Friday, May 18, 2012

Valerie Comer's Back

We're glad you're here today, Valerie. Let’s start with some fun
questions:

Tell us a bit about your childhood: a favorite memory or moment that’s stood out to you through the years.


I grew up in Northern Manitoba, Canada, where it can get to 70 degrees below zero in winter. My parents worked with a mission to the native people and ran Bible camps all summer long for $2.00 a week per camper. Yes, that period is in the right place! Neither of my parents ever wasted a chance to share the gospel with anyone else. They're in heaven now, where I'm sure many people lined up to thank them for their part in bringing salvation to others.

We didn't live anywhere near a public library, and even my classrooms only contained a few shelves of books in the back. In those days the University of Manitoba had a lending library. I remember looking over a magazine, like the Scholastic book forms my kids brought home from school in later years, and picking out library books. They'd arrive in the mail, we'd all read our books, then we'd return them with an order for the next set.

Hard to imagine, but how much you children appreciated the books, I'm sure! What career did you have before writing?

My primary job over the years has worn many hats: wife, mother, gardener, farmer, beekeeper, and local food advocate. In more recent years, I've added grandmother to that list--my favorite title! I've worked outside the home for the past two decades, mostly in retail. I now have a job in a small-town flooring shop where I mind the business for my two awesome boss guys--and do most of my writing from 9-5. (Yes, they know. Yes, they're okay with it.)


Fantastic job situation. :) Now, some serious questions:

Do you have favorite spiritual themes you like to write about?


I don't set out to reuse themes, yet I find some recurring. Often my characters lack self-confidence and don't see their personal worth, either to other people or to God. They don't feel like they belong. These issues probably continue to crop up because they echo what's gone on in my own life over the years. Seeing my value in God is hard for me!

If one of your characters showed up at your house, which one would be the most feared/least wanted? Why?

Interesting question. Although I've written nine novels and one novella, as of this writing, only the novella has seen the light of day. Because it's short, I had to keep my character cast under control, and I don't dislike or fear any of them. However, my main character's father is loosely based on my own dad. Remember what I said about him always sharing his faith?

Well, Lyssa's father took that to an extreme. He didn't see people, only numbers, and as a result, he embarrassed Lyssa so many times while she was growing up that, though a believer herself, she hid her faith when she left home. She was all done living with ridicule. I pushed Lyssa's dad to be an extreme of mine, and did the same with Lyssa. I, too, have found it hard to speak boldly about my faith.

Therefore, the character I'd find most uncomfortable to have in my home would be Lyssa's dad. Because this is a novella with no room for extra threads, you know this plays a major role in the story line, and he's not really such a bad guy. Oops, might have given too much away. :)


I love it! Tell us where readers can learn more about you and where they can get your book.


My website and blog are at http://valeriecomer.com. I blog about writing, promoting, and/or marketing on Fridays, with book reviews on Wednesdays, and 'green' issues on Mondays. There's more information about Rainbow's End at http://valeriecomer.com/rainbowsend, with purchase links for paperbacks and ebooks at various online stores.

I'd love to have you visit, as I've enjoyed being here at the Barn Door Book Loft today. Thanks!

And thank you, Valerie, for visiting!

Valerie is giving away a copy of Rainbow's End. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole

15 comments:

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win this sounds like a good book

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Valerie Comer said...

Thanks for a fun interview!

Books Are A Blessing said...

Thank you both for the interseting interview and giveaway. Sounds like a wonderful book.
Blessings....Joy
ibjoy1953@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me for a chance to win this book. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Nancee said...

Thank you for offering "Rainbow's End" as a giveaway. It sounds like a good read.
Nancee
quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

lgm52 said...

Can hardly wait to read this! Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Sound a fun summer read.-Karen

sonflower277 at gmail. com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Jo said...

I enjoyed your interview! Thanks for the opportunity of winning the book

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Merry said...

What an interesting childhood Valerie had... brrr, cold too! Please include me in the drawing, thanks.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Emma said...

Great interview.Rainbow's End sounds like a great book. Please enter me in this contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

Valerie Comer said...

Thanks everyone for your interest and comments. Merry, it wasn't 70 below ALL winter! But it does get cold. Summers are plenty warm.

Emma, congrats on winning a copy of Rainbow's End from Cath West's blog giveaway!

Bethany said...

I love the idea of adding geocaching into a book! I'd love to be entered :)

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love the name of your book "The Rainbow's End". Sound enchanting as the treasure is always at the end of the rainbow. Please enter my name in the contest to receive your book so that I can find out what the treasure is at the end of the Rainbow. Thank you for letting me enter. God Bless,
Pat Hines
221 West Franklin
Monmouth,Illinois 61462
pshines@frontiernet.net

Jo said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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