Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Crimes and Christmas with Anita Klumpers

Brrr…It’s a chilly here at the Diamond Mine! Grab a mug of something warm. I’ve got my hands wrapped around a cup of green tea. Help yourself to the virtual buffet of hot chocolate, tea (black, green, or Earl Grey), coffee (decaf or regular), or Russian Tea (Yum, recipe link below!) I hope you’ve got your tree up, artificial or real, with all of its ornaments and lights to usher in a blessed season of peace and joy. A time of celebrating the birth of the Christ Child. The Savior of the Universe.
Let me add some sugar to my tea and introduce something sweet for you readers to enjoy. An interview with author, Anita Klumpers! And she has a Christmasy treat for us! So grab an afghan, a good fuzzy one that smells like Heaven, and snuggle up and meet my author!

Anita is giving away an e-book copy of Christmas Passed!

PT: Welcome Anita! So excited that you are joining us on the Mine. Let’s stir up the important questions first. What launched you into writing?

AK: I’d written a lot of skits but wanted to challenge myself to try to develop a plot in a full-length novel. It only took five years and a zillion rewrites, but Winter Watch was finally published in 2014.

PT: What about books turns your crank?

AK: Huh. Good question. Like a lot of women my age I enjoy nearly-bloodless mysteries and suspense novels with a little romance and not too much creepiness. Books that stay with me are the ones with deep, rich plots, lots of character development and something to make me think. “Fahrenheit 451” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Frankenstein” stick with me.  Mary Stewart, Agatha Christie, Louise Penney, Patricia Wentworth are perennial favorites.

PT:  I simply love the cover of your book. What genre is Christmas Passed?

AK: Suspense/romance
And a quick blurb:

Dinah loves Christmas. She loves history, the old Wagner House, and the elderly women working to preserve its heritage. She loves almost everything except Mick Wagner, her childhood nemesis.
But if they want to save the Wagner House and solve a mystery that's been hiding in the attic for almost eighty years, they'll have to join forces. And they have to do it quickly, before one of them dies trying.

PT: I love the thought of the attic holding old crimes. Intriguing. And I'm intrigued to know if you have your tree up yet?

AK: Yes! Whew! Just waiting for my youngest (now age 26) to put the angel on top. It’s a tradition. Since he is now 6’4” my husband no longer has to lift him far to do it.

PT: Wow, I would say not! Now tell us, what keeps you writing books?

AK: Good question. Hmmm. It usually starts as a challenge to myself, and to keep up appearances with my writers’ group. Then I get to genuinely love the people and locations in the stories and I want to spend time getting to know them and “living” with them.

PT: Uh-huh. (sip) Where are you steering towards next with your writing?

AK: Towards completion! I am such a pokey writer! I have several manuscripts in the works, all sort of in the suspense/romance/mystery category. It would be nice to get some submitted soon, and hopefully accepted.

PT: Tell me 5 things fast about Anita Klumpers that have nothing to do with writing.

1) Coffee and water are the world’s greatest beverages.
2) I have 3 sons, 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and SIX (count ‘em. six) American Girl dolls
3) We were a homeschooling family, not because I had issues with traditional education or school systems, but because I really enjoyed having my boys around. They are all grown up and successful and we’re all still close. Praise God!
4) Want to know anything about Perry Mason? Feel free to ask me!
5) (This is hard. I’m getting paranoid that I must be incredibly dull.) One daughter-in law is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) and I adore her parents. So, I have been slowly, painfully trying to teach myself sign language for years now. It is a beautiful language!

PT: Ah, yes. The coffee. Need some more, Anita? And you most certainly are not dull! Tell us what Bible verse is dear to your heart right now?

AK: Lamentations 3: 22-23. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.”

PT: Ahhh. What a lovely verse! That might be handy in this rush-rush of Christmas preparations. Thanks for being with us today, Anita. It's been a delight to chat with you. Here are the links to find Anita's book: Pssst: it's only $.99 right now, so grab you a deal!

But, of course, Anita is giving away one free book to a lucky reader. Please leave your email in the comments to be entered.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Interview with Victoria Pitts Caine, Author of Cotton!

Hi! V. Joy Palmer here! Since we are all friends here, you guys can call me Joy. ; ) And since we are all friends, one of my favorite things to do is talk with my friends, family, the teens I mentor, and everyone else at coffee shops/bookstores. Books and yummy drinks are the perfect combination, after all. So, consider this our virtual coffee shop. I’ll wait a second for you to get your warm drink and a fuzzy blanket before we chat with today’s guest. ;-)

We are chatting with Victoria Pitts Caine, author of Cotton!

Victoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian and lives in the central portion of the state. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her novels.

The author has received recognition in both fiction and nonfiction from: Enduring Romance top 10 picks, William Saroyan Writing Conference, Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, Holt International Children’s Services Magazine, and The Southern California Genealogical Society. Her first novel, Alvarado Gold, was published in 2007 followed by three more as well as novellas and short stories in anthologies.

Victoria is a former staff technician in air pollution control. She is the mother of two daughters. Now retired from the work force, Victoria and her husband enjoy travel, cooking, and are self-appointed “foodies”.

Connect with Vicki Pitts Caine on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Author Page, or shoot her an email!

 Interview ~

First things first, would you order coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in our virtual coffee shop? Something else altogether? This is possibly the most important question... No pressure or anything. ;-)

Definitely coffee.

Whew! LOL! On to our second most important question: if you could order anything in the world to eat, what would it be?

Probably Korean Barbeque – Bulgogi. Followed closely by chocolate cake.

I always seem to ask this question when I'm hungry, LOL! Sounds delicious! Where is your favorite place to write, and why is that your favorite place?

My office/spare bedroom. It’s usually quiet and it is the only space in the house that belongs to only me.

Those spaces are sacred! Do you have an odd habit that is only explained by your bookish, writer tendencies?

Keeping things in the right order. I always write my books from beginning to end before I go back and edit. I never write a scene or even dialogue to use “somewhere” in the book. It keeps my thinking in a straight line. I apply that elsewhere, too. 

LOL! I can relate; I'm very particular about everything being in its place! What inspired you to write Cotton?

I’ve always wanted to go to Savannah, the setting of my latest release. I was able to do a little exploring researching the city via the internet.

That's so cool! I love to travel to new-to-me locations in a story! What led you to write in this genre?

I wanted to write clean adventure that I would like to read myself. The historical aspect and the romance were encouraged by a mentor teacher. 

Write what you want to read - yes! That motto leads to so many creative stories. What message do you hope to convey to your readers?

In this particular book, I’d hope readers understand there’s a pull from our past that we can’t deny and sometimes returning home is where we really need to be. 

That's wonderful! Home holds a special place in a person's heart. Can you tell us a little about your next project?

 I’m working on a cozy mystery set in the California foothills just a few miles from my home.

Love cozy mysteries! They are so much fun! Do you have a favorite Bible verse or story that inspires you on a soul level?

 Ecclesiastics 3:1 - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. 

That's a powerful verse! What are you currently reading? Inquiring minds - mine - want to know. :-)

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner.

I'll have to check it out! 

Thank you so much for chatting with us, Victoria!

Check out Victoria Pitts Caine's latest release!

Running from a life of poverty, 16 year old Cotton Ramsey escapes the Savannah River bottomland to New York. Twenty years later, she has changed her name and runs a large pharmaceutical company, which belonged to the family of her late husband. When Beau Simpson, her first love, arrives to deliver the news of her daddy’s untimely death, the life she struggled to leave behind calls her home.

Available on Amazon!

Cotton is on sale for $.99 on Wednesday, November 28th through Thursday, November 29th!

Thanks for stopping by, my writerly, bookish friends! <3 See you next time!


V. Joy Palmer 

V. Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.

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