Author interview

Dear Readers,

I can not say how much I have loved each and everyone of Billy Coffey’s books.  They are all so different and yet his voice is very clear in each one.  I love his answers.  They are honest, clear and make me want to meet him.  I am excited to see what he does next.

Thank you Billy it was fun getting to know you a little bit.

Happy Reading,

Able is a wonderful mix of child and adult.  Where did you draw this from.
I’ve always loved writing about kids. I have two of my own, and though they’re both teenagers, there’s still quite a bit of innocence left in them. That way of seeing the world as a good place, a magical place, is something that really draws me. Abel’s a strange mix of old and young because he’s been through so much. He still has this innocence, but it’s tempered by his condition and the fact that he’s different.

What would you like readers to take away from Some Small magic?

First and foremost, it’s a story of friendship and love.

What is your favorite thing about writing?  Least favorite?

I love the blank page because anything can happen. I hate the blank page because anything can happen. Some Small Magic is my eighth novel. There was a time when I believed the more I did this, the easier things would get. That hasn’t turned out to be true. The more you write, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you realize how much better you can be doing.

Where do you do most of your writing? 

I have a fulltime job, so I have to write where I can, when I can. I shoot for a chapter a day when I’m writing a novel. Some of that comes on lunch breaks, some sitting in the truck. The rest I try to finish at night after everyone’s in bed.

Do you outline first or do your characters lead where the story is going?

I’m sort of a quasi-outliner. I know the beginning, midpoint, and end of my books before I start them, but that’s about it. I write Monday through Friday and usually take Saturday to plan the next week’s chapters. That’s about as far as I can see the story.

Any words of encouragement to want to be writers?

It took me about twenty years to get published. The best advice I can give is the advice that got me through all of that: always try one more time. Tell yourself you’ll write one more letter, send one more query. And after that, send another.

Has any of your characters completely surprised you in any way?

Dorothy really surprised me in this book. I had no preconceptions going in of how she would turn out. She completely took over when I wrote about her. All my best characters do.

I got to ask, do you have a favorite book (not one of your own)?  Character?

I keep a volume of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories on my nightstand and will read one a night. To me, there’s never been a better writer. Favorite character? None loom larger than Atticus Finch.

Where is the strangest place you have seen one of your books? ( I love this answer, what a neat thing to see your book so well loved and now they want to share it with others)

One of those tiny wooden library stands outside of a 7-11 near Route 340. It had been dog-eared and underlined and well read.

New Releases April 17 – 22

Dear Readers,

Spring is in there air and hopefully to stay.  I have to admit I have seen snow in May around here, but not this year.  Right!?!

Happy Reading,

Invitation – Bill Meyers/Frank Peretti/Angela Hunt/ Alton Gansky – In “The Call” by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. Frank Peretti’s “The Haunted” confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house.  In Angela Hunt’s “The Sentinels,” animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi’s dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. “The Girl” by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent–apparently not of this world–and something wants to kill her.

Home – Ginny Yttrup – When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.
But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.

Upon a Spring Breeze – Kelly Irvin – #1 An Every Amish Season – Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.  Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well

Miramar Bay – Davis Bunn – When Connor Larkin boards a late night bus in downtown LA, he’s not sure where he’s going or what he’s looking for. Putting his acting career—and his fiancée —on hold, he’s searching for something he can’t define, a part of himself he lost on the road to success. Once he dreamed of being a singer in the classic style of Sinatra and Bennett. But his lean good looks soon landed him in movies as the sexy “bad guy”—and in the arms of a famous young heiress. Now, with his wedding day approaching, Connor finds himself stepping into the sleepy seaside town of Miramar Bay—where one remarkable woman inspires him to rethink all of his choices

A Mother’s Love – Charlotte Hubbard – For widow Rose Raber, it’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed that Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspires her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

A Secret Courage – Tricia Goyer – #1 The London Chronicles – American Emma Hanson came to England to study at Oxford, but joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force at the height of World War II. She is stationed at beautiful and historic Danesfield House west of London as part of the highly secretive Photographic Reconnaissance Unit.  Englishman Will Fleming is a handsome young artist who has been commissioned by the British government to record the changing landscape in paintings. His path intersects with Emma’s when his real mission—tracking Nazi spies—leads him to Danesfield House, the target of a sinister plot.

Book Club – Book #3

Dear Readers,

I went a bit different for the book this month.  I picked A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner.  It is the sequel to A Cup of Dust.  I strongly recommend that you read Cup of Dust first if you haven’t already, but join in the fun anyways.

A Trail of Crumbs is the story of a family that makes the transition from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to Depression Era Michigan.  The Spence Family and Pearl in particular have survived some of the harshest times in Oklahoma and are tired of fighting.  When one more tragedy strikes, the decide to move on and see if Michigan has more to offer than the sad memories they have now.

I loved reading this book because of the reminder of what it was like to grow up in a small town.  Where is was safe to run out your house’s back door (of course letting the screen door slam) and not return until you were hungry or it was dark out.  Where people looked out for each other.   Where 10 year old Pearl learns what family really means.

Happy Reading,

Katie Ganshert

Dear Readers,

New Release – Invitation

Invitation – Angela Hunt, Bill Meyer, Alton Gansky & Frank Peretti – Cycle one of the Harbingers series

Gathering four stories from four bestselling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series.

In “The Call” by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. Frank Peretti’s “The Haunted” confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house.

In Angela Hunt’s “The Sentinels,” animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi’s dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. “The Girl” by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent–apparently not of this world–and something wants to kill her.

P.S. My daughter just finish this book and loved it.

New Releases april 10 -15

Dear Readers,

What a busy week last week, but so much fun.  The librarians that come in are so knowledgeable.  They know what their readers like and are eager to please them all with new titles.  If you don’t know your church librarian, introduce yourself someday soon.  They are a great resource for what others are reading and what is new and exciting.

Happy Reading,

Pursued – Lisa Harris – #3 Nikki Boyd – Nikki Boyd’s flight into Nashville was routine–up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing–and no one will admit she was ever there. Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

The First Gift – Ruth Logan Herne – This poignant novel tells the story of five-year-old Cassie Carruthers, who lives in a bug-infested shack in the hills of Western New York’s Southern Tier. Her mother has died and Cassie spends her days fending for herself while her alcoholic father drinks himself into a stupor. But Cassie’s isolation has not gone unnoticed in the tightknit community of Phillipsburg. When a concerned neighbor alerts the county, the community sets a plan in motion to rescue the neglected little girl. Through fundraising efforts, Cassie is tucked into the kindergarten classroom of independent, beautiful Kerry McHenry. Kerry has her work cut out for her in dealing with Cassie’s depressed father, but despite the child’s loveless start in life, she soon reveals herself to be an intelligent, eager student. Moreover, she possesses a resourcefulness that has saved her life more than once—and will be called upon again.

Murder is No Accident – A.H. Gabhart – #3 Hidden Falls Mysteries – Young Maggie Greene may be trespassing in the old, empty Victorian mansion on a quiet street in Hidden Springs, but all she wants is some private time in the magnificent tower room to write her stories. Certain she’ll be in trouble if caught, she hides when a realtor shows up. But someone else is in the house too, someone even more worried about getting caught. When Maggie finds the realtor’s body at the bottom of a flight of stairs and the other person gone, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is called in. He assumes the realtor’s death is a tragic accident–until a second person is found dead in the house. When Maggie is threatened, Michael must catch the murderer before anyone else dies.

Invitation – Angela Hunt/Alton Gansky/Bill Meyer/Frank Peretti – First cycle of the Harbingers – In “The Call” by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. Frank Peretti’s “The Haunted” confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house.  In Angela Hunt’s “The Sentinels,” animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi’s dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. “The Girl” by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent–apparently not of this world–and something wants to kill her.

If I’m Found – Terri Blackstock – #2 If I Run series – Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.  As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail cell.