Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beth Harbison takes us on a wild ride....plus a book giveaway

Photo by Chandler Schwede
Mid-August 2001, I jumped into my purple Ford Escort with a high school friend of mine on a 2,100+ mile road trip from Portland, Oregon to the Chicagoland area.  I was going through a tough time in my life and my friend was kind enough to offer to take time out of their life to fly cross-country, just so I would have company on the trip home.  The individual in question was the last person I would have ever thought to share such a long journey with, but by the end of it, I was so thankful to have had their company.


Today we welcome Beth Harbison, who takes a look how one road trip can transform your relationship with someone in her latest novel, Driving with the Top Down.  Beth is a native of Maryland and received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.  Along with vast collection of women's fiction books, she also writes romance novels and cookbooks under the name Elizabeth Harbison. She can be found at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Today we are honored to have Beth as our guest, and thanks to St. Martin's Press we are able to celebrate the occasion by giving away TWO copies of Driving with the Top Down to some lucky readers in the US and/or Canada.

Please give a warm Chick Lit Central welcome to Beth Harbison!

What do you feel is the greatest challenge writers today face?
TV and video games. Kids are growing up to say "I hate reading!" and they don't know the wonderful escape and comfort a good book can provide! I think this is a very sad loss. A book is always there for you - when your friends let you down, when you're sick, when you're heartbroken, on and on. You engage much more with a book than with TV and thus tune out the "bad stuff" more effectively. I wish more parents would make reading time a priority.

What are three things you must have with you when you write?
A computer of some sort (I move between two laptops and a desktop in order to prevent fatigue and carpal tunnel), quiet, and no interruptions. I don't really need things....though a glass of champagne can be nice.

Do you ever do research for your novels?
Definitely, but only minor amounts to get small details right. Basically I try not to write large storylines about things I'm unfamiliar with, as that is a real drag for readers who ARE familiar with them and find distracting errors.

Sum up your life in six words:
This is an impossible assignment, ladies. Okay, okay, I'll try again: Dreams, fantasies, determination, heartache, passion, love. Those are the things that have filled my years. My agent, however, suggested: "Pour me some Dom Perignon, please" and that totally works too.

The most memorable road trip I ever took was to:
Disney World, down 95 in my convertible (top down) with my husband and young son, listening to old music like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc. I could just look up and watch the starry sky, and stop now and then for junk food. At the end: palm trees! It was bliss.

The most unbelievable thing about my life is:
Not fit for print. But another unbelievable thing is that I'm a direct descendent of the first five or six kings of England, and Ben Franklin is my great great great great great uncle. I may have the number of "greats" wrong, but you get the point.

Thanks to Beth for chatting with us and St. Martin's Press for sharing her book with our readers.

~Introduction and interview by Tracey Meyers

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29 comments:

Janine said...

Some people think it's unbelievable that I am good friend with my ex-husband.

Margie said...

My husband and I make a trip to Mexico each year. Not really unbelievable, but something we really enjoy.
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Kristy Zuverino said...

My husband and two boys, I couldn't imagine my life without them

Bonnie Franks said...

That I was not always grey.

pascale said...

UNBELIEVABLE that I make it to the gym almost every day.... unbelievable

pascale said...

UNBELIEVABLE that I make it to the gym almost every day.... unbelievable

Vivian said...

When I really think about it, it is unbelievable that Jesus loves me - even though I am no one special (in fact I am disabled and unable to leave my house very often), I know He loves me. And this faith has gotten me through many many difficulties.

rubynreba said...

Unbelievable that I can be such good friends with all my grandkids. Each one is special in their own way and I love them so much.

susieqlaw said...

I actually accomplished all the goals I set for myself by the time I was twenty. The rest has been gravy! I still have dreams and aspirations.

S.Sabia said...

I think some people find it unbelievable that I just accept what happens in life as what is meant to be, the good and the bad. That doesn't mean I don't try to do better and be better, it just means that I don't dwell on the whys, and the things that I can't change.

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Hmm, something unbelievable? Well, I can't really plan anything because I never know when the military will take my husband!

Carl Scott said...

It kind of freaks me out how far I've traveled in my life so far. All four extremities of North America and completely around the world. There's probably more to come too.

Michelle James said...

I never thought that at 67 I would blog about books, have 4 gloriously wonderful grandchildren, and still do a tough workout everyday including deep water exercise, Pilates on the reformer, TRX, Swiss ball, and weights. I thought by now I would feel old - not so.

Anita Yancey said...

I think that it is unbelievable that my husband has put up with me for 39 years. It sure couldn't have been easy.

Kerry Ann @Vinobaby's Voice said...

Most people can't believe I took a five-year-old through the rainforests of Costa Rica. Zip-lining and hiking up erupting volcanoes--heck yeah! It was such a life changing trip that I fictionalized many of our experiences in my novel.

StephTheBookworm said...

The most unbelievable thing about my life is the story of my husband and I. We have lost over 300 pounds combined, met on a fitness website, he moved across the country to meet me, and we got engaged after two months. :)

Melanie Backus said...

It is unbelievable that on my bucket list I want to visit very US state and I just lack four!

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Tina said...

That I lost 120 lbs by changing my eating and lifestyle habits.

Lisa W said...

Hmm I would say that at the age of 55 I am a Private Investigator - never in a million years!

Laura P. Bryant said...

My four wonderful children who love me and want and like to hang around with me and my husband.

Virginia Guin Reese said...

Being an adopted mother of two.

bn100 said...

the number of books I have

Katherine Ivan said...

I find it unbelievable that recently celebrated my 20th anniversary of working for the same employer. Through all the ups and downs of life, my workplace has been the only constant.

holdenj said...

I find it unbelievable that I have such a great husband, kids and friends. Life is good.

Hailey Fish said...

The most unbelievable thing is the fact that I passed my adult learner's permit test. After so many years of thinking it was impossible, it actually happened. I've done a little bit of practice driving but I feel (for the first time) that I'm actually capable of getting my driver's license, saving money to buy myself a vehicle, and then accomplishing driving to and from work. It's all thanks to my parents and the rest of my family for believing in me and for me believing in myself.

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Sandie said...

How much room is in my heart! When I think it's as full as possible, I find room for more!

Angie Young said...

I just thought things would be a lot different at almost 40 than what they are.

Witchbone said...

The most unbelievable thing about my life is that, at the age of 63, after being divorced once and widowed twice, I finally married the man of my dreams last month.

Deb Mehl said...

The most unbelievable thing about my life is that i read over 150 books per year. I am a voracious reader.