It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with C.H. Armstrong author of The Edge of Nowhere (see my review here). It currently has a 4.9 star rating on Amazon and a 4.54 star rating on Goodreads. In addition to her interview C.H. is giving away an ebook copy of The Edge of Nowhere. So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, July 11, 2016.
My name is Cathie Armstrong and I write under the pen name of C.H. Armstrong. I’m an Oklahoma girl transplanted in Minnesota (now for more than half my life) and am a wife and mother of two children. I’m an avid reader of pretty much everything but science fiction, and I love talking books. My first novel, The Edge of Nowhere, was released in January; and I’m really excited to announce that that audio version was released only a few weeks ago. It’s really very cool hearing your words narrated aloud – maybe even cooler than seeing your own words in print.
I’m an avid Oklahoma Sooners football fan, and love to watch competitive gymnastics and diving. I can’t wait to see this year’s Summer Olympic Games!
In terms of writing, I try to write what I enjoy reading. With that in mind, most of what I write is inspired by actual people or events. My historical fiction novel, The Edge of Nowhere, was inspired by my own family’s stories of surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl; and my Young Adult novel, In My Shoes (still on submission through my agent), was inspired by the homeless community in the town I currently reside.
1) Why should people read your book?
I’d like to hope they’d find it interesting. The Edge of Nowhere isn’t a “happy” book, but I consider it a hopeful book. It’s loosely based upon my dad’s family and their experiences during the one-two punch that was the 1930s Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. During the era, my grandmother (who was the inspiration for my main character) was left widowed with ten children (five of whom were stepchildren). She worked hard to provide for these children, and the book is my re-imagination of the trials and difficult decisions she faced. It begs the question: is there anything you wouldn’t do to provide for and protect your children?
2) Where is your favorite place to write?
Unlike many authors, I don’t have an office with a nice desk. Instead, I have a comfortable chair in my living room and my beloved laptop. I find that I’m most creative when I’m not trying so hard to think, and to do that I need to be comfortable. There’s pretty much nothing more comfortable than my chair.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?
I have a new book in the works about a young man who inherits his niece. I’m loving the twists and turns the characters keep giving me, and I’m hoping to have a completed first draft by the end of summer.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?
There is only one book that I re-read, and that’s To Kill a Mockingbird. This is, by far, my favorite book of all time. I read it first in about 8th grade, and it has remained with me all these years and shaped the person I have become as an adult. In fact, I’ve written a YA novel about a homeless teen that is a nod to Harper Lee and incorporates many of the lessons of Atticus Finch. At present, this novel is still on submission through my agent so I’ll keep you posted on its progress.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?
Don’t Cry by Mary Kubica. I love her work and can’t wait to completely immerse myself in her characters. After that is Jennifer Blackwood’s The Rule Book. Totally different genres from each other, but I love so many different genres.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?
Hahaha! “I Play Chicken With the Train” by Cowboy Troy. It’s off a Big & Rich CD. Funny that I’ve not heard that song in a long time but, hearing it again, I remember that I need to go back and listen to more Big & Rich. My go-to artist is always Garth Brooks followed by Pistol Annies.
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?
Talking. I know that’s bizarre, but it’s true. I can talk to almost anyone about just about anything. And I do. I talk to people in the checkout line and just about anywhere I am. It drives my kids nuts.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?
Can you remember the first book you ever read and, if so, tell me about it. Wow, what a great question. There are two book I remember reading when I was very young, Benjamin Dilley’s Thirsty Camel and Whose Mouse are You?. Dilley was a funny book about a boy and his imaginary camel and the trouble they got into, which if I recall, included a flood in the basement and Mouse was about a little mouse looking for his family who were all lost, one even got caught by a cat! These were both picture books with limited words, so the first book book I remember reading is Charlotte’s Web. I remember being sucked into Fern’s world and through her Wilber the pig. I remember crying and laughing and wondering why anyone would be friends with a rat. I was super obsessed with that book and if my oldest would have been a girl, his name would have been Fern.
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