Today, I’m interviewing a very gracious lady, Beth Overmyer, who has decided to donate all her proceeds from her tween novel, In A Pickle, to the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti. Readers leave a comment for a chance to copy of her e-book.
Beth, what is your connection to the Greta Home and Academy in Haiti? We have friends who adopted a delightful boy from Haiti a couple of years ago. This child was one of the first airlifted after the earthquake in January of 2010. So your donation has a lot of meaning for me.
Firstly, thanks for having me on your blog, Suzanne!
Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry that opened Greta Home and Academy, has been dear to me for a while now. They do such great things for people all over the globe, including here in America. I have no official ties with Greta Home and Academy, but I’ve been reading updates on how they’re doing, and I know it’s such a great cause, that I couldn’t resist helping. I’ve been in touch with Samaritan’s Purse about the fundraiser, and have their blessing.
Tell us about your novel.
In a Pickle is about a 1920s orphan who time-travels. One day, he travels back to 1910, where he befriends a homeless man named Henry. Henry witnesses a murder, and Charlie gets caught up in the whole mess. Now, not only does he have to deal with bullies (and angry nuns) at the orphanage, he’s got some history to fix.
This is a middle grade book, so it’s good for kids that are 9+.
Sounds really interesting and original. I love the angry nuns!
How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
Most of my ideas come to me in random ways. In a Pickle was no exception. Out of the ether, an idea came to me to have a time-traveling cat featured in a story. Well, Thomasin the tabby didn’t make it through to the second draft, but Charlie Pickle did. The rest of the story pretty much wrote itself.
What a great name for a character, BTW. Who couldn’t remember a name like that?
Beth, when you’re not writing, what do you do with your spare time, or, let me reword this, do you have any spare time?
Ha ha! Yes, I do have spare time. When I’m not writing, I like to read and hang out with my mom, who is my best friend. Also, I have a beautiful new niece that I like to play with.
Aw, how sweet. It’s great you’re so close to your mom. She obviously did something right.
When can we hope to read another of your works? Are you completing a project at this time?
At the moment, I’m working on a middle grade novel about kids with superpowers. I’m not certain when it’ll be finished, but I’m currently about one-third of the way through.
Great! I can’t wait!
So where can we buy a copy of your book to help these kids in Haiti?
You can purchase it directly from Muse It Up Publishing (http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=482&category_id=69&manufacturer_id=241&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1)
Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-a-pickle-beth-overmyer/1115077839?ean=2940044425668), and a few other sites (just make sure they’re legit!) The fundraiser will end on June 30, 2013.
Beth, it’s been an honour to interview you. I wish you the best of luck. Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of In A Pickle.