Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Welcome to #TuesdayswithTaryn @ChristiCorbett #Author of Along the Way Home #historical

~Tuesdays with Taryn~
Christi Corbett

What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
I would say my favorite book series of my youth, the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I got my first book of hers at a yard sale at age seven, and read it so much the covers literally crumbled from wear and eventually fell off the book. And I had my first moment of absolute book joy when I learned that there were many more (which was my first brush with the concept of a series).

What book do you read over and over again?
Pieces of Sky, by Kaki Warner.

Tuesday/Thursday Trio-
1)      Movie- Legends of the Fall. However, I must add that while most swoon over Brad Pitt’s character, Tristan, I’ve always respected Aiden Quinn’s character, Alfred, because he was so steadfast and loyal and did the right thing no matter the cost to his own life plans.
2)      Music- I listened to the soundtrack to the movie “All the Pretty Horses” when I wrote Along the Way Home, as well as classical music (Mozart and Beethoven are my favorites). However, when I’m not writing I enjoy a random collection of anything from techno to jazz.
3)      Decadent Dessert- Plain Cheesecake. I just want to taste the actual cheesecake without having it masked by toppings like fruit or chocolate. Tiramisu is a close second, but cheesecake always wins!

What’s the most interesting or bizarre bit of trivia you’ve learned from researching for a novel?
This is probably a little bit on the TMI (too much information) side, but did you know that to create a “bathroom” on the prairie parts of the Oregon Trail, women would stand in a circle with their skirts in hand, spreading them out, while one woman would do her business in the middle of the skirt circle? Necessity really is the mother of invention!

Novel on your Nightstand:
Who/what are you currently reading?
Research books for my next books, so I’ve got a stack I flip through when I’ve got a few minutes to spare:
Letters of a Woman Homesteader, by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Pioneer Women, by Joanna L. Stratton
Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail, by Susan Butruille
The Gentle Tamers, by Dee Brown
Jessie Applegate, by Leta Lovelace Neiderheiser
The River of the West, by Frances Fuller Victor

Whom would you cast as your Main Characters/Hero/Heroine if your book became a movie?
I’m going to pass on this question.

Along the Way Home:
 (click book cover to go to Amazon buy page)

Kate Davis is intrigued when her father reveals his dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory. Settlers out west value a strong woman, and though she manages the financials of her father’s mercantile her competence earns her ridicule, not respect, from Virginia’s elite society.

Jake Fitzpatrick, an experienced trail guide, wants land out west to raise cattle and crops. But dreams require money and he’s eating dandelion greens for dinner. So when a wealthy businessman offers double wages to guide his family across the Oregon Trail, Jake accepts with one stipulation—he is in complete control.

Departure day finds Kate clinging to her possessions as Jake demands she abandon all he deems frivolous, including her deceased mother’s heirlooms. Jake stands firm, refusing to let the whims of a headstrong woman jeopardize the wages he so desperately needs—even a beautiful one with fiery green eyes and a temper to match.

Trail life is a battle of wills between them until tragedy strikes, leaving Jake with an honor-bound promise to protect her from harm and Kate with a monumental choice—go back to everything she’s ever known or toward everything she’s ever wanted?

A note from Christi-

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for hosting me! It was a fun interview :)

Christi Corbett