Introducing author Diane McGyver. Her first book, Shadows in the Stone, was released in 2012. Since then, she’s written seven books, including four more fantasy novels and two stand-alone books for her Romance Collection. In this interview, she shares a little about her most recent book, the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes.
1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?
The title is the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes. It’s a stand-alone book, and I’ve no intentions of writing a sequel. It fits squarely in women’s fiction but overlaps into small town romance and inspiration. The content and story is geared towards those over 16 years old. If I had to narrow the age group down to the ones who’d enjoy it most, it would be women between 45 and 65.
2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.
The book opens with Mary considering the last piece cake that celebrated her 50th birthday. She’s looking back on life and thinking about the future now that her kids have grown and are creating lives of their own. After almost 25 years of marriage, mostly dedicated to keeping house and raising kids, she wants to take advantage of life’s opportunities and rekindle the relationship with her husband.
When she starts to make subtle changes, she runs into opposition from her husband and friends. Once she sets change in motion though, her life transforms in areas she hadn’t expected or wanted, and it won’t stop even when she wishes it would.
3) Who is the main character in this book? What is her name, where does she live and what do you like about her?
Mary Lola Barnes is the main character. She lives in Pleasantry, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada. I like her outgoing spirit and her desire to find inspiration in the simple things in life. While at first she’s afraid to take chances, once her mind is set on something, she acts and lets the chips fall where they may.
4) Share a favourite quote from the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes.
This quote comes from Chapter 8. Mary has arrived home after spending an evening with her new-found friends at the Village Forge Tavern and has settled into bed.
Scarlett and her friends were caring women, who enjoyed each other’s company. Their regular visits to the tavern were innocent and good for the soul. She would go again, and she would wear the burgundy dress she had bought at work. She’d also get her hair cut. The other women used getting out together as an excuse to dress up, and she would, too. As Sonya said, Nowadays, the only time we dress up is to attend a wedding or a funeral. We deserve more than that. Mary agreed.
Nodding off to sleep, she thought about the women around the table. Combined, they’d lived more than four hundred years. That was a lot living, loving and laughing. She smiled and allowed sleep to take her away.
5) Where can readers buy this book and connect with you online?
The Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes is available at Amazon.
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