BLOG TOUR FLASHBACK – The Quarters
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Set in the 1940s, The Quarters features quite the cast of characters and is a funny, quick read with themes of murder, family, race, church, community, passing and a con artist.
Set partially in the small rural town of Preston, Georgia where Louise and Betty Jean (a.k.a. “Honey”) were raised by their loving father and not so loving step-mother. After the third-body that Louise has had to help Honey dispose of, Honey decides to get the heck out of dodge before someone starts missing those boys.
When she takes up residence in a quirky, yet humorous community called The Quarters, life is peaceful and as comfortable as can be in the humid south until a handsome stranger rolls into town, talking sweet and looking nice. Simee brings news of money that could come to the local church, but like any overly-confidence con artist, Simee is up to no good and soon the church’s leadership is knee deep in a scam that could result in the loss of valuable land.
Unfortunately… he’s not been made privy of the “accidents” Honey has been prone to and how men tend to end up dead all around her…
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
What initially got you interested in writing?
This novel has been a part of me for over 25 years. My mom and aunt shared some quirky stories with me from their childhood that I couldn’t shake. The stories were compelling, funny, and in my opinion worthy of documenting. I was compelled to write the stories.
How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?
It never occurred to me to “not” publish my novel. Prior to actually starting to write, I knew I would have a novel. I wasn’t so sure others would want to read it.
What do you want readers to take away from reading works?
My hopes are that readers will take away a few things. One thing in particular is the commonality of community and family. I’ve not encountered one person yet, regardless of race, sex, religion, etc. that hasn’t found a character they can personally relate to. From the nosey neighbor to the quirky church folk, there’s a character in there for you. One other thing is that I’m hoping readers walk away entertained. One question I consistently ask readers (if I can) is, did it make you laugh.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
The most rewarding part of writing is getting “stuff” out my head. The more I write, the more I want to write.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
The most challenging part of writing is hoping “it” makes sense to the readers. Am I able to translate my thoughts, humor, etc. in an acceptable and entertaining manner.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
I would say, go for it. Write, write, and write some more. One more thing, be sure to hire a professional editor. It’s worth it.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Let me think. I love red wine and cheap gummy bears…together. LOL!
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Visit my website marikbell.com, fb page, author Mari K. Bell, or simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.