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Non Fiction Fiction Other Books, Comics, Magazines Music CDs Records 1. Cassettes 1. Art 1. Collectables Format see all Format. All listings filter applied. Buy it now. Condition see all Condition. New The Panamanian Carnival is also popular because of the concerts in the most visited areas. The town of Cajamarca is considered the capital of Carnival in Peru. Local residents of all ages dance around the unsha , or yunsa , a tree adorned with ribbons, balloons, toys, fruits, bottles of liquor, and other prizes. At a certain point, the Mayordomo governor of the feast walks into the circle.

The governor chooses a partner to go to the unsha , which they attempt to cut down by striking it three times with a machete. The machete is passed from couple to couple as each strikes the tree three times. When the unsha finally falls, the crowd rushes to grab the prizes. The person who successfully brings down the unsha becomes the following year's governor. While generally peaceful, there have been issues with people using Carnival as a pretext for crime, particularly robbery or vandalism, especially in certain areas of Lima.

The celebration lasts one week and ends on the day before Ash Wednesday. It is one of the oldest carnivals of the Western Hemisphere, dating to Tobago's celebration culminates on Monday and Tuesday on a much smaller scale. Carnival combines costumes, dance, music, competitions, rum, and partying fete-ing. Music styles include soca, calypso , rapso , and more recently chutney and chutney soca.

The annual Carnival steel pan competition known as the National Panorama competition holds the finals on the Saturday before the main event. Pan players compete in categories such as "Conventional Steel Band" or "Single Pan Band" by performing renditions of the year's calypsos. Here the Calypso Monarch is chosen after competition and prize money and a vehicle awarded. The King and Queen of the bands are crowned, where each band parades costumes for two days and submits a king and queen, from which an overall winner is chosen.

These usually involve huge, complex, beautiful well-crafted costumes, that includes 'wire-bending'. It means "opening of the day". Revelers dress in costumes embodying puns on current affairs, especially political and social events.

A common character is "Jab-jabs" devils, blue, black, or red complete with pitchfork, pointed horns and tails. Carnival Monday involves the parade of the mas bands. Revelers wear only parts of their costumes, more for fun than display or competition. Monday Night Mas is popular in most towns and especially the capital, where smaller bands compete. There is also the "Bomb Competition", a smaller-scaled judging of steel bands. Carnival Tuesday hosts the main events. Usually "Mas Boots" that complement the costumes are worn.

Each band has their costume presentation based on a particular theme, and contains various sections some consisting of thousands of revelers that reflect these themes. The street parade and band costume competition take place. The singer of the most played song is crowned Road March King or Queen, earning prize money and usually a vehicle. This parading and revelry goes on until Tuesday midnight. Ash Wednesday itself, while not an official holiday, sends flocks to local beaches.

Carnival celebrations, usually referred to as Mardi Gras "Fat Tuesday" in French , were first celebrated in the Gulf Coast area, but now occur in many states. Other major American cities with celebrations include Washington, D. Krewes organize parades, balls, and other activities starting with Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar parade on Twelfth Night and ending with the closing of Bourbon Street at midnight on Fat Tuesday.

Carnival is celebrated in New York City in Brooklyn. That country has one of the largest Caribbean Carnivals. In the mid twentieth century, West Indians moved the event from the beginning of Lent to the Labor Day weekend. Carnival is one of the largest parades and street festivals in New York, with over one million attending.

The parade, which consists of steel bands, floats, elaborate Carnival costumes, and sound trucks, proceeds along Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighborhood. Starting in , the Slovenian-American community located in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood of Cleveland began hosting a local version of Kurentovanje , the Carnival event held in the city of Ptuj , Slovenia. The Carnival in Uruguay lasts more than 40 days, generally beginning towards the end of January and running through mid March.

Celebrations in Montevideo are the largest. The festival is performed in the European parade style with elements from Bantu and Angolan Benguela cultures imported with slaves in colonial times. During the celebration, theaters called tablados are built in many places throughout the cities, especially in Montevideo.

The 'Calls' groups, basically formed by drummers playing the tamboril, perform candombe rhythmic figures. The carnival in Uruguay have escolas de samba too, and the biggest samba parades are in Artigas and in Montevideo. Revelers wear their festival clothing. Each group has its own theme. Women wearing elegant, bright dresses are called vedettes and provide a sensual touch to parades.

Carnival in Venezuela covers two days, 40 days before Easter. It is a time when youth in many rural towns have water fights including the use of water balloons and water guns. Any pedestrian risks a soaking. Coastal towns and provinces celebrate Carnival more fervently than elsewhere in the country. Venezuelans regard Carnival about the same way they regard Christmas and Semana Santa Holy Week ; the week before Easter Sunday when they take the opportunity to visit their families.

In India, Carnival is celebrated only in the state of Goa and a Roman Catholic tradition, where it is known as Intruz which means "swindler" while Entrudo is the appropriate word in Portuguese for "Carnival". The largest celebration takes place in the city of Panjim , which was part of Velha Conquista in Goa, but now is celebrated throughout the state.

The tradition was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled Goa for over four centuries. The crepes are filled with freshly grated coconut and heated condensed coconut sap that sequentially converts it into a brown sweet molasses ; additional heat concentration solidifies it to jaggery. The celebrations of Carnival peak for three days and nights and precede Ash Wednesday, when the legendary King Momo takes over the state. All-night parades occur throughout the state with bands, dances, and floats.

Grand balls are held in the evenings. Although Portugal introduced Christianity and the customs related to Catholic practice in India and Brazil, the celebrations in Goa like Portugal have begun to adopt some aspects of Brazilian-style Carnival celebrations, in particular those of Rio de Janeiro with sumptuous parades, samba and other musical elements.

In Indonesia , the word "carnival" or karnaval is not related to pre- Lent festivities, but more to festivals in general, especially those with processions and extravagant costumes. For almost five centuries, local Greek communities throughout Istanbul celebrated Carnival with weeks of bawdy parades, lavish balls, and street parties.

This continued for weeks before Lent. Baklahorani took place on Shrove Monday, the last day of the carnival season. The event was led by the Greek Orthodox community, but the celebrations were public and inter-communal. Many parts of Belgium celebrate Carnival, typically with costume parades, partying and fireworks. The Carnival of Binche dates at least to the 14th century.

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Parades are held over the three days before Lent; the most important participants are the Gilles , who wear traditional costumes on Shrove Tuesday and throw blood oranges to the crowd. The celebration takes place during the four days before Shrove Tuesday. All the old traditional costumes parade in the street. People who are disguised pass through the crowd and perform a part of the traditional costume they wear. Some Belgian cities hold Carnivals during Lent.

The participants include the Blancs-Moussis , who dress in white, carry long red noses and parade through town attacking bystanders with confetti and dried pig bladders. The town of Halle also celebrates on Laetare Sunday. Belgium's oldest parade is the Carnival Parade of Maaseik , also held on Laetare Sunday, which originated in The festival includes several events, culminating on the final Sunday in a masked procession. A similar procession for children takes place on the previous weekend. Many towns in Croatia's Kvarner region and in other parts of the country observe the Carnival period, incorporating local traditions and celebrating local culture.

Some of the towns and places are Grobnik, Permani, Kastav and many others places near Rijeka. Just before the end of Carnival, every Kvarner town burns a man-like doll called a "Pust", who is blamed for all the strife of the previous year. The traditional Carnival food is fritule , a pastry. This festival can also be called Poklade. Masks are worn to many of the festivities, including concerts and parties. Children and teachers are commonly allowed to wear masks to school for a day, and also wear masks at school dances or while trick-or-treating.

Carnivals also take place in summer. One of the most famous is the Senj Summer Carnival — first celebrated in Carnival has been celebrated in Cyprus for centuries. The tradition was likely established under Venetian rule around the 16th century. It may have been influenced by Greek traditions, such as festivities for deities such as Dionysus. The celebration originally involved dressing in costumes and holding masked balls or visiting friends. In the twentieth century, it became an organized event held during the 10 days preceding Lent according to the Greek Orthodox calendar. The festival is celebrated almost exclusively in the city of Limassol.

Three main parades take place during Carnival. The first is held on the first day, during which the "Carnival King" either a person in costume or an effigy rides through the city on his carriage. The second is held on the first Sunday of the festival, and the participants are mainly children. The third and largest takes place on the last day of Carnival and involves hundreds of people walking in costume along the town's longest avenue. The latter two parades are open to anyone who wishes to participate.

The word masopust translates literally from old Czech to mean "meat fast", and the festival often includes a pork feast. The tradition is most common in Moravia but also occurs in Bohemia. While practices vary, masks and costumes are present everywhere. The holiday is sometimes described as a Nordic Halloween , with children dressing in costume and gathering treats for the Fastelavn feast. One popular custom is the fastelavnsris , a switch that children use to flog their parents to wake them up on Fastelavns Sunday.

In Norway , students having seen celebrations in Paris introduced Carnival processions, masked balls, and Carnival balls to Christiana in the s and s. From , the artist federation Kunstnerforeningen held annual Carnival balls in the old Freemasons lodge, which inspired Johan Svendsen 's compositions Norsk Kunstnerkarneval and Karneval in Paris. The following year, Svendsen's Festpolonaise was written for the opening procession.

In England , the season immediately before Lent was called Shrovetide. A time for confessing sins "shriving" , it had fewer festivities than the Continental Carnivals. Five days of music and street events culminating with a Grand Ball on Fat Tuesday itself. Loosely based on the New Orleans style of carnival, Hastings has taken its own course.

The Nice Carnival was held as far back as , and annually attracts over a million visitors during the two weeks preceding Lent. Since , a characteristic masked Carnival is celebrated in Limoux. The Dunkirk Carnival is among the greatest and most exuberant carnivals celebrated in Europe.

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In the French West Indies , it occurs between the Sunday of Epiphany and Ash Wednesday; [] this dates back to the arrival of French colonists in the islands. The earliest written record of Carnival in Germany was in in Speyer. This time is also called the "Fifth Season". Shrove Tuesday, called Fastnacht or Veilchendienstag , is celebrated in some cities.

Parties feature self-made and more fanciful costumes and occasional masks. The parties become more exuberant as the weeks progress and peak after New Year, in January and February. The final Tuesday features all-night parties, dancing, hugging, and smooching. Some parties are for all, some for women only and some for children. Some cities are more famous for celebrations such as parades and costume balls.

The biggest German carnival club is located in a little town Dieburg in South Hesse. On Carnival Thursday called "Old Women Day" or "The Women's Day" in commemoration of an revolt by washer-women , women storm city halls, cut men's ties, and are allowed to kiss any passing man. Special acrobatic show dances in mock uniforms are a traditional contribution to most festive balls. They may or may not have been a source of inspiration to American cheerleading.

The Fasching parades and floats make fun of individual politicians and other public figures. Many speeches do the same. Traditions often also include the "Faschingssitzung" — a sit-only party with dancing and singing presentations, and often many speeches given that humorously criticize politics. During the pagan era, it represented the time of year when the reign of the grim winter spirits is over, and these spirits are hunted and expelled.

It then adapted to Catholicism. The first official record of Karneval, Fasching or Fastnacht in Germany dates to In Switzerland , Fasnacht takes place in the Catholic cantons of Switzerland, e. Both began in the Late Middle Ages. Smaller Fasnacht festivities take place across German Switzerland, e.

Gallen , Appenzell. One of the season's high points is Tsiknopempti , when celebrants enjoy roast beef dinners; the ritual is repeated the following Sunday. Lent begins on " Clean Monday ", the day after "Cheese Sunday". The grand parade of masked troupes and floats is held at noon on Tyrine Sunday, and culminates in the ceremonial burning of the effigy of King Carnival at the Patras harbour.

Other regions host festivities of smaller extent, focused on the reenactment of traditional carnevalic customs, such as Tyrnavos Thessaly , Kozani Western Macedonia , Rethymno Crete , and in Xanthi Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Their reward for so doing is a shot of the famous local tsipouro alcohol spirit.

Every year, from 1 to 8 January, mostly in regions of Western Macedonia, Carnival festivals erupt. The best known is the Kastorian Carnival or "Ragoutsaria" Gr. It takes place from 6 to 8 January with mass participation serenaded by brass bands, pipises, and Macedonian and grand casa drums. It is an ancient celebration of nature's rebirth festivals for Dionysus Dionysia and Kronos Saturnalia , which ends the third day in a dance in the medieval square Ntoltso where the bands play at the same time.

It involves locals dressing in woolly costumes, with scary masks and noise-makers. They perform a burial ritual to symbolise the end of winter and spike doughnuts on weapons to symbolise the defeat of the Ottomans. The Carnival in Venice was first recorded in Its subversive nature is reflected in Italy's many laws over the centuries attempting to restrict celebrations and the wearing of masks.

Carnival celebrations in Venice were halted after the city fell under Austrian control in , but were revived in the late 20th century. The month-long Carnival of Viareggio is characterized mainly by its parade of floats and masks caricaturing popular figures.

In , the town built a new "Carnival citadel" dedicated to Carnival preparations and entertainment. The Carnival of Ivrea is famous for its " Battle of the Oranges " fought with fruit between the people on foot and the troops of the tyrant on carts, to remember the wars of the Middle Ages. In the most part of the Archdiocese of Milan , the Carnival lasts four more days, ending on the Saturday after Ash Wednesday, because of the Ambrosian Rite. In Sardinia , the Carnival in Sardinian language Carrasecare or Carrasegare [] varies greatly from the one in the mainland of Italy: due to its close relation to the Dionysian Rites [ citation needed ] , the majority of the Sardinian celebrations features not only feasts and parades but also crude fertility rites such as bloodsheds to fertilize the land, [] the death and the resurrection of the Carnival characters [] and representations of violence and torture.

Its name in English means "the time before Lent". The celebration corresponds to Carnival holiday traditions. A major element symbolizes the defeat of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Devils, witches, goats, the grim reaper , and other joyful and frightening characters appear in costumes during the celebrations. Eating pancakes is an important part of the celebration. In Luxembourg , the pre-Lenten holiday season is known as Fuesend. Throughout the Grand-Duchy, parades and parties are held. The town of Remich holds a three-day-long celebration, notable for two special events in addition to its parades.

The other special event at the Remich Fuesend celebrations is the Buergbrennen or bonfire that closes the celebration. Like Remich, the town of Esch-sur-Alzette holds a three-day celebration. Other major Fuesend parades in Luxembourg are held in the towns of Diekirch and Schifflange. It is held during the week leading up to Ash Wednesday, and typically includes masked balls, fancy dresses, and grotesque mask competitions, lavish late-night parties, a colourful, ticker-tape parade of allegorical floats presided over by King Carnival Maltese: ir-Re tal-Karnival , marching bands, and costumed revellers.

The largest celebration takes place in and around the capital city of Valletta and Floriana ; several more "spontaneous" Carnivals take place in more remote areas. The Nadur Carnival is notable for its darker themes. Traditional dances include the parata , a lighthearted re-enactment of the victory of the Knights Hospitaller over the Turks , and an 18th-century court dance known as il-Maltija. Carnival food includes perlini multi-coloured, sugar-coated almonds and the prinjolata , which is a towering assembly of sponge cake , biscuits, almonds, and citrus fruits, topped with cream and pine nuts.

Carnival in the Netherlands is called Carnaval , Vastenavond "Eve of Lent" or, in Limburgish , Vastelaovend j , and is mostly celebrated in traditionally Catholic regions, particularly in the southern provinces of North Brabant , Limburg and Zeeland , but also in Gelderland , especially in Twente. While Dutch Carnaval is officially celebrated on the Sunday through Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday, since the s the feast has gradually started earlier and generally includes now the preceding weekend.

Two main variants can be distinguished: the Rhineland carnaval , found in the province of Limburg, and the Bourgondische carnaval , found mainly in North Brabant. Maastricht , Limburg's capital, holds a street carnaval that features elaborate costumes. The first known documentation dates from the late 8th century Indiculus superstitionum et paganiarum , but Carnaval was already mentioned during the First Council of Nicaea in and by Caesarius of Arles around CE. In the Netherlands itself, the first documentation is found in in 's-Hertogenbosch.

The oldest-known images of Dutch Carnaval festivities date from , also in 's-Hertogenbosch. Normal daily life comes to a stop for about a week in the southern part of the Netherlands during the carnival, with roads temporary blocked and many local businesses closed for the week as a result of employees who are en masse taking the days off during and the day after the carnival.

The village becomes a live theatre where costumed actors improvise on the streets in roles such as the traditional "August the Stupid". The Strumica Carnival opens on a Saturday night at a masked ball where the Prince and Princess are chosen; the main Carnival night is on Tuesday, when masked participants including groups from abroad compete in various subjects. As of , the Festival of Caricatures and Aphorisms has been held as part of Strumica's Carnival celebrations.

The Tuesday before the start of Lent is also often called Ostatki literally "leftovers" , meaning the last day to party before the Lenten season. The traditional way to celebrate Carnival is the kulig , a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered countryside. In modern times, Carnival is increasingly seen as an excuse for intensive partying and has become more commercialized, with stores offering Carnival-season sales. Carnaval in Podence and Lazarim incorporates pagan traditions such as the careto , while the Torres Vedras celebration is probably the most typical.

Although Portugal introduced Christianity and the customs related to Catholic practice to Brazil, the country has begun to adopt some aspects of Brazilian-style Carnaval celebrations, in particular those of Rio de Janeiro with sumptuous parades, samba and other musical elements. In Lazarim , a civil parish in the municipality of Lamego , celebrations follow the pagan tradition of Roman Saturnalias. It celebrates by burning colorful effigies and dressing in home-made costumes. Locally-made wooden masks are worn. The masks are effigies of men and women with horns, but both roles are performed by men.

They are distinguished by their clothes, with caricature attributes of both men and women. The Lazarim Carnaval cycle encompasses two periods, the first starting on the fifth Sunday before Quinquagesima Sunday. Masked figures and people wearing large sculpted heads walk through the town.

The locals feast on meats, above all pork. The second cycle, held on Sundays preceding Ash Wednesday, incorporates the tradition of the Compadres and Comadres, with men and women displaying light-hearted authority over the other. Over the five weeks, men prepare large masked heads and women raise funds to pay for two mannequins that will be sacrificed in a public bonfire.

This is a key event and is unique to Portugal. During the bonfire, a girl reads the Compadre's will and a boy reads the Comadre's will. The executors of the will are named, a donkey is symbolically distributed to both female and male "heirs", and then there is the final reckoning in which the Entrudo, or Carnival doll, is burned. On the islands of the Azores , local clubs and Carnival groups create colorful and creative costumes that jab at politics or culture. The festival on the biggest island starts off with a black tie grand ball, followed by Latin music at Coliseu Micaelense.

A children's parade fills the streets of Ponta Delgada with children from each school district in costume. A massive parade continues past midnight, ending in fireworks. The event includes theatre performances and dances. Throughout the show the dancers act out scenes from daily life. The "Dances de Carnival" are allegorical and comedic tales acted out in the streets. More Portuguese-language theatrical performances occur there than anywhere else.

Festivities end on Ash Wednesday, when locals sit down for the "Batatada" or potato feast, in which the main dish is salted cod with potatoes, eggs, mint, bread and wine. Residents then return to the streets for the burning of the "Carnival clown", ending the season. On the island of Madeira , the island's capital, Funchal , wakes up on the Friday before Ash Wednesday to the sound of brass bands and Carnival parades throughout downtown.

The main Carnival street parade takes place on Saturday evening, with thousands of samba dancers filling the streets. The traditional street event takes place on Tuesday, featuring daring caricatures. Arguably, Brazil's Carnival could be traced to the period of the Portuguese Age of Discoveries when their caravels passed regularly through Madeira, a territory that emphatically celebrated Carnival. In Estarreja , in the Central region of Portugal, the town's first references to Carnival were in the 14th century, with "Flower Battles", richly decorated floats that paraded through the streets.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, these festivities ended with the deaths of its main promoters, only to reappear again in the s to become one of many important Carnival festivals in Portugal.

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In the Northern region of Podence , children appear from Sunday to Tuesday with tin masks and colorful multilayered costumes made from red, green and yellow wool. Carnival in the town of Ovar , near Porto, began in and is the region's largest festivity, representing a large investment and the most important touristic event to the city. It is known for its creative designs, displayed in the Carnival Parade, which features troupes with themed costumes and music, ranging from the traditional to pop culture.

For most of the years I was writing and querying I felt like I was alone. They are super generous with timely knowledge and support. Thank you, Ella, so much dropping in. You are a beloved member of the WWWB family! We will continue to support and root for you forever more.

Today Marybeth interviews Ella. Is there an image or motif in the book that you would say symbolizes or especially communicates the impact of that loss? Did you intend that when you began the story or did it emerge? However, she knows she must be strong for her two children, and that means finishing up and putting away the tools. While getting her house in order, Ivy begins to uncover a variety clues from past occupants, from buried wine bottles to a half-finished embroidery sampler.

It seems her home has a tale to tell. So I guess the motif of this sentiment is the home, itself. The house and history! I live in a hundred year old bungalow and throughout the years my husband and I have spent crazy time and money fixing it up, making it ours. While we worked we would find amazing things past owners had purposefully or inadvertently left behind. With that said, I started this novel shortly after my sister died in a boating accident she was overcome by Carbon Monoxide while swimming. My neighborhood was also a huge inspiration for my novel.

Can you give us some specific ways your neighborhood inspired you? Though the sugar was a failed experiment, the business center and neighborhood endured, so my neighborhood is one of the oldest in the valley. I love the history of my town, so it was a treat to research facts from all different time periods. I studied old photos, fact-checked my narrative, and read a bunch of non-fiction books.

I also drew from the current day awesomeness of my neighborhood. There is a sense of community in Sugar House. People are out on their porches, they ride their bikes to the local grocery, the library is over-run with children, and enormous trees canopy every street. Was that your intent or did it just happen? To write an accurate novel based in Salt Lake City, the story must be touched by the church. I consider the history of the state and the modern-day believers an asset to my community, so it was very easy to write a balanced portrayal. The tone of the novel was likely organic.

I had no religious agenda when I began. How much research did you have to do? How did you put yourself in her shoes and write her from a place of total empathy? Lainey was the last historic character I wrote. I could see her in my mind, and I knew I wanted her challenges to be more internal rather than foist upon her by world events like several of the other historic characters.

Initially, she was in an abusive relationship, but I found I was spending too much time with her awful husband. She was incredibly kind to share some of her trials. Along with her first-person account, I read a couple of memoirs for a broader perspective.


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If so how is it similar to creating a novel?? Any dwelling that stands for a century has felt some serious wear and tear, so I have without question, done my fair share of renovating. Some changes were huge: plumbing, new kitchen. Some small: paint, new flooring. In our case, someone tore out all of our old woodwork including the floor boards , dug out the basement, lowered the ceilings, ripped out the hearth and replaced it with Pepto-Bismol pink tile.

To get to the lovely bones of the house, our renovation process was like stripping away layers of time and trend. You take a hammer to it, some sandpaper, and fresh paint. Striving to be strong for her two children, Ivy decides to tackle the home-improvement projects she and Adam once planned.


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Day by day, as she attempts to rebuild her house and her resolve, she uncovers clues about previous inhabitants, from a half-embroidered sampler to buried wine bottles. Right now I have two things on my mind. My oldest child left for college this week.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? When I was young I read incessantly. More than once I started with my finest handwriting on a crisp page: Chapter One. By page three, it would be time for a snack and my writing career would be over for the moment. At age ten I realized how hard it is to put words on a page. Desire is one thing, sticking with it, is another. Okay, this is a little embarrassing because I think it speaks to the true baseness of my sense of humor: Uranus jokes. When my kids get going in the backseat, one upping each other with potty-humor, I have to stop the car for fear of crashing.

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But I dare you — watch it and you will laugh. Or your money back. I was a birthday party hostess at a historic farmhouse, called Wheeler Farm. I had to dress in a long polyester skirt made to look like a calico from a century earlier , a polyester blouse, and a bonnet. I would hand-churn vanilla ice cream and take the kids on wagon rides in the blistering sun, the sweat running down my unventilated legs and soaking my socks and sneakers.

God, I hated that uniform. The ice cream, however, was top-notch. I think I sweated off the fifteen pounds I would have gained. A team, who understand the significance of a title and what sells, helps to craft the final.

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In the novel, five women over the course of a century each call the same historic bungalow in Salt Lake City, Utah, their home. The present day character, Ivy Baygren, has recently lost her husband in an unexpected accident. Please share the opening lines of this book: The sound was only mildly alarming, a persistent non-menacing scratch like bare branches against thin glass on a blustery December night. Please share a few Fun facts about this book… The story takes place in one home over the course of a century. Only one character is not fictional.

George Pearson was my across-the-street neighbor and lived in his home for fifty years. He went from young man, to old man to gone — all within the same home. I dedicated my book to him. My grandma was chased up a tree by an amorous polygamist man who wanted to marry her. I fictionalized this true story and put it into the pages of Root, Petal, Thorn. Please tell us a little about the characters in your book.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you? Her true-love is swept onto the battlefield during WWI. Emmeline is forced to choose between her beliefs and her heart. Bitsy Robinson lived in the home when she was a child during the darkest years of the Great Depression. She visits Ivy as an old woman, crooked and papery with age, and gives Ivy a leather memory book kept during those tumultuous years.

Eris Gianopolous is a salty Greek immigrant with a barbed tongue. Her beloved son Adonis turns eighteen in and is determined to have his shot at Hitler. Diagnosed with bipolar she returns to her hometown to heal and care for her young daughter. If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

This is a tough question. Since the story is told in five voices, I would need five scenes. The opening shot would be of the home in the evening. Ivy would be at work somewhere in the house, her two children at play. The camera would focus on a few of the features of the home that are common to all of the characters across the decades: the Emmeline rose, the porch swing, the towering ash trees lining the street.

Cut scene: Brief snippet of a night-time. She opens it to discover an incomplete embroidery sampler reading —Marriage of Emmeline and Nathaniel. One girl speaks, calling the other by name. Her name is Emmeline. What do you want people to take away from reading this book? Ultimately people read books for enjoyment, so I hope my readers enjoy my characters and are willing to follow them through the pages and cheer them on through their challenges.

If you are wondering about a larger theme, I guess I wanted to explore the permanence of place and the impermanence of people. The place stays and the people move on. However, I also think these braided stories illustrate the nature of home. Home, to me, means sanctuary. What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for ?

Thank you for having me! Interviewer: author, Jill Hannah Anderson. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have a super supportive husband who also works from home, so we wear matching bathrobes all day long and meet in the kitchen at noon for frozen burritos. I also have two dogs who, I swear, smile at me every time I look at them more than I can say for the teens. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah and I based my first two books in my neighborhood which is full of old houses and history.

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My husband groaned about the old wiring and I squealed about the porch swing. Guess who won? What are some things you enjoy when not writing? I love to travel see above — I have an obsession with historic locations. I spend as much time in the mountains near my home as I can. And I adore all things summer outdoor concerts, al fresco dining, art festivals, family reunions, farmers markets, cold drinks with a kick.

And I read, like crazy. Can you tell us how you started writing and your challenges in getting your first book published? I was one of those nose-in-book kids. Of course, I tried to write back in the day.

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Toots Gets a Contemporary Dance Pole (Treasure Valley Tall Tales Book 1) Toots Gets a Contemporary Dance Pole (Treasure Valley Tall Tales Book 1)
Toots Gets a Contemporary Dance Pole (Treasure Valley Tall Tales Book 1) Toots Gets a Contemporary Dance Pole (Treasure Valley Tall Tales Book 1)
Toots Gets a Contemporary Dance Pole (Treasure Valley Tall Tales Book 1) Toots Gets a Contemporary Dance Pole (Treasure Valley Tall Tales Book 1)
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Toots Gets a Contemporary Dance Pole (Treasure Valley Tall Tales Book 1) Toots Gets a Contemporary Dance Pole (Treasure Valley Tall Tales Book 1)
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