Author Interview: Twelve Months by Steven Manchester (plus giveaway)

Welcome to Author Steven Manchester

Steven Manchester is the published author of Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy and Jacob Evans, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of his short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series.!/AuthorStevenManchester 

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read Twelve Months because it will make you laugh, cry and think about your life in a more intentional way.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip.

What is your favorite Quote?
“If you can dream it, you can be it.” – Walt Disney

Pet Peeves?
Selfish people.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
I’ve signed a 4-book deal with The Story Plant. Goodnight, Brian is coming out in December. It’s another tear-jerker.

Pizza or Pasta?

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
My grandfather was the greatest storyteller and I always thought it was an amazing thing to be able to transport people to different places and times with words.  

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Helping aspiring writers to accomplish the same.

What is your dream cast for your book?
My dream for Twelve Months is that it will touch the hearts of thousands, making a positive difference in each of those lives.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
To Kill a Mockingbird (and that has not changed).

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The Dance by Garth Brooks. 

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Perseverance is single most important trait to success—NEVER QUIT!

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
In many of them; you have to be able to feel a character in order to make her/him real to the reader. Many of those emotions start off as personal memories.

Favorite Candy?
I never met a candy I couldn’t get along with, but Reeses Peanut Butter Cups are the best!

What do you do in your free time? 
Spend it with my wife and kids—and when they get sick of me, I write!

What’s your favorite season/weather?
I live in New England, so it has to be fall.

Favorite sport?
Football. Go Patriots!

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

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve done stand-up comedy to face a fear of public speaking. It was terrifying. 

Twelve Months by Steven Manchester

Don DiMarco has a very good life – a family he loves, a comfortable lifestyle, passions and interests that keep him amused. He also thought he had time, but that turned out not to be the case. Faced with news that might have immediately felled most, Don now wonders if he has timeenough. Time enough to show his wife the romance he didn’t always lavish on her. Time enough to live out his most ambitious fantasies. Time enough to close the circle on some of his most aching unresolved relationships. Summoning an inner strength he barely realized he possessed, Don sets off to prove that twelve months is time enough to live a life in full. A glorious celebration of each and every moment that we’re given here on Earth, as well as the eternal bonds that we all share, Twelve Months is a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit. 

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Twelve Months
Paperback open to US, Ebook open Internationally
Ends 10/15/12

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