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Between the lines with Big Book Club guest Nan Rossiter (Q&A w/ event details)

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Nan Rossiter will appear as a guest author at this year’s Big Book Club Getaway, to be held at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino on February 21-22. The event will feature more than eighty authors, and is presented by The Mark Twain House & Museum. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: www.thebigbookclub.org.

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Today, Hartford Books Examiner welcomes Nan Rossiter.

Ms. Rossiter is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels—The Gin & Chowder Club, Words Get In the Way, and More Than You Know; she also had a short story featured in the Fern Michaels Christmas anthology, Making Spirits Bright. Ms. Rossiter has also written and illustrated four books for children, including Rugby & Rosie, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and winner of Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award. She makes her home in rural Connecticut with her husband and their two sons.

Ms. Rossiter’s next novel, Under a Summer Sky (Kensington, $15.00) is scheduled for publication on April 29, 2014 and will unite characters from her previous three books.

From the publisher:

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter transports readers to Cape Cod with a warm, compelling story of family, new beginnings, and finding the courage to love honestly and well...The old Cape Cod house that Laney Coleman shares with her minister husband Noah and their five boys is usually brimming with cheerful chaos. There's nothing fancy about the ancient kitchen or the wooden floors scuffed by the constant parade of activity and the clicking claws of their two Labrador retrievers. It's a place to savor the sea breeze wafting through the windows, or sip coffee on the porch before another hectic day begins. This summer, life promises to be even busier than usual, because Noah's younger brother, Micah, wants to hold his upcoming wedding on their property.

Though thrilled that Micah has found happiness after past heartache, Laney is apprehensive about having her home turned upside down. She has other concerns too--her youngest son is being bullied at school, and Noah's father is not the robust patriarch he once was, in mind or body. As the bride and groom's large, close-knit families gather, there will be joyful celebration but also unexpected sorrows and revelations, and a chance to store up a lifetime of memories during the fleeting, precious days of summer...

Now, Nan Rossiter reveals a few pages from the book of her life …

1) As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?

I definitely wore my literary lust on my sleeve! I grew up in Pelham, N.Y. and I rode my green stingray bike everywhere - especially to the Pelham Library. I read constantly but my all-time favorite book when I was young was HARRIET THE SPY - I even wore a sweatshirt like Harriet's and spied on my neighbors!

2) What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?

I did get caught under the covers with books and a flashlight! At the time, my favorite books were mysteries from a series called Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators. After I was allowed to stay up to read, I moved on to every book ever written by Hermann Hesse...and then on every book written by Ayn Rand...kind of an eclectic history!

3) What are you reading currently & what is your initial impression?

I just finished reading WILD and loved it. After all that Cheryl Strayed has been through, she deserves the blessings that are coming her way. As for me, I'm ready to go backpacking!

4) What one book do you always recommend when asked?

I always recommend THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN - love the p.o.v. and the ending was perfect.

5) Which of your own books would you suggest to readers & why?

I think I'd suggest my newest novel - which will be out this spring. It's titled UNDER A SUMMER SKY, and although all of my books can be read without having read the others, the characters' lives are loosely intertwined in each book...and in UNDER A SUMMER SKY, they all come together.

6) Is there a book or author that readers would be surprised to know you’ve read and liked?

I'm not sure if this would surprise anyone, but one of my most favorite books is A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. Norman McClean's lyrical writing is an inspiration to write more eloquently.

7) Who is the one author that would, or did, make you weak in the knees upon meeting?

Debbie Macomber has invited me to have coffee with her at the Big Book Getaway and this will definitely make me weak in the knees!

8) Has there been an “I’ve made it” moment in your career?

I've had two moments that have stood out, although I'm not sure if "I've made it" yet! Before I ventured off into women's fiction, I wrote and illustrated children's books. When I found a publisher for my first children's book, RUGBY & ROSIE, I was on cloud nine...and I had a similar feeling, fourteen years later, when I finally found a publisher for my first novel, THE GIN & CHOWDER CLUB. I will never forget either of those phone calls!

9) What is your greatest literary ambition?

My greatest literary ambition is to touch people's lives. When someone reads something I've written and it makes them smile or brings tears to their eyes because they know the feeling or they've had the same experience, then I know I've succeeded.

10) Fill in the blank: Hartford Books Examiner is _____.

… a great source for current book news. HBE's founder, John Valeri, works hard to include interesting interviews with best-selling authors as well as those who are new to world of publishing.

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With thanks to Nan Rossiter for her generosity of time and thought.

Hartford Books Examiner will moderate the Big Book Club Getaway’s “New England in Fiction” panel featuring authors Nan Rossiter, Jane Green, and Joseph Monninger this Saturday, February 22, at 4 PM. The full schedule of events can be viewed here. For further information, visit: www.thebigbookclub.org.

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