The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blue by Lisa Rumsey Harris Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Lisa Rumsey Harris

Lisa Rumsey Harris is from Downey, Idaho, where she grew up writing stories and riding horses. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from BYU, where she now teaches writing classes.

As a writer, Lisa won the Brookie and D.K. Brown Memorial FictionContest with her short story, “Topless in Elko.”  In 2005, her short story “The Resurrection of the Bobcat” won a Moonstone Award in the same contest. She also writes personal essays. “Honor in the Ordinary” won the Heather Campbell Brown Essay contest in 2006, and was published in Segullah. Segullah has also published her essays “I Look Like My Sister” and “Custodian of My Emotional Suitcase.”

Lisa lives in Orem, Utah, with her multi-talented husband, her two adorable sunshine daughters, and her ancient Siamese cat.


Night Owl or Early Bird? 
I’m an owl. I wrote a lot of The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., when my kids were in bed.

Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book:
The characters are quirky and unique, but relatable; I know of no other book that features a cursed first-grade teacher, a geriatric dancing diva, and a male lunch lady. 

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?  
Absolutely! My current big project is baby girl #3, due in January. And I’ve started the sequel to Treasure Blume. All sorts of outrageous adventures befall Treasure.

What inspired you to be a writer?
Honestly, I could never not write. It was always part of who I was. When I was seven, I won the young author’s award for my elementary school. Looking back, I realize that my story (all about weather changes orchestrated by the devil) was pretty freaky for a second grader. But instead of sending me to the school psychologist, they sent me to a writer’s day camp where I got to meet and talk to real authors. Thanks, Mrs. Brim for giving me that opportunity!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When I sat down with the acquisitions editor at my publisher, and she told me, “We don’t just believe in your book, we believe in you as a writer.”  Those words meant so much to me. They validated all the time I spent working on this manuscript, and promised that I had a bright future, with more books ahead of me. 

 If you could jump into a book and live in that world, which would it be?  I’d love to go through the wardrobe to Narnia. After readingThe Horse and His Boy, I spent hours trying to get my horse to talk. He never did. I did teach him to eat a Popsicle. 

 What was your favorite book as a child? 
I reread the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder more times than I can count. I loved that she came from a family of all girls, just like I did, and that she lived in the country, like I did.  Even now, when the pressures of the world press too hard against me, I go read about Ma churning butter.  It’s very soothing. 

 Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? 
Well, every time I hear Katie Perry’s “Waking up in Vegas,” I think of my book, which is set in Las Vegas.  It’s such a funny place: filled with magnificent facades, glitz, and lights. But Treasure Blume wakes up there every day. She deals with the reality rather than the fantasy. She knows how to “shake the glitter off her clothes.”

Hidden Talent?  
Like Grammy Blume in the book, I love to wrap Christmas presents in outlandish and decorative ways. I learned from my mother that anything (including socks and underwear) could be exciting if you wrapped it right.  And I can balance a spoon on my nose for hours.

 Write a haiku about your book
That’s funny! There is a haiku in my book. Dennis, the male lunch lady and romantic lead, rhapsodizes on the beauty of the empty, clean lunchroom:
                Fluorescent lights bounce
                Reflect through glass on sneeze guard.
                Rainbows in lunchroom.
Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?  
I like unlikely surprising gifts (just like the title of the book).  One of my favorite gifts ever was from my husband on our first Christmas. He gave me five tubes of my favorite kind of lipstick. I was astounded and impressed that he even knew what color I wore.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?  
My first job was as a trail guide for Robert Redford’s Stables in Sundance, Utah. It meant I got to ride horses every day in the most beautiful surroundings in the world, but it also meant I had to muck out 30+ stalls twice a day.  It taught me a valuable lesson: most amazing experiences are accompanied by manure and a lot of hard work. 

The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume

With her love of sweaters, goofy hair, and awkward manners—not to mention her family curse—Treasure Blume knows love is not in her future. That is, until she matches wits with Dennis Cameron, a divorced chef with a six-year-old daughter. Full of mischief, mayhem, and laugh-out-loud humor, this is an unlikely love story you’ll want to read over and over again!

Giveaway Details
1 copy of The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume
Paperback open to US only, Ebook Open Internationally
Ends 11/1/12

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