Heroine Interview from All Sewn Up by Sunni Jeffers with a Giveaway

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This week I’m hosting Diane Baker with I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life and Sunni Jeffers as Emily Thomas with All Sewn Up (US and Canada only). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Aug. 4th) evening.

All Sewn Up_coverInterview with the heroine from All Sewn Up by Sunni Jeffers writing as Emily Thomas:

1. Anne Gibson, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

Most interesting thing about me is that I live in a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian home that belonged to my Aunt Edie, who willed it to the town of Blue Hill, with the stipulation that it become a library, with me as its librarian. It’s been a labor of love. And I love research. That’s my specialty—research librarian, and there are always things to research around this old house and Blue Hill.

2. What do you do for fun?

Well, my job is fun. I love books. And I enjoy helping others find the magic in books. But I also spend a lot of time with my two children, and with their creative minds, we have a lot of fun.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Hmm, that’s a perplexing question. Right now, I’d say the only thing I dread, but I’m also drawn to, is unpacking and sorting through the rest of the boxes in Aunt Edie’s attic and basement. She saved everything, and I’ve already found some fascinating things.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

Losing someone I love. It’s not really a fear, but I hate it. I miss my husband so much. He passed away three years ago. Then Aunt Edie died. She and I were close. There’s just this empty place inside, and yet, I know I’ll see them again, and my children and my faith have helped me keep going. We’re doing all right.

5. What do you want out of life?

Purpose, love, fulfillment. To raise my children to have faith and to discover their passion and purpose. To help them become all they can be. To fulfill Aunt Edie’s dream, which is also my dream, to see Blue Hill Library grow and be a blessing to the community.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

My family. My faith. My friends. This town. I grew up in Blue Hill, so it’s wonderful to live here again.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

I read everything. I’m so blessed to live in a house filled with books. History, biographies, the classics, genre fiction. I love books that draw me into the characters and the setting. I love when history and setting come alive. I love books that give me insights into life through the characters.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Maybe to be more outgoing and spontaneous, like my friend Wendy. She’s so energetic and positive. I admire that. I need to think things through and make detailed plans.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

We have a wonderful dog, a chocolate lab mix that my daughter Liddie named Hershey. He belongs to my son, Ben. He’d been begging for a dog. I said no, because I thought the children might have the allergies their father had. Even after I knew they weren’t allergic, I wasn’t sure we could handle one at the library. When I finally relented, Ben picked him out at the animal shelter. You might say, they picked each other.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

Oh my. That’s hard to say. I’d love to go back and have a different outcome for my husband. If we could have seen symptoms of his heart condition, we might have been able to prevent his fatal heart attack. However, if I were to pick a time and place in all of history, I’d go back to the first century before Christ, to visit the Royal Library of Alexandria, in Egypt. It must have been fabulous. Just to see the scribes and scholars at work and the amazing hand-written scrolls would be amazing. Supposedly, they hired scribes to steal great works of literature from around the world and bring them back and copy them. It was a major center of knowledge and learning for the world during the Ptolemaic dynasty. It was burned after the Roman conquest in 30 BC, although it may have been completely destroyed in a series of fires over about 640 years. All the scrolls, all that work and knowledge, all the splendor of the architecture was lost forever.