Thanks for inviting me to your Off the Keyboard blog, Sarah. Since you left me wide open for a topic, I thought I might talk about my mom. It’s a couple of months until Mothers’ Day but what the heck. My mom is in my face regularly nowadays so she’s an easy target.
We’ve just moved back to Arizona where I was born and raised. All my family still lives here – desert rats to the core. Part of the reason for coming back to Arizona is my mom. She’s eighty-one and although still doing great, time is sliding by. I’ve made her happy.
The time period, 1945, and the age of the hero and heroine (twenty and seventeen) in Honey On White Bread befuddled some publishers – not sure what subgenre to consider. But I’ve been lucky. Melange Books loved it as Women’s Historical Romance, Post WWII.
That comment I made about Mom being in my face regularly is not only due to her happiness over my close proximity again, but she’s a walking advertisement for the book. Even though I took a couple of incidents she told me about her younger life and loosely used a couple of her personality traits, the book is a work of fiction. But to her, it’s close enough to be a book “about her life” and she’s spreading the word. Every clerk at Fry’s Food Store, Dillard’s Department Store, every long lost relative and friend and even the car wash attendant knows about the book. Her perception is helped by the cover shot – a picture of her and my dad. The cover artist had trouble finding suitable era photos so I sent her some examples and voila! She ended up using one of them.
Mom has read the book twice and has taken it as her own story.
Since Melange Books is a small publisher, Honey On White Bread is not stocked on the bookshelves at Barnes and Noble. Only the e-version is available everywhere except through the publisher. There is a lapse in time between when the e-book releases and stores like B and N can order it in print. Mom doesn’t do e-books so this really miffs her. That doesn’t stop her from calling B and N every other day to ask if they have it yet. I had to draw the line at her latest idea. She thought if she took in a couple of copies and left them on a shelf, they would be so awed that they would order more.
In this post WWII coming of age novel, Claire discovers the silver screen can’t compare with the fight she takes on for the leading role in her own life.
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