Update – Congratulations to “Susan” for winning a copy of Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes and “girlfromwv” for winning a set of autographed Keeper Case Cards from Nancy! Thank you to all who participated!
Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes by Nancy Naigle released this week and I am honored to have Connor Buckham join us today for an interview to tell us a little more about Adams Grove! Nancy is also offering a giveaway of this book and some other goodies to two lucky commenters! Check out my review of Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes here.
Interview with Connor:
Amy (with So Many Reads): Thank you for joining us today, Connor. I would like my readers to learn more about Adams Grove, so can you tell us in general about Adams Grove?
Connor: Sure. It’s located in southern Virginia down near the Carolina border off I-95. It’s a small town, the kind where everyone knows just about everyone.
Amy: You grew up there, right?
Connor: Sure did. So did my Mom.
Amy: What is your favorite memory about growing up in Adams Grove?
Connor: The Fourth of July parades. This town knows how to throw a parade. Everyone comes. We’d scramble for the candy that they’d throw into the crowd. That was so much fun. By the time I was in high school I was in the parade. I got as big a kick out of throwing the candy as I did scraping knees in the scramble for it as a young kid. It’s great growing up in a small town. But then again, you can’t get away with anything, because everyone knows everyone. (laughs) I guess it’s a good thing though. Kept us out of big trouble.
Amy: What does Adams Grove have that a big city like New York doesn’t have?
Connor: I practiced law up in Chicago for a while, but I’ve steered clear of New York City. Carolanne can tell you all about New York, but I can tell you one thing that no big city I’ve ever been to has that Adams Grove has – that’s the fellowship and helpful nature of folks around here. They help because they want to lend a hand and help make light work of it, not with the what’s-in-it-for-me playing in the back of their mind. When Momma took sick I came back home to take care of her. I hadn’t realized the difference until I came back after being in Chicago. There was no way I could leave this place again. It’s home.
Amy: Where is the best place to eat in Adams Grove and why?
Connor: I’m a sucker for the bear claws down at Mac’s Bakery. I have to jog to keep them from catching up with my waistline but I think it’s a fair tradeoff. As for real food? That’s a tough one. We’ve got some good cooks in this town. In fact, just about everyone I know is a good cook, except for Carolanne. Don’t tell her I said that. She knows, but I wouldn’t want to hurt her feelings. She’s trying.
Amy: What can one expect to see while walking down Main Street?
Connor: People moving at a much slower pace than you’d see in big towns. Folks know each other, and they make the time to stop and chat, share news about their neighbors. Main Street has had quite a makeover over the last couple of years, too. The Master Gardeners have been busy as all get out planting flowers in the planters down Main Street too. Doesn’t it look nice?
We have the new banner flags hanging from the poles showing our dedication to the history of our small town and commitment to agriculture. Adams Grove is working hard to sustain the rural areas here. Almost every single business on Main Street, except for the Pharmacy which got bought out last year by a big chain, is independently owned by someone that lives here in this town. We’re really proud of that. I’ll tell you this too. You won’t see people driving thirty minutes to the nearest WalMart to save a dollar on a steak that they can get right here from Spratt’s or the Piggly Wiggly. We support our own. It’s one of the perks of small town living.
I love the historic buildings, like here where Carolanne and I have our practice. The old bank building was built in the 1900s. I used to dream about bank robberies in this building when I was a kid. When I came back to Adams Grove to take care of Mom and it was for sale, I knew I had to have it. I kept it as true to its original use as possible. The old teller fixtures and vault are even still in place. Don’t let the library fool you either. That’s a fine piece of historical architecture, but inside we have all the latest technology. We might be small, but we’re ready to help our next generation be successful.
Amy: If you wanted to impress a lady with a private romantic picnic, where would take her?
Connor: I’d take her down to the river. It’s quiet there. Little bottle of wine on one of Mom’s old quilts. Yeah. I should do that.
Amy: Tell us about Carolanne. What has you so smitten with her?
Connor: We were friends forever. Both growing up here in Adams Grove we knew each other real well and when we went off to college, we stayed pretty close. I lost track of her after college. It wasn’t until she came back for Pearl’s funeral that I saw her again. She didn’t look like that little girl I’d known in grade school anymore. There was something about the way she took charge when Jill needed her during that time that caught my eye, but I still didn’t realize I was falling for her. It was a surprise to me when I realized it. I mean I’d known her for years. She still has that redhead hot fuse. Maybe it takes one to tame one. (laughs)
Amy: I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers to the story, but what is next for you and Carolanne?
Connor: If I get my way we’ll be spending a whole lot more time together, but then she can be hardheaded sometimes. You’ll just have to stick around and find out.
Amy: Thanks for joining me today and telling me all about your awesome town of Adams Grove!
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Nancy has two giveaways for us today – one a copy of Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes and one set of autographed Keeper Kase cards (two winners will be chosen). Just comment below and tell us if you have ever had a brush with the law in a small town. Giveaway ends Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm central time. Winner will be notified via email and announced on website.