Monday, June 25, 2012

@RobynLeatherman visits, answers #Author Q&A & has an #Autographed Copy of Summer Rain for 1 Lucky Person!

 Author Q&A and Autographed Print Copy Giveaway
Robyn Leatherman
What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
My mother came home with a college textbook when I was young - Cultural Anthropology. That book made me interested in groups of people and what made them tick. In my teens, my cousin lent me a copy of Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge. It's the historical novel that pushed me over the edge and made me want to write about things that had happened and shouldn't be forgotten.

What book do you read over and over again?
The Grapes of Wrath

Tuesday Trio-
1)      Movie- The Man in the Iron Mask
2)      Music- School Boy Humor
3)      Decadent Dessert- Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream

What’s the most interesting or bizarre bit of trivia you’ve learned from researching for a novel?
This is going to sound odd, but when I researched to origin of barbed wire, I discovered it had been in use even before 1863, but because nobody had patented the concept, it didn't catch on at that time. In 1873, a type of "barbed" fencing caught the eye of a man by the name of Glidden; I wonder if his family developed the line of paint? (Maybe an idea for a future historical story there …) I have no idea why this has stuck in my mind, but here is the website for anyone else who wants to learn about it!

Barbed Wire Museum

Novel on your Nightstand:
Who/what are you currently reading?
I'm almost finished with Jenny Wingfield's advance reader's copy of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake; it's one of the best books I've read in a long time!

Whom would you cast as your Hero & Heroine if your book became a movie?
Tijer Lily Company is a Native American arts and entertainment film company that deals with not only the cast calls and media, but with props as well. She has access to a list of Native actors and actresses who would be perfect for the movie version of my book.

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About the Book
Welcome to the life of a young Cherokee girl named Rain, as she grows into maturity just as the Trail of Tears begins. Summer Rain: Getsikahvda Anitsalagi (The Removal of the People) is an unforgettable story that taps into a sad part of American history.

This journey begins in Georgia in a typical Cherokee village in the early 1800s, where a young girl and her best friend realize there are strangers poised to take their land and home away from the Cherokee and from neighboring tribes.

The girls witness the birth of the new written language of Tsalagi in the year 1821 and the printing press in the year 1827. The Cherokee Nation’s growth is also financial, and would mark the first newspaper to ever be printed and circulated by a Native American tribe.

Rain falls in love with a white boy and is forced to follow her heart and save her own life, or to remain loyal to her family, knowing that in doing so, she could lose not only her true love, but her very life as well.

The first 2 chapters of Summer Rain may be read on my website: Preface and First Two Chapters

To find out more about Robyn, her book and Cherokee Life

And don't forget to leave a comment (and you (at) email (dot) com) to say hi or ask a question so you can be entered to win a 
Summer Rain!
Comments must be posted before MIDNIGHT
Eastern Daylight Savings Time, Winner will be announced here
 and notified via email and then Robyn will be in touch as well
to get your contact info to send your book.

11 comments: said...

Taryn, I would like to say that it's been an honor to work with you; thank you for all the time you put into this interview and giveaway!

Taryn Raye said...

Glad to have you here! I'm hoping my internet connection won't be spotty today so I can stick with you and chat and I can spread the word via other social media.

Cherie Marks said...

Great interview. Robin, sounds like you love the research.

Ute Carbone said...

Lovely interview Robin. I love that there is a barbed wire museum.

Cheryl Norman said...

I took an anthropology course at U of Louisville and found it fascinating. I agree, it really broadens your views of others. We weren't allowed to use terms like "primitive." We described groups in terms of technological advancement.

Good interview!

Robyn Leatherman said...

Good morning, Cheri! Yes, the research is so much fun - there are days at a stretch when my actual writing time is just researching and organizing all of it into the proper folders.

Robyn Leatherman said...

Isn't that something, Ute? A barbed wire museum! Did you know there is even a museum in British Columbia that shows kitchen items from 1880? I'd love to visit!

Robyn Leatherman said...

Hi, Cheryl-Sounds like it was an intense course; it's fascinating how just one advancement in technology can facilitate a whole new era, isn't it?

Lindsay Kayser said...

Great interview!

Robyn Leatherman said...

Hi there, Lindsay - thanks for stopping by :)

Taryn Raye said...

Oh, Robyn! The museum with kitchen items from 1880 would be so neat to see!

Thanks so much to everyone who has stopped by so far today.