A great book starts with a great beginning.
I picked this one today, do you recognize it?
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
"It's so dreadful to be poor!" sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.
"I don't think it's fair for some girls to have penny of pretty things and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.
"We've got father and mother and each other," said Beth contentedly, from her corner.
There’s a free copy of The Girl He Knows by Kristi Rose for whoever gets it correct first in the comment section: This free copy is available digitally only (sorry). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t have an eReader and we’ll work something outJ
1. Give us your Great Beginning, where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but we moved around A LOT when I was a kid and one place we kept moving back to was Lakeland, Florida. When people ask me where I am from- I say Lakeland. Most of my memories are rooted in Florida. I may not have been southern born but I think of myself as a southern. Currently, I live in the Pacific Northwest. I married a sailor and we are keeping the moving tradition goingJ. In our ten years of marriage we’ve lived in 5 different states.
2. One word to describe yourself from:
· You: Loyal
· Your Significant Other: Neurotic
· Your Best Friend: Paper-hoarder
· Your Mother: Silly
· Your children: Fun-Police
Ok- I cheated. Some of those are two words.
3. How did the idea for your book The Girl He Knows come about?
My super great friend that I’ve known since high school said (following the demise of my first marriage)- “you’ve got a second chance. You better get it right this time”. Those were pretty powerful words for me. I wanted to tell a story about a person coming out of divorce and hoping to get it right but fear causing her to spin her wheels. However, as all books do- mine took off on a path all it’s own. At it’s heart- it’s the story I wanted to tell but it sure came out different than I imagine K
4. Tell us how your journey in publishing began?
I’m someone whose publishing story is pretty good but what should be said, first, is that I’ve been writing for a long time (ten years off and on). I had portions of this book but couldn’t seem to bring it together. I found a critique group (best one EVER) and with their valuable insight, I was able to make it work. Six months after I finished it I submitted to Lyrical Press and they bought it. Sounds easy. In truth it was a very exhausting, emotional, and, of course, a rewarding journey.
5. Now let’s hear the opening lines of your RITA acceptance speech (don’t tell me I’m the only one who’s had this fantasy)
Watch your back Nora Robert- Here I come!!
Drinks are on me!
OK- All joking aside- I’d probably just stammer and cry so my first words would be irrelevant since they would be unintelligible.
6. And now give us that Great Beginning
This is from the first chapter in my book The Girl He Knows
“Sweet Jesus,” I whisper. Panic seizes me as I glance to my left. Lying next to me is my best friend’s older brother, Hank. I’ve known Gigi and Hank my entire life. This is her childhood bedroom, now a converted guest room, and the voice on the other side of the thin door is their mother, Ms. Becky. I’d rather face all of hell’s demons than have her find me here, in her guest bed, naked, with Hank.
I was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world and have lived by an active volcano, nearly fallen off a mountain (when trying to ski-not pretty) and eloped in Arkansas. I’m a proud military wife, mother of two, and always ready for the next adventure. Come visit my site and get to know meJ
And at iTunes
Hey- check out my pinterest board for The Girl He Knows!
Thanks, Sarah for having me on Great Beginnings. It’s been funJ I hope our paths cross again soon.
Got that GREAT BEGINNING yet? Or do you need another little hint?