April 13, 2011

VBT-Featuring Nancy Famolari

Today I an pleased to be presenting Nancy Famolari, who will be talking about her latest novel – Winner's Circle.

Nancy, what is this book about?
Summer's father is dead; his only asset, a fabulous trotter. Two men want to help her. She refuses Ned, blaming him for her father's death. Davis, a famous racehorse driver, wins her heart but deserts her after she suffers a serious accident on the track. Max, her rival, will do anything to get the horse for his stable. Summer's dream is to race her horse in the Hambletonian Oaks. Will she get there and will she, finally, find love?

Nancy, please tell us a little about yourself:

I live in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania in the summer and on a small farm near Ocala, Florida in the winter. My favorite hobby is trail riding. My horse, Ambrosa de la Pluma is a registered Paso Fino. The breed came to the new world from Spain. Paso Finos have a unique four beat gait that is very smooth. They can go for hours on the trail. They are smart and friendly and make wonderful companions. I feel lucky to live in two areas with lots trail riding.

What inspired you to write this story? 

Winner's Circle takes place in the fast paced world of harness racing. For fourteen years, my husband and I had a small Standardbred breeding farm in New Jersey. We raised and raced these marvelous horses. Harness racing is very exciting. There are many heart warming stories about an owner or trainer believing in their horse and against the odds getting the horse to win a big race. The desire to win drives the plot in Winner's Circle. There are also people who take advantage of both horses and people for personal gain, not caring the least about how the horse is affected. I believed these elements would make a good novel.

Do you have a favorite character?

Summer Langston is my favorite character. She's a very determined lady who cares about her horse, Meadow, and overcomes severe personal and professional obstacles to get her horse to the winner's circle. In the process, she learns something about herself and how to give and receive love. I like the fact that she's gutsy and doesn't give up easily.

Tell us a little about your writing schedule: 

I try to write everyday for two hours. Obviously this isn't easy with farm chores and other activities. During Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) I can almost always keep to the schedule because the incentive is to have a novel at the end of the month. I find the first draft fun and relatively easy to do. Editing is the part that gives me trouble. It takes much longer to edit well than to write a first draft.
What are your future writing plans?
I write a series of mystery novels based on life in the Endless Mountains. Murder in Montbleu and The Lake House are available from Amazon. I'm editing the third book, Death at the Writer's Conference. It will be available later this year.

Nancy’s book, Winner’s Circle is available at Amazon.com.


To find out more about Nancy, please visit her at:
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/nancyfamolai/

Blogs: Nancy Famolari's Place (http://nancygfamolari.blogspot.com//)

Nancy Famolari's Author Spotlight (http://nancyfamolari.blogspot.com//)

Thanks for stopping by Nancy and giving us a chance to get to know you and your book. Best of luck with your book!


madcapmaggie said...

Nancy, your new book sounds terrific. It's going on my Amazon wish list.

Peggy, off to the Amazon website ..

kathy stemke said...

Nancy, I admire your discipline. You crank out one book after another and they have intricate and thrilling plots.

Death at the Writing Conference" sounds intrigueing. I wonder if that has ever happened??


Nancy Famolari said...

Kevin, thanks for having me as a guest today. You made the page look great!

Peggy, I hope you enjoy the book. It was great fun to write!

Nancy Famolari said...

Kathy, I'm not sure there have been deaths at a writer's conference, but knowing how jealous some writers are, I wouldn't be surprised!! Hopefully, the book will be available late this summer.

Donna M. McDine said...

You have me hooked from the intro! Love the title of your latest W-I-P...Death at the Writing Conference. The title alone has me interested!

Martha said...

Your books sounds wonderful. Mother's day is coming up and what a great gift a book and hopefully a free day to read it would be.

elysabeth said...

Nancy, you are a busy woman. And yes I'm interested in your next book - I mean who among us hasn't been to a writer's conference and wanted to kill off someone - lol. Keep us posted as to when it is available. Chat soon - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the JGDS, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

Where will the adventure take you next?


Nancy Famolari said...

Thanks for all the great comments. I guess I better get busy on Death at the writer's Conference. It looks like we're all interested!!

Kevin McNamee said...

Nancy, I wish I had your discipline when it comes to writing. I would love to be able to write two hours a day. Thanks for the great visit, you've been a terrific guest

Magdalena Ball said...

Nancy, the connection between your life and your writing makes your novels quite unique. I'm sure many people will be interested in the exciting world of harness racing. Thanks for telling us more about yourself and your work.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

This sounds like a classic if I ever heard one! Good luck, Nancy!

Karen Cioffi said...

Nancy, Winner's Circle sounds so interesting. I can't believe how many books you have out already.

The Endless Mountains must be an endless source of material. Just the name can conjure up amazing images.

Best wishes for success of all your books.

Susanne Drazic said...

Enjoyed the interview. Nancy, your books sound interesting. I'm going to have to get my hands on a few of them.