Today’s interview is with Janet Bly featuring the book Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot written by Stephen Bly with Janet, Russell, Michael and Aaron Bly. I have loved all of the books I’ve read written by Stephen Bly and this one is fantastic. Here is my review link if you would like to see what I thought. http://thelifeandtimesofwanda.blogspot.com/2012/03/stuart-brannons-final-shot-by-stephen.html
Janet and her sons Russell, Michael and Aaron did a incredible job finishing this book. So on to the interview and giveaway!
Tell us about the featured book Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot.
Book blurb: It's 1905. Two orphans flee Oregon's Tillamook Head. One of them is branded a hero. Dare they tell the truth and risk the wrath of a dangerous man? Meanwhile, a retired Arizona lawman searches for his missing U.S. Marshal friend while he grapples with the game of golf on behalf of a celebrity charity tournament.
Summary: At age 58, legendary lawman Stuart Brannon--now a rancher and widower--had no intention of leaving his beloved Arizona Territory to attend the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Oregon, nor to participate in a celebrity golf tournament. His life no longer consisted of men to track down, people trying to kill him, gangs preying on the innocent.
Then the telegram came: Stuart, I need you in Portland. Tom Wiseman is missing. I think there's a cover-up. I'll contact you there. T.R.
How could he refuse a request from the President of the United States?
"Stuart Brannon's Final Shot delivers and reminds us what we'll miss most about the beloved author." Jerry B. Jenkins, NYT Bestselling novelist & biographer
"Bly throws his readers into the fray from the first page and never lets up until the final scene." Award-winning author Kathleen Y'Barbo
"A poignant reminder of a by-gone time...I was drawn into the world ...There's so much wisdom in this book...I loved the story. I loved the colorful characters..." Review by Angie Arndt, ACFW Carolinas Coordinator
"...comes alive with vivid details...an intriguing and often comical story of adventure and loyalty, flavored with the unexpected...has all the adventure one would expect from a Western, with enough humor to appeal to non-Western readers." Jennifer Slattery, CWG reviewer
"...unusual experience...I found it a fascinating look into the process." Michael Ehret, CWG Editor-in-Chief
What was the hardest thing about finishing this book that Stephen started?
Of course the obvious one--not having my husband as part of the project. And having so little time (four months) for such a challenge as this. We so wanted to match Steve's story writing ability, so it read like a Stephen Bly novel and portrayed the Stuart Brannon character as he created him to be. We also missed having a 'rest' time for the story to season for a final objective edit before the deadline. We sent the manuscript in such a flurry of last minute changes, we didn't have a settled feeling. Fortunately, we were allowed an additional look before it went to press. And, yes, we did make corrections.
Of your three sons who helped finish this book, do you see any of them becoming an author of other books?
I know they could create a book together with each of their different inputs. Also, either Aaron or Michael could write on their own, given the time and motivation. They have both expressed this desire.
Many writers are also avid readers. Do you have any favorite authors? If so, could you name a few?
Oh dear, where do I begin? I truly do read a vast number of fiction and nonfiction authors. And I'm so privileged to call many of them friends too. Right now I'm enjoying the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I know where Steve is, but I'm so curious to have more biblical information about what it's like for him there and what he might be doing. Reading about heaven comforts me in my great loss. Also appreciate Randy Alcorn's novels, in which he often tells the story from both the earth viewpoint and heavenly perspective.
If you could only take five books with you on a journey of ten years, which ones would you take?
The Bible. A concordance. A dictionary. A thesaurus. A journal.
What three things are you most thankful for in your life?
My family. My church. My friends.
Which do you enjoy more e books or print books?
Ebooks are fun to order. Print books are the most satisfying to read and mark and I don't have to remember to get them charged.
Janet Chester Bly has authored and co-authored with Stephen Bly thirty nonfiction and fiction books, including Awakening Your Sense of Wonder, Hope Lives Here, The Heart of a Runaway, The Hidden West Series and The Carson City Chronicles. She lives at 4,000 ft. elev. in Winchester, Idaho. Find out more at http://www.blybooks.com/ or http://www.blybooks.blogspot.com/
Russell Bly is married to Lois, father of Zachary and Miranda (married to Chris Ross), and grandfather of 1-year-old Alayah. He is manager of Deranleau’s department store in Moscow, Idaho.
Michael Bly is married to Michelle and is Director of Business Operations for Inland Cellular in Lewiston, Idaho.
Aaron Bly is married to Rina, father of Keaton and Deckard. He’s Manufacturing Supervisor for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Lewiston, Idaho.
Filled with humor and heart, adventure and romance, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot is the story of a man who embodied the Code of the West. Christy Award–winning author Stephen Bly (August 17, 1944 – June 9, 2011) wrote 105 books including six Stuart Brannon novels. In Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, we bid a fond farewell to the character — and to Stephen Bly, his creator.
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