Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Family Fun Day aka Therese Walsh's Debut-The Last Will of Moira Leahy

Today I'm participating in a mass blogging! WOW! Women On Writing has gathered a group of blogging buddies to write about family relationships. Why family relationships? We're celebrating the release of Therese Walsh's debut novel today. The Last Will of Moira Leahy, (Random House, October 13, 2009) is about a mysterious journey that helps a woman learn more about herself and her twin, whom she lost when they were teenagers. Visit The Muffin (http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/blog.html) to read what Therese has to say about family relationships and view the list of all my blogging buddies. And make sure you visit Therese's website (http://www.theresewalsh.com) to find out more about the author.

Here's a little about her: Therese is the co-founder of Writer Unboxed, a blog for writers about the craft and business of genre fiction. Before turning to fiction, she was a researcher and writer for Prevention magazine, and then a freelance writer. She's had hundreds of articles on nutrition and fitness published in consumer magazines and online.

She has a master's degree in psychology.

Aside from writing, Therese's favorite things include music, art, crab legs, Whose Line is it Anyway?, dark chocolate, photography, unique movies and novels, people watching, strong Irish tea, and spending time with her husband, two kids and their bouncy Jack Russell.

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Since many of you reading my blog read mostly CBA novels, I need to tell ya that this book is ABA and not an Inspirational. I read this excerpt and while this genre isn't normally my forte, I enjoyed Therese's vivid writing. I predict she will summit to the top of ABA bestseller lists.

The gals setting up Therese's blog tour had this great idea to make today Family Relationships Day and I'm supposed to blog about that.

My mother and my husband's father are both heavy into geneology. They research avidly on the subject and have traced my husband and I's ancestry. This is hilarious to me because here's what they found:

Fun fact: My husband's family background consists of people who were famous inventors (you'd know their names) and royalty.

Here's another fun fact for ya: My family's background consists of mostly outlaws, saloon girls and rebels. LOL! BUT, the one good thing in my background was that there are a LOT of famous writers. One of whom is Alexandre Dumas who wrote two of my most favorite books of all time: The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Muskateers. Note: I had no idea we descended from him until recently and TCOMC has been my favorite book since the movie came out several years ago which I thought was pretty cool. Three Muskateers was one of the first books I ever read and it was a childhood favorite as well as one of the books that planted yearning in me to want to become a writer & book author. I find it ironic that we are related to Dumas and I only recently, in the past couple of years, discovered that.

Thankfully I've never robbed a stagecoach or led a revolt. LOL! I went the writers' way. While I'm a firm believer in the fact that God orders our destinies and we choose to walk in them (or not) I think it's cool how gifts can sometimes come through the generations. While I've never been a saloon girl, I think it'd be cool to write a story about one. LOL!

Thanks for dropping by!

Be sure to check out Therese's sites.

Cheryl

3 comments:

Jodi said...

My dad's fmaily was descended from WElsh aristocrats which my daughter finds fascinating--dreams of castles and tiaras!

LuAnn said...

How fun, Cheryl! Must make for some great conversations at family get-togethers!

Cheryl Wyatt said...

LOL! Yes, definitely.

Thanks ladies for dropping by.

Cheryl