Monday, May 20, 2013

Giveaway! Gone South by Meg Moseley!



Welcome back to Writing for Christ Meg Moseley, I am excited to have you here for a second time. :- )

What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?

Last time, I was a starry-eyed newbie. I didn’t know then what I know now: that the writing life consists largely of office work and errands that are only vaguely related to storytelling. But back then, I didn’t know the happy parts of being published, either. Now I know what it’s like to connect with readers and to know that something I’ve written has made a difference for someone, somewhere. 

What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?

This may be a strange choice because “spectacular” is pretty much the opposite of “mundane,” but I highly recommend a slender little nonfiction book called The God of the Mundane by Matthew B. Redmond. (This isn’t Matt Redman, the music guy. Different spellings, different people.) Matt B. Redmond is a former pastor, now a banker, who packed a lot of wisdom into these “Reflections on Ordinary Life for Ordinary People,” as the subtitle goes.   

Do you have favorite authors?

I’m so old-school that most of my favorite authors are no longer with us. Josephine Tey, Dorothy L. Sayers, P.G. Wodehouse, G.K. Chesterton…. Hmm, are you picking up the Dead British Authors vibe?

What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?


There are a lot of enjoyable parts, but I especially enjoy meeting with book groups and getting into fervent discussions about my novels. I love readers who talk about my characters as if they’re real people, because they are real…at least in my mind.  

What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings? :- )

 I’m most focused when I work on my desktop computer in my office. My keyboard and my chair are old, and they weren’t expensive when they were new, but they’re great in the ergonomics department. I can work there for hours without having back problems or anything that resembles carpal tunnel syndrome, and I’m entertained by the birds coming to the feeder just outside the window. But sometimes I get tired of those surroundings, especially when I’m on deadline and I want to escape to some tropical spot with an umbrella drink in my hand, but all I’ve got is coffee and more coffee and a calendar that’s screaming about my looming deadline. 

Okay, something fun for those writers out there: In what point of your writing career did you surprise yourself by writing the most words ever in the shortest amount of time?

Oh, boy. The word “surprise” doesn’t necessarily have a positive connotation. Years ago, I decided to enter RWA’s Golden Heart contest, which requires a completed manuscript. So I wrote an entire and entirely terrible novel in three weeks. The judges gave it very low scores, as it deserved. I have vague memories of the plot, but I didn’t keep the file or a printed copy. I hope the awfulness of the story didn’t leave permanent scars on the judges’ psyches. :- )

Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.  

Thank you, Casey! It’s always a joy to chat with you, online or face to face.

Readers, here is your chance to enter to win Meg's book!

Please leave an email address! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.
For extra entries:
~Be a follower
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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on May 31st
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@)gmail.com 


56 comments:

  1. Casey, thanks for hosting me! I'm looking forward to chatting with you and your readers.

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  2. I enjoyed the interview with Meg! And her anecdote about the Golden Heart award. Glad she gave it a try! Thanks for the info and chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I am an email subscriber.
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  4. GFC follower. (holdenj)
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  5. I dug through the recesses of my memory and couldn't find a book cover I love more than this one. Oh my! It resonates deeply with me. LOVE IT! It's the rolled up blue jeans beneath the dress that gets me. I read the book description on Amazon and the story sounds fabulous.

    Thank you for this giveaway. :)

    Follower: Cheryl Hart
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  6. This is a great cover! I mostly a reader of historical novels, but have been dipping my toes into the contemporary genre latey. This sounds like a good one.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a folower and a subscriber

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  7. Good morning,
    Four generations removed, I want to read Tish's story! Put me in the mix for Gone South. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
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  8. thanks for the chance to win

    I'm a gfc follower
    I am email subscriber

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  9. LOVE that cover. I really enjoyed Meg's first book, so I'm excited to read her second!

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  10. I love the positive feedback about the cover, and I agree with Cheryl that the jeans are the best part. Kudos to Multnomah's art department for coming up with the design.

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  11. Love the cover...so special...would love to win -thanks for the chance!!
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  12. I am a GFC follower...thanks
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  13. I am an email feedburner subscriber...thanks so much!
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  14. I have never read a book by Meg Moseley but this one sounds great! Hopefully I can start as her new fan with this book. I love your blog, by the way. Including the design and layout.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Meg is a new author to me too, but I have seen her listed as several readers' favorite author. So I am eager to get started on a Meg Moseley book! Sign me up!
    kandrajane at bellsouth dot net

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  16. I am an email subscriber.
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  17. Oh, I love the cover of this book! Look at the jeans under the dress!

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  18. I am a subscriber.

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  19. I am a follower.

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  20. What a fun interview! Those were unique questions and it was a joy getting to know you, Meg! Thank you for taking time to share a little bit of yourself with us. May God bless you in your writing endeavors.

    I am a follower and subscriber. :-)

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  21. Love this book cover!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity - I am a subscriber & follower.

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  22. I am a follower!

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  23. I am a subscriber!

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  24. I would love to read this book!

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  25. Enjoyed the interview!! Love the cover!! Thank you for entering me in your contest!!
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I'm a subscriber and a follower!!

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  26. Yes, the cover is lovely! Please enter me in this contest.
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen@yahoo.com

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  27. Great interview. I too like the old school authors.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  28. I subscribe via email.

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  29. I would love to win this book.

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  30. This sounds like a great book. I am also a follower of your blog.
    Carissa
    belovedgraceful@bellsouth.net

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  31. I enjoyed the interview. I am a both a subscriber (different email address) and a follower.Thank you for an opportunity to win a copy of Gone South.
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  32. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

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  33. I'd love to be entered! I enjoyed Meg's other book :)

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  34. I'm a follower :)

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  35. This cover has me intrigued! I love it! Thanks for the great interview, and for the chance to win!

    Michelle
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  36. I'm an email subscriber.

    Michelle
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  37. I'm a follower.

    Michelle
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  38. Great interview! I follow by e-mail and my e-mail is: sunydey26@aol.com
    Thanks for this opportunity. I would love to read one of Meg's books

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  39. Wonderful second interview. I loved the cover of that book as soon as I saw it.
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  40. Love the cover! I'm a follower. Clp1777(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. Great interview! I love the coover of the book and it has grabbed my attention that I want to read the book.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  42. I'm a follower!

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  43. I'm a subscriber!

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  44. Entry for Cherie:

    ckasper49(at)gmail(dot)com
    I am a follower and and subscriber.

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  45. I'll throw my entry in for this book -- love the cover!
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  46. I love the cover and would love to win!

    I am a follower and a subscriber.

    Doreen
    Priviesandprims @yahoo dot com

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  47. Wow, it's fun to see how many of you are signing up for the drawing! While we're here, does anybody want to discuss anything? :)

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  48. I am a subsriber!

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  49. I am a follower!

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  50. Where do you come up with your characters personalities?

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  51. I am a follower whiteb08[at]gmail[dot]com

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  52. Book looks great! LOVE the cover!
    My computer is acting up... Please add me as a follower! :)
    Lisa Medeiros
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  53. Sounds like a great read!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I subscribed to your newsletter today as well!

    Melissa Oldaker
    mo1202007@yahoo.com

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  54. Melody, I'm sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. Where do I come up with my characters' personalities...? Well, I usually just play around with characters until they start to feel right for the bigger picture of the story. They just sort of evolve. I usually have a general idea of what type of personality might be good for a particular story, but I don't know the specifics until I've been living with a character for a while. It's really fun to see a character start to come to life.

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  55. I just love the cover of this book. Seeing the jeans under this pretty dress as she walks away, just makes me want to read this book. I do not have a book by Meg Mosley yet but would love to start with this book, Gone South. Please put my name in the drawing. I am a subscriber and follower. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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