I’ve enjoyed meeting with many book groups to discuss Into the Free and When Mountains Move. I’ve joined chats across nearly 40 states now, either on location or via Skype, plus engaged in online chats with groups in Australia, Germany, Canada, South Africa, France, and the Netherlands. I can't wait to chat with readers about my new novel, The Feathered Bone (Jan. 2016).
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Three very special book groups were the first to welcome me to their discussions when I launched my debut novel, Into the Free. I’m excited to share their insights with you and I'd love to hear your thoughts as well.
When the Beach Babes of Baton Rouge, Louisiana discussed an advanced copy of Into the Free, the conversation led to sincere examinations of personal faith, childhood experiences, and the choices we make as women. This savvy group shared some of their thoughts about the book for those of you who may be interested in choosing this as your next book group selection.
Media Interview: INTO THE FREE and WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVE with Julie Cantrell
Q: Your debut novel, Into the Free, deals with a girl growing up with domestic violence.
A: That’s correct. The main character is Millie Reynolds, and she is ten years old at the start of the book – an age when many children begin to realize that our version of “normal” may not match everyone else’s version. In other words, Millie is just beginning to understand that there may be a better way of life than what she experiences in her own family.
Q: That’s an interesting way to think about it. We start out believing everyone lives like we do. Then we enter the bigger world and realize every family dynamic is unique. We begin to see our parents as human.
A: Yes, exactly. Millie is realizing that her parents are flawed. At one scene early in the book, her father has beaten her mother violently. He drags his young daughter over to his wife, who is lying on the ground, crying, bleeding, broken, and he shouts to Millie, “Is this how you want to end up?”