When Beth Hoffman debuted in early January of this year with Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, it’s wondered how many knew the book would become a New York Times bestseller? But indeed it did and for those who missed it in Hardcover, the more affordable, easy-to-carry Trade Paperback edition releases on October 26, 2010.
Here’s a one sentence description of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt:
Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom.
Followed by endless, glowing Reviews, including:
“Exemplifying Southern storytelling at its best…”
★ Starred Review — LIBRARY JOURNAL
“This is one of those books that has that “it” factor…Saving CeeCee Honeycutt has all the components necessary to hit the bestseller list right out of the gate, become a book club favorite and the first novel everybody will be talking about in 2010. It’s simply the best book with which to start a new year.”—BOOKREPORTER
“A debut of uncommon grace that beautifully illuminates the power of female friendships, it will have you laughing out loud…and leave a satisfying lump in your throat.”—BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB
To celebrate its paperback release, The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt for Monday, October 25, 2010. However, in the meantime, let’s meet this bestselling debut author through her “official” bio:
Beth Hoffman was the president and owner of a major interior design studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, before turning to writing full time. She lives with her husband and two cats in a quaint historic district in Newport, Kentucky. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is her first novel.
And now it’s time to get to know Beth, upclose and personal:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Holding the dream with open and grateful hands.
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: My old standby is “Carpe Diem”
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: To live in a world where people and animals were never abused or abandoned.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: That humanity is going in the wrong direction.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Where I am, at home writing.
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Joy Adamson.
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: My girlfriend, Marlane.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: I don’t think I have any.
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Tap dancing.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Rescuing animals from abuse and abandonment, and writing a novel that became a New York Times bestseller.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: I’m somewhat reclusive
Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I think I’m kind and generous.
Q: What do you regret most?
A: Not spending more time with my parents before they passed away.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I’d be me. It took so long to find myself that I don’t want to let “me” go.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: It’s a toss-up—quick to smile or my ponytail.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Stuart Little.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Darth Vader
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: I’m not into sports at all so I couldn’t begin to answer.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People who are cruel and dishonest.
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Reading or working in the garden
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: What I’m doing—writing novels.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Integrity, kindness, sense of humor.
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: 1. The many songs of nature, particularly those of red-winged blackbirds and chickadees.
2. “Nowhere to Run” by Martha and the Vandellas
3. “Canned Goods” by Greg Brown
4. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
5. “And I am Telling You” by Jennifer Holiday
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds, Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price, Illusions by Richard Bach, and The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy
Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away two copies of Richard Hine’s Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch in a random drawing of comments left only on this specific post, Richard Hine and Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch. Comments left on other posts during the week will not be eligible. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winners to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to see if you’re a winner.