Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.
The winners from last week’s Author Spotlight with Stephanie Reed are Patty Tolliver, Debbie Carney, and Kim Garton! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address!
This week we are featuring Angela Correll! To win a copy of her new book, Grounded (Koehler Books, 2013) leave a comment on this post.
Grounded is the story of an international flight attendant who finds herself back on the family farm after her life falls apart. The country quiet, a stubborn grandmother and a farm in disrepair all make her long for her old life. Reconnecting with her childhood friend is some consolation until she realizes he is about to marry the wrong girl.
Ultimately, the story is about the healing power of God’s creation and how two women of different generations find common ground. It’s about community and the sacred trust to care for one another and for the land. It is about deep roots and a long heritage. And, it’s about hope for second chances.
How can readers find you and your books?
My website is a great place to start: www.angelacorrell.com with upcoming events and links to purchase the book. Grounded is available in bookstores and on websites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books A Million.
Anything new for you on the book horizon?
I’m planning a sequel to Grounded and want to write more about characters in and around the fictional town of Somerville.
What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?
That writing a book takes a little talent, but mostly perseverance. A writer has to learn, grow, improve, and always be willing to revise. And revise. And revise.
Why do you write?
Because I can’t sing, dance or paint very well and I have to express myself!
I’m inspired by . . .
The outdoors – I love landscapes: the sea, the mountains, high desert and the rolling hills of my beloved Kentucky.
My great adventure has been . . .
An unplanned long weekend in Morocco. My husband and I decided on the spur of the moment to take the ferry from Spain to Tangiers. From there we caught the midnight train to Marrakech and spent the most exotic weekend experiencing a culture that seemed straight out of Biblical times.
If I could go anywhere, it would be . . .
Back to Sicily
If you have only an hour . . .
I would work in my vegetable garden.
If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?
My father’s marked-up Bible.
What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?
Meeting Jan Karon, who I have admired for years.
What drives you to succeed?
The desire to be excellent at what I do, not perfect.
Best Saturday Afternoon Read
One of Lillian Jackson Braun’s “Cat Who” mysteries.
Spa treatments! A good massage or facial.
If you could give your ten-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
“Hold on, honey. It gets better.”
If a picture paints a thousand words, what are you doing on that picture?
Sitting with my family in the center, surrounded by gardens and books with a brilliant sun shining down.