Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stranded on a Desert Island.....with Bette Lee Crosby

Please welcome Bette Lee Crosby, author of Passing Through Perfect, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction and in the process of writing Passing through Perfect, she drew heavily on this heritage to create a story that is painfully true in describing the small Southern towns as they actually were. 

“In the South of the 1940’s and 50’s segregation was simply viewed as a way of life,” Crosby says. “Separate but equal, they said and they saw no injustice in it. The truth is it was separate, but it certainly wasn’t equal.”

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win another seventeen literary awards, including the Royal Palm Literary Award, The Reviewer’s Choice Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and the Reader’s Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal.

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Bette Lee Crosby Stranded on a Desert Island

      If you could only have one book with you, what would it be? 

Although it is not one of the books on my top ten favorites, I would choose The Night Circus because it is the type of book I could read twenty times and find something new to like each time.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with? 

A fully loaded iPod. At least I could dance to the music.

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use? 

A toothbrush…maybe one with a squeezable toothpaste filled handle – if there is such a thing.

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy? 

Enjoy the solitude, I’d be scratching out a new story on the side of a large rock.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be? 

Although it may sound a bit corny, I’d like it to be my hubby. Although we are married we both work and never get enough time to spend together.

What modern technology would you miss the most?

Wi-Fi. When I travel I ask if the hotel has Wi-Fi before I ask if there’s a bed in the room.

What food or beverage would you miss the most? 

Wine, because it can make a bad day better.

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue? 

Five, if there is fresh water on the island. If not, one. I’m not a foodie, but definitely a big water drinker.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued? 

Publish the book I’ve scratched out on the stone or go for a manicure because of all that stone scratching.

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return? 

I’m baaaaack!”

Passing Through Perfect

It's 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven't. Grinder's Corner is as it's always been--a hardscrabble burp in the road. It's not much, but it's home.

When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she's the one. They fall madly in love: happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn't matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.

It's true Benjamin has little to offer; he's a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that's how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn't leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything. 

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