Thursday, October 22, 2015

Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz Interview & Giveaway

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Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction
by Amy Metz

Ms. Metz expertly treads the high wire between portraying the traditions, language, names, mannerisms and warmth of the small-town South while avoiding turning the characters into caricatures.
~Back Porchervations
The author knows how to make a reader sit and read from page to page to the very end with out leaving your comfortable chair. I highly recommend this book.
~Bab’s Book Bistro
Definitely an enjoyable read and at times laugh out loud funny. Easily finished in several hours, and Amy leaves you wanting for more.
~Christa Reads and Writes
If you enjoy small town antics and colorful southern language, you’ll want to visit Goose Pimple Junction where the folk may argue amongst themselves but respect their differences and are quick to lend a helping hand… along with an opinion.
~Laura’s Interests
This is not your average Southern town. With a hint of mystery, a lot of laughs, and unique charm, you’ll catch a glimpse of everyday life in Goose Pimple Junction in this short story compilation.
Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction
Genre – Cozy Mystery
File Size: 2120 KB
Print Length: 127 pages
Publisher: Southern Ink Press
An imprint of Blue Publications
Publication Date: September 4, 2015
This is not your average Southern town. With a hint of mystery, a lot of laughs, and unique charm, you’ll catch a glimpse of everyday life in Goose Pimple Junction in this short story compilation. Short & Tall Tales occurs chronologically between Murder & Mayhem, book 1, and 
Heroes & Hooligans
, book 2, in the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. Book 1.5 is a fun escape that will answer questions readers may have about the residents of this quirky small town.
How did Johnny Butterfield become police chief?
How did Tess and Jack get engaged?
How did Ima Jean come to live with Louetta?
How do you celebrate an Apple Day?
These questions and more are answered in Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction. Five short stories, one novella, and three recipes will give you more of life in Goose Pimple Junction, make you laugh, and have your mouth watering. If you want a feel-good read, you’ve come to the right place. Grab some sweet tea and escape to Goose Pimple Junction.
AmyMetzAbout This Author

Amy Metz is the author of the Goose Pimple Junctionmystery series. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


Where are you from?
I’ve lived in Kentucky all my life and Louisville for most of my life.

Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is my third book was published in September. Short & Tall Tales in Goose Pimple Junction is a short story compilation that occurs chronologically between books one and two. It lets the reader get to know a little more about the characters in my series, and since book 2 picks up a few months after book 1 ended, it kind of fills in readers on how a few things came to be. It could be read in any order or even as a standalone.

When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in 2009 so I wouldn’t go crazy. My mother had just been diagnosed with dementia, and our already contentious-relationship became even more so. I started writing about my experiences with her—some dramatic and some funny. And then to escape real life, I started writing a humorous murder mystery.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably 2012, when my first book was published. I was writing all the time, whenever I could. I even would take my laptop with me and write in the car while I waited for my mother to be finished with one of her appointments.

What inspired you to write your first book?
As I said, real life inspired me to start writing, but a murder in my family history inspired the plot in my first book. I grew up hearing stories about it and always wished it could be solved. I did so, fictionally.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to use “goosepimpleisms” in my books. Some readers say I use too many, but I say they’re crazier than a sprayed roach. Goosepimpleisms are funny Southern sayings that get to the point brilliantly, in my opinion. I mean, if someone asks “how are you,” you could answer with “fine” or you could say “If I were doing any better, I’d have to be twins.” It paints a much richer picture, in my opinion. I’m not saying that everyone in the South talks like that, but most folks do in my fictional town.

How did you come up with the title?
Short & Tall Tales is made up of five short stories – hence the “short” – and one novella – hence the “tall.” Tall Tales also connotes a wild or wacky tale, and most everything that happens in GPJ is wild or wacky, so it seemed appropriate. And lastly, Ezzie, my Basset hound character, plays a big role in the novella, and I liked the play on words with “tale.”

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There’s no message. I just want readers to be entertained. If they laugh and forget about real life for a bit, I’m thrilled.

What would you like my readers to know?
Well, I alluded to it above, but it bothers me when a few reviewers say I’m making fun of Southerners with my use of goosepimpleisms. I am a Southerner, I love the South, and I truly love the Southern wit and wisdom of those sayings. I just want the readers to know that I am not – would not – make fun of anyone. My characters are fictional and so is the town.

Thank you for having me on your blog!

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