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Q&A with Carla Neggers and Contest

February 4, 2013 - Amy Phelps
I'm pleased to welcome Carla Neggers, author of "That Night on Thistle Lane!"

What made you decide to set your novel in a small town?

NEGGERS: I grew up in a small town and have lived in small towns most of my life. I live in one now! Okay, I admit that Boston calls on a regular basis, but I love small-town life and know its ups and downs, its richness, it’s possibilities. My fictional Knights Bridge feels so real to me! My family homestead is on the western edge of the same vast real-life reservoir and protected watershed as Knights Bridge is. The Swift River Valley is an incredibly beautiful place, and I'm enjoying setting books there. 

How did you pick out everyone's costumes they wear to the masquerade?

NEGGERS: I had endless fun picking out costumes! I'd been to the Turner Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood with my husband and brother, so I was primed for classic gowns. Grace Kelley and Audrey Hepburn are two of my favorites…and who doesn't love a Downton Abbey-style Edwardian gown?   ? What's next for the characters of Knights Bridge?

NEGGERS: I'm deep into CIDER BROOK, the third book in my Swift River Valley series. A treasure hunter shows up in Knights Bridge and she's on a mission…and there's a fire…and so there must be a firefighter, right? I'm having a grand time so far!  ? What advice would you give aspiring young writers?

NEGGERS: More than anything these days, I like to encourage aspiring writers (young or old!) to enjoy the journey. Enjoy the writing itself. Yes, even when it's hard! My passion for writing is as strong as ever because I love diving into the work at hand. To me, that's more important than any tidbit about craft, trends or the business of publishing.  

Who or what inspires you when you have writer's block?

NEGGERS: I don't really have writer's block in the sense of not being able to write but I do know when it's time to take a long walk in the Irish hills! Well, a long walk in Vermont works, too. There's a time to "muscle through" a scene or a plot problem, but that's rare for me. Almost always I'm better off putting on my hiking shoes and heading out. I was gone for three weeks in Ireland on my own once but usually I'm back in an hour.

Neggers is also running a contest for readers that will give their favorite library $1000! To celebrate the publication of her new book, Neggers has announced the Thistle Lane “My Favorite Library” Contest, inviting readers to tell her, in 100 words or less, why a local library deserves to win $1,000. The author will select the most compelling entry, awarding the cash prize to the specified library to spend however they deem most appropriate in addition to a selection of her books. The winning entrant will also receive a selection of her books as well as a gift basket of New England products, personally selected by the author.

Each entry (one per reader) into Carla Neggers’ “My Favorite Library Contest” should tell her in one hundred (100) words or less why a particular library deserves to win the prize. There are two ways to enter the “My Favorite Library Contest:” 1) Readers may email entries to or 2) may submit entries via postal service. To enter via postal mail, hand-print (or type) on an 8 ½” x 11” plain piece of paper, full name, mailing address, telephone number, the 100-words-or-less copy and mail to: Carla Neggers’ “My Favorite Library” at Truth Be Told, 183 Madison Avenue, Suite 1201, New York, NY 10016. Entrants are encouraged to submit, by email or postal service, photo(s) of the library they’re nominating for the Contest prize, but said photos will not affect, in any way, the chances of winning the Contest. The submitter of the winning entry will receive a selection of her books and a gift basket of New England products. The winning library will receive $1,000 and a selection of her books. Emailed entries must be received between 12:01 AM (ET) January 1, 2013 and 11:59 PM (ET) on April 1, 2013. Entries submitted via postal service must be received by April 1, 2013.


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