Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog Tour: The Making of Nebraska Brown

New Adult Mystery

Date Published: 2/6/2014

 The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory. 

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded. 

Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to. 

The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

I want to say that it’s an all peaches ‘n cream process, but in fact there are lapses in the flow of creativity. These are typically due to such things as time constraints or outside demands. I find that the delicate balance of inspiration/interruption is the most challenging part of the writing journey.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Lately I am wearing out the grooves of Crazy by Hunter Hayes, and Happy by Pharrell Williams – and yes, I clap along. When I’m feeling more pensive I listen to Kenny Chesney, some vintage Hall and Oates, Sara Evans, and Elton John among others.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes, there are a couple people who read my work for me before I send it off for editing. They look for any potential weaknesses or trouble spots that I may have missed (and there are ALWAYS a few.) I feel like it’s a mandatory thing for all writers to have.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished THE READING LESSONS by Carole Lanham and I adored it. It is a seductive and beautiful piece of historical fiction which is something I favor. On deck is The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.

How did you start your writing career?

Like most writers, my career began as a love of literature, a penchant toward story-crafting and a tiny seed of thought that said, “You WANT to do this.” After many years of cultivating that thought via writing classes and intense studies, the seed grew into one that said, “You CAN do this.” What followed was the release of a collection of short stories published online and subsequently my first novel.

Entitled “Sing the Wild Horses,” my next novel is the story of Betsy Church, a young woman who escapes the throws of an abusive relationship only to find herself thrust into mending the precarious and troubled relationship with her family while at the same time, dodging a murder rap. It’s a tale of identity, first love, lies and forgiveness which begs the question, “Is it nature or nurture that truly defines us?” It should be along early next year. I hope you will add it to your TBR list.

As a young girl who spent her allowance on Nancy Drew mysteries, Louise realized that one day, she might have a story of her own to tell. Maybe even more than one story. After years focused on raising her children she eventually reconnected with her passion for creative writing. She soon began to craft a large collection of short stories which were published in the inspirational online magazine, Shortly thereafter, she authored her first novel, Wishless, a contemporary YA, released in 2011.

Louise devotes a portion of each day to honing her skills. She has several other novels currently in various stages of development. A confirmed bibliophile, Louise enjoys reading outdoors on a warm spring day and watching her pup chase leaves on a breeze. She looks forward to meeting others who share her love of the written word and invites you to visit her blog, her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for having me here! I would love to offer a free review copy of my book to any of your followers who might be interested in reading and sharing their feedback with others. Have a great weekend :)