Monday, April 08, 2013

Author Interview: Tina Scott

My friend Tina Scott is releasing a new book, "Farewell, My Denmark." To help her celebrate, I'm hosting her on my blog today.

Let's sit down and have a little chat with Tina.

What prompted you to write the novel?

My ancestors are from Denmark, and when I was reading my great-great grandmother’s life history, it dawned on me that I should write a novel about her experiences, and the Danish pioneers.

Is this a pioneer story, then?

It’s not to be compared with The Work and the Glory, other than the people in Farewell, My Denmark are travelling toward Zion.

Will this be a series?

No. I do have a couple of other historical novels from Denmark planned, but the characters in each story are different.

Where did you get your information?

My ancestor’s life stories, the Mormon Immigration Index, personal visits to Denmark, and from visiting the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. And, the Internet.

The main character, Catherine, is on a quest to find true love. Is this a historical romance?

There are elements of romance, but it’s not written as a traditional romance. For one, Catherine doesn’t meet her true love right away. She struggles through several wrong choices first.

Why did you do this?

So often people are tempted to watch a romantic movie or read a romantic book and think life is like that, and then they’re disappointed. In real life, it’s sometimes tricky to decide who Mr. Right is, and so Catherine struggles in identifying him, and has more proposals on the voyage.

Is the book set at sea, or in America, or both?

I wanted to give readers a feel for what the Scandinavian Saints gave up when they left their homes. Farewell, My Denmark starts at Catherine’s home and then chronicles their travels through Denmark, Germany, and England. About half of the novel is set aboard the John J. Boyd, the ship my ancestors actually sailed on, and then ends when they arrive in America.

Why don’t you write a story about them travelling across America?

There are a lot of really good novels depicting the Saints’ struggles in America. I wanted to write from a different perspective.

Could you tell us a little about your book?

I’d love to!

A failed engagement sets seventeen-year-old Catherine Erichsen on a faith-building journey of self discovery as she follows her parents and other Mormon Saints on the 1863 immigration to America. When precious heirlooms start disappearing aboard the John J. Boyd, Catherine nearly loses her life at the hand of thieving sailors and fears she won’t live long enough to fulfill the desires of her heart.

FAREWELL, MY DENMARK book giveaway and celebration APRIL 8 – 26th

 My Wonderful Helpers:

April 8____Tristi Pinkston: April 12___Valerie Ipson: April 15___Cami Checketts: April 16___Joyce DiPastena: April 22___Joyce Smith:
April 23___Jennifer Griffith: Each Friday, April 12th, 19th, 26th, one winner will be picked from that weeks comments to receive a copy of my novel [You may choose from print or ebook] 

and a $10 Target gift card.
INTERNATIONAL: ebook only, no gift card. Sorry.

Winner will be drawn Fridays @ 5pm Pacific Standard time.
Participants who didn’t win may re-enter each week w/ new comments and announcements.


Leave a comment on hosts blog = 1 entry

Leave a comment on my blog w/ your email address in case you win = 1 entry
(Those w/o an email address posted will forfeit if they win.)

Tweet about giveaway w/ link to my blog = 1 entry

Facebook announcement about giveaway w/ link to my blog = 1 entry


Joyce DiPastena said...

Can I enter even if I'm helping with the blog tour? I read an early draft of this book, but I know Tina has revised it extensively since then and I am soooo excited to read the final version! I'll buy a copy if I don't win, but hey, winning would be good. :-)

I also Facebooked and Tweeted with links to Tina's blog about the giveaway.

Joyce DiPastena

emfawcett said...

Sounds cool! Dedinitely one to look into!

Julie Martin Wallace said...

I'm not sure I can technically win since I've already read the book but if I can win I would love to have a copy to read over and over again. I really enjoyed the questions Tristi had, especially about why the love story was different. I think your right Tina that this book will give a little more reality that love doesn't come easy. I really enjoyed the story and I'll be posting my review soon.

Julie Martin Wallace said...

Opps I forgot to add my email address julie martin wallace at gmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

I would love to read FAREWELL, MY DENMARK thank you. It looks absolutely fascinating.


Tina Scott, author, artist said...

Tristi,Thanks so much for hosting me.
Mary, I hope you win.

Marcy said...

Farewell, My Denmark sounds like a very good read. Congrats on the Novel Celebration, Tina!

Sarah Daley said...

I love the concept! I'm so curious, I cant wait to read this! Please pick me for the give away! pretty pretty please!

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