Laurie Alice Eakes has been a friend of mine for a number of years. We were part of a three-author team, who wrote a Heartsong series set in
. She came up with the theme that tied
the books together. They later released in one volume titled Wild Prairie Roses.
I’m always thrilled when we both are
able to attend the same writer’s conference and get to connect again. And right
now, she’s living in Iowa ,
too, but not very close to me. I love her writing, especially her novels about
midwives. They are so authentic. Texas
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Welcome back, Laurie Alice. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
A woman named Juliana Fehr helped me with inspiring the initial thought of writing this book when I was in grad school in 1998. She is the director of the nurse-midwifery program at
University in ,
and a midwife herself, who helped me with a history of medicine project on
which I was working. My talk then and her book Diary of a Midwife inspired me. She helped me with more research
for this book. Authors Kristi Ann Hunter and Becca Witham also gave me much
input in plot ideas. And, of course, my agent Natasha Kern, and my editor,
Becky Phillpot offered many suggestions. Those are the major players. Winchester, VA
If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
I have a speaking engagement/book launch on December 12 at the Bristol Public Library in
. I will also be speaking
at the Booksamillion there, but the time is not set. I also have an interview
on Saturday December 5 on WHCB Radio 91.5 FM at 3:30 p.m. That is out of Bristol,
but can also be streamed. Johnson City, Tennessee
If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
Probably somewhere in either the Midwest like
Illinois or Michigan, or
am one of those rare people who likes winter, and I miss the lakes of the Midwest.
If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Do not rush your craft and seek and accept constructive criticism. In other words, have a teachable heart and mindset. No one is perfect out of the gate.
You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
I would choose several people, underprivileged children, I think, or perhaps some older people, and have them on the cruise to be treated like celebrities.
Tell us about the featured book.
The Mountain Midwife:
For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart. Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby ... before it’s too late.
Please give us the first page of the book.
The doorbell rang sometime after midnight. The electronic tinkling of the telephone in the middle of the night meant a patient had gone into labor. But this was the double-toned chime of the doorbell in the darkness, and that meant trouble.
Heart pounding, Ashley Tolliver rolled out of her queen-size four-poster, dislodging several cats in the process, and snatched up the jeans and T-shirt ever ready on a chair beside her bed. By the time the bell chimed again, she was dressed and shoving her feet into a pair of ballet flats. The third ring found her halfway down the steps.
A shadow loomed behind the sheer curtain covering the front door’s glass at the foot of the steps. It was a hulking man’s silhouette against the porch light. No sign of a woman beside him.
Ashley paused on the bottom step. At the least she should have brought her cell phone with her despite the terrible reception inside the house there in the hills. The gun her brother insisted she own for protection on her lonely nighttime excursions to patients was, as usual, locked in the glove compartment of her Tahoe.
She turned to retrieve her cell.
Three rings of the bell in rapid succession conveyed a sense of urgency. She was being silly. No burglar was going to announce his arrival by ringing the doorbell so persistently. Emergencies brought men and their expectant wives, daughters, girlfriends, to her door.
You have me hooked, Laurie Alice. Where can we find you on the Internet?
You can find me in numerous places. My Web Site http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com has information about and excerpts from my books.
I am on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@LaurieAEakes
On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorlauriealiceeakes/
I am working on a Pinterest board with midwifery resources, so keep an eye out for that in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers are as eager as I am to read this new book.
Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.The Mountain Midwife - Christianbook.com
The Mountain Midwife - Amazon
The Mountain Midwife - Kindle
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