Tuesday, June 18, 2013

THE GOOD GIRL - Christy Barritt - One Free Book

Welcome back, Christy. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m excited to be writing romantic suspense for Love Inspired, as well as continuing on to write my mystery novels. If I can continue to do both of those things, I’ll be as happy as a clam.

Tell us a little about your family.
I have two precious sons. I homeschool my oldest, and my youngest is only three. My husband is a special education teacher full-time and a church children’s director part-time. We love spending time together as a family, whether that’s at church or by taking walks together or working on projects. I’m blessed!

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I’m definitely pickier as a reader, and I hate that! But I also know when a book really captures my attention and when I can move past that pickiness, that I’ve found a really good book! I primarily read mystery and romantic suspense. Being a mom has changed my reading habits because I don’t have as much free time! LOL

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the fourth book in my Squeaky Clean Mystery series. It’s called Dirty Deeds. I’m also writing my new proposal for Love Inspired Suspense. I have a couple of other books I’m toying with as well.

What outside interests do you have?
I love singing and playing the guitar. I love decorating and having coffee with friends. I wished I loved exercising, but I don’t. J

I’m with you there, but I have to do physical therapy exercises and walk. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I love to travel, and I like to find things that interest me. I also set a lot of books in places that are within a day’s drive of my home. I find it easier to write about places I’m familiar with.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Agatha Christie would be kind of fun! I’d love to pick her brain, find out what her writing methods were and how she produced so many books.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
For me, I think it’s that you never really feel like you’ve arrived. You always want your next novel to be well-received, and to get good reviews, and to have good sales. To keep readers happy, you need to keep releasing books. You’ve got to continue to grow at your craft. Before I was published, I thought I’d simply find a publisher and settle in for publishing happily-ever-after. It hasn’t quite worked out that way, but I’m not complaining. I’m doing what I love and making a living at it.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
He’s teaching me to find my confidence and self worth in Him and in Him alone. I found myself riding this emotional rollercoaster, especially when it came to writing. When I had good sales and good reviews and lots of positive buzz, I felt great. But then I might get a not-so-nice review or sales might slump for a week or two, and I’d feel down. I realized I was letting my emotions be too easily ruled by external things. I’ve stopped reading my reviews and checking my sales so often, and I’m concentrating instead on writing the stories He’s placed on my heart.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Keep writing, keeping reading, and keep submitting. Persistence can really pay off, but you always need to continually grow in your craft, no matter what stage you’re at.

That is so true. Tell us about the featured book.
The Good Girl is about Tara Lancaster. As it says on the back cover, she can sing “Amazing Grace” in three harmonies, two languages, and interpret it for the hearing impaired. She can list the Bible canon backward, forward, and alphabetized. And the only time she ever missed church was at seventeen because she had pneumonia and her mom made her stay home.

Tara’s life is turned upside down though, and her reputation is left in ruins. She flees halfway across the country to dog-sit, but she doesn’t get the escape she wants. Instead, she finds a knife with a threatening message, a fame-hungry friend, a too-hunky neighbor, and evidence of ... a ghost?

Following all the rules has gotten her nowhere. And nothing she learned in Sunday School can tell her where to go from there.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Chapter 1
Forrest Gump was known for saying that life was like a box of chocolates. You never knew what you were going to get.

My Grandmother Griffin had a different saying. She said that life was like a Bible story. You didn’t always get a happy ending—at least not here on this earth.

For years, I didn’t believe Grandma Griffin. After all, she honestly thought that “cleanliness is next to godliness” was in the Bible. I mean, I was a Christian, so life was supposed to be blessed. And blessed meant that life was full of unconditional love and feel-good moments and abundance. Right?


Now, I have my own sayings. One is that life is like a beautiful apple. Sometimes you don’t know it’s rotten until you bite into it. Other days, I thought life was like the solid wood coffee table that my uncle fell on—revealing it was actually made of particleboard, thus my saying, “You never know what you’re made of until you’re broken.”

I’m Tara Lancaster, and I come from a family of missionaries, preachers, and Bible college professors. One could never be too righteous in this clan. I was right on track in my family tree, following a path that would have made Mother Teresa and Billy Graham proud.

That was, until two years ago.

It’s taken me a long time to figure things out. First, I had to battle a ghost, question my faith, consult a psychic, and fall in love with someone who wasn’t my husband.

It’s a long story. It’s a story about a good girl gone ... well, I can’t tell you. I will say this: Life is like a movie. Just when things seem perfect, the movie ends.

And that’s where my story starts.

I love reading your books. I can’t wait until I get my hands on this one. How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can find me at www.christybarritt.com, as well as on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christybarritt.

Thanks so much for the interview, Lena!

My pleasure, Christy.

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The Good Girl - Christianbook.com
The Good Girl - Amazon.com

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shirley Blanchard said...

great interview, and i would love to win this book thanks

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela from KY

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good, unique story. Would love to be entered for this book.
Brittany (TX)

KayM said...

I love the first page and would like a chance to win this book. Thanks!

Linda Kish said...

This book sounds like such fun.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Holly Magnuson said...

Absolutely LOVED Christy's "Squeaky CLean" mysteries and looking forward to reading this series.
Thanks so much for the give away.
Blessings to you both!
HollyMag from SoCal

Mary Preston said...

THE GOOD GIRL sounds like such a fabulous read. I really enjoyed the first page thank you.

Mary P


Christy Barritt said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! Good luck to all of you. :-)

Carol Gehringer said...

Would love to win it! Carol from Raleigh, NC

Vera Godley said...

Sounds like a good book. Perhaps another good addition to the school's library should I be chosen as winner. :) I'm in middle-North Carolina

Patty said...

Thanks for the interview ladies! This certainly sounds like a departure from my normal reads.

Patty in SC

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win
live in ND

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel.

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Merry said...

I enjoy Christy's books and would love the chance to win The Good Girl. Thanks!
Merry in MN

holdenj said...

Sounds like a great, thrilling read. Love the cover! Thanks for the chance to win.
Julie in MN

Kandra said...

Oooh, I love the opening page! Sign me up!
kandrajane at bell south dot net

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

I would love to win this awesome giveaway and God Bless!
Sarah Richmond

Library Lady said...

We have Christy's books in the Church Library.
I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
Janet E.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond

Deb said...

I would love to read this.

Deborah D, FL

Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds wonderful! I've been a fan since the Squeaky Clean series. I'm in MN.

Anna R. Weaver said...

I have enjoyed every Christy Barritt book I've ever picked up. Please drop my name in the hat!

Anna W. from GA

rubynreba said...

I would enjoy The Good Girl. Please enter me.
Beth from Iowa

Melissa Oldaker said...

Sounds like a fun read. Thanks.

Melissa O (NC)