Hi! Today we’re celebrating Gayle Rosengren’s debut, WHAT THE MOON SAID, which came out last week!
Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…
They say: Thanks to her superstitious mother, Esther knows some tricks for avoiding bad luck: toss salt over your left shoulder, never button your shirt crooked, and avoid black cats. But even luck can’t keep her family safe from the Great Depression. When Pa loses his job, Esther’s family leaves their comfy Chicago life behind for a farm in Wisconsin.
Living on a farm comes with lots of hard work, but that means there are plenty of opportunities for Esther to show her mother how helpful she can be. She loves all of the farm animals (except the mean geese) and even better makes a fast friend in lively Bethany. But then Ma sees a sign that Esther just knows is wrong. If believing a superstition makes you miserable, how can that be good luck?
Debut author Gayle Rosengren brings the past to life in this extraordinary, hopeful story.
I say: Ooh, this sounds so sweet! I think I would have LOVED it as a middle-grade reader!
Now for our interview with Gayle:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Esther is a sweet, stubborn, optimistic dreamer.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
My book is a timeless, mother-daughter coming of age story.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I’m a kind, funny, impulsive “giver”
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Italy, England, and France
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Art, quilting, and horseback riding
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Painter (as in canvases, not houses), actor, or interior decorator
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Tulips, roses, and hydrangeas – one for spring, summer, and fall
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Popcorn, steak, and chocolate (yum!)
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE, THE ONE & ONLY IVAN, and SPEAK
Thanks for stopping by, Gayle!
Gayle is offering up ONE signed copy of her book – and SIX packs of bookmarks + luggage tags, pictured below – so there will be SEVEN winners! Just leave a comment below to enter telling us – are you superstitious? What superstitions do you follow? Contest is open until Thursday, March 6 at midnight. International readers welcome!