Friday, October 10, 2008

Book Giveaway WEEK 7!




Congratulations to BlueViolet, who won a copy of my book, Land of Inheritance. Email your address at heather at hbmoore dot com and I'll get it sent off!

Only 2 more weeks and 2 more books to be given away . . .

To be entered in this week's drawing for a free book, all you have to do is answer this week's question:

Do you have anyone in your family who's life story would make a great novel? If so, why?

I found out recently that my 10th great-grandmother was accused in Salem of being a witch and was burned to death. We've all read or watched movies on that topic, but now that I know I'm related to one, it makes it all the more interesting!

13 comments:

Chillygator said...

I would want a novel written about my mom; she's such an amazing lady. She's worked for President Monson for *mumblemumble - she'd kill me if I said this* years and has seen a lot of really cool things and met some very interesting people. I keep telling her to write her own book, but she claims she doesn't have time, which is too bad since I'd love to hear more about the things in her life.

Don said...

My wife's struggle with a mystery illness would make a great novel.

I've got that planned for book three of my series, and I already know which of my characters will play the lead.

Heather B. Moore said...

Don, are you keeping a journal? I think it sounds fascinating.

Chillygator--you need to start it for your mom. Just tell her that you'll help compile it and send her one or two questions to answer a week. I did this with my Grandma and about 6 months later we had her biography written. (It might motivate your mom, and she'll start writing it on her own!)

Chillygator said...

I'm sure she'd love me sending her questions (o: "Hey, mom, I know you guys are working on Temple President talks, but can you tell me your first memory of your job?"

I like the idea, though. How do I know what questions to ask?

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli said...

Some of mine have already been done. I wrote a novel about my mother and her sister (Leona & Me, Helen Marie). A Note Worth Taking is about my own life (does that count?) My most famous ancestor-connection is that William Shakespeare and I are 1st cousins, 14 times removed. We share a set of grandparents along our pedigree because William's mother is a sister to my 14th great-grandmother. His father is also related to my Webb line, so his mother and father were actually cousins. Many of my other relatives---all royals--- also already have books about them because I'm a descendant of Charlemagne. Maybe I should write about my husband's distant cousin---Lady Godiva---instead.

Heather B. Moore said...

Yeah, Lu Ann, it looks like your only option is Lady Godiva.

Chillygator--you know all those Temple President talks are probably close to the same--so maybe you mom does have time after all :)

Tristi Pinkston said...

Heather, that would make the most awesome book! I hope you write it!

Heather B. Moore said...

Yeah, Tristi . . . maybe I'll follow in your footsteps :)

Sean said...

I have always loved this idea. In the months leading up to her death, my mother sat down with me and told me the stories she wanted told at her funeral. I learned a ton about my mother - stuff that never really was discussed before. Things like dating in a small town (Elko) and growing up on a cattle farm. I learned things about my grandparents and my other relatives. It was truly a great experience despite the reason.
I have since been "interviewing" my father. I initially started it as a "Things you want said in your Eulogy" project, but have since turned it into just a way to know my dad better. I'm not sure it is as impressive as being burned at a stake or working for the President of the true church, but, to me, it is worth the world. I started out with a list of questions and now I just listen any time he talks. I find that works much better.

(I found your blog through Chilly Gator)

Heather B. Moore said...

Sean, I'm impressed. Keep up the questions with your father. It's amazing to learn about someone's life journey.

Lovells said...

I am related to Lady Godiva too!

I have an ancestor who came across with the Wiley Handcart Company and married her rescuer.

Is Soap Opera a genre?
I could tell about a relative who got married, divorced, remarried the 1st husband, divorced him again. He had an affair with his sister-in-law and married her after her divorce.
And that is only the beginning....

Curtis said...

Heather, I just want you to know that from the first time I met you, I thought you might be related to a witch. In a good way.

:)

Heather B. Moore said...

Well, Curtis, I'll take that in a good way then :) I always loved reading THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, maybe now I better understand why. lol.