Monday, February 23, 2009

Spotlight shines on S. Dionne Moore

If you have not read S. Dionne Moore's novel you are missing out on some wonderfully written humor. I read her first debut novel Murder on the Ol' Bunions and laughed through the book. It is refreshing and fun. I would love to share a little of her with the readers on this blog. I think you will really enjoy meeting her. She has also offered to give away a copy of her newest novel. All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post and be sure to leave a way for her to contact you.

Tell us a little about yourself :

I’m the youngest of three girls, and I don’t ever let my sisters forget it! I grew up in Northern Virginia, moving away for the first time in my life after being married for three years. I’ve come to love the hills of PA countryside where we just finished building our new home that includes a wood burning fireplace--a wonderful treat!

What is your novel about:

Polly Dent Loses Grip on the treadmill and takes a fatal spill that’s ruled an accident. Helping her mother-in-law move into Bridgeton Towers Assisted Living, but the scars from LaTisha Barnhart’s surgically removed bunions tell her something’s afoot. The residents’ gossip is revealing all kinds of motives for murder. Gertrude Herrman is out looking for love in the form of Thomas Philcher’s fat wallet, and Polly’s fall eliminates her competition once and for all. Otis Payne, the venerable director of Bridgeton Towers, is over a barrel when his wife demands cash, or she’ll carry on without him. Mitzi Mullins’s penchant for rhyme puts her in direct line as perpetrator of the crime, and Sue Mie’s mistake seals Polly’s fate.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done? Write a book about an African-American woman who has had seven children and is married to a most wonderful, and very patient, man.

Let’s pretend money is not a factor, if you could go anywhere is the world where would you go? The Mediterranean. For days. Weeks even. I might not even come home again.

What book are you reading now? What books are found lying around your home? I just finished Melody Carlson’s Just Another Girl to review for Novel Reviews. Which reminds me that I need to send in my review! Before that I read The Red Siren by Marylu Tyndall for review. Usually I have an eclectic mix of books in my to-read pile.

I always am trying to learn new ways to be organized in the office, what is your favorite organizational tool?
Stickies!!! My Macbook Pro has a little program called Stickies. I depend on those little yellow notes (virtual post-its) SO much while I’m working through the day. I don’t have to have a pad and paper ready, just my laptop and that wonderful program. Sorry, if you use Windows, you’re truly suffering.

What would you like your readers to say about your writing?
I’d love to hear how much fun LaTisha and Hardy are and how well they blend. I would love to hear that the mystery kept them baffled to the end, but that the entire story was enormously satisfying and funny.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
This is a tough question. There are so many things to say, but seldom is advice followed. I’ve found that most have to discover for themselves why the advice was right before they’ll actively put it to use. But, for the sake of this interview, I’ll give my list.
a. Learn to accept criticism and apply it.
b. Writers write.
c. Writing is rewriting. Get used to it.

What do you want your readers to take away from your novel?
The important theme for the entire LaTisha Barnhart Mystery series is showing two people who have been married for a long time because they chose to blend their very different personalities rather than cite irreconcilable differences. Marriage is too important to leave to chance. Be ready to be selfless before you say I Do.

If you would like to win a copy of Polly Dent Loses Grip leave a comment with you name and an email addy to contact you.
Of course you can always earn an extra entry by:
  • sending a friend and having them leave their name and yours in a separate comment
  • visiting S.Dionne Moore's website at and come back and tell me what you found.
  • Sign up to be a follower or subscribe by email to Write by faith.

Leave a separate comment for each entry. Contest ends March 9th. Open to U.S. only.


Suzanne said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

clickingherheels at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love your email addie, Suzanne, very joyous sounding to the ear. That alone should win you brownie points in this contest, huh? Should you be the only one to sign up and should you win this book, please make sure to tell everyone and their mother about my literary brilliance, wonderful sense of humor and, well, how pretty I am wouldn't hurt either. Thanks! And you're committed to all that before even winning.

Kind of makes you scared you signed up for the contest.

Dan said...

Please enter me in this contest. You are one funny lady!
grumpydan [at] netzero [dot] com

lorraine said...

I'll write one thing and I think you'll know why I'd love to win this book. I'm 67. (old lady)(Polident) (smile)
You are a very very funny gal.

Martha A. said...

What no question to answer to enter? = ) I love your questions!

Donna said...

I guess I should have put a question on this one. So if you are just wanting to answer one of my silly questions then tell me if you prefer ice cream or cake?

Anonymous said...

Yeesh! You expect these lovely people to choose between ice cream or cake when everybody knows (Donna?) that both are essential ingredients to life, happiness and peace of mind. That is twisted, Donna, very twisted. Let's see, a better question might be to have them choose between going to the dentist for a filling or for false teeth. Now there! Neither of those are pleasant things watered down to accommodate the madness of a twisted mind.

Let this be a lesson, my lovely, never, ever, make anyone choose between cake and ice cream. It's just not right.

Oh! I have an even better question. Tell me who Wing Nut is. (Hint: Answer is at

Donna said...

OOOh I hate the denist!! I like your question better but if I had to choose between ice cream and cake. Cake would win hands down. Know I'll go checkout your blog to find the answer.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the S. Dionne Moore contest as she feels like an author I would really enjoy...funny, breezy and entertaining.

Thank-you so much for offering this wonderful book as a prize.

Gayla Collins
725 East 6th St.

Debdesk said...

Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks

Wendy said...

Sounds great! Please enter me :)

wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

Lucy said...

Please enter me in the contest for your book. Sounds like a fun read!

Kaye said...

Wow, even the interview is funny! I can't wait to read the book. Please enter me in the drawing.


Kaye said...

Hi Donna, I am already a follower. Great contest! Love these cozy type mysteries.

MJ said...

Please count me in

MJ said...

I follow

kalea_kane said...

Oh PALEEESE enter me in this one! I loved Murder on the Ol' Bunions, and I am sure this one will have to be a hoot too! I've missed LaTisha! :)

Thanks for the giveaway!


kalea_kane said...

I'm a follower too! :)

Kelly :)


kalea_kane said...

I checked out S.Dionne Moore's site, and I loved her pun name contest. However, I stink at coming up with good pun names, but if I could...I would be on it!

Thank you again for a great opportunity!



carlene said...

Please include me in your drawing.

mez said...

I learned book #3 is Your Goose is Cooked, sounds fun. Include me in the drawing. Thanks!

mez said...

I love sassy seniors, add me please.


mez said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber.


Anonymous said...

Please put my name in on the contest.
Anne B.
signed in on the subscriber list, I think, I hope.
I am a computer challenged dorkmeister, sorry to say.

Julieanne said...

This sounds like a great read, and I'd enjoy winning it! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to possibly win this book.


Jo said...

I really really want to win this book. I went to the website and saw NEWS! Scheduled for a March 12th interview with Trish Perry.


peachykath said...

The book sounds very interesting. I'd love to read more. Please enter me in the drawing.


Dana said...

Please sign me up!


Lorraine said...

Please, pick me, pick me, pick me. Love your books.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like just the thing for a rainy day, a little something to smile about : D

Please count me in too.


Lorraine said...

Let there be cake while I read my new book! I hope, I hope, I hope.
Thanks Donna

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a good book. Please enter me. Thanks.


Anita Yancey said...

I am a subscriber.


Janna said...

I loved the first book in this series - if it is not too late please enter me in this one too!