I’m really pleased to welcome debut novelist Ann Wertz Garvin to Peeking Between the Pages today. Her novel, On Maggie’s Watch, was released on November 2, 2010. I just received the book myself so stay tuned for my review in January. Ann was nice enough to pen a guest post for us here today entitled There by the Grace of God Go I (and You)…Enjoy…
I am so often asked what inspired me to write On Maggie’s Watch; a story of a woman so overcome by fear and possibility that she ventures out and takes matters into her own, often silly, hands.
Friends, who know me, know I have that kind of nut hidden inside me and the honest ones know they do too. And let me say this, give me a nut any day—they’re messy but oh-so-interesting. Remember the time you came unglued behind the wheel or when your child came home with bite marks from day care? How about the time your husband woke you up for sex at 2 AM? My reactions are sometimes more akin to a terrorist attack where my Ninja skills are needed when a mere no thank you would suffice. (Except where my husband was concerned he deserved that poke in the eye.)
But here’s the thing, immoderate actions come with something else that I’m fascinated by which is judgment. And if we pull the string on the sweater of judgment fear is tugged into view.
We encounter something, don’t have enough information, judge it as a threat, fear it and react. Put your kids into the equation and we become badgers, mother bears, my protagonist Maggie.
Here’s something really fascinating. According to the Center for Disease Control the 5 things most likely to cause injury to children are: car accidents, homicide, (at the hands of someone they know), child abuse, suicide and drowning. But what are the five things parents are most worried about? Kidnapping, school snipers, terrorists, dangerous strangers and drugs. Bottom line: we are in this big world together scrambling around in the dark trying to keep our beloveds safe.
My own personal mission is to get the facts, umpire less, be gentle. Concentrate on making my world a better place from within myself. Holding people gently, loving their humanity, even when I want to beep my horn and cut the heads off their geraniums.
Thank you for this wonderful post Ann. I wholeheartedly agree with holding people gently, loving their humanity — makes the world a much better place!
About the Book (from Ann Wertz Garvin’s website):
Maggie Finley has just returned to her beloved Wisconsin hometown, quirky best friend, and eccentric mother. Life should be good, but her marriage to Martin is suffering under the strain of a recent family tragedy and Maggie’s feeling pressed for time. Before the birth of her baby she has to figure out how to fit her high-anxiety-self into a low-anxiety-life.
True to her can do attitude, Maggie hires a compelling handy-man, resurrects a defunct Neighborhood Watch and inadvertently discovers a potential threat to her house and home living just around the corner. Choosing to investigate, despite her best friend’s advice to keep her nose out of it…and despite the risk, Maggie sets her sites on discovering the stranger’s secret. As the mystery of the neighbor’s identity draws Maggie irresistibly in, her ordered life starts to unravel in surprising and hilarious ways.
Unexpectedly compelling and sparkling with wit and intelligence, this debut novel chronicles one woman’s quest for control over her surroundings, and the secrets and surprises that lie hidden in an ordinary suburban landscape.
About the Author:
Ann Wertz Garvin has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a doctorate from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Exercise Psychology. She is a professor at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater , where she teaches courses on nutrition, stress management, and other health topics. On Maggie’s Watch is her first novel. Ann has lived all over the country, but currently resides in a small town in Wisconsin that provided the inspiration for this novel. To learn more, please visit: www.annwertzgarvin.com.
I have 1 copy of On Maggie’s Watch by Ann Wertz Garvin to share with you. To enter…
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Good luck to all!
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