Tuesday, May 10, 2011

with Valerie Massey Goree

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Valerie!
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Although I took early retirement from public education, I don’t use my time well. I let little things interfere and make all kinds of excuses. I’m still working on separating my writing time from the everyday things that happen. For example, if my mother – who is in a nursing home – isn’t doing well, then I can’t concentrate on my characters.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
For Time and Eternity, by Allison Pittman. It’s an historical romance about Camilla, a young woman who marries a Mormon during the trek to Utah. Camilla loves her husband so much, but as she leans more about his beliefs, she questions the plans he has for their marriage. She stole my heart. I can’t wait for the sequel, Forsaking All Others, which will be released soon.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Deceive Me Once is written in first person. So the character I’m most interested in is Maricella. She is the heart of the story, and is so vulnerable as she struggles to find the truth, and seeks forgiveness.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I would holler, “Help yourself to anything in the refrigerator, but leave my coffee alone!”

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
This question is not fair. There have been so many, but I’ll mention only two. As a teacher I worked with students with special needs for 20 years. One year I had a little second grader who hadn’t learned to read yet. We worked on phonics and a variety of other methods for a few weeks and one day he asked, “Why are we doing this?” I answered, “So you can learn to read.”
Student: “I’m too dumb to read. I’ll never learn how.” After reassuring him he wasn’t dumb, I said, “I bet you will learn to read this year.” Student: “Okay, I bet you a dollar.”
Months later, when we were figuring out what the words said - which is the phrase I used instead of saying let’s read these words - he looked up at me, brown eyes wide. “I’m reading.” Trying not to tear up, I said, “Yes, you are.”
He grinned. “I owe you a dollar.” And sure enough the next day he gave me 10 dimes – which I returned to him at the end of the day.

The second moment was when my husband and I flew to San Diego for the homecoming of our son, a US Marine, returning from a tour in Iraq. Our daughter-in-law and 2 year old granddaughter were at the airport to meet us. As we came down the escalator, we saw them and waved. Our granddaughter ran to greet us, and literally jumped into my arms. I had to drop my carry-on bag to catch her. What a thrill to feel her warm little arms tight around my neck.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Most of the stories I’ve written have a central theme of forgiveness. It is the main theme in Deceive Me Once, but I find many of my characters struggle with this issue. I struggle with it, too.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My agent, Mary Sue Seymour, is marketing my next book – Weep in the Night. It is the story of a woman who’s in Witness Protection but her identity is compromised.

Purchase Deceive Me Once from Amazon.

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


Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

cjajsmommy said...

Entering again to win a copy of this book.

Linda said...

I would love to hear more of your favorite moments--even if it isn't a fair question! You have lots to share!

Thank you for the years you taught children with disabilities. You are SO appreciated!

Please enter me for your book.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like an interesting story.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jo said...

This sounds like quite a very interesting book and unlike any that I have read.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful read. And thanks for the interview. Would love to win the book!

Meredith said...

Great interview! I'd love to read this book!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

Sounds great...would love to win!

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