Friday, April 29, 2011

with Trish Perry

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Trish!
What started you on your writing journey?

I dabbled for years, but I got the writing bug while I worked on my Psych degree. I found I enjoyed all the required writing for my English classes, and my professors gave me great encouragement. I started attending local writing events, reading every how-to book and magazine I could find, and taking creative writing classes at my college. By the time I was ready for grad school, I decided to take a couple years off and write. I loved it so much, I decided to stay on that path for good.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
These days it’s other things on my computer. My friends and family have learned by now that it’s best not to call me during the day unless it’s an emergency, and I keep music and TV off while I’m working. But I’m easily tempted by that e-mail chime, as well as any activity on my Yahoo home page. I have to keep those two items closed while I work, or my thoughts will stray like those of a goldfish.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I like all genres, really, although I’m not a horror fan. And I read as many ABA novels as I do CBA. I like to mix it up and usually have several books going at once. Right now I’m reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith; One Day, by David Nichols; Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell; and Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride, by Sandra D. Bricker. Not a bad one in the bunch (but I should point out that the Nichols and Mitchell books might offend some readers).

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Of course I loved both my hero and heroine, but Zack Cooper—the hero—was near and dear to me. He has his heart in the right place, even though it’s been thoroughly stomped on. He has a definite vulnerability about him. But he’s strong in so many ways—all the important ways, in my opinion. He reminds me of the good old-fashioned kind of hero: masculine, hard working, practical, and a gentleman who tries to do the right thing in all circumstances.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Upbeat, fun to dance to. You know how some songs start out rather quietly and keep building in layers and energy? I love that kind of music, and I think that’s a bit like my personality. I can be rather shy in a crowd, but I do enjoy a good time once I feel at home!

What is your strangest habit?
Now that I’m an empty nester, my at-home dinner habits have gotten a bit strange. I like to eat in front of a good show or movie, and I don’t want to have to go back to work after I relax at dinner. So I usually finish work for the day before I cook. TiVo makes it easy to save whatever I want to watch, so sometimes I don’t get around to eating dinner until ten at night. It’s one of the perks of not having to answer to anyone else’s schedule!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Yes, home repairs! I let them become far bigger than they truly are. I needed to replace a metal strip at the bottom of my shower before I could use that shower. I had two other showers at my disposal, so I just never took the time to do the simple repair. Not for a couple of months. And I’ve had a pretty enamel-on-metal “No Solicitors” sign for three years now that I have yet to mount on the brick outside. It’s getting to the point that I may just start answering the door holding the doggoned thing, just in case someone wants to sell me magazines.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I was in my twenties the first time I had Ethiopian food. I was floored by how yummy it was, and I loved the fact that you eat it with your hands, rather than with utensils. A few years ago I learned how to make a number of the tasty dishes, as well as injera, the pancake-like bread with which you lift the various vegetables, yogurt, and stews from the plate and shove them into your face. It makes for a fun, messy, delicious meal, and my family has always enjoyed it. The recipes are varied and too complicated to repeat here, but I encourage anyone with an adventurous culinary streak to do a simple web search and try some of the recipes. Fantastic stuff!

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
When I suddenly found myself single several years ago, my initial reaction was actually relief (long story there). But my next reaction was panic. I hadn’t prepared for this eventuality. I had stayed at home with my kids for 16 years. I wasn’t sure how I would provide for myself now that I was unable to earn a living as I had when I was single before. The first time I picked up my Bible after this change in my circumstances, the Lord showed me Isaiah 41:10—I don’t even remember how that happened. I just remember the peace the verse gave me. It’s still what I turn to whenever I start to worry—I have it typed out and posted on my computer monitor. And that “righteous right hand?” I think of that as being Jesus.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
This September Summerside Press will release Love Finds You on Christmas Morning. The book combines two related novels written by my friend, Debby Mayne, and myself. Debby wrote Deck the Halls, a 1920s romance about the wealthy William Tronnier and his efforts to woo Lillian Pickard, a proud, hardworking girl from the poor side of town in Cary, North Carolina. My novel, ‘Tis the Season, is a contemporary romance about William and Lillian Tronnier’s great granddaughter, private chef Nicole Tronnier, and Drew Cornell, the young engineer who buys the Tronnier family home just as Nikki had finally achieved the financial wherewithal to buy it herself. Both stories are a lot of fun.

Buy Tea for Two at CBD

You can purchase Tea for Two from CBD.

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


Judy K said...

I would love to win this book; the book sounds so good.

This is a new author to me and I am adding her to my list of authors and books to read.

Great interview!

cjajsmommy said...

Please enter my name to win a copy of this book. Thanks!

Anne Payne said...

I read the first one in this series and loved it! Totally have to agree about the computer being a distraction. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.


Mona said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)

. I love eating meals while watching a good movie/TV show

. I LOVE my DVR. It's constantly at least 75% full.

. The chore I put off is putting away clean laundry. It will sit on top of the washer until I am forced to remove it b/c I need o put in another load

. I don't like to be bothered by solicitors/peddlers either. I just don't answer the door.

Enjoyed the interview.

Anonymous said...

this sounds like a wonderful book to read. Thanks for offering it to us.

Joanne Sher said...

Trish is cool :) I'd love to read this one. Thanks!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Pam K. said...

Since I have the first book in this series, I'd really love to win "Tea for Two" to continue the story of Milly's tea shop.


windycindy said...

I would thoroughly enjoy reading Tea
for Two and look forward to Love Finds You on Christmas Morning...
Many thanks, Cindi

Maureen said...

Please include me!

Amanda Stephan said...

I've never had Ethiopian food, but it sure sounds like heaps of fun! Eating with your hands ~ my kids would love it :)

Thank you for the opportunity to win ~ this book sounds fantastic!

amanda38401 at gmail dot com

Meredith said...

I've never had Ethiopian food either. The books sound great.

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Charity U said...

Please enter me!

Jo said...

I have really been wanting to read this book. Please enter me in the giveaway.


karenk said...

would love to read this novel...thanks for the opportunity :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Tracy Smith said...

Love the cover of this book. Thank you for having this giveaway. Enter me please.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

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