Today my guest is Barbara Bockman:
Thanks for hosting me and Wounds on your blog today. I want your readers to know that you are also the guest today on my blog, Stories a la Mode, http://barbarabockman.wordpress.com
This blog exchange of young adult and middle grade Muse authors is lots of fun and very informative.
Here’s a little something about my background. I grew up in Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina. Throughout my elementary school years I lived in the county and later moved into the city. And no, one of my legs is not shorter than the other for walking around mountains. But I will say, there is no more beautiful sight to my eyes than the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. I have seen more majestic ones—The Rockies, The Alps, and Denali, but still my heart belongs to the rounded Ridges.
One of the most delightful things I could do as a child was go to the public library in Asheville. Then when I was in high school, I worked as a page there. I knew every nook and cranny in the building; at that time there was a special room, not much bigger than a closet, that held some of the work of Thomas Wolf, Asheville’s favorite son. (That’s not to disparage the other favorite son, Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, the football player). But my interests tend more toward books than to football. The library moved from the location on the town square to accommodate a growing collection, but I remember the old library fondly.
I attended Western Carolina College (now University) and majored in English. Later I received a second Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science and a Master’s in English. As much as I love to read a good book, I wanted to write one of my own. And now I have done that.
Writers enjoy creating worlds, and I have done that with my book. Even so, I used places I am familiar with as a basis for my imaginary world.
Wounds is set in north Florida, near where I lived for a while. The tree that inspired the story is actually in Alabama. The Grand Hotel in southern Alabama is mentioned in the book. The setting is a few miles from the beach which could have been on Santa Rosa Island, Florida, or even Orange Beach, Alabama. That is another area I hold dear to my heart, and I’m very saddened about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The devastation there is going to take many years to clear up and right itself.
I have other environmental concerns. When I lived in the Panhandle, I belonged to The Native Plant Club. Another member of the group saw her dream come true. She and her husband build the Biophilia Nature Center in Elberta, Alabama. Carol was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winner, E. O. Wilson, who is recognized as a great naturalist and environmentalist. The Center is another locale I refer to in Wounds. These are some of the ways in which actual places show up in the novel.
Thanks again, Kim, for having me on your blog today.
Here is where Wounds, an ebook, will be available on September 16:
My wonderful publisher, Lea Schizas and MuseItUp Publishing: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore
And this is my buy page: https://museituppublishing.com/bookstor
Amazon.com, for download to computer or Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/books-used-bo
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/books-b
Barbara will give away a PDF copy of Wounds at the end of the tour.