Today I am happy to have author Rose Chandler Johnson with a little guest post as part of her “My Father’s House” Blog Tour hosted by Electively Paige. Below I’ve posted a bit about the book and her post. Be sure to enter the awesome giveaway!
5 Random/Surprising and Not So Surprising Facts About Rose Chandler Johnson:
Favorite first line of a book:
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
My favorite writing tools:
Besides a spiral notebook and good lead pencils, I love to use Merriam Websters online dictionary/thesaurus.
Of all the literary characters I’ve created, who would I like to have lunch with and why?
I’d love to have lunch with Sam Watson, the prince of a guy from my novel, because I fell in love with him, of course.
Craziest thing that happened to me on one of my excursions to France:
I was mugged on the outskirts of Paris at an ATM, but fought off the attacker, sustaining only a bruise and a broken French nail. My confused offender wasn’t expecting resistance. A little French lady passing by lit into him as well and he took off, empty handed. I continued on to the train station and was only a little late for my dinner date near Versaille.
A surprising fact regarding my heritage:
My great-great-great-great granddaddy (or something like that) was an expatriate from France, and he hosted the Marquis de Lafayette in his home and served as translator for him when he came to Augusta, GA. so many years ago.
Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant – her father’s love. But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning. There begins Lily’s struggle to find herself and the life she’s lost. . . . Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon. Her husband’s sophisticated façade hides a brooding man with even darker secrets. When all illusions shatter, Lily must make hard choices – abandon her husband or risk losing much more than her marriage. She flees their home in Detroit and sets out on a fearful journey to a house in Georgia that her husband knows nothing about. This is one woman’s compelling tale of love and survival as she finds her way back home to who she’s meant to be . . . in her father’s house. “…had it not been for Annie Ruth, I would have ended up right there rocking on the front porch beside Mama. Annie Ruth took care of me. She and Mr. John drove up in his dusty pickup truck every morning at six o’clock. She got out and came in, bringing her life and soul into the house…We were her cherished charges, and I was like her own.” –My Father’s House
About the Author:
My Father’s House is Rose’s first novel. Her devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments won the Georgia Author of the Year Finalist Award in 2014. It was also awarded the Selah Finalist Award in the same year. Rose enjoys writing for her blog, Write Moments with God and engaging with her readers. A native Georgian, Rose has lived in a suburb of Augusta for the last thirty years. Before retiring from Georgia’s public school system, Rose taught English, French, and ESOL. She is currently an adjunct English instructor at a community college. In addition to reading and writing, Rose enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their growing families. And yes, sweet iced tea is her beverage of choice.