The Questions with February Grace: writer

Godspeed by February GraceI only recently met today’s guest ~ online of course ~ but I was quickly drawn to her as she is also an artist and writer. But Bru, as she is called, has a problem I don’t: she is losing her eyesight. Which I can’t even imagine. And I am reminded again how grateful I am to have had lasik to correct my own poor vision.

When Bru’s debut novel, Godspeed, was released on June 18th of this year (a month ago!), I offered to host her on my blog. (Yes, I’m a wee bit behind in posting it… but aren’t I always these days?)

AND, in a completely unrelated coincidence, I actually won a copy of her book in a contest! Woo-hoo! (No, I haven’t read it yet. {Sigh.} I seem to be going through some sort of mid-life crisis where I’m reading very v e r y slowly; only about a book a month, when I used to read 4-6 per month. Minimum. {Another deep sigh.})

In spite of the fact that I haven’t read the book, others are doing so and loving it ~ as of right this second, Godspeed has *fourteen* five-star reviews on Amazon! How amazing is that?!?!?

Okay, I’ll shaddup now, and let you get to meet Bru through her answers to The Questions, of which she says “I LOVED the huge choice of questions- I intentionally chose ones I have never answered before”. :)

The Questions

5. What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?

No doubt about it: patience. My grandmother tried, rest her soul, by repeatedly using the phrase “Shortly,” whenever I asked her when something was going to happen. It never worked and to this day I am still incredibly impatient. Sorry, Grandma!

(dSavannah note: Patience? What’s that?!?!? I certainly don’t have any, either. I’m reminded of the prayer, which I repeat often: “God, please give me patience. And hurry!!!”)

8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?

My favorite book growing up, and still one of my favorites, was The King’s Procession by James and Ruth McCrea. It’s the story of a little boy who is ridiculed while walking with his old, dear donkey in the king’s royal procession. The plot turns when he is offered a bright, white pony in place of the donkey…and the ending of the story gets me in tears to this day.

I used to check it out of the library repeatedly when I was very small—we never could find it to buy it—then one day, someone stole it from the library and I was heartbroken. I was about four at the time. It took almost thirty-five years for me to find a copy of that book, but when I finally did it was like reuniting with a dear old friend. I got to read it to my own daughter when she was little, which was a wonderful ‘circle of life’ moment for me.

(dSavannah note: It sounds lovely! Amazon currently shows one copy available for sale. If I had the money, I’d snap it up!)

Favorite book now—fiction or non? Fiction, I’d have to say Jane Eyre. Non-fiction, it is Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey which is a book about temperament theory (another of my obsessions). That book changed the way I looked at everyone I have ever met, including myself.

(dSavannah note: Sounds interesting! Also, I wonder what these other obsessions might be… hmmm…)

24. If you could go back and give your 13-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

“Don’t cry, dear, staring up at the sky as you do every night, wondering. Someday, you WILL know how it feels to be loved entirely by someone for exactly who you are, and you won’t ever forget that feeling.”

(dSavannah note: That’s a lovely thought. I want to tell my 13-year-old self that too.)

25. What causes/non-profits are near and dear to your heart? Why?

The Office of Letters and Light, the non-profit that sponsors National Novel Writing Month every year, because without their work, I would likely never have written a single novel in my lifetime, let alone written two that have been/are going to be published.

Also, Make A Wish, because I believe so much in the good work that they do. Wish I could give them a million dollars.

30. What’s the most expensive crap you own that you can’t live without?

My iPads…yes, I have two. With my bad eyesight, I could never do as much as I do without them. I run the battery in one out, then pick up the second one. I really just don’t know how I got by without them, they’re magic.

(dSavannah note: They are magic, as is much of the technology we have today.)

44. How far back can you trace your ancestry?

Not nearly as far as I’d like. I’ve tried and the records come to a dead halt with a census taken in Canada in the early 20th century. Records before that would have to be in England and Scotland (on my father’s side of the family) but we can’t find them. Shady, shady business. I will always wonder.

(dSavannah note: Hmmm…)

6. What do you want on your tombstone?

“She loved, and was loved, whole-heartedly.”

About February:

February GraceFebruary Grace is a writer, poet, and artist living somewhere much colder than she’d like most of the time. She plays by ear, sings on key, and is somewhat obsessed with clocks, colors, and meteor showers.

Her debut novel, Godspeed, is available in print and as an eBook.

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