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GIVEAWAY - WHEN SPARROWS FALL by MEG MOSLEY - INTERVIEW











1. How did you get the idea for When Sparrows Fall? Why write about this topic?

In over twenty years of Christian homeschooling, I probably fell into the category of conservative-but-fairly-normal, but I rubbed shoulders with home-schoolers of all kinds. As time went on, I saw legalism gaining ground in a movement that was supposed to be about freedom, not formulas. Eventually my research led to the story idea. The characters and plot are figments of my imagination, but the events of the story really could have happened. They were based on some very interesting information that I encountered in my research.

2. Writing a novel is not for the faint of heart. What was the most difficult part in writing about a subject matter that has brought so much heartache to many?

It’s hard to communicate concern for people without making them feel that I’m judging them or trying to create an unfair stereotype of conservative homeschoolers. My intent isn’t to attack anyone, but to point out the dangers of blind obedience to self-appointed leaders.
 
3. After readers finish this novel what do you want them to remember—walk away feeling?

I want them to remember God’s tender love for each one of His “sparrows.” Whether we fall or fly, we’re in His care.  


4. What questions and feelings do you want your book to provoke on a spiritual and emotional level?

For any of my readers who are trying to follow a formula for living a godly life or raising a godly family, I hope the book will encourage them to question the source of that formula. Is it really biblical? Or is it extra-biblical? More than that, I hope the story can convey some small part of the amazing grace that God extends to us through Jesus Christ.

5. Did you come up with this title? If not what was your working title?

My working title was simply “Sparrow.” I thought it referred to Miranda, the protagonist. Eventually I realized the story is full of “sparrows” who fall, literally or metaphorically. I think the final title came from tossing ideas around with my editor.

6. Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has been surprising to you?


It is more than I thought it would be. I still have regular episodes of thinking somebody’s going to pinch me and wake me up from this fabulous dream. (Please don’t!)


7. What was your happiest moment as a writer?  Please explain.

I can’t identify one particular moment, but there’s a kind of moment that I love to live, over and over. After I’ve struggled with something, whether it’s a plot question or trying to find exactly the right word for a sentence, I love the moment of break-through when the answer comes to me. Every time, it’s a happy rush.


8. What was your favorite scene to write? Why? What was your most difficult? Why?

My favorite scene to write was the last one, where Jack hears a clear message from God, delivered by a four-year-old who didn't know the impact she was having on her uncle. The most difficult scene to write was probably the one where Jack interrogates Miranda about her beliefs. I couldn't let him be unkind, but he had to make her examine some warped beliefs that she’d once accepted. It was hard to find the right balance.

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK


1. A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What two events would you experience? Why?

I would like to be in the fields with the shepherds when angels filled the sky, and I would like to be in the garden with Mary Magdalene when she spoke with Jesus just after the resurrection. Those two events must have been bursting with God’s fearsome power and with His tender love.







2. What do you read to escape, relax, or just have fun?



Just about anything. I enjoy everything from old P.G. Wodehouse comedies to modern Southern dramas like Joshilyn Jackson’s novels. Oh, and River Jordan! She’s amazing.









3. What movie touched you deeply as a child?


Um…we didn’t go to the movies often, and I don’t remember any that touched me deeply. I was a book kid, not a movie kid. I do remember having a crush on Dick van Dyke as Bert the chimneysweep in Mary Poppins. Does that count?


5. What were three of your favorite books as a child? Why?
Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak because of the sing-song rhymes, because it was part of a set of tiny books in their own cute little slipcase, and because it came from my grown-up cousin and his wife, whom I adored. 
Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher because it captured the emotions of a girl who felt out of place but didn’t realize she was already loved. 



Sara Crewe by Frances Hodgson Burnett because young Sara is both brave and compassionate, and because I loved her mysterious benefactor. I’ll never forget the scene where cold, starving Sara returns to her always-freezing garret and finds food to eat and a fire blazing in the grate.





6. What three things would you rather not live without?



If we’re talking about “things,” not people: Public libraries, computers, and coffee.






MEG, ANY FINAL COMMENTS THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?

I just want to express my appreciation for fiction-lovers everywhere. A writer is only half-alive without her readers. Thanks for sharing the adventure with me.

Meg

THANKS for stopping by Meg and giving away a copy of your debut Novel, When Sparrows Fall. Meg Mosely will have her launch book party at Books for Less, 2815 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville, GA **THIS***SATURDAY MAY 7th 2-4p.m. Stop by and meet Meg Mosely and have your book signed. 


I really enjoyed your book, the characters and what a stressful situation your main character finds herself in. I felt your story was honest, loving and fun! I also learned a thing or two! I like when that happens!


Blessings to you on your writing adventure.


Sincerely,


Nora :D
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org 





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37 comments:

  1. Wow! Meg....I have often thought about writing a book on the same topic and saw your book in a catalog today and was wanting to read it. I am very interested to read it! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  2. Thanks for a lovely interview. I was caught particularly by your comment: I hope the book will encourage them to question the source of that formula. Is it really biblical? Or is it extra-biblical? I, too, have come to a more graceful place after a conservative adulthood.
    Blessings,
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  3. I'm a follower. :)
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  4. This interview has me very interested in reading this book! I really enjoyed the "realness" of meg's answers!
    Hayley clow
    woodnpenny@yahoo.com

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  5. I'm so excited for you, Meg. Great interview and looking so forward to reading your novel. Wish I could be there Saturday. I'm speaking that afternoon.

    Much love to you!

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  6. I enjoyed the interview and always love hearing about new authors to me. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I'm a follower

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  8. Great interview as usual! Can't wait to read the book.

    Gail Mundy

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  9. I loved the interview and really like that Meg reminded us again that God will always take care of us as a sparrow. Whether we fall or not. If we fall God is there to pick us up.
    God Bless,
    judyjohn2004@yahoo.com

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  10. I am a follower!
    judyjohn2004@yahoo.com

    I also like that Meg would have liked to be in the fields with the shepherds when angels filled the sky, and she would have liked to be in the garden with Mary Magdalene when she spoke with Jesus just after the resurrection. That would have been awesome!

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  13. I love hearing the story behind the idea of the story. or how the author come up with the story. thanks for sharing

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  14. gfc follower

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  15. Really enjoyed your interview Meg, and was surprised how much we had in common. For one, the three things you wouldn't want to live without. I have to agree books, computer, and Coffee! One more interesting fact, I also had a crush on Dick Van duke as a child after Mary Poppins. Pretty funny! God bless!

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  16. Thanks to Nora for the interview and to everyone for commenting and for sharing my excitement. A special "hi" to Robin, one of my homeschooling pals when our kids were small--and a fellow Dick van Dyke fan!

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  17. I would love to read this book. Having homeschooled my son through high school, I look back and see how various "groups" had positive and also negative effects on my experience. The interview really piqued my interest and even if I don't win it, I know I will read it!

    Sara Crew was one of my favorite books, too!

    luvs2stmp[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  18. I am a follower!

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  19. I shared on FaceBook.... does that count??

    fyi.... I had to delete 2 previous posts since I'd forgotten my email addy.

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  20. Meg, your book sounds fanastic...anxious to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  21. I subscribe via E mail.
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  22. I just saw this posted in a newsletter that I get from Deeanne Gist. How cool is that? Enter me!

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  23. A big thank-you to Nora for the fun interview and also to everybody who has left comments. You are a wonderful bunch!

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  24. Really enjoyed this interview...your book sounds very interesting,looking forward to reading it.Please enter me...Thanks.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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  25. What an apt title, Meg, for your book. The cover and title drew me into a wish to read this book. You are brave to write such a story. I've not read any of your earlier writings, but I would like to.

    Thanks for offering your novel for giveaway. Thanks to Nora for providing the opportunity to win this insightful story. I hope I win!

    Blexxings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  26. This interview is great and has really peaked my interest in reading this novel! Thanks for the chance to win!

    kcmelone(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I liked what she said - Whether we fall or fly we are in his care! How true.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  28. GFC Follower
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  29. I agree--books, computers, and coffee (after family of course) are three things I can't life without either!

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  30. GFC follower

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  32. I am a Mary Poppins fan, it was my first movie I watched in a theater. And Dick van Dyke had such sparkle and fun in several movies I enjoy. Great interview, please include me for When Sparrows Fall.
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  33. I'm a follower.
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  34. I enjoyed the interview and I've had the book on my tbr list for awhile now.

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  35. Wonderful interview! I haven't heard of this book before and it looks really interesting. I also find it interesting that they didn't watch many movies but read a lot. Love it!! Please enter me in this giveaway. Thanks!

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  36. I can't wait to see who wins the novel! Thanks for entering the giveaway, everybody. Nora will let us know sometime soon, and I'll put it in the mail.

    Blessings,
    Meg

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  37. Nora just gave me the name and address of the winner of an autographed copy of When Sparrows Fall. It's Meredith (comment #30). Congrats, Meredith. I'll mail the book today. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to read the interview. I hope you'll visit me on my own blog, too. And HUGE thanks to Nora for everything she does to promote Christian fiction. You're such a blessing, Nora!

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