Friday, February 11, 2011

The Upside of Down by Rebecca Talley

“Hmmm,” the doctor muttered.

Natalie wrinkled her forehead,

almost afraid to ask, and said, “What does that mean?”

“You do know you’re pregnant, right?”

Her breath caught in her throat. “Excuse me?”

“You’re pregnant.”

Her heartbeat thundered in her ears. “I’m what?”

Natalie Drake certainly has her hands full raising a large family, dealing with her difficult mother, and maintaining a relationship with her rebellious teenager. Just when things seem to be going smoothly, she finds out another unexpected surprise—she’s going to have a baby. Faced with so many challenges, Natalie must learn to trust in a plan that isn’t what she imagined and discover that every situation has an upside.

Beloved author Rebecca Talley carefully creates this touching and heartfelt story that is sure to inspire you. With true-to-life characters and situations, The Upside of Down will reignite your faith and remind you of the importance of family.

Rebecca Talley grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and attended, and graduated from, BYU where she met her husband where they were leaders of the same FHE group. Happily married for over 25 years, they are the parents of 10 wonderfully creative and multi-talented children. Their ranch is in rural Colorado where they keep a dog, cats, a spoiled horse, and a herd of goats. Rebecca loves country living--a great contrast to her growing up years in California.

Not only has she authored her latest novel The Upside of Down--still hot of the press with its release in January--but she has three other published novels: Grasshopper Pie, Heaven Scent, and Altared Plans.

Welcome, Rebecca! You are a very versatile writer and I have enjoyed reading your other novels. When did you start writing?

I started making books when I was a kid and I loved to write in high school, but I put writing aside when I got married and started having babies. I decided to get serious about writing again in the mid-90s when the Internet suddenly opened up a whole new world for me. I met other writers, took classes online, and read all I could about writing. I’ve been writing ever since.

The Internet has become our window to the world. What else do you enjoy doing?

Eat chocolate, ice cream, peanut M&Ms. I love to go to the beach and swim in the ocean, but I only get to do that once a year or so. I also love to dance to disco music. I’ve recently started doing Zumba, a kind of Latin dancing/exercise program—lots of hip shaking. I love to go on dates with my husband and I love to play with my kids. I’ve also started making jewelry and flower barrettes with my kids.

You say the inspiration for The Upside of Down was the newest movie Cheaper by the Dozen. How so?

I thought it would be fun to write a similar story set in an LDS household. Since I have a large family, I drew from many of my own experiences to create my characters and establish the storyline. I had lots of fun writing it, especially as I relived some of the funny things that have happened in our family.

So is it all fun and laughs, or are you hoping readers will learn something from The Upside of Down?

I hope people realize that no matter who we are, none of us is spiritually invincible. We all need to rely on the Lord, in good times and in bad. No matter how desperate a situation may seem, the Lord can lighten our load if we’ll turn to Him. The atonement is for all of us. And, even in the midst of trials, we can have peace.

A good lesson to learn, but what is the significance of the title?

I also hope people will learn something from my book about Down syndrome and

realize that underneath it all, we’re all children of God and we all deserve love and respect, no matter our chromosome count.

Where can we purchase The Upside of Down?

Right now at Amazon, and in a few weeks at LDS Bookstores.

Thank you, Rebecca, for the interview!

Thank you!

Visit Rebecca at her blog, her website, and specifically The Upside of Down blog.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Winners of The Star Prophecy Giveaway

Congratulations to those who won a copy of The Star Prophecy:
Esther Blair-Tull
Renee Richardson
Sarah Bibi Setar

The winner of the President Monson quote is Christine Jensen!

Thank you to all who participated in the tour for The Star Prophecy.