Authors Mary-Helen & Daniel Foxx
Mary-Helen Foxx retired in 2009 after a long career in public education with the Peoria Unified School District where she worked primarily in library services and IT. She has written widely on genealogical topics and has authored four books on the histories of prominent Southern families. Mary-Helen was also a contributing editor for three years with “Georgia Genealogical Magazine” and has won awards for her writing.
Interview with Mary-Helen Foxx
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Charlie’s Girl illustrates how conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes negatively impacts a family strongly rooted in the faith of their fathers, and examines the feelings of both the convert and the hurt and disappointment of those who cannot accept their decision.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
The sequel is nearly finished and I am working on a children’s book about a former Revolutionary War surgeon from Scotland and his little daughter who travel to Augusta, Georgia to see George Washington during his tour of the South. A third work in progress is the story of a boy struggling to adjust to moving to a new town and school.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Plots and characters that kept coming and wouldn’t leave me alone.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Doing readings at a retirement and assisted living home.
What was your favorite children’s book?
Walter Farley’s series of horse stories
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
What’s your favorite season/weather?
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Favorite historical person?
Jigsaw puzzles and counted cross-stitch
How did you go about publishing your book?
We submitted it to a single publisher as a test balloon, and were shocked when that publisher, Cedar Fort Publishing, Inc. wrote that they wanted to publish it.
Who or what inspired your last book?
What’s your biggest challenge as a writer?
What makes your novel standout from the crowd?
It shows life in the 1960s in a small South Carolina town with its attitudes and bigotry toward “Mormons.”
What is your view on self publishing?
How do you juggle writing & family life?
Do your characters really talk to you?
They live on in my mind and I miss them and wonder about them.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
This or That
TV or Movies?
Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely an early bird
Print or Ebook?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Horror or Romance?
Action or Drama?
Pizza or Pasta?
Skittles or M&Ms?
Summer or Winter?
PC or Mac?
Beach or Pool?
Pool for swimming but beach for the sights and smells and breezes
Introvert or Extrovert?
Things you wish you knew before you published?
Things that bring a smile to your face?
Hang on a little longer. It does get better.
Fourteen-year-old Rosalind has always been a foster girl without a past, until she’s sent to live with her estranged grandmother in a house full of memories—and secrets. Soon Rosalind discovers that there’s more to her family history than she ever dreamed. Set in 1960s South Carolina, this unforgettable story of family, friendship, and faith is perfect for readers of all ages.
1 copy of Charlie’s Girl
Open to US only