Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child - until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.
Just as Sylvia begins to experience a profound love that only a mother can feel, a detective approaches Cleo with disturbing questions about the adoption agency. Determined to protect her friend, Cleo jumps into a dangerous investigation that forces her to confront the ghosts of her past.
Bestselling author Tess Thompson, whose debut novel Riversong touched the hearts of readers worldwide, delivers a captivating and suspenseful tale of the possibilities that await us in life and in love - if we can find the courage to get off the sidelines.
A toast to friendship, motherhood, mended hearts and new beginnings, Caramel and Magnolias reminds us it's never too late to reawaken the heart.
1. Are you a plotter or seat of your pants writer?
I’m a hybrid between the two. I always start with characters and a story arc in the traditional Aristotle method, meaning I know the inciting event, the three complications, the climax and conclusion. All of the wonderful detail between that occurs to me as I go. And often I discover something while writing I didn’t expect. This is the magical part to me and probably gives me the biggest jolt of excitement about the whole process.
2. What authors do you read when you get a chance?
Of course, I love all my fellow Booktrope authors; they have such wide variety of books there is always something wonderful to read. Besides them, some of my favorite modern writers are: Ann Patchet, Wally Lamb, Kate DiCamillo, Anne Lamont – all literary fiction, which probably sounds odd given my genre. But my goal is to write well-written page-turners and reading writers that are better than me is the way to grow. I’ve also been on a huge poetry kick of late, namely Mary Oliver. I’ve been struggling in my personal life (going through a divorce) and there is something very comforting in a poem, especially as they are so personal and relatable to whatever our current emotional state.
3. Name the author you would love to meet and 'pick their brain" during an afternoon.
What a great question. I think I would have to choose Mary Oliver. I’m fascinated by her talent and would love to spend time learning about her process, especially how she can take an occurrence in the natural world and makes it about the human experience, usually in less than 50 words. Think about that! True brilliance.
4. What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
I love to watch movies and television. I’m an avid fitness addict. I love food and wine, especially if I don’t have to cook it. Anything in the natural world is inspiring to me, so walks and hikes and just being near any body of water, especially the ocean, is my perfect day. And, of course, spending time with my daughters and our friends is what I love the most.
5. What is your favorite book or series?
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite but I guess I’ll go back to my standard answer: “To Kill A Mockingbird”. It is the quintessential great American novel.
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Tess is offering one winner at each blog an e-copy of Caramel and Magnolias and a grand prize of print copies of both Caramel and Magnolias and Riversong. I will chose winners from comments at each blog after the tour is open and post the winner in the blog post. The Rafflecopter below is for the grand prize.