA Friday! Today though, I have a new adult (twenty somethings) release to share with everyone, Brush with Love by Lisa McKendrick. She was awesome and gave me an interview :) Plus, there is a giveaway to win a $30 gift card. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below. So let's begin!
Lisa McKendrick is the author of several books, including, most recently, Letters To My Future Husband. She received her master's degree in English from BYU, and is the mother of seven children. She enjoys traveling, yoga, garage sales, and getting feedback from her readers.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
The idea for this book started with learning about the life of artist Minerva Teichert. She was an artist, well-trained and with a bright future, who fell in love with a farmer. I liked the idea of these two very different people falling in love.
2. Tell me about the book in your own words.
Brush With Love, at its center, is about the parable of the pearl of great price, which reminds us to seek after what is important and be willing to sacrifice all we have if necessary to keep it. Lana, the main character, is a gifted artist who was abandoned by her mother as a child. Even though she is later adopted, this traumatic event makes her guarded, especially when it comes to guys. But when Lana finds herself painting for the summer in a small Idaho town, the walls she's built inside herself begin to crumble when she meets Walt Hitchpost. Theirs is a complicated romance involving a giant secret that Lana is forced to keep though she knows doing so will hurt Walt. But, in the end, Lana learns to seek after pearls, what really matters, and by doing so, is able to find love.
3. How long was the process?
This book was kind of tough for me. It took a year and a half. I think the subdued side of Lana made it harder to crank out the pages. She had had this traumatic experience, and so I had to treat that with care. My favorite thing to write is humor, but this book kept pulling me toward harder things, so it was exhausting and I was glad when it finally came to a proper ending.
4. How did you go about finding a publisher?
I sent my manuscript to Cedar Fort and they got back to me, letting me know they were interested in publishing it.
5. Do you have advice for up and coming authors?
Yes, first of all, give yourself permission to be a writer. Take the time out of your day to devote to your craft, attend writing conferences like LDStorymakers and ANWA, join a critique group, and read as much as you can. One day, someone will come up to you and say, I loved your book, it meant so much to me! So don't give up! Write what's in your heart! Budding writers can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try to answer any additional questions they might have.
6. For fun- favorite tv show? favorite ice cream? favorite children's book when you were growing up?
My favorite TV show is Flea Market Flip. I love to see how they can take something old and turn it into something cool. I was a big Parks and Rec fan, and have been known to quote a little too much the character John Ralphio. I earned my money the old fashioned way; I got run over by Lexus! Favorite movie of late is Hunt For The Wilderpeople. If you haven't seen it, you should! My favorite children's book growing up was Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka. It was about Swedish triplets whose lives were filled with fresh cookies, mugs of milk, and kind neighbors.
"You have to get me his number!" she declared.
"I'm not your fairy godmother," I said.
"Come on, Lana, it's not like I'm asking you to turn a pumpkin into a carriage. Wait!"she cried. "That's it!"
"The kind of wedding you want."Ugh. What was the use of your best friend spilling a drink on a fairly handsome stranger if it didn't make her forget your previous conversation? I scowled, telling words, Let's not do this, and with a glare she shouted back, Oh, we're doing this!
"Fine," I said, throwing my hands up. "What kind of wedding do I want?"
"You want to be a Disney bride! Bejeweled ball gown, Cinderella's carriage, and his and hers mouse ears for the cake topper!"
"Not even close," I said.
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