Take 5 Q & A & Giveaway: LOOKING FOR ME by BETH HOFFMAN
April 28th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer


Take 5 Q & A & Giveaway

Celebrating the release of the ppb edition.

Pub date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Audible

Teddi Overman loves her family and the simple life they share on their Kentucky farm, but when high school graduation nears and her mother pushes her towards secretarial school, Teddi knows it’s time to strike out on her own and pursue her dream of working with antiques. Gifted at refurbishing furniture and possessing an uncanny knack for uncovering the beauty and history in what other people discard, Teddi leaves Kentucky in the middle of the night and makes her way to Charleston, South Carolina. There, Teddi builds a new life for herself, and makes her dream come true in a small antiques shop frequented by a cast of quirky customers and friends. But each time Teddi, now thirty-six years old, leaves Charleston and visits the farm of her youth, she’s drawn to the mysterious beauty of Red River Gorge, where her brother went missing at the age of seventeen. Though everyone believes that her beloved brother is dead, Teddi never gives up hope of finding him. When circumstances lead her to clean out the old barn, Teddi makes a discovery that challenges her in ways she never could have imagined. And while trying to fit together the pieces of her family’s shattered past, Teddi unwittingly finds herself among the ruins. 

“Hoffman’s novel of a woman putting the pieces of her family’s secrets together combines a deep dramatic impact with Southern charm.”
Publishers Weekly

“Hoffman has a good ear for dialogue, and Teddie and her friends are realistic, appealing characters. Perfect for fans of family-centered women’s fiction, this book will have special appeal to readers interested in antiques and ‘shabby chic’ style.”

Beth-Hoffman-Author-PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beth Hoffman was the president and co-owner of an interior design studio before becoming a full-time writer. Looking For Me is her second novel. She lives with her husband and two cats in Kentucky.

Find Beth:

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Beth Hoffman’s Spring/Summer 2014 Tour:
NAPERVILLE, IL, Anderson’s Bookshop, May 1
WICHITA, KS, Watermark Books, May 6
KANSAS CITY, MO, Unity Temple (with Rainy Day Books), May 8
WOODSTOCK, GA, Foxtale Book Shoppe, May 13
FAIRHOPE, AL, Page & Palette, May 15
EVANSVILLE, IN, Vanderburgh Public Library, June 15

My Five Star Review: 

An exceptional story that will leave antique lovers drooling, nature lovers longing for the outdoors, animal lovers running to make a donation to their local animal shelter or humane society, and hopeless romantics swooning. Continues . . . on Goodreads

Take 5 Q & A with Beth:

Q: I love how Teddi leaves notes for her brother Josh in the bottles. It inspired hope for the readers that she’d connect with him again. If there was anyone to whom you could leave notes in a bottle with the hope that they’d find it, who would it be and what would you want that person to know?

A: When I was in my mid-20s I rented part of a big coach house from an older woman named Marge. Marge was funny, kind, and a fabulous storyteller. She’d often invite me into her kitchen and we’d talk while she cooked and I sat at a bistro table surrounded by a menagerie of animals and pots of overgrown plants. We shared the carriage house for two years.

Then Marge reunited with her former husband and I changed jobs and moved away. We kept in touch for a while, but as the years passed we lost track of each other. I don’t know if Marge is still alive, but if I could leave her a note in a jar, it would say this: “Thank you for loving me when I didn’t love myself, and for knowing when to wrap me in your arms and when to leave me be. Thank you for Friday night spaghetti dinners, laughing at the moon, and helping me find my way. I miss your stories so much, especially those that probably weren’t true. I will always love you.”

Q: Teddi thrives on giving new life to old things. Is this something that you personally do? Please give an example. Where did the inspiration for this come from?

A: It all started when my grandmother let me explore her attic: there was everything from canning jars filled with old buttons, to boxes of musty hats, to furniture. I’d open the drawers of dusty chests and imagine what they once held, I’d try on moth-eaten hats, and I’d sit on the floor and sift through fragile photographs. Then I’d go downstairs to find my grandmother and ask questions: who were the people in the photographs? Why were there so many jars of buttons? Who had owned the black hat with the giant plume? I was fascinated by the people and histories behind these objects, and I’ve had a soft spot for old things ever since.

Q: Teddi had many unresolved issues with her mother, yet she loved her deeply.  What’s your best advice for someone who doesn’t see eye to eye with a person they love?

A:  It’s often the people we struggle to understand who can teach us the most. I think it’s important to ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. The more we share, the easier it is to understand and accept our differences. Had Teddi’s mother opened up and talked about the struggles in her own life, her relationship with her daughter would have been so much better. And the flip side is also true, if Teddi had shown more interest and been curious about her mother’s past, the lines of communication would have opened.

Q: Josh decides to live in the wilderness. What kind of research did you do to write these scenes or did you base any of it on personal experience? If so, what was it?

A: The animal and wilderness scenes were the easiest to write because of how I was raised. I grew up on my grandparents’ farm and was taught to be kind to all creatures. The crop fields backed up to hundreds of acres of dense woodlands that I explored with endless curiosity. Fox, white-tailed deer, raccoons, rabbits, woodchucks and countless birds (from raptors to tiny chickadees) were frequent visitors to our farm. Spending time in the wilderness was a big part of my everyday life and I’ve loved and studied nature and animals ever since.

Q: What most surprised you while writing this novel?

A: Crafting LOOKING FOR ME was the most emotional and cathartic writing experience I’ve ever had. To create a story that encompassed my deepest passions often left me raw and depleted one moment, and then set me on fire the next. It’s impossible for me to describe how much I loved writing this book and how surprised I was by how it evolved.

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8 Responses  
Beth Hoffman writes:
April 28th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Thank you so much for your wonderful support, Liza!

Judy Fohlin writes:
April 28th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

One of my favorite memento is a skeleton key. It is a token of friendship created while taken care of my 93 year old friend.

Karen Leib Iovan Tomczak writes:
April 28th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Fantastic story and it was wonderful to see the background experiences you had growing up! 🙂
Would love to have an autographed copy!

Marina writes:
April 29th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for these awesome giveaways like always!

Marina writes:
April 29th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I cant live without my necklace.

bn100 writes:
April 29th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

No, I don’t

Nancy Sorensen writes:
April 30th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I have a hat that my dad wore in WWI. He was in the Navy. It is battered and blue. I love it. One day Dad was walking through a city that had been bombed. All of the houses were rubble. My dad spotted a beautiful green and white tea cup and saucer. It was completely untouched by all of the violence. He saved it all through the war, and in his old age, named it Bodacious. I cherish it for so many reasons.

erica s writes:
May 6th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

My great grandmother’s heart locket!

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