Connie Wellborne, a retired librarian, lives in a blue house trailer behind Leonard’s Garage in Gold Hill, North Carolina with, depending on the season, from one to ten dozen rabbits. ‘Suzze Osmond Ex-Christian’ is her second novel.
Cherry Santana, as fate would have it, is also a librarian, down-sized after seven years of loyal service, only to be rehired, part-time, with no benefits. She is now a librarian with a vengeance, all too prone to make it clear that she really doesn’t give a damned if you read ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ or not, and has no idea whatsoever if God will punish you if you do -- the question she is most often asked. (But he probably will.) (Let’s hope so.)
So, start at the beginning. Why a book? Why a book about a down and out televangelist?
(Connie) I was sick and broke and lonely and had no friends, except for my bunnies, and my mother had died so I decided to write a book. I saved my extra money and once a month I bought a book about how to write a book. And I did. It was a painfully hard thing to do, much harder than I ever imagined it would be, but I did it. I finished it, saw it through to the very end. And then, of course, no one would publish it. So then, I bought another book and read blogs and learned how to do that myself, and that was hard but I did that too. And now I'm here.
Was it worth it?
(Connie) Financially? I don't know. With all the time and effort it takes, you'd have to make a million bucks to make it worth it, if that's what you mean. But did it feel good to finish? To get out what 's inside? Oh yes, that's what Suzze is all about. Whatever you're stuck with, get rid of it and move on. That's what I'm trying to do. Plus, I got to meet Cherry. I would never have met her if it weren't for Suzze.
“Funny. Perverse. Magical.” Televangelist Suzze Osmond Has Fallen From Grace.
Gone down market. Big time. Nothing sexual. Nor financial. None of the usual foibles that befall the high and mighty when they crash and burn. Coming down is a bitch and as best she can figure, God himself is out to get her. “Biting satire.” “. . . fast paced narrative and zippy dialog in a complex, layered plot.”