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Author event and giveaway: Pamela Schoenewaldt

March 15, 2011

After reading Dar’s and Julie’s reviews of When We Were Strangers by Pamela Schoenewaldt, I knew I wanted to read it.  When I discovered Pamela would be in Asheville, I decided to try to talk Carl into going to the event with me.  I didn’t have to try too hard, though, because we love visiting Asheville.  We go there early enough to eat dinner and then headed to Malaprop’s for the author event.

Pamela lived in Italy for ten years and when she saw the small town of Opi, she knew there was a story there.  Upon her return to the United States, she was the writer in residence at the University of Tennessee and wrote a short story about the town that captivated her.  She later developed that short story into the book When We Were Strangers.

Although the book is a work of fiction, Pamela tried to make it as historically accurate as possible – even down to the prices paid at the time.  Because of the research involved, it took over two years to write the book.  Pamela is currently researching and writing a book set in medieval times.

I was thrilled to bump into Heather Newton, the author of Under the Mercy Trees, at the event and had to get a picture with the two of them.  Heather said she and Pamela are “authors-in-law” since their books were published on the same day by the same imprint.

Carl was nice enough to take a video of the event for me:

I got Pamela to autograph a book for one lucky reader.   To enter to win an autographed copy of WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS by Pamela Schoenewaldt, simply fill out this entry form.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Friday, March 25, 2011.   The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2011 6:02 am

    You get to go to so many wonderful author events. She sounds absolutely lovely.

  2. March 15, 2011 6:11 am

    How do I get to choose me? 😛 Hehe… It sounds good, and I am so jealous of all the events you get to go to!
    And authors-in-law? I’m still giggling at the idea!

  3. March 15, 2011 6:16 am

    Wow! You got to meet both Pamela Schoenewaldt and Heather Newton! I am jealous 😀
    I have been dying to read both the books.

  4. March 15, 2011 6:44 am

    Kathy, you have had a lot of great author meetings:) I’d love a chance to win this book.

    bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com

  5. March 15, 2011 6:48 am

    Thanks for the shout out! I can’t rave enough about this book!

  6. March 15, 2011 7:12 am

    Wow you got a two-for-one on this trip! (A three-for-one if you count going to Asheville, which is beautiful.) You are always so generous about sharing your good fortune with these giveaways…thank you!

  7. March 15, 2011 9:49 am

    I always enjoy these taped author events. Thanks to Carl for filming this one. I was distracted by the backward “Books” sign behind her – very clever decor. Also loved the fact that, like me, she talks with her hands. 🙂

  8. March 15, 2011 10:09 am

    So, so cool that you got the chance to meet not only one great author, but two! I have been reading quite a bit about When We Were Strangers, and the book sounds amazing! It’s so cool to hear that she really did her research on everything in it!

  9. March 15, 2011 10:16 am

    Wow, authors of two of my favorite books of 2011. You get the best author events, lucky girl. I loved When We Were Strangers so much. I love the term authors-in-law-it made me giggle.

    I don’t need to be entered in the contest, while I would love a copy, I want to be sure someone who doesn’t have a copy gets this wonderful book.

    Good luck, everyone.

  10. March 15, 2011 12:35 pm

    The book sounds really interesting and I hope I win! 🙂

  11. March 15, 2011 12:35 pm

    I was lucky enough to win Booksnyc’s giveaway of this title, so I won’t enter, but I am thrilled that it’s getting such great reviews. I can’t wait to read it. The event looks like it was really fun!

  12. March 15, 2011 12:46 pm

    Good for you getting to meet Pamela Schoenewaldt! I have enjoyed the reviews I’ve read for When We Were Strangers. It sounds like such an inspiring and intriguing story with a fascinating main character. I didn’t know it was also historically accurate which I really like.

    Thank you for a great post, Kathy & the giveaway!

  13. March 15, 2011 1:19 pm

    You really do have some great opportunities to meet authors! I think I need to move further south. And did I tell you the book arrived the other day? That was super fast!!! Thanks so much for your generosity!

  14. March 15, 2011 2:22 pm

    You are so lucky to have met Pamela. I would have loved to! I just wanted to pop in and say this is a fantastic novel and one of my favorites of the year! Someone is in for a great read!

  15. March 15, 2011 2:44 pm

    what a great video! and how awesome to meet two authors in one sitting! both books sound wonderful, and the research that went into When we were strangers is immense!

  16. March 15, 2011 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. March 15, 2011 3:03 pm

    Oh gosh. I loved When We Were Strangers so much that I would have probably been a bit star-struck to meet the author! I’m so excited to hear she is writing another historical fiction novel!!

  18. March 15, 2011 3:07 pm

    Love reading about your meet the author events – thanks for sharing and I’m glad you had a great time meeting Pamela. 🙂

  19. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 15, 2011 3:43 pm

    I really enjoyed your post and watching the video. Pamela’s book sounds fascinating.

  20. March 15, 2011 4:21 pm

    How awesome! Thank you for sharing it with us and for the giveaway.

  21. March 15, 2011 5:05 pm

    Wow! 2 authors at once! You are starting to make me jealous, honey! XOX

  22. March 15, 2011 6:27 pm

    What fun…Carl seems to be one of the good guys!!! Dinner and an author with your favorite beau…the best!!!

  23. March 15, 2011 6:50 pm

    I’ve got this posted over at Win a Book for you Kathy!

  24. March 15, 2011 8:06 pm

    What a fantastic way to spend time with your hubby! I’m glad you had a wonderful event.

  25. March 15, 2011 8:56 pm

    I’m so jealous that you got to meet both of these authors…I loved Pam’s book and would love to meet her!! 😀

  26. March 15, 2011 11:25 pm

    Kathy, you are such a lucky duck getting to me all these great authors. But we are lucky too in that you share them with us.

  27. Kathleen permalink
    March 16, 2011 12:57 am

    This is all so cool Kathy! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m glad you got to attend the event and it was nice of you to share the video with all of us!

  28. March 16, 2011 8:04 am

    You really get to meet all these wonderful authors! If you hadn’t mentioned that you stay in SC, I would have assumed you were in NY.

    I recently came across this book, but didn’t really get a chance to read the description until now. It does sound like a thought-provoking book. I’m going to add it to my list.

  29. March 17, 2011 1:16 pm

    I think it’s great that you go to these events. They sound like a lot of fun, and I like it when an author pays such close attention to detail.

  30. March 20, 2011 11:14 am

    No need to enter me for the giveaway, but just wanted to say hi to you and Pamela!

  31. March 20, 2011 12:14 pm

    I love the postings of your meet & greets with authors.

    Going to note the titles down and WOW again 🙂

  32. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 22, 2011 12:26 pm

    Great picture! And I love all things Italy so I’m hoping to win 🙂

  33. March 26, 2011 7:41 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Asheville!

    When We Were Strangers is an excellent book! I am glad you got to meet the author – she wrote a guest post on my blog and talked about her time living in Italy – it was very interesting!

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