Friday, March 11, 2011

with Trish Perry

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Trish!
People talk about life before children— what was your life before writing?

By the time I started to write seriously, I had worked for attorneys, and then for one of the Commissioners at the Securities and Exchange Commission. That led to my training, licensing, and working as a stockbroker, but boy, did I hate that field! I worked there for four years to make sure I really wanted to leave, and then I went back to school and earned a degree in Psychology. I thought I was going to go into counseling, but when my writing courses sparked my love of writing, I put off grad school to try my hand at novels. I’ve never returned to the Psychology and now know I would probably have been really depressed working with real-life problems every day, as opposed to the imaginary ones I get to attack as a novelist.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I’d say self-discipline is a tough one for me. I work best when under a deadline, which serves as my imaginary boss. I don’t ever want to miss a deadline, and so far God has helped me in that, despite some pretty daunting interruptions from life. It’s always seemed so odd to me that I would procrastinate about something I love to do so much. But I do. I wish creating were as easy as, say, consuming chocolate chip cookies. I would never need a deadline, then.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
My most recent inspirational read was Sherry Kyle’s Delivered with Love, which I read for endorsement. Here’s what I wrote about Sherry’s debut novel: In Sherry Kyle's touching debut novel, Delivered with Love, young Claire James discovers old secrets, new surprises, and the kind of "coincidences" only a loving God could orchestrate. Her inquisitive drive takes the reader on a compelling quest for answers, as her sweet heart is challenged by matters of family, identity, forgiveness, and love. You'll enjoy the adventure!

And the ABA novel I’m reading right now is David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, which is in pre-production for an upcoming film. So far I’m absolutely fascinated by the story and by the author’s unusual book structure.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I usually find myself most heavily invested in my heroines, emotionally. I suppose it’s just easier for me to identify with them. So Rachel was near to my heart in Unforgettable. As an older woman writing younger-women characters, I often feel as if my heroines are my daughters. Sometimes I want to just hug them up and assure them they’ll get to the other side of their concerns. And sometimes I want to take hold of them and shake some sense into them.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
I’d like to say I’m unique in this, but I’m your standard, predictable chocoholic. One of my favorite recipes is Flourless Chocolate Cake:
Trish Perry - Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I’m a scaredy cat. I’m pretty sure I’d run upstairs and come back with my loaded shotgun before I did anything else. If he were doing something extremely domestic, like making me breakfast, I’d probably cut him some slack.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
My daughter remarried a year ago, and they decided to hold the wedding in beautiful Jamaica. So the wedding party was probably half the size it would have been had the travel costs not played a role. That was a nice feature, making for a more intimate event, especially since everyone spent time together for several days, rather than just the wedding day. Near the end of their reception, the best man got up and made a lovely toast, and then my grandson, seven, got up—completely on impulse—and gave such an eloquent little speech about welcoming his new stepdad and loving his family, that everyone started crying, and then the DJ immediately put on the Black Eyed Peas “I Got a Feeling.” That song is so upbeat to begin with, but the choice couldn’t have been more appropriate to the moment. The entire roomful of guests jumped to their feet for a mass celebration of dancing, jumping, and singing with the lyrics. I’ll never forget that.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
I see a chiropractor once a month, just for maintenance purposes. I always feel better afterward, and the visits don’t actually hurt. But I’d just as soon never go again.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
The overall theme that seems to emerge the most when I write is that we need to continually turn to God for His guidance. I think sometimes we forget to do that, especially when life seems to be coasting along nicely. I begin every single day asking for His guidance, and it helps me to feel that I’m more likely to make choices according to His will. I have my characters focus on God’s guidance, eventually, in every one of my stories.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book, Tea for Two (Harvest House Publishers) releases April 1. It’s the second in my Tea with Millicent series, and I’m so excited to get that one out there. I hope my readers will enjoy it. Here’s the blurb:

Zack Cooper tries his best to raise his children, but he's losing his grip on them in their teen years. They've both had scrapes with the local law.

Tea Shop owner Milly Jewel has the perfect woman in mind to help Zack. Counselor Tina Milano meets weekly at the tea shop with her women's group. Milly encourages Zack and Tina to work together to draw the teens back before they get in even hotter water. Milly never thought things might heat up between Zack and Tina. Or did she?

Tina's connections with the Middleburg police department prove a mixed blessing for Zack and his kids. Both her best friend and old boyfriend are officers on the force.

And when Tina's women's group gets wind of her personal pursuits and clashes, they want to help. The group's meetings at the tea shop take on a slightly different flavor. Tina wonders who, exactly, is counseling whom.

You can purchase Unforgettable from Amazon.

Trish is giving away a copy of Unforgettable. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

Please enter my name for a copy of this book.

Charity said...

Would love to be entered in this giveaway:) Love Trish's books! Thanks!


Marianne said...

Please enter my name in the drawing for Unforgettable. i will also be looking for Delivered with Love by Sherri Kyle! Thanks for the interview and the chance to win. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

amber said...

I really, really, really want to win this!!


Joanne Sher said...

Enter me please! :)

lgm52 said...

Please enter me...and thanks for the chance!

Sylvia said...

I really enjoyed the first book in Trish Perry's tea shop series, so I think I'll read this one too. The cover is so beautiful by the way.


Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

misskallie2000 said...

I love to read Trish's books and would love to win Unforgettable.
Thanks for the chance to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

Please include me in Trish's book giveaway. Thanks.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Maureen said...

Please include me....thanks for the Chocolate recipe!


apple blossom said...

interesting chocolate cake recipe.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jackie S. said...

So anxious to read Unforgettable as I love Trish's books.

Pam K. said...

I enjoy Trish's books and would very much like to win "Unforgettable."
Thanks for the interview and for giving away a book.


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Charity U said...

Looks like a great book! Please enter me!


windycindy said...

I absolutely adore Trish Perry!
The interview is amazing and
she is so interesting...
Many thanks, Cindi

karenk said...

would love to read this wonderful story...thanks :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Carman said...

Please enter me again! I commented on the other post too. :)

This cover is really what hooks me. So beautiful! :D

booklovercb at yahoo dot com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Flourless chocolate cake? I'll have to try that sometime. Great interview --that's such a sweet wedding story ... I bet Mrs. Perry thinks of that moment every time she hears "I Got a Feeling" by the BEPs. =)

Thanks for the chance to win (again)!


Charlotte Kay said...

It would be great to win this book written by Trish!
Thanks for the chance.
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Leanne said...

I'd love to read this!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Jo said...

I would love to read this book. Please enter me. I enjoy reading Trish's books.


Courtney said...

Not sure if I'm too late to enter this drawing, but if not I would like to be entered, it sounds great!


Meredith said...

I've gotta try that flourless cake recipe!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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