(1) Let’s get personal right away: What’s your most romantic memory?
Walking hand-in-hand with my heartthrob husband along the Seine River in Paris.
(2) What’s your favorite room at home?
The kitchen—it’s where the most honest visiting takes place, and where I write and sew as well as conjure up yumminess.
(3) On long road trips, do you listen to Classical or Hip Hop?
Music puts me to sleep, so I tune into psychological talk shows.
(4) Do you wear spectacles or contact lenses?
Laser surgery 15 years ago corrected severe myopia, so I threw away my contacts and now need only sharpen up my vision with fun glasses I buy online. Cheap.
(5) E-Book or paper?
For fiction I read electronic, but my reference books are all in hard copy.
(6) “Real Housewives” or “Downton Abbey”?
“Downton” for sure—and anything BBC because of the great storylines and scenery.
(7) What’s your dream vacationdestination?
For a week: Cancun in winter. For a month: South of France. If I could afford an open-ended flight ticket, I’d be off to the Himalayas and Asia.
(8) As a girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
(9)Name the traits you inherited from your parents.
Dad’s love of story and Mom’s artistic streak—and, I admit, Dad’s restlessness and Mom’s exquisite (read: expensive) tastes in clothes, food, and decorating.
(10) What traits do you admire most in your own children?
My son’s facility at multi-tasking, my older daughter’s perceptiveness, and my younger daughter’s amiability.
(11) What’s your worst nightmare?
Like, literal nightmare? Maybe the one where I wander the halls of my high school in mismatched underwear. (Come to think of it, that might be my worst wide-awakenightmare, too.)
(12) Best dress silhouette?
A-line. Definitely not Mermaid!
(13) China or pottery?
Pottery all the way—I’d throw it myself if I had a wheel and the know-how. (I tried weaving for a while, and making soap. I’m definitely a frustrated hippie.)
(14) PC or Apple?
I’m currently using a sweet MacBook Air and love it.
(15) Citrus or musk?
Depends—wine or perfume?
(16) What do you do for exercise?
I usually walk on my elliptical indoors while watching “Dr. Phil.”
(17) Foreign languages?
I have a smattering of French and Spanish and would love to become fluent in both.
(18) Best advice you’ve ever heard?
Love God, serve humanity.
(19) How has publication of your first novel changed you?
I finally feel justified in calling myself a real writer—and I’m dying to get to my next novel!
(20) What would you do if this were your last day of life?
Hmm, maybe wrap myself up in a down duvet in front of a fire and drink hot chocolate with my family.
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When author and city-slicker Deb Elkink fell in love and married an introverted cowboy, she moved from her bright lights to his isolated cattle ranch far off in the prairie grasslands. Still—between learning to pilot a light aircraft, sewing for a costume rental store, and cooking for branding crews of a hundred—Deb graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN; she also holds an M.A. in Theology (both summa cum laude).
Her award-winning debut novel, THE THIRD GRACE, is set in the contrasting locales of Parisian street and Nebraskan farmyard, and incorporates Greek mythology and aesthetics with the personal search for self. Her writing has been described as “layered and sumptuous,” “compelling,” and “satisfying.”
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WINNER OF 2012 BOOK OF YEAR AWARDThe past casts a long shadow — especially when it points to a woman’s first love.
Her name was Mary Grace until she fell in love with the French exchange student visiting her family’s Nebraska farm. François renamed her “Aglaia” — after the beautiful Third Grace of Greek mythology — and set the seventeen-year-old girl longing for something more than her parents’ simplistic life and faith.
Now, fifteen years later, Aglaia works as a costume designer in Denver. Her budding success in the city’s posh arts scene convinces her that she’s left the country bumpkin far behind.
But “Mary Grace” has deep roots, as Aglaia learns during a business trip to Paris. Her discovery of sensual notes François jotted into a Bible during that long-ago fling, a silly errand imposed by her mother, and the scheming of her sophisticated mentor conspire to create a thirst in her soul that neither evocative daydreams nor professional success can quench.
The Third Grace is a captivating debut novel that will take you on a dual journey across oceans and time — in the footsteps of a woman torn between her rural upbringing and her search for self.
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