High Cotton Country - Leta McCurry
This book went in a completely different direction than what I anticipated. After the introductory chapter, I assumed that we'd be looking into the reasoning behind the suicide of the young mother, and I expected to find an abusive husband on the other side of the coin, but I was extremely impressed with the turn in plot that McCurry took.
Cazzie is an amazing lead character, as is Nine. But beyond that, they are characters that I respected and cared for. I was just as desperate that they succeed in their endeavors as they were.
This was an excellent read that I couldn't put down. One of my favorites from this year. Highly recommended.
Some Bio Information
Tale-spinner. Revealer of secrets. A dog’s best friend. Cornbread and fried okra country girl.
Lives on the Oregon Coast and enjoys writing, reading, a large, fun-loving family, her Min-Pin dog, Daisy Mae, the open road on a motorcycle (as a passenger), good food, and travel. Favorite destination: Ireland. She is presently writing her second novel. A Shadow Life, with publication expected in early 2016.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
The inspiration for High Cotton Country came from a tragic story I heard as a child. That story haunted me for years and I knew I had to write my version of what happened.
2. Was there a deciding point in your life that made you want to become an author?
I don’t think there was a precise deciding point. I have always been an avid reader. My mom said I was reading by age three. I think wanting to be a writer was kind of a natural extension of my love affair with books. I have been writing since I was about twelve.
3. Are there any authors who influence your writing?
Oh, my! There are so many who have influenced and continue to influence me. Fanny Flagg, Ayn Rand, Susan Crandall, Robert Morgan, Carson McCullers, James Lee Burke, Larry McMurtry. I could go on and on.
4. Can you tell me a little bit about your writing process?
I sit down at the keyboard and “let’er rip”. Editing comes later.
5. Who is your favorite character in your work?
Again, this is a hard one. I love all my characters. In High Cotton Country, definitely Cazzie. I also really like Nine and Bama. Oh, can’t forget Havi. I want to marry him!
6. How would you describe your writing style?
Raw, earthy, and I like to think, a little John Steinbeck-ish. I particularly appreciate what one reviewer had to say: “Leta has the knack for the humor particular to the South like so many southern women writers, authors like Rita Mae Brown, Eudora Welty, and my all-time favorite, Ellen Gilchrist.”
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
To touch readers in some meaningful way, from simply entertaining them for a time to inspiring them to reach for their every dream.