Monday, January 27, 2014

Interview with Vera Jane Cook about her book 'Where the Wildflowers grow'

Interview Questions:

1.      Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea didn't come from anything specific. I had written two other southern fiction novels and this book just came naturally after those. I think I really wanted to understand Rose and the kind of sexual confusion she experienced at a time when being 'gay' was so underworld and misunderstood. I wanted to give all the characters closure.
2.      What genre does your book fall under? I would have to say southern fiction is the genre but also women's fiction.

3.      Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I might chose Sean Penn for Ryan, Anne Hathaway for Rose and Charlize Theron for Heather.

4.      What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Sexual confusion and family secrets tear apart the perfect American family in the 1960s.
5.      Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? My book is published by Musa,, a small traditional publisher.
6.      How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? At least a year.
7.      What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Any good Southern novel that revolves around family secrets.
8.      Who or What inspired you to write this book? Growing up in the 1960s, Tennessee Williams, my other two southern fiction titles, a love of the South.
9.      What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It is very 1960s in terms of the way people lived, the strangeness of air conditioners, old cars, sexual prejudices, books people read, etc. Also, it's a family drama that delves into unfulfilled needs, self awareness, dishonesty and even loyalty. 

Sexual confusion and dysfunction cause the unraveling of the perfect American family in small town Georgia in 1960.

Rose Cassidy's fantasy life is a haunting reminder that she's living a lie. So when she has the opportunity to act on those fantasies, she dives in without any thought to consequences.

Rose's husband, Ryan, has fantasies of his own, and his actions cause unimaginable hurt [pain] to the very children he tries so hard to protect.

When the happiness each member of the Cassidy family seeks so desperately to find is shattered by shame, guilt, and ultimately murder, they must each face the truth that lies deep within their souls.

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Where the Wildflowers Grow Web Tour Schedule

So Many Precious Books  Jan 20 Review & Giveaway
Joy Story Jan 21 Review & Giveaway                                                      
From Isi Jan 22 Review & Giveaway                                      
Carole Rae's Ramblings Jan 23 Review                                                   
Romance & Inspiration Jan 27 Interview
Wall to Wall Books Jan 28 Review & Giveaway
Back Porch Reservations Feb 3 Review & Giveaway 
Clue Review Feb 5 Review
VW Stitcher  Feb 7 Review           
I Feel So Unnecessary Feb 10 Review                                                     
Indie Reviews Behind the Scenes Mar 29 12 pm cst Interview- Live on Blog Talk Radio     

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour and hosting Vera Jane! We're looking forward to your book review.