Author Interview: Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby (+ Giveaway)

Welcome to Author Bette Lee Crosby
Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.
Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. “Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”
Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since that, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and most recently the 2010 Reader’s View Southeast Fiction Literary Award.
Her published works to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk(2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), and Life in the Land of IS (2012).  Life in the Land of IS is a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic.
Crosby newest novel Cupid’s Christmas is scheduled for release in late September and following that, What Matters Most will be released in early 2013. 


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Spare Change, winner of five literary awards, is the type of story that grabs hold of your heart on the very first page and doesn’t let go until the last.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Writers write to please readers, and when I first began to receive five star reviews telling how my characters touched people’s hearts and stayed with them long after they’d finished the book, I was thrilled beyond belief. I found that some reviewers even singled out minor characters for likability and believability.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I loved the magical quality of anything can happen, and I think it influenced my writing in a way that now enables me to stretch the stories of ordinary people to the far edges of possibility.
Are you a night owl or early bird?
Definitely a night owl. I never watch television during the day, but late at night I put it on and watch comedy reruns or else sit in bed reading. Most people read to get sleepy, with me it works just the opposite. Once I start reading I could go on for hours.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Absolutely. I not only see myself in my characters, I see bits and pieces of all the people who have passed through my life, especially my mom. I’ve never created a character that is an exact duplicate of a single person, most are a combination of characteristics of many people and that’s what makes them both quirky and complex.
Do you have a hidden talent?
Yes, painting and design. I started my career as an artist and came into writing through the back door. Even now before I sit down to write a story I can visualize not only the events, but all of the characters as well.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Either Harper Lee or Sarah Addison Allen. I love the brutal reality of Harper Lee’s South and I love the magical edge in Sarah’s books, especially “Garden Spells.”
Horror or Romance?
            Definitely romance. I’m a true advocate of happy-ever-after stories.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Hands down, summer. I live in Florida and this really is where I want to be. Even if I do not step foot outside of my office for the entire day, I can look out the window and see palm trees waving in the breeze and it makes me feel happy.
Beach or pool?
Pool—actually, the screened in pool in back of our house. No bugs, a cascading waterfall, crystal clear water, and the bar is always open.
Shoes or Sandals?
            Sandals—flip-flops for everyday, and strappy heels for dress-up.
Text or talk?
Talk. Although I very much enjoy my virtual friendships with words flying back and forth, I enjoy the opportunity to chat with a friend on the telephone or in person, even more. For me, talk has a certain intimacy that is lost in text – but that said, text is often way more expedient.
Pet Peeves?
People who are unnecessarily cruel or unkind. I definitely come from the school of “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Favorite quote from a movie?
            “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind) 
Spare Change

In a story that’s been compared to John Grisham’s The Client, eleven year-old Ethan Allen Doyle has witnessed a brutal murder and now the boy is running for his life. In the time-tested tradition of Southern Fiction, Crosby unveils the darkest side of human nature and then rewards her readers with a beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpected gifts.

Olivia Westerly is the only person Ethan Allen can trust, and he’s not too sure he can trust her. She’s got no love of children and a truckload of superstitions—one of them is the belief that eleven is the unluckiest number on earth. Olivia avoided marriage for almost forty years. But when Charlie Doyle happened along, he was simply too wonderful to resist. Now she’s a widow with an eleven-year-old boy claiming to be her grandson.

With a foul mouth, dark secrets and heavily guarded emotions, Ethan Allen Doyle is not an easy child to like. He was counting on the grandpa he’d never met for a place to hide, but now that plan is shot to blazes because the grandpa’s dead too. He’s got seven dollars and twenty-six cents, his mama’s will for staying alive, and Dog. But none of those things are gonna help if Scooter Cobb finds him.

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  1. I enjoyed this book.