January 16, 2010

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Author Johanna Moran and The Wives of Henry Oades

INTERVIEW
Johanna Moran is the author of The Wives of Henry Oades, which I reviewed here. It is slated to be released February 25th. I got the awesome opportunity to ask her a few questions.

Hi Rebecca,
Great questions. Here you go...

1. I found the story of Henry, Meg, and Nancy in The Wives of Henry Oades very interesting. When I found out it was based on a true story, I was even more intrigued. Can you share with my readers a little about the court case that inspired you to write this novel?

More than a half century ago, my father, a law professor, came across an abstract on the Oades case. He brought it home to my mother, who was trying to write short fiction in her nonexistent spare time. She gave thought to fleshing out the story, but that's as far as she got. She squirreled the abstract away, perhaps thinking she'd get to it eventually. She gave it to me ten years ago. I was drawn in immediately and went from there.

2. You were a flight attendant for seventeen years before you decided to go back to school and become a writer. When did you first realize that writing was your calling?

Getting to this place was a plodding, gradual process. There was no one "aha" moment of discovery. I wrote two other novels before THE WIVES OF HENRY OADES. Many if not most writers have an unpublished manuscript or two under the bed. I do.

3. Organizing is not one of my strong suits. How do you organize your research and writing so that you can work easiest and most efficiently?

I'm not organized. I wish I were. My work space is typically a towering mess of books and papers.

4. Did you enjoy writing about any one of the characters in The Wives of Henry Oades more than the others? Did you feel a special kinship with any of them?

I lived with these characters for nearly a decade. I love and respect all three. They are decent people caught up in an impossible situation. Simply put, they are doing the best they can under the circumstances.

5. What are you working on now?

I'm working on a story about a friendship between two nineteenth-century prostitutes, one of whom was in fact murdered by Abraham Rothschild.

6. What book are you reading now?

I just started ON BEAUTY by Zadie Smith. I loved WHITE TEETH by the same author. She has a spot-on ear for dialogue.

7. Your book launches on February 25th. How do you plan to celebrate?

I'm excited about my launch here in Sarasota, which will be co-sponsored by the University of South Florida, my alma mater, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. My agent is coming down from NY. We've had a lovely working relationship for over two years, but have never met face-to-face.

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Johanna! I look forward to the release of the story you are working on now. It sounds really interesting!

GIVEAWAY
I am giving my copy of The Wives of Henry Oades to one lucky book blogger to read and review!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what part of this book intrigues you the most, plus a way for me to contact you.

Extra Entries:

+1 New Follower
+2 Old Follower
+5 Comments rock! Leave a comment on my book review.
+5 Post about this giveaway on your own blog (sidebar is fine) or on Twitter.

The contest runs until Wednesday, January 27th. Good luck!

30 comments:

  1. I find the path the author took to developing the story (digging up the old abstract from her father) fascinating! I'd love to read the book!

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  2. I tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/anylit/status/7847420546

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  3. Please enter me in! I am an old follower +2.

    stephaniet117(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I'm always intrigued by historical novels, especially those with basis in truth. I have always been interested in stories of "settlers" (so to speak) being taken captive by the native peoples.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    +2 Old follower
    +5 left comment on your review
    +5 on my blog sidebar (right side, giveaway section)

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  5. Hi Rebecca =

    This book sounds very interesting. What stands out most for me, is the thought of the two women coming to an understanding and living together, as well as the husband not just pushing the first family away, but bringing them into his home.

    I'm an old follower (in more ways than one *g*)

    Commented on your review. loved your review, as always I get a clear picture of what a book will be like from your reviews.

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  6. I'm intrigued by the whole concept. I think that situations such as this might have occured more often than we realize. Just what is a person to do, especially if there are children involved? I would love to read this novel. Thanks for the chance to win your copy.

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

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  7. +2 "Old" Follower. (giggle)

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  8. i like that the story line can be put to reality and is not far fetched thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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  9. I am intrigued by the whole story, no specific part.

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

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  10. Old follower.

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

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  11. I found it interesting that it is based on a true story and the way the author (and her dad) found out the story.
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  12. I'm a new follower.
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  13. I'm intrigued that it's based on a true story that impacted the author's family, however peripherally.

    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  14. It's interesting that it's based on an actual case but what intrigues me is how they make a family work in their own way when his wife and kids come back.

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  15. What I find intriguing is that someone can take an obscure person and write a story that captivates others!!!


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  16. I'm really intrigued to read how the wives get along living in the same house together. Thanks for the giveaway, this book sounds great!

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  17. The story is intriguing as it combines the elements of compassion and empathy with the unfortunate smallmindedness and gossip which is always prevalent in society. It would be interesting to see the ending!


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  18. +5 I've blogged about this giveaway here: http://tiny.cc/VYcon

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

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  19. I'd love the chance to read this one!

    +1 New follower

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  20. Naturally any book with 'Wives' in the title piques my interest. I am curious as which aspect of their relationship is the focus of the court case.

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  21. +1 I'm a New Follower
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  22. +5 I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/7975758076
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  23. +5 I commented on the review
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  24. The entire situation of many wives living under the same roof as a family is so different from the norm. It does require special kinds of people to live this way. Anyway, I'd love to read and review the book.

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  25. +1 New follower.

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  26. Great interview. I love that she got the ideaor interest from her mother!

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  27. It is interesting that this started out as a court case so long ago and is now a book. sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

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  28. I like reading books that are based on true stories.

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  29. The part of the storyline that intriques me the most - is the part where the first family shows up in CA

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  30. I'm a new follower, and enjoying your blog! Please enter me in your giveway. I'd love to read Johanna's book. Thank you!

    Sandee61

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