Friday, March 27, 2015

Visiting the Sins by Melanie Denman @iReadBookTours #southernfiction #womensfiction

In her riotous debut novel, Melanie Denman probes the silent sacrifices of motherhood with unflinching honesty and warmhearted amusement. Set in the Bible Belt of Deep East Texas, Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption, and all the torment it s possible to inflict in the name of family.

Down through the decades, the lofty social aspirations of the feisty but perennially dissatisfied Wheeler women Pokey, the love-starved, pistol-packing matriarch; Rebanelle, the frosty former beauty queen turned church organist; and Curtis Jean, the backsliding gospel singer are exceeded only by their unfortunate taste in men and a seemingly boundless capacity for holding grudges. A legacy of feuding and scandal lurches from one generation to the next with tragic consequences that threaten to destroy everything the Wheeler women have sacrificed their souls to build.

REVIEW
When I seen the book cover and read the title I never would of thought that the book would of been as amusing as it was.The adventures of three generations of strong Texas women. The ups downs ~ seriously and funny interactions. Melanie did an excellent job expressing emotions, desires and wants and needs. I caught myself laughing out loud and reading the book without stopping. I am hoping that this is Book One in a long line of fun adventures of the Wheeler women. 
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AUTHOR BIO
Melanie Denman is a native of Nacogdoches, Texas and a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University. An eighth-generation Texan, and a former banker and cattle rancher, she currently lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is working on a second novel.
Connect with Melanie:  Website  ~  Facebook

AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
The seeds of my plots and characters often spring from real life experiences of my own or people I know. I am lucky to be part of a large, colorful family, so they give me a lot of material to work with. The police reports in small town newspapers can also be a rich source of inspiration.

Which was the hardest character in your book to write? The easiest?
The hardest character was definitely Curtis Jean, the backsliding gospel singer. She had a tendency to see herself as a victim. She always seemed to be looking for somebody else to blame for her predicaments, and I had a hard time with that. I had a much easier time with Pokey, her pistol-packing grandmother. Pokey could be a real handful, but she took great pride in “paddling her own boat.” I loved her spunk.

Do you write every day?
I set daily and weekly goals for my writing, even though sometimes life happens and I don't get it all done. I basically consider writing to be my job, so every morning I go into my office and work.

In today's tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
When I'm beginning a chapter, I do all my brainstorming by hand. And since I'm analytical by nature, flow-charts are my tool of choice for plotting. Sometimes I also sketch out a scene on paper, so I can visualize all the details. The only thing I really do on the computer is the actual typing of the manuscript.

What is your favorite meal?
I grew up in the country on homegrown produce, fresh milk and eggs, and beef from our own pastures. It's probably no surprise that my favorite meal is fried green tomatoes, squash, new potatoes, fried okra, butter beans, and cornbread with homemade mayhaw jelly. And iced tea. It's a little sad that the food can't be grown by my dad or cooked by my mom anymore, but I'm thankful to have had such a close-to-the-land childhood.

What's the last great book you read?
I liked Gone Girl. I've read both sides of the passionate discussions about it, but I thought the narrative style was gutsy.

What is your next project?
I'm in the process of adapting Visiting the Sins into a screenplay. I'm also working on a new novel about the bond between people and their land. Like Visiting the Sins, it's a family drama set in east Texas, but it has a male protagonist and other strong male characters.


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