Thursday, June 7, 2012

Uneasy Fortunes- Author Interview and Giveaway

This is a busy week for giveaways! Today I am happy to talk with Mandi Ellsworth about her upcoming release, Uneasy Fortunes, from CedarFort Publishing. She is offering 1 lucky reader a Signed copy of her book, just fill out the rafflecopter form below.

The Interview-

Tell me what your book is about? or your pitch?  
“Uneasy Fortunes” is about two battered souls looking for solace and find it at the same place.  Pete had an abusive father, who died, leaving Pete with debts to pay.  Pete goes to work to pay off those debts.  June was coming home from a harvest dance after dark, when the local school teacher forced himself on her.  June became pregnant from the encounter and distrustful of all men.  The two of them meet when Pete knocks on June’s door looking for work, and they begin a journey together.
What was the road to publication like for you?  It took me a long time of writing before I wanted to send something in for publication.  When I finally did, I wanted to start small and knew of a small publishing company close to where I grew up.  The first manuscript I sent in to Cedar Fort was rejected, but they told me to make a few changes and send it back in.  Those few corrections ended up taking me quite a while, since I had to rearrange the entire story.  I sent it back in a year later, and Cedar Fort accepted it.  Thus “Uneasy Fortunes”.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Do you belong to any writing clubs or organizations?  I’ve always liked writing, but I didn’t start writing novels until the end of 2006.  I wrote my first novel in a bit of a rush and was hooked.  I don’t think I could ever stop now that it’s in my blood.  I don’t belong to any writing organizations, but I wouldn’t mind joining one at some point.
What was your favorite book to read as a child? What about right now?  The first book I remember reading and loving as a child was “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeline L’Engle.  As for my favorite now, that’s like asking a painter his favorite color.  Books create new worlds for my mind to wander in, and I couldn’t tell you which world appeals to me most.  I do have a few favorite authors (like Shannon Hale, Jane Austen, Gail Caron Levine, Georgette Heyer, Sharon Shinn, just to name a few of the ladies) and a few books I read over and over because I love visiting that world, but I couldn’t say that one book is my favorite.
What is your advice to aspiring writers?  Write.  A lot.  Everyday.  Write because you love the story or the characters or putting words on paper, preferably all three.  Write the kinds of things you like to read. Write for the joy of it because writing for any other reason isn’t worth the effort.  
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The Giveaway- 

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  1. Yes I do!

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  2. Yes I do. I read every one I come across. I love reading about what makes authors tick.

  3. Yes, I do and I think there amazing. It allows the reader to get to know the author more better.

  4. Not all that much. I find them somewhat repetitive, often the same questions get asked over and over. I'm more interested in the content of the book than whether the author prefers cats to dogs.