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Threads by Charlotte Whitney - Book Tour + Giveaway

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by Charlotte Whitney


GENRE:   Historical Fiction, Women's Lit, Book Club Lit



It's a boring, hardscrabble life for three sisters growing up on a Michigan farm during the throes of the Great Depression.  But when young Nellie, digging for pirate treasure, discovers the tiny hand of a dead baby, rumors begin to fly.  Narrated by Nellie and her two older sisters, the story follows the girls as they encounter a patchwork of threatening circumstances and decide to solve the mystery.



When I woke up this morning the first thing I thought of was that baby. What a dark, scary place for a baby to be buried. So alone, away from everyone. Where were its parents? Babies need to be held and cuddled and kept warm. Even dead babies need to be buried in the churchyard with purty flowers, not off in the cold, dark backwoods. 

I keep thinking ’bout the Preston’s baby girl, such a sweet baby. I held her once when Mrs. Preston was sitting beside me on the davenport. The baby kept sleeping, then blew a little bubble and later I could feel her little fart that warn’t stinky at all. All the time she jist kept sleeping. When she finally woke up and fussed, Mrs. Preston picked her up and jiggled her and talked baby talk to her so she quit fussing. That’s how babies are posta be treated. 

But thinking ’bout the Prestons made me sad, too. They lost their farm and had to move away to Mrs. Preston’s parents’ place in Indiana. Ma said we might never see them again. Ma and Mrs. Preston both cried when we said goodbye. Pa and Mr. Preston shook hands and Pa bit his lip. I’d only seen him do that once before, at my grandpa’s funeral. 


Author Interview

What is the first book that made you cry?
LITTLE WOMEN.  I remember crying during the scene when Beth March dies.  No one in my family was a reader, so I was astonished at finding myself so drawn into a book, any book.  I doubt if I told anyone about being brought to tears as we were a stoic, farm family of German descent, and emotions were never close to the surface.  I’ve changed since then.  One of the Amazon reviews of THREADS says, “It will make you laugh and there will be tears.” That made review made me a happy camper.

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
For me about a year if I’m seriously working on it.  THREADS took longer because I had a lot of disruptions in my life.  We moved across country, my mother died, and some more minor difficulties occurred.  Because historical novels require a fair amount of research you can’t crank them out monthly, like some authors of fantasy and science fiction do.  Then there’s the whole revision process.  I believe I rewrote THREADS perhaps, six or seven times. 

How do you select the names of your characters?
I used to talk to my mother and aunts who were farm wives and ask them the names of their friends and relatives from long ago.  Sometimes men were named just initials, like J.W. (which I thought strange because it has four syllables, whereas simply Jay would be easier to say). Then I started consulting most popular names during the period I was writing about.  Occasionally I’ve used Biblical names which were common then. Often it’s fun giving characters names; they become much more real to the author.  However, occasionally I’ve had to change a name, and that’s difficult as it may be hard to come up with a fitting name that’s appropriate to the time period.  In the book I’m working on right now I have both a Zeb and a Zeke, and I’m not sure if I should keep both.  What do you think?  You can comment on my website:

What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
I have these four raku bunny rabbits that a Native artist in Michigan created. They sit at the top of my desk, right above where I sit at my computer.  They’re beautiful creations, two that are swaddled on baby board, a raspberry bunny with a basket full of red raspberries, and a fur covered bunny with babies on top of her basket.  I believe the artist is Chippewa.

If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Oh, how sad.  I guess I’d write a document for any future inhabitants about some of the wonderful cultures we humans had been part of, and of the beauty of nature on the planet, including flora, fauna, and geological formations.  I’d then explain the mistakes we made, whether it was not curbing climate change, allowing the proliferation of atomic weapons, or not taking a pandemic seriously.

 What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
I’d love to become friends with Daphne DuMarier’s main character in REBECCA.  (She doesn’t have a name other than Mrs. DeWinter.)  I think after all she went through she would become a self-assured, poised and elegant woman.  But more importantly, she would be compassionate and empathic.  How could she not be after all she’s gone through?  We would meet for tea and share experiences. I think she’d be a good listener when I told her my problems, and I would listen to hers.

Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself|
1)      Book clubs differ greatly and I love every one I’ve been a part of, whether academic, intellectual, or entirely social group.  With our without wine, I love my book clubs.

2)     If delayed by a blizzard, I’d find the local library to pass the time until the roads are cleared.  (This actually happened once.)

3)     UPWORDS is my favorite game.  It’s a little like Scrabble but you can also build words up to five tiles high. 

4)    Favorite meal:  either an Indonesian Rice Tafel (you can find in Amsterdam) or an Ethiopian feast found in many university towns.

5)     Last book read:  WHERE THE CRAWDAD SINGS by Delia Owens.

6)     Next to last book read:  FINDING MRS. FORD by Deborah Goodrich Royce.

7)     Favorite yoga pose:  downward dog.

8)     Favorite city:  Paris

9)     Favorite movie:  Shawshank Redemption

10)  Most desired thing that’s missing in my life right now:  travel.

What is your favorite genre to read?  
Historical fiction, of course.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Charlotte Whitney grew up in Michigan and spent much of her career at the University of Michigan directing internship and living-learning programs. She started out writing non-fiction while at the University and switched to romance with I DREAM IN WHITE. A passion for history inspired her to write THREADS A Depression Era Tale chronicling the stories of three sisters on a farm during the throes of the Great Depression. She lives in Arizona, where she loves hiking, bicycling, swimming, and practicing yoga.




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Charlotte Whitney will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Sounds like a great book to read.  Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

  2. very nice cover. I like the genre and that it is set in the Depression. It sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Great excerpt and interview, sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for shairng them!

  4. I enjoy historical fiction reads and love this country cover

  5. This book sounds great and I like the cover.

  6. I love historical fiction and this sounds like a book I would enjoy!


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