Book Giveaway & Author Interview – Called Home by Gloria Schumann

Welcome to Author Gloria Schumann!

Bio:

Gloria Schumann loves reading romance novels, which brought her to a love of writing them. Her keen observation of the human condition is one of her favorite pastimes. A highly developed interest in relationships and what makes them work, are central in her writing. Gloria resides in Austin, TX with her husband and three children.

http://gloriaschumann.yolasite.com/

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Back to the past. I don’t want to know my future. If you knew what is going to happen it would take away the incentive for working at certain aspects of your life. I’d rather go back and be able to better understand why some things happened or why some people are exactly who they are.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
An eReader with as many books as it can hold, a margarita machine with an endless supply of ingredients & a phone that works. After awhile with the first two, I might decide to use the last.

What is one book everyone should read?
The bible. I can’t rightly think of anything else that is a must read for everyone.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I know this is going to sound corny, but I would like the power to demonstrate so effectively that all kinds of love—brotherly love, parental love, love of friends, passionate love, companionable love—is worth whatever sacrifice one thinks it is, that they freely choose to love without restraint.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Peanut butter and chocolate. I like both flavors separately, but together just takes it to the next level for me.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Fried eggs and coffee. I like to start my day with fuel for writing, promoting, meeting people and researching. I definitely drag without a decent breakfast.

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl for sure. I have children that I have to get up with and take to school, but left to my own devices, I gravitate toward one or two for a natural bedtime.

Skittles or M&Ms?
No contest. M&Ms. It’s chocolate, need I say more?

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You’ll find yourself entertained by a look at love unsolicited, yet there it is, unwilling to relent and demanding attention.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’ve just finished a sequel to “Called Home”. As of now, it’s titled, “Twisted Tree”. It’s the story of a woman who gets thrown into raising an eight year old girl. Through the process, she is forced to learn life lessons and sort through family secrets. All the while, she attempts to ignore her burgeoning feelings for a famous artist that has settled in the same small town in Wisconsin.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Those moments when a reader has told me, not only do they like the book, but that I should definitely keep writing. As a newbie author, this stokes the fire, adding to the passion I have for writing.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Funny you used those words, I was still saying to people, not that long ago, that, “I still don’t know what I want to do when I ‘grow up'”. I believe I’ve found that now. I absolutely love writing and have stopped asking that question, now that I’m middle-aged with three teenage children. Life is interesting.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Sure, pieces of them. Writing is extremely subjective. You write what you like, what you know, what you’ve experienced, what you’d like to happen and even if it’s something you feel you don’t have firsthand knowledge of, you write it colored by everything you’ve been through and each person who’s touched your life.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A laptop. Believe it or not, I still do not have one. I have to compete with my three kids for computer time when they’re home. I don’t often pull the, “This is work” statement out on them, but occasionally.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
I dream of Fall ever since I moved south. I live in Austin, TX, which I absolutely love, but I miss the cool, crisp nights, the clear, bright days, filling the sky with flame-like color.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
My love of reading morphed into a love of writing. I thought I’d give it a try and wrote a “practice” book. I told myself ahead of time, that if it was like dragging a horse or just awful, I would drop the idea with no one the wiser. After I wrote several chapters, I showed it to a few trusted people with strict instructions to give me the truth. I was assured that I should keep going. With the practice project finished, I embarked on the journey of writing “Called Home-Two Hearts Answer” and was privileged enough to have Savant Books and Publications publish it.

Called Home: Two Hearts Answer:

Emma Benson’s view of life was crafted by the death of her brother as a child, abandonment by her father and later, the man she trusted she would marry, until David Schlosser-back in town after years in New York writing best-selling novels-threatens her neatly tended life. Romance blooms. Emma and David eventually persevere in the face of tragedy, refusing to leave their dreams behind.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Called Home
Open to US only
Ends 4/26

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