War’s over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing.
Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world.
Everybody loves her.
In 2012, she’s still beautiful, charming, and surrounded by admirers.
Veronica “Ronni” Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets the captivating Violet in the assisted living facility where Violet requires no assistance, just lots of male attention. When she dies, she leaves Ronni a very generous bequest―only if Ronni completes a book about her life within one year. As she’s drawn into the world of young Violet, Ronni is mesmerized by life in a simpler time. It’s an irresistible journey filled with revelations, some of them about men Ronni knew as octogenarians at Fairfield Springs.
Struggling, insecure, flailing at the keyboard, Ronni juggles her patients, a new boyfriend, and a Samsonite factory of emotional baggage as she tries to craft a manuscript before her deadline.
But then the secrets start to emerge, some of them in person. And they don’t stop.
(the official publisher of the book is The Art of Dixie)
1.When and where do you prefer to write?
I write sitting in bed, on a laptop. Ideas flow best in the morning and early afternoon, and my bedroom is my hermetically sealed, silent writing chamber. No interruptions. My face gets monstrously scary when my husband interrupts my writing, and he rarely does anymore.
2. Do you have a certain ritual?
I don’t have a writing ritual, except the aforementioned silence. I know there are writers who work to soundtracks; I could never do that!
3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I usually promise myself food as a reward for finishing, so I’m not sipping or eating anything while writing.
4. What is your favourite book?
I cannot possibly name one favorite book. Among my most beloved are “A Prayer for Owen Meany”, “The Pillars of the Earth”, and whatever book I just closed the cover on that lingers in my heart and mind.
5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I love historical fiction and writing in different eras, but haven’t done an entire book in that genre. It would be my first choice of new direction.
6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I do base characters on people I know, though they generally end up composites of several people with a great deal of imagined detail. If I’m really mad at someone, they might be portrayed in a less-than-flattering fashion…though they’ll never know it. That character will be heavily disguised!
7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I email myself ideas. Best electronic helper in my life.
8. Which genre do you not like at all?
I am not a big fantasy fan, and haven’t read much magical realism I loved. There are always exceptions, though.
9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Stephen King, simply to witness The Master.
I have done research unwittingly in Ireland and Austria and New Zealand and everywhere I’ve explored. Certain knowledge and landscapes will end up in my books, but when I travel, it’s for fun and memory-making. I don’t want to be working!
Thank you, Beth Duke and Random Things Tours.
About the author
Beth Dial Duke is an Amazon #1 Best Selling author and the recipient of short story awards on two continents. She is eyeing the other five. Beth lives in the mountains of her native Alabama with her husband, one real dog, one ornamental dog, and a flock of fluffy pet chickens. She loves reading, writing, and not arithmetic. Baking is a hobby, with semi-pro cupcakes and amateur macarons a specialty. And puns—the worse, the better. Travel is her other favorite thing, along with joining book clubs for discussion. Please invite her to London…England or Kentucky, either is fine. Anywhere!
Please see bethduke.com for more information. Twitter @bethidee