Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Summer of Hammers and Angels by Shannon Wiersbitzky

Welcome to Author Shannon Wiersbitzky

I was born in North Dakota, but have called West Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Michigan “home” at some point in my life. By the light of the early-morning moon, I’m a writer of middle-grade fiction. I transition to business professional when the sun rises, and in the evening I’m all about family – my husband and two sons. We have four fish who are not very entertaining. My kids are actively lobbying for a dog.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

A ballerina. A lawyer. The first woman President of the United States.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

“You don’t get what you don’t ask for.” You’ll never hear yes unless you’re brave enough to ask the question.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Vanilla. It is full of possibility. Like a blank page, it can be completely transformed.

Night owl, or early bird?

Definitely an early bird. I get up at 4:30 every morning to write before I start my “real” day, which means kids and a full-time job. I start collapsing at 9:00 pm and if I’m not in bed by 11:00 I turn into pure evil.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

The Summer of Hammers and Angels is for hopeful readers—those who believe the world and the people in it could be a little bit better.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I met a young girl at a book signing. She inched around my stack books, picked up The Summer of Hammers and Angels, read the back, then she skipped off to look at the thousands of other books in the store. When she returned, she clutched the book like it was a long-lost friend and whispered, “I pick this one.”

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

I have a playlist for The Summer of Hammers and Angels on my website. The song that epitomizes the main character, Delia, is King of Anything, by Sara Bareilles. If you like the song, you’ll like Delia. If you don’t like the song, you’ll like Tommy Parker, Delia’s nemesis.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

Only one? I’d have to pick Z for Zachariah, by Robert C. O’Brien. This book was read to me in class as a child and it stuck. Eventually, as an adult, I was able to piece enough of the story together to find it again. And it was still fantastic. 

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?

I’m a big fan of the reality show Survivor. Should I be embarrassed by that?

Favorite smell?

Gardenias. I planted two bushes so I could smell them more often.  

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?

I almost burst with excitement thinking about days like this. Let’s see…I’d drink too much coffee. Write. I’d watch a cooking show. Hiking would be on the agenda, and a hot bath. A simple dinner with a glass of wine, a page-turner of a book, and a snuggly fleece blanket and a movie my husband and boys wouldn’t appreciate.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?

John Steinbeck. Of course I’d be hanging on for dear life, but it would be a great ride.

The Summer of Hammers and Angels by Shannon Wiersbitzky

Most folks have never seen an angel.
I know, because I’ve asked them.
I asked Miss Martha at the post office.
“Maybe someday, Delia, God willing.”
God does a lot of willing in Tucker’s Ferry, West Virginia.

Delia’s summer is getting off to a terrible start. First, an inspector shows up at the house and threatens to condemn it. Then lightning strikes, literally, and Mama ends up in the hospital. To make matters even worse, with no other family to speak of, Delia is forced to move in with her nemesis, Tommy “as-dense-as-a-stump” Parker.

Not one to sit around doing nothing, Delia huddles with her best friend, Mae, and reluctantly recruits Tommy, to help. The three of them resolve to tackle the long list of repairs, one by one. But Delia quickly discovers that it takes more than energy and willingness to handle some problems. When things go from bad to worse, Delia has to take another tack, one that starts with admitting she just can’t do what needs to be done without a lot more help.

The Summer of Hammers and Angels is the story of an amazing summer in a girl’s life, a summer of surprises and challenges, of shocks and recovery, of discoveries and friendship, and of loneliness and community.

*Note: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Giveaway Details
2 winners will each receive a copy of The Summer of Hammers and Angels
Open to US only
Ends 3/16/12

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