Q: What is Grains of Truth about?
A: The lives, friendship and lovers of two best friends, Sarah and Zoe. The women work for a local feed store owned by a blustering Texan named Otis. When the “feed-store girl” Sarah falls for Otis’ only male heir, scandal and heartbreak erupt.
Q: What makes this contemporary romance unique from others in the genre?
A: The story of love and friendship is timeless. While it might on the surface seem simple: girl meets boy; family doesn’t approve of the lovers; and girl loses boy – it’s the subtext that offers the fresh ideas. Much more is going on in this story than what appears to be obvious. The book calls for readers to really pay attention and dig a little deeper as the story unfolds.
Q: What is the sub-plot in the story?
A: While we have the romance between Tom and Sarah, the secondary story is about her best friend Zoe and her struggles. She’s a single mom whose ex-husband has betrayed and left her to raise their son alone. It’s nothing new and many women will relate to Zoe. She is like everyone else. She wants true love, and she thinks she’s found it when she meets the town doctor, whom she fondly nicknames “Dr. Sex on Two Legs”. Their love story is less fraught with obstacles – or so it seems. Some barriers in love have nothing to do with the obvious.
Q: What do you think draws readers in the most?
A: The story isn’t a fantasy or particularly unique. It deals with everyday people and their personal challenges and desires. Sarah and Zoe could be the women we all know who live in our neighborhoods. The book’s characters are highly relatable and flawed just like everyone. How the story unfolds and what happens and particularly the subtext are unique and thought provoking. When the reader finishes the book, he or she will be surprised and perhaps enlightened.
Q: What inspired you to write the book?
A: I always had one eye on my children and one eye on my career. I worked a typical Monday through Friday 45+ hours a week job. I was well respected in my field and still am. But, funding got cut one year and I was one of the unfortunate people to get laid off. It was devastating because I thought, what I am going to do? However, I had this opportunity to do something that has always been on my “bucket list”. I had the opportunity to write. As I began to spend time with my children, this idea formed into my head, so I began to write it down. Then I began to write every day. At first, I thought the story was going to be a basic story about boy and girl who meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after. However, as I got into the story, I realized that I wanted to write something that will intrigue readers and get them to think about how would they deal with certain situations if they were faced with them. When I made the characters, I derived them from real-world people and situations. Thus, Grains of Truths happened.
Q: Who is your favorite character and why?
A: To me every character is my favorite because this is my baby – my first book, and a labor of love. But, if I think more deeply, Sarah and Zoe are my two favorite characters. I see parts of Zoe in me. She loves her family, and is driven and very focused. For Sarah, it is how she looks at things and tells you how it is.
Q: What are you goals as an author?
A: To create stories where people escape from the hustle and bustle of life and fall in love with characters and places. I want the readers to feel alive emotionally and tell others about their experience after experiencing my stories. I enjoy telling my stories, and I get to spend time with my “families”. I feel like I have the best of both worlds.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
A: I am currently writing my second book Public Truths. It’s a complex romance about a Hollywood publicist who falls for her bad boy client, a major star with a reckless past. Like Grains of Truth, this story has a lot of layers and subtext. I am just now writing it and excited to see how it finishes.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Ferry-Perata's new book release, Grains of Truth.
3L Publishing expands its global reach to Asia and Australia with an agreement with a new Foreign Rights Agent.
3L Publishing becomes a global publisher with the negotiation of the Foreign Rights of The Power and Light that is You to Manjul Publishing in India.
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Congratulations to 3L Publishing author Catherine Lagorio! Her children's picture book Dropped-Off Dog (A Mostly-True "Tail") is a FINALIST in the National Indie Excellence Awards - 2015. For more information, go to: http://www.indieexcellence.com/indie-results-2015-finalists.htm
Jori Nunes, author of Chocolate Flowers, is appearing on the Dr. Phil show February 20, 2015 at 3pm PST. For more information, visit www.drphil.com.
WINNER - Dragonfly Book Awards 2014 - Josh Mathe, In the Footsteps of Greatness
"50 Great Writers You Should Read - 2014" - Josh Mathe
Finalist -- USA Best Book Awards 2014
In the Footsteps of Greatness by Josh Mathe
Finalist -- Indie Excellence Awards 2014
Vengeance is Now by Scott D. Roberts
November 21-23, 2014
Miami Book Fair
3L Publishing Booth
Author Signings and Appearances
Michelle Gamble, CEO
Indie Excellence Awards - Winner
Indie Book Awards - Finalist
Writers' Digest - Finalist
Scott D. Roberts
Vengeance is Now
Indie Excellence - Finalist
50 Great Writers You Should Read
Fresh Fiction - Finalist
In the Footsteps of Greatness
Royal Dragon Awards - Winner
Best USA Book Awards, 2014 - Finalist
Indie Excellence Awards - Finalist
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