Author Tuesday Interview and Book Give Away – Pam Ferderbar author of Feng Shui + Charlotte Nightingale

Author Tuesday Interview and Book Give Away – Pam Ferderbar author of Feng Shui + Charlotte Nightingale

Book giveaway now closed. Thank you to all who commented.

And the winners are…Toree and Stacy! Please keep an eye on your emails for your Kindle copies of Feng Shui + Charlotte Nightingale. My Thanks to the fantastic Pam Ferderbar, I eagerly await book 2!

I’m very excited to kick off our Author Tuesday feature with the fantastic and funny Pam Ferderbar. I really enjoyed her novel Feng Shui + Charlotte Nightingale (see my review here), and it currently has a 4.15 star rating on Goodreads so I know I’m not alone in liking it. In addition to a great interview Pam is generously giving away two Kindle editions of her book! Please leave a comment answering the author question – How important is the book cover design to your decision whether or not to read it? The giveaway will be open until Monday, July 27, 2015 9:59 p.m. MST. I will then use Random.org to select the winners.

So let’s get started!

Interview with Pam Ferderbar –Feng Shui + Charlotte Nightingale

A little about me and my writing. Being an only child probably had more to do with my affinity for storytelling than anything else. When I was little I had an invisible friend named Dokka. He is still quite distinct in my mind’s eye—a penguin-ish dude with thick brown fur. He ate mugger, a kind of gruely oatmeal, which my mom “cooked” for him. He ate with us at the kitchen table, beside me. We set a place for him. I could draw him for you. A lot of people tell me that my writing is very visual; that it’s like watching a movie unfold. I imagine things in vivid detail, and that’s just how my stories come out. They say the devil is in the details. For me, it’s where you’ll find 99% of the humor.

1)     Why should people read your book? My hope is that people will be touched by Charlotte’s journey, and that her story will fill them with a sense of optimism. It’ll sound corny, but I hope there are little moments of joy in there for the reader. Unmitigated joy—the kind I felt while writing it.

2)     Where is your favorite place to write? Anywhere, really. I have a contraption that allows me to stand at my laptop, which is awesome. I’ll sit outside when the weather’s good. Dining room table. Coffee shop. When I’m in the zone it really doesn’t matter where I am. My hair could be on fire and I wouldn’t notice it.

3)     What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)? I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment. I’m trying to reach as many people as possible with Feng Shui and Charlotte Nightingale, which is a full time job. And I’ve begun work on a second Charlotte Nightingale book, with a third gestating in my brain. I’d also like to do a companion book of reader’s “Charlotte moments” with illustrations and my photographs. I’m a photographer and I’ve got a few portrait sessions coming up. And next weekend I’ll be in Luck, WI for the annual Lucky Days Festival. Luck. It just seems right to go!

4)     What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)? Anything by Sophie Kinsella. If you’re in a bad mood, or feeling blue, you tuck into one of Kinsella’s books and you can’t help but smile. That’s quite a gift.

5)     What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile? Gotta be Go Set a Watchman! I just read that Harper Lee may have also written a third novel we didn’t know about. Can you imagine? It’s thrilling.

6)     Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first? It’s going to be a toss-up between Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and Lil Wayne.

7)    What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)? I can say one perfect, long phrase in German with such a convincing and flawless accent that German-speaking people who hear it automatically start conversing with me in German. I do not understand a word they are saying.

8)     Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer? How important is the book cover design to your decision whether or not to read it? Laura – I do tend to judge a book by its cover if I am unsure of what I want to read. So if I am wandering the library or the book store I will pick up books with appealing to me covers and then read the backs. When looking at reviews, online or in print, I check out the star rating first, then read the reviews, then look at the cover. So for me it really just depends on how I am searching for a book. If I want that tactile reading experience I go for the cover then the content, if I am going for a Kindle book, it’s all about the rating and reviews.

Again for your chance to win one of two Kindle copies of Feng Shui + Charlotte Nightingale, comment and let us know if you judge a book by its cover.

Connect with Pam – pamferderbar.com and follow her at @pamferderbar.

Posted July 21, 2015 by Laura in Author Tuesday / 10 Comments


10 responses to “Author Tuesday Interview and Book Give Away – Pam Ferderbar author of Feng Shui + Charlotte Nightingale

  1. I do tend to judge a book by its cover if I am unsure of what I want to read. So if I am wandering the library or the book store I will pick up books with appealing to me covers and then read the backs. When looking at reviews, online or in print, I check out the star rating first, then read the reviews, then look at the cover. So for me it really just depends on how I am searching for a book. If I want that tactile reading experience I go for the cover then the content, if I am going for a Kindle book, it’s all about the rating and reviews.
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    • Leticia Valenzuela

      I too start strictly browsing by book covers, then titles. Likely it has led me to miss out on some good books but hopefully someone will point those out to me.

    • Toree

      Same for me, while browsing a bookstore the cover is the first thing that I notice and what initially draws me in. There are other things that factor in when searching online such as ratings but I still find myself pausing if a cover catches my eye even online.

  2. Cover design matters a bit to me. Sometimes I wonder if I miss out on what might be a good book because the cover looks too “chick lit-y”. Like I am probably not going to take a book seriously if the cover is bubble gum pink and has drawing of a skinny blond carrying shopping bags.

  3. Asa Walker

    I love good books that have fantasy and romance in it, but if there is any nudity or obscene love making on the cover, I tend to stay away because my house is full of children and my elderly grandfather.

  4. Marta Del Rossi

    I completely agree with Laura. If I am just browsing for a book the cover is the first thing that draws me in. The colors especially, the brighter the better. After that comes the picture, font and of course the title.

  5. Valerie Vargas

    I completely agree with Laura. If I am just browsing for a book the cover is the first thing that draws me in.

  6. Valerie Vargas

    I completely agree with Laura. If I am just browsing for a book the cover is the first thing that draws me in

  7. Sarah

    I agree! If I know the name of the book I am looking for, I will go straight for the book. Other that the cover is the first aspect that will draw me in to read what the book is about.

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